Monday, November 30, 2009

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge at East Bank Theater on Dec 4, 5 and 11, 12, at 8 pm

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East Bank Theatre’s Production of
The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

Directed by
Reagan Cassanova

Meet Scrooge, Marley and “The Ghosts” in this family friendly, fun filled differet take on the Classic Christmas Story. Charles Dickens would be proud.

Bossier Arts Council
East Bank Theatre
630 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, La.

December 4, 5,11,12 @ 8:00PM
December 6,13 @ 2:00 PM

Opening night reception, December 4, 7:00 PM

Show Time
8:00 PM

New Ticket Prices !!
Adults $15.00; Seniors, Students and Military - $10.00; Children under 10 - $5.00

Box Office
East Bank Theatre
741 - 8307

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Film of Miss Mary of Murrell's benefit to be aired at RFC on Sun, Dec 6 at 5 pm; Dirtfoot, Peekers, AJ Haynes, Buddy Flett, Mr Christopher

Kern Courtney, musician and producer of the Miss Mary Benefit, worked extra hard to get the video ready for the local all-star show, which was held a year ago. He was elated when it became apparent that the cameras captured a fine night and an effective production.

Sun, Dec 6th, the Robinson Film Center is hosting the film screening of that night; it's called"The Biggest Tip Ever: The Concert for Miss Mary," and starts at 5PM. The benefit concert was held for iconic local waitress, "Miss" Mary Arnold, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

Featuring several local artists, including Buddy Flett, Dirtfoot, and A. J. Haynes and the Monkey Business, the film documents the benefit concert through retrospective interviews and live footage from the event.

Julieann Banks of Austin, TX, will perform before the film screening and during intermission. The Abby Singer Bistro will be offering $2 drink specials for attendees. Admission is $10 and includes a copy of the DVD. Also, a CD of live performances from that evening is available for an additional $5 donation.

Cameron Meshell acoustic show - Sat, Dec 5, 9 pm, at Bear's - intros his eponymous CD

This neat, low-key video of Cameron Meshell's tune, Exit Signs, is by Stephen Patrick Walker. It reminds viewers that Meshell was the central musician on the new record.

The CD release party starts at 9 pm on Sat, Dec 5, at Bear’s, 1401 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, 318-425-2327). He will present songs in an acoustic performance. It's $5 cover and $5 for the cd. “I just played a show with Jewel,” Cameron notes, “and I plan on doing as many regional shows as I can before booking some tours in January. I can’t wait to perform these songs for my fans.”

CM photo by Casey Jones.

Meadows Museum Northwest Louisiana Artists' Triennial Competition deadline Dec 14; open to artists in 10-parish region

To be juried by Louisiana painter Luz-Maria Lopez and Louisiana collectors David & Nicole Holcombe, the Meadows Museum Northwest Louisiana Artists' Triennial Competition will be displayed beginning Feb 27, 2010.

Artists entering the competition must send entries post-marked no later than Mon, Dec 14, 2009, says Diane DuFilho.

- maximum of 5 works created within the past 2 years may be submitted
- entry form and self-addressed stamped envelope
- images on CD or slides marked w name, title, medium & size.
- resume desirable
- nonrefundable $15 fee
- artists notified of status Feb 1 - 8, 2010
- open to artists from 10 parish region of NW La.
- Works will be judged on aesthetics as well as the clarity and accuracy of images.

- Meadows Museum: 318-869-5169

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dorothinia's oils at Turner Art Center, Centenary College, in retrospective called Images of Being; reception Sun, Nov 29, 2 to 4 pm

Images of Being is about new paintings but is also something of a retrospective: "I will have one painting from every year from 1987 to 2005 in the hallway gallery," says Dorothy Kristin Hanna, aka Dorothinia, of her exhibit at Tuner Art Center, Shreveport.

"In the main gallery will be Images of Being, from 2005 to now."

Of her enormous and vibrant body of work, Kristi says, "All of my work is about color relative to the human energy field and healing. I would love to share this work with you."

Hanna has won awards for her work; the Multi-disciplinary Artist Fellowship from Shreveport Regional Arts Council is one. She is a mixed-nuts artist whose choreography and production of avant garde song and dance has rivaled her prodigious output of painting. She is currently developing an evening of dance and drama set to rare Beatles recordings.

Please see images of her work

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Beautiful & Unusual Homes in the Highland & Fairfield Historic Districts on Tour Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6

"Ever spent a holiday inside a 1920s-era neighborhood grocery store-turned-residence?" writes Liz Swaine at the new site "A stately Tudor? A Mediterranean mansion? A funky Foursquare filled with color, art and the most amazing holiday tree you may ever see? Welcome then, to the world of Celebrate Highland, our opportunity to show you Shreveport's historic Highland and Fairfield Districts in a way you have never seen them before!"

Swaine and cohorts in the Highland Restoration Association have lined up two tours for 2009. And the houses are well-described on the new tour site produced by the gung-ho media maven herself:

- The Saturday-only Candlelight Tour Ticket is $20.
- The Sunday-only Flight of Fancy Tour is $15.
- BOTH tours can be yours for the low price of $25! For details on purchasing tickets, go to our Ticket Information page.

Darkly entertaining Coen Bros movie, A Serious Man, is at RFC downtown Shreveport

A Serious Man is something like the Story of Job as told by Jerry Seinfeld. The post-Seinfeld Jerry.

This Coen Brothers story frames the early 60's acerbically and offers steady opportunities for rueful laughter. Oh, there we were, smoking pot when no one was the wiser. And weren't the institutions of common life - the neighborhood, school, the church - grindingly irrelevant?

Nor does the hero, Larry Gopnick, have a clue. An absent-minded math prof, his attempts to live a righteous life are smartly slapped at each turn.

Thank gawd for the additional comic relief that comes from the grandly quirky uncle, the proto-feminist neighbor and the smarmy guy who seduces Gopnik's wife.

In the silky flow of mundane Americana the Coens embed the music of the Jefferson Airplane and even score a dental scene with Jimi Hendrix' live version of "Machine Gun." It's outrageous but effective.

A Serious Man probes our sense of ethics and tests our sense of cool. It's like the almost-perfect top-drawer indie movie.

More at the Robinson Film Center.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The art of animation: Light Before Christmas stop-motion IMAX film @ SciPort through the holidays

The Light Before Christmas, a new giant screen film produced in stop-motion animation, opens Monday, November 23 at the IMAX Dome Theatre of Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center.

The film is the tale of young Katie and her brother Makean, says Eric Gipson, who, after losing their way in a Christmas Eve blizzard, are rescued by the Candleman. He is a wise man who invites them to his cozy forest cottage and sparks their imagination with a poem, The Night Before Christmas. Sipping cocoa by the fireplace, the children are transported and become the central characters as it unfolds on the screen.

The Light Before Christmas will show at noon and 3:30 Monday through Saturday and at 4:30 Sunday through January 3. Those wishing to “IMAXimize their holidays” can see the show paired with Santa vs. the Snowman, with daily back-to-back showings; Santa vs. the Snowman shows prior to The Light Before Christmas at 2:15 Monday – Friday, 2:30 Saturday and 3:30 Sunday.

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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Math and science education and the block system: will all Caddo schools benefit from a switch to block scheduling?

Mack Evans, Shreveport
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Two well-known and respected teachers at Caddo Magnet High are opposing the imposition of a Caddo block schedule on their school. Math teacher J. Mack Evans and social studies teacher David Wells are concerned about student achievement under the block system.

"'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' This common sense is being ignored by the Caddo Parish School Board as it prepares to impose the dubious educational "reform" of block scheduling on Magnet High School."
Thus wrote Wells in a Nov 15 op-ed piece in the Shreveport Times.

"Our school, like some others in the parish, operates on a traditional schedule of six one-hour class periods per day. These classes are rigorous and challenging, with many of our juniors and seniors choosing to take Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses, which earn them college credit.

Much research on the effects of block scheduling indicates that it does serious academic harm to student achievement. The University of Virginia reports that graduates from "block" high schools perform more poorly in science than those from traditional schedules. The College Board has reported a decline in AP test scores from schools which have changed to block scheduling.

Music, foreign language, and math classes are especially hurt from not having daily instruction and practice under the block system. Most versions of block scheduling keep students in a classroom for 90 minutes per class, but schedule that class to meet only every other day."

Wells adds, "The long-term effect of reducing time spent in a particular class by 20 percent will have to be a watering-down of the curriculum.

Maybe there are sound, valid, and logical reasons for the new policy. What are they?

Did the School Board discuss and vote on the new schedule? When?"

Meanwhile, President Obama is attempting to encourage rigorous and increased effort in science and math education.

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra board and musicians come together for 3 concerts in 2010; negotiations and fund-raising efforts re-opened

After some 2 years of struggle, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra board and musicians have set aside differences to produce 3 concerts in 2010.

SSO board president Dick Bremer, musician leader Rick Rowell and Community Fund chief Paula Hickman announced the interim agreement and concert series.

- Michael Butterman remains an active player in the re-tuning, said Bremer.
- The SSO has a current budget of about $110,000, added Bremer. The annual budget for the SSO at its peak was about $1.3 million.
- The Community Foundation has awarded the SSO a $70,000 challenge grant. Its purpose is to stimulate additional monetary pledges.
- Orchestra consultant Doug Patti - well-received by both musicians and board - will help guide the effort.

Women, Asians, African-Americans, Latinos, youths, tech-minded volunteers needed by Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in struggle to rebuild

Three 2010 concerts have been announced by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in an effort to revive the long-silent music source.

The announcement was a meager one. Not on the scene or on the record were African-Americans, reps from a variety of women's organizations or representatives of the region's growing constituent groups, including Asians, Latinos and the creative class.

Nor was Michael Butterman, vibrant conductor of the SSO who remains on contract for some 10 months, present.

Nor is there an active Paypal or ticket-purchase account on the SSO website.

Given the failure of the corporate and gentry classes to adequately support the orchestra, it would seem that a wide-spread coalition of groups would be the key to reconstitution.

I encourage reps from all these groups to address the orchestra issue.

You might ask yourselves -
* in how many ways does an orchestra benefit your members?
* what kind of orchestra programming would engage your members?
* please don't wait for the SSO board to reach out to you, alas.
* request a pep talk by Michael Butterman. Maestro Butterman could be the key to getting your group involved.
* make a verbal or monetary pledge to

Cell phone guide service begins at RW Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport; one of 2 museums in Louisiana to offer cell service

Norton, Shreveport
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At R.W. Norton Art Gallery, where twenty-four galleries display seven centuries of art, you can get a guided tour without a guide. With Guide by Cell, says Jennifer DeFratis, you may stand before a painting, open your phone, dial a local number, and follow prompts to listen and learn new insights about the work and its artist.

The Norton, as its fans call it, is only one of two museums in Louisiana to offer the service. Cost for the tour is measured by your current cell phone plan.

As you stroll through the museum, look for cards beside artworks bearing the Guide by Cell logo and a question. Enter a mailbox prompt to hear the answer.

Although no guide is present, you may still voice opinions and offer suggestions concerning grounds, galleries, exhibits, and programs, such as Guide by Cell. Touch the appropriate prompt, and speak your piece. “Please let us know. That’ s how we may improve the visitor experience,” DeFratis comments.

Voices you’ll hear on your phone include those of DeFratis, museum curators, and artists themselves. They will continue to narrate answers to new questions, so Guide by Cell will offer fresh, new looks at even more exhibits in coming months.

For additional informative, entertaining walks through the Norton, visitors may want to join DeFratis early each month for her popular First Saturday Tour, at 2 p.m. The Norton also offers group tours by appointment.

Norton Art Gallery: Located at 4747 Creswell Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71106. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Christmas Carol from MLP, SLT and director Heather Peak Hooper opens Dec 17

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Marjorie Lyons Playhouse and Shreveport Little Theatre are starting an annual holiday tradition, a production of A Christmas Carol, says Robert Darrow.

Heather Peak Hooper will direct this classic story based on Charles Dickens' novel, adapted by John Mortimer. Don Hooper is the Scenic and Lighting Designer. Alan Berry is the Technical Director.

Performances will be December 17, 18, 19, 26 at 8 p.m., December 20, 24, 27 at 2 p.m. and December 25 at 4 p.m. at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the campus of Centenary College.

Michael Blake Powell stars in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Other cast members playing multiple roles include Dean Anthony, Stephen Atkins, Adler Birmingham, Heather Bryson, Eric Champney, John Goddard, Madeline Hiers, Tony Hobson, Helen Marrs, Bailey Montgomery, Lauren Morrison, Caroline “C.P.” Paxton, Bella Prince, Sylvia Rachal, Brooks Robinson, Cameron Robinson, Stephen Scarlato, Natasha Sebegrun, and Andrew Wood.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors and active military and $15 for adults.

The box offices at MLP and SLT will begin taking reservations on December 1. For reservations or further information, contact MLP at 869-5242 or SLT at 424-4439.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Port Belly Project at 2 pm, artists from 10 am to 6 pm at the Louisiana Boardwalk on Sat, Nov 21; it's the West Edge Fine Arts Market

Port Belly Project, Shreveport
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Christmas Shopping Ideas Abound!!! exclaims Neecee Blackwell of the West Edge Artists Fine Arts Market on Sat. Nov. 21, 10am - 6pm, at Louisiana Boardwalk.

Original artwork, jewelry and photography make intersting Christmas gifts, she says.

At 2pm, says ms Blackwell, you can catch the well-accomplished Port Belly Project Belly Dancing Troupe at the at the Boardwalk -- under the Texas Street Bridge!

Rooftop viewing of the Andromeda Galaxy at SciPort Star Party from 7 to 10 pm on Fri, Nov 20

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center will hold a Star Party featuring rooftop viewing of stars and planets through the science center’s telescopes, hands-on activities and several Space Dome Planetarium presentations, this Fri, Nov 20, from 7 to 10 p.m, says Eric Gipson.

Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Great Square of Pegasus and Fomalhaut Star will be especially interesting features of this Friday’s sky, according to Greg Andrews, Sci-Port Astronomy Programs Leader.

Programs taking place inside Sci-Port’s Space Center include the make-and-take craft activities Planetary Bracelets and the Modeling the Milky Way. Space Dome Planetarium programs include Starry Night, Eye on the Sky and Musical Astronomy.

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

Coming to the RFC on Sat, Nov 21: Louisiana-made movie Invisible Girlfriend - with the filmmakers

"Invisible Girlfriend is a film we’ll be screening here at the Robinson Film Center on Sat, Nov 21 at 5:00 PM with the filmmakers in attendance. It’s a Louisiana-made documentary that is, simply put, one of the most difficult to describe films I have ever programmed at the RFC," says Chris Jay.

"It’s a road movie/portrait of rural and backroads Louisiana, as seen by a schizophrenic man from Monroe, LA who is riding his bicycle to New Orleans because he believes his girlfriend is psychically calling him there. And his girlfriend is Joan of Arc, and she’s invisible. Anything I could say about the strengths of the film is better said and summarized in this review:"

"A surprising and profoundly compassionate road trip about an America struggling to get back on its feet, with filmmakers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon working at the intersection of Flannery O'Connor Avenue and Werner Herzog Boulevard." -Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Any lover of southern lit or documentary film will find those to be fightin’ words – and I did, too – but I watched the film and found that I agreed 100% with that review.

p.s. If anyone wants to take advantage of that new bicycle trail through downtown, we’re offering free admission to anyone who bikes here for the film.

Monday, November 16, 2009

End your poverty and depression by winning the Great Virtual Scavenger Hunt in the Triumph Over Tragedy project

Through November 29th, North Louisiana residents can explore 21 Parishes across North Louisiana and the Great Depression by playing the Great Virtual Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Caddo Parish Commission, and earn a chance at $2,000.

The goal of the Great Virtual Scavenger Hunt, says Julia Foley, is to engage participants in questions that pertain to historical venues photographed for Triumph Over Tragedy, the book and film, The Grapes of Wrath, video and audio clips from elders who have shared their stories, hobo signs, and information concerning the 150 events taking place through April 2010 related to the project through exploring the website.

Weekly clues are included in the Triumph Newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter on the website.

To participate in the Hunt, you must be at least 13 years of age and reside in one of the participating 21 Parishes of North Louisiana. After completing the questions, there is a chance to win one of the following:
• A first place $2,000 cash prize. Happy days are here again!
• A second* place receives lunch for 4 at the cafe@artspace in Shreveport.
• A third place* prize of a free tour for two of Barksdale Field Historic District and lunch at the Barksdale Club.
• A Runner Upper Parish will get two free passes to an arts event in their parish or any other parish.

Winners of the prizes will be selected based on the participant that filled out the highest percentage of correct answers. In the result of a tie (i.e. 5 100% correct answer ballets) the winner will be chosen randomly from among those in the tie.

Winners will be announced on the website and via email alert on December 1, 2009. For information on rules and to sign up to play, go to the website.

Chris Brown's Romp & Stomp show, KSCL, 91.3, to feature Bruce Flett on Tues, Nov 17, 8 pm

Bruce Flett, Shreveport
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"I'm gonna be Chris Brown's special guest on "Romp & Stomp" Tuesday at 8pm..KSCL 91.3fm," writes musician and musical historian Bruce Flett.

"We'll be talking about and playing music from Shreveport Music History," says Flett. "We'll focus on the R&B successes of the 60s and 70s but begin with the "Suzie Q" 50s."

This Amazon.UK listing of the album "Red River Blues: Shreveport Blues from Ram Records," reminds readers that Shreveport muic history is a big deal in England and places like Australia, Japan and Germany.

Sharrows, or share the street arrows, added to Shreveport streets by Caddo Comissioner Matthew Linn and members of A Better Shreveport

Mayor Glover,

Thank you for allowing Dr. Hallie Dozier of L.S.U., myself and friends
to paint sharrows on certain streets marking safe bicycle passage from South Highland to Downtown Shreveport. These markings are very
inexpensive to apply and bring priceless, heightened awareness that
something other than an automobile is allowed on the street. When
people who are only accustomed to driving a car or truck are informed of the new "Louisiana 3 foot law", they will be grateful to have a
friendly reminder of being respectful to bicyclist.

The template of the "Bicycle Sharrow" has been donated to "A Better
." I encourage everyone to work together to make our home, Shreveport, easier and safer to navigate by all means of transportation.

Matthew Linn
Caddo Parish Commissioner, District 4

Commissioner Linn:

It is my pleasure. As mayor and as a citizen I welcome Shreveport becoming a more biker, runner and walker friendly city. Please pass my thanks along to all involved and let's keep forging ahead.

Kindest Regards,


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Columbia Park blanketed by some 8000 motley partiers at the Highland Blues & Jazz Fest 09

Blankets and chairs by the score were laid across the hills of Columbia Park by a diverse and vast audience (Kenney Koonce ests 7 to 8000) as the Highland Blues Fest was presented on Sat, Nov 14. The free fest featured music on 2 stages and a big-name headliner: the New Orleans' septet called the Rebirth Brass Band.

Strengths of the fest:
- sundry crowd, both in age and ethnicity.
- family-oriented.
- food and crafts booths adequate to nourish the crowd.
- beer.
- effective sound system (Glenn Graves, ta da!).
- smart team of volunteers, including fest founder Amy Loe, announcer Liz Swain and many more.
- handsome and soulful faces for the numerous photographers.
- opportunity for many attendees to avoid the car and use the bike.
- aerobic development stimulated by the Rebirth Brass band.
- Chicken Masala, by India's Restaurant, was scrumptious and only $2.
- an example for the city of an effective neighborhood fest.
- Highland in its best light: safe, convenient, multifarious.

Dean Roane, 6 additional visual artists plus Jimmy Cousins and 4 additional musical units at minicine? 846 Texas Ave, beginning at 6 pm on Sun, Nov 22

Minicine? for art's sake musicians, says Pete Fetterman:

The Drum Militia, AJ Haynes and Monkey Business, the infamous Jaguar Shark and Mr Christopher.

Artists: Jeff Morgan (Asheville, NC), Reyne Treve (Sedona, AZ), Sara White and Sarabeth Dunton Diamond (NOLA) and Dean Roane and Malori Brandon (Shreveport).

Sun, Nov 22.
6 pm
Pot luck supper.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Shreveport Farmer's Market, Barnwell Art Market, Zonta Antique Show & Sale at the Riverfront Saturday morn

Shreveport Farmer's Market
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The Barnwell's Freda Powell says "The Riverfront is flooding with activities." The Barnwell's Art Affaire in the Garden goes from 10 am to 3 pm.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shreveport Opera Express at Barnes & Noble with Little Red Riding Hood on Fri, Nov 13, 7 pm

Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX), the education and outreach program of Shreveport Opera, will be presenting a FREE performance of Little Red Riding Hood this Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Shreveport, says Steve Aiken.

Use the voucher on all purchases made in the store Friday (and online through the weekend) and a percentage of each sale will be donated to Shreveport Opera Xpress.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rebirth Brass Band headlines Highland Jazz and Blues Fest on Sat, Nov 14, noon to 5 pm, Columbia Park

Rebirth Brass Band
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Columbia Park
Parking at King's Hwy Christian Church

Pavilion Stage
12:00 ‐ 12:45 Robin w/ The Bluebirds
1:00 ‐ 1:45 Dan Sanchez & the Kings of Pleasure
2:00 ‐ 2:45 River Breezes
3:00 ‐ 3:45 A.J. Cascio & the Two Tone Blues Band
4:00 ‐ 5:00 Rebirth Brass Band

Gazebo Stage -
12:30 ‐ 1:15 Professor Porkchop & the Dirty Dishes
1:30 ‐ 2:15 Howlin' Henry & the Harptones
2:30 ‐ 3:15 A.J. Haynes & the Monkey Business
3:30 ‐ 4:15 Total Choice

Selected vendors for a rockin lunch . . .
* Burning Spear jerk chicken
* India's Restaurant chicken masala
* Also wafting your way: turkey legs, funnel cakes, red beans & rice, Bbq brisket

In Artist's Alley . . .
* photography, coffee, cookies, jams, pralines

Foldable chairs! If you're going to hang for a while . . .

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Brooks Williams singing and picking at Fairfield Studios on Sun, Nov 15, 7 pm

Brooks Williams
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"Guitarist/singer/songwriter Brooks Williams is a very talented guy who wowed us big time at the Memphis Folk Alliance Convention last February," says Jim Huckabay.

"Even with of hundreds of acts in attendance, Brooks was a standout to be remembered and hopefully, booked someday. We were fortunate enough to pick him up on his fall tour through Texas. Sure, he is smokin' on guitar—but his singing and songwriting make him a terrific, all-around performer. Check out his credits at

Fairfield Studios • Sunday, November 15, 7 pm. 1510 Fairfield Ave. $15.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Dorothy Kristin Hanna paintings at Turner Art Center, Centenary College, in Images of Being exhibit; reception Sun, Nov 15, 2 - 4 pm

Dorothinia, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Images of Being is about new paintings but is also something of a retrospective: "I will have one painting from every year from 1987 to 2005 in the hallway gallery," says Dorothy Kristin Hanna, aka Dorothinia, of her exhibit at Tuner Art Center, Shreveport.

"In the main gallery will be Images of Being, from 2005 to now."

Of her enormous and vibrant body of work, Kristi says, "All of my work is about color relative to the human energy field and healing. I would love to share this work with you."

Hanna has won awards for her work; the Multi-disciplinary Artist Fellowship from Shreveport Regional Arts Council is one. She is a mixed-nuts artist whose choreography and production of avant garde song and dance has rivaled her prodigious output of painting. She is currently developing an evening of dance and drama set to rare Beatles recordings.

Please see images of her work.

River City Rep comedy, Moonlight & Magnolias, runs Nov 11 - 15 at Riverview Theater, Shreveport

River City Repertory Theatre, Shreveport-Bossier’s only professional theatre company, will open its fourth season with the comedy Moonlight and Magnolias on November 11th at Riverview Theater in downtown Shreveport, says Patric McWilliams.

The comedy, written by Ron Hutchinson, takes a look at legendary producer David O. Selznick’s decision to shut down the filming of his epic movie Gone with the Wind, his cinematic adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s acclaimed novel which had helped its readers weather the bleak Depression years.

See Jim Montgomery as David O. Selznick, Richard Folmer as Victor Fleming, Jonathan McVay as Ben Hecht and Ruth Doreck as Miss Poppenghul, Selznick’s harried secretary.

Moonlight will be directed by Patric McWilliams with Light Design by Tristan Decker, Sound Design by Kermit Poling and Set and Costume Design by McWilliams.

Performances are Nov 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm; Nov 15th at 3 pm.
Box Office: 11 am - 5 pm Monday – Saturday
2829 Youree Drive Suite #4 located in the Joyner Building
All seats are $35.00
$10.00 tickets are available to Students and Military with a current ID half an hour prior to curtain.

Moonlight and Magnolias is a participant in Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Triumph Over Tragedy project commemorating the anniversary of the Depression Era.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Velo Dendro tour, Shreveport: the art of the tree, as explained by forester Hallie Dozier

With some 100 people riding through East Shreveport in a green wave of high-viz shirts, Velo Dendro was a distinct cultural success on Sat, Nov 7.

Hallie Dozier, forestry prof at LSU and former Shreveport resident, was articulate and informative as the tour guide. Matthew Linn, Caddo Commissioner and proprietor of Columbia Cafe, was accommodating as host and co-planner.

All ages were represented. There were tots in handlebar seats, small fry on their own small bikes, college students, 30-somethings and the sanhedrin.

A typical stop is seen in the photo above. Bruce Allen and wife, Kristin Dorothy Hanna, opened their yard at 555 Herndon to the tour.

The only question unanswered at the end of the day was "When and how do we do this again?"

Thursday, November 05, 2009

MLP: Shannon Stoddard-directed student production of Step on a Crack opens Nov 6, 7 pm, MLP

MLP: step on a crack
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Says the director of Step on a Crack, Shannon Stoddard, "It has been difficult, yet exciting getting to put this amazing show together. I really think families will really enjoy this show!

"Step on a Crack" is the student production of the year - which means that it is entirely student run. Our teachers advised our decisions and were there for us when we needed advice but the entire cast and crew and production team is made entirely of students - including set design, lights, costumes, and sound.

Lorna Dopson, who attended Magnet High in Shreveport, plays the lead - Ellie Murphy. She is also a senior theatre major and graduating in may. Merwin McCrady is also in my show and attended Magnet and is now a Sophomore theatre major - and he plays Frizbee who is one of the imaginary friends.

Also in the cast is senior Leah Tennyson, Sophomores Lauren Morrison, Sean Brazeel, and Freshman Andrew Jarboe."

It's a world of imaginary friends and the seriousness of family dynamics as seen through the eyes of a child during the Centenary College Theatre Department’s production of "Step on a Crack" by Susan Zeder, Nov. 6, 7, 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 8, 14 at 2 p.m. in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for Students, military and senior citizens.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Arts budget in Bossier may be slashed to half of the 08 figure, says Bossier Arts Council director

Bossier City mural
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As you have likely heard, the Bossier City Council is looking to make drastic budget cuts this year. Currently, the proposed budget calls for half of what Bossier Arts Council received last year, says Kelly Warner.

The total cut is $55,000 and is the equivalent of 3 salaries. The Bossier Arts Council has a mere 4 employees and operates on a frugal annual budget. This budget cut is potentially devastating to our organization and will impact Bossier's cultural economy in its entirety.

- The Arts contributes to Louisiana's economy with a total impact of $934 million.
- Every dollar in the Arts leverages $7 in earned and contributed revenue
- If the Bossier City Council moves forward with the proposed budget, Bossier will feel a total economic loss of $385,000 in our cultural community.
source: Louisiana State Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism

What can you do?
1. Visit our website, and become a fan on Facebook to support this cause.
2. Forward this email to everyone in your address book.
3. Email and phone the following City Council Members to let them know you do not support the Bossier Arts Council cuts.

Scott Irwin
Home: 742.2190

Jeffery Darby
Office: 742.6910
Home: 742.6908

Don Williams
Home: 747.5320

David Jones
Home: 752.1944

James "Chubby" Knight
Home: 549-0291

David Montgomery
Office: 424.1414
Home: 747.9886

Timothy A Larkin
Office: 747.2300
Home: 425.2300

4. Attend the Nov 17 City Council Meeting to support the arts.

Kelly Warner, Executive Director
Bossier Arts Council

Slow food-style soup's on @ Artspace Shreveport on Tues, Nov 17, 6:30 pm

Naturalist's soup
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Someone's In The Soup Kitchen, announces Bonne' Summers of Artspace, on Tues, Nov 17th, 6:30 pm. The event commemorates the 80th Anniversary of the Great Depression / New Deal Era in North Louisiana.

Join five celebrity chefs and the NW Louisiana Slow Food Group
as they create a culinary soup kitchen throughout artspace:

Chef Robert Franklin of Shreveport Club
Chef Dave Bridges, Private Chef
Chef Eddie Mars of The Petroleum Club
Chef Sydney Bell of café @ artspace
Chef Giuseppe Brucia of Giuseppe's Ristorante.

The zupas include -
- Louisiana Harvest Blend with Fire Roasted Quail
- Charred Carrot & Red Pepper Bisque with Grilled Fontina &
Basil Panninis,
- Light Velluta of Shitake Mushroom with Salmon Ravioli

Each Soup Station will also serve slices of a variety of home baked breads, wine, and dessert.

While dining, patrons will tour the Depression exhibition and hear a performance by Jeannine Pasini Beakman called "Voices of Witness"; a 20 minute Storytelling tribute to the People, Places and Events of the Great Depression and the New Deal Era in North Louisiana.

Cost: $40 per person
Reservations: Call 673-6535 or email

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

RW Norton's First Saturday event: It Runs in the Family Tour on Saturday, November 7 @ 2 pm

RW Norton's First Saturday event: It Runs in the Family Tour

Art does sometimes seem genetically communicated, says Jennifer Defratis. In this guided tour, art lovers will explore the many families of artists represented in the Norton from the Bonheurs to the Borglums and beyond.

Saturday, November 7 @ 2 pm
R. W. Norton Art Gallery

4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106

Neil Johnson, Scarlett Hendricks and Brad Arender photos: Triumph over Tragedy Exhibition at Artspace opens Fri, Nov 6, 7 pm

Artspace exhibit opens Nov 6
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Opening Reception for the Triumph over Tragedy Exhibition, a Marcy G. & Jack T. Everett mainspace Exhibition, commemorates the People, Places and Events of the Great Depression/New Deal Era in North Louisiana.

Professional Photographers Neil Johnson, Scarlett Hendricks and Brad Arender have captured the lives and times of the Great Depression in this photographic exhibition at artspace.

Entertainment: "Banjo Bob" Jordan. Depression Era themed snacks, Cash Bar.

Complimentary parking at the Blue Scroll Mural.
Admission, $10; $5 for Seniors, military and students with ID.

Friday, November 6 @ 7 pm

710 Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Monday, November 02, 2009

Velo Dendro: a bike tour of Shreveport on Sat, Nov 7

A family-oriented bike tour of Shreveport will be led by forester Hallie Dozier on Sat, Nov 7. It's a segmented tour of the city's best trees.
Registration ($10) is 8:30 - 9:30 at Columbia Cafe.
Ride segments are 2 miles each. Water, snacks and support vehicle are included.
Tour ends at Columbia Cafe at 1:30 pm. Music by the trio A Fine Romance.