Friday, December 31, 2010

Activist and artist Robin Rothrock, founder of Shreveport's Hope Clinic, is dead of cancer at age 60

During her 25 years in Shreveport very few people knew where the late Robin Rothrock lived. Because she was manager of Hope Medical Group for Women, an abortion clinic, she was constantly subject to harassment. Though her nature was to be outgoing and generous, she had to guard her privacy.

Rothrock was a leader in the perennial struggle to keep abortion available in the region. According to a generously honorary article in the Times, her clinic was "at one time was the only abortion provider in a 400-mile area between Dallas and Jackson, Miss."

Opening the clinic in 1980, Rothrock became a steady visitor to Baton Rouge for lobbying. With a background in sociology from her home state of Florida, she was an articulate and passionate voice for women's rights.

Rothrock, a woman quick to smile and one able to spar with geniality, was well-traveled among the leading businessmen, politicians and physicians of Shreveport and the state of Louisiana. She enjoyed debate and challenges and felt that full extensions of women's rights, even in ill-educated Louisiana, was inevitable.

"She has stuck with the effort to provide abortion care through thick and thin: clinic assaults, fire bombs, protesters, and state regulations aimed at reducing access to abortion care," wrote Pearl Serbanic in nominating Rothrock for a Woman's Health Hero award.

In recent years she became a successful artist, displaying and selling visual art at one time from her Backroom Gallery in the Arodasi Center on Market St. Her art was included in shows at Artspace Shreveport and Bistineau Gallery and displayed at Prima Tazza and Bella Fresca.

She founded Highway Grrls Gallery & Studio near her home in Melbourne, Florida.

"Rothrock was president of the League of Women Voters of Louisiana in the 1980s," wrote the Times."She remained politically active despite a four-year battle against breast cancer."

See a descriptive article on Shreveport and Rothrock in Mother Jones magazine.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Join SciPort's Dragon Parade in the New Years at Noon celebration, on Fri, Dec 31, 10 am to 2 pm

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, will host the annual New Year’s at Noon celebration on Friday, December 31, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year’s celebration highlights traditions from Imlek, which is the Chinese word for New Year and the name of the month-long preparation of the New Year for Indonesians, says Karen Wissing.

Activities will include: making noisemakers, dragon puppets and clock-face painting. The dragon puppets will be used later in the day during the Dragon Parade which will take place inside the Center at 2 p.m. There will be a countdown to “midnight” at Noon followed by a balloon drop off of the Center’s 2nd floor balcony inside, and Sci-Port’s President/CEO Ann Fumarolo will give a New Year salutation. A fireworks presentation in our SWEPCO Demonstration Theater showing the different salts and colors needed to create a firework will also be included.

The program is free with admission to the Center.

From September through February, Sci-Port’s hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.
For information regarding hours, IMAX showings or special programs, call (318) 424-3466, toll free at (877) 724-7678 or visit

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jon Soul to lead Coates Bluff Nature Trail walk in East Shreveport on New Year's Eve: Fri, Dec 31, 3 pm

Coates Bluff Nature Trail founder Jon Soul says of the New Year's Eve hike, "Meet at the MSS parking lot off Sevier Rd. at 3 pm, walk the full-length to Valencia, maybe see a little of the cemetery, and then take the nature-loop coming back. I'm thinking that would be between 1 - 1/2 hours of walking/talking time."

Those of you who need to take a shorter hike may stop and return to your vehicle at any time, of course.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nate Wasson, Alisha Munds, Natorshau Davis, Heather Bryson, Christian Dantes: Academy of Children's Theater does Hairspray at Riverview Theater Jan 7 - 16

Hairspray / ACT /
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Cynthia Whitaker and Lauren Ross are directing and choreographing Hairspray at Riverview Theater, says the Academy of Children's Theater.

"To feature 60 of the most talented young performers in Louisiana, ACT has partnered with Mahogany Ensemble, Theater of the Performing Arts and Yazzy," says Ross.

Edna Turnblad: Nate Wasson
Tracy Turnblad: Alisha Munds
Motormouth Maybelle: Natorshau Davis
Velma Von Tussle: Heather Bryson
Link Larkindale: Christian Dantes
Amber Von Tussle: Maddison Gilcrease
Seawood Stubbs: Thomas Keys
Penny Pingleton: Katie Vanchiere
Prudy Pingleton: Chelsea David
Corny Collins: Bryan Wooley
Wilbur Turnblad: Matt Latz
Little Inez: Dejah Holden

Daniel Ley, music, Don Hooper, sets, Monica Allison & Cynthia Whitaker, costumes, Lauren Ross, choreography.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mike Martindale, Joe Todaro, Anna Maria Sparke Keele, Susan Kirton, Jim Cowles, John F. Daniel in The Odd Couple at SLT; box office open for performances Jan 6 through 16

Two of comedy's most famous mismatched roommates: Felix is neat, nervous and uptight. Oscar is easygoing and sloppy. When they share the same apartment, hilarity ensues.

Cast: Mike Martindale, Joe Todaro, Anna Maria Sparke Keele, Susan Kirton, Jim Cowles, John F. Daniel, Warren Grafton, and Michael Stone.

Box Office opens December 28, 2010 at 300 Ockley Drive (at Youree Drive) in Shreveport

Open Monday - Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 318 424-4439.

All performances will be held at the Woman’s Department Club, 802 Margaret Place.

Tickets: $15. Seniors, students & active military; $17. Adults; $10 Student Rush tickets are available at curtain time, at the door with student ID—cash only.

Jan 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Jan 9, 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Robert Darrow directs, Rebecca Woodruff serves as stage manager, Mike Jarrett, set construction, David White, lighting design, and Diane Long, scenic artist.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hiking is swell in East Shreveport: try the Coates Bluff Nature Trail, which connects Montessori, Stoner Elem and Magnet High from 'behind' their campuses

Coates Bluff Nature Trail is Shreveport's newest hiking path. It skirts the bottom that was once the head of Bayou Pierre. On one side of the path, which is dotted with flouresecent tape markers, is a tree-covered high bluff. On the other side is a bayou bottom, some of it a pretty waterway and some of it dry.

In hiking it on Dec 26 we found solitude, appealing woods, varied trees and undergrowth, good markers and enough of a challenge to feel we were on an adventure.

We parked at Montessori School for Shreveport, followed the well-trod land beside the bayou until we got to the easily-spotted box of maps on a tree labeled Please Take One. We continued in the lee of the bluff almost one mile til we noticed a well-used path up the hillside, which had gotten lower. At the top o that small rise we saw Valencia Park, Magnet High and, in the near distance, the VA Hospital.

We entered the Valencia/Magnet field through a gate in the chain-link fence and walked to the Valencia Community Garden. There we saw greens being tended by gardeners under the tutelage of Deborah Coleman and Grace Peterson.

On our return we noticed a tombstone; there are historic cemeteries in the Coates Bluff/Olive St area that need rehabilitation. We hiked under and over tree trunks (there are round abouts, too) on our way back to the waterway that makes Anderson Island an island.

Elapsed time for the relaxed hike was about 50 minutes.

Members of A Better Shreveport are planning to hike the path - mid-afternoon - with trail founder, Jon Soul, on New Year's Eve. If you would like to join us, please see the A Better Shreveport blog for finalized arrangements. Or simply go and hike at your leisure.

It is an inspirational bit of terrain and an easy way to check in with Mother Nature. Highly recommended for those children, too.

See photos here.
And a 2-min video here.

Xmas tree, recently arrived, on its way to Eco Mulch & Sod beginning Fri, 9 am to 1 pm

Xmas tree arrives
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Shreveport Green will collect Christmas trees to recycle into landscaping mulch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at Eco Mulch and Sod, 6105 St. Vincent Ave. in Shreveport.

"Recycling Christmas trees reduces the quantity of waste going to the local landfill and allows the wood to be re-used in an eco-friendly manner," a news release states. The mulch will be given to area parks and schools for landscaping and pathways.

For more information, call Jennette Ginsburg at (318) 219-1888, ext. 14.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

See Dirtfoot chat and perform on NYC-shot online program Grooveable Feast

Dirtfoot is a guest on a NYC program - online and associated with Facebook - called Grooveable Feast. Hosted by hipster / singer Richard Julian, it is a righteous production. To watch the Grooveable Feasts - among the additional guests are Suzanne Vega and Josh Ritter - you simply log in. My sign-up was painless. Love it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Health food restaurateurs John & Katie Koellen retiring and closing a city institution, Earthereal Restaurant & Bakery

"Shreveport-Bossier loses a unique restaurant this week with the closure of Earthereal Restaurant & Bakery, a health food store on Line Avenue where a wonderful married couple - John and Katie Koellen - handled everything from taking the orders to preparing each item by hand," writes Chris Jay in his new city blog. "The restaurant is open for two more days - they'll have normal lunch seatings (11 AM-2 PM) until Thursday, December 23, and will be open for pick-up orders only on Friday, December 24."

Adds Jay, "An incredibly tiny, lunch-only spot, Earthereal always felt like some sort of secret society to me. On any given day, there'd be a dozen or so intelligent-looking people quietly enjoying their lunch. I felt smarter and healthier just for having walked in the place. John and Katie literally knew every customer by name, it seemed, and if Katie had a moment's downtime, she'd move from table to table saying hello."

Not only did John & Katie manage the longest-lived vegetarian / health food restaurant in town, they had a salon. As described by Chris Jay above, the small eatery was a haven and meeting place for artists, civic activists and students as well as the swell class.

The Koellens were additionally important by the many students hired as wait staff. Their former employees constitute an informal but considerable family.

The Koellens are patrons of the arts. They collect art and support the scene, especially in live theater. They also established a gold standard for ethics, responsibility and warmth in their business. Though they are retiring, their have set a mark for generosity and fortitude in Shreveport-Bossier that will live long.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Homecoming Shreveport: Victoria Williams, the Blade family and more on Sun, Dec 26, at 516 Texas St, NXNWLA

Holiday Homecoming
A fundraiser for the NXNWLA Music Foundation
Sun, Dec 26
Dan Garner, producer

Featuring music by Troy Verges, Buddy Flett, and Victoria Williams backed by Dirtfoot

And the NXNWLA Music Museum Inductions of:

The Blades
Brady Blade, Sr., Brady Blade, Jr., Brian Blade

Bill Bush

Buddy Flett

Dean Mathis & Marc Mathis of The Newbeats

Shreveport Music Company

Troy Verges

Victoria Williams

Monday, December 20, 2010

Spamalot @ the Strand Theater, Shreveport: like the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops and Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Christmas in the Sky, performed to a sold-out house

"The Strand is on a roll," said Lily Herd,"because we sold out Fiddler on the Roof recently and today we sold out with Spamalot." Added Herd, "We had a world of calls for tickets today that we had to turn down. Additionally, every ticket that was turned in by a patron who could not attend was then sold."

Spamalot was tight. The 2-hour show was marked by uptown lighting, well-honed voices and impeccable ensemble dances. Spamalot pulled out every trick in the Broadway book, including T & A, audience participation and confetti in the air.

The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra also sold out its Holiday Pops concert at Riverview Theater on the weekend. As did Shreveport Regional Arts Council sell out its vast benefit, Christmas in the Sky, last weekend.

Meanwhile, what might be called the alternative audience has never been larger for events such as minicine's Xmas Under da Ground.

Let it be noted, too, that most of these events have taken place at downtown venues, in the evening.

Not a bad way for Shreveport to close out a difficult year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Performers, bands, ensembles, artists, arts producers, publicists: widen your coverage with listings in Shreveport Bossier Fun

Music Voyager: Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau is the state-of-the-art calendar for this region. You enter the event date, cost and details yourself - at Submit An Event. Add a photo and you're done.

With a newspaper or other online site, you're not quite sure whether you're going to appear in print. The Fun Guide, however, gives you a guaranteed spot and quick turn-around. You also get high visibility in Google searches.

As the arts admin for SBFG, I review and activate submissions daily. And I have backup people at the ShreveportBossier Convention & Tourism Bureau: Pat Gill and Patsy Zittrauer.

Adjustments are not a problem when you know the arts admin. Drop me an email if there's a cancellation or a glitch. I will be happy to fix your event listing day or night.

The turn-over in the arts world means that some press release personnel are new to their work. Not a problem. I'll be happy to initiate newbies and offer a helping hand where needed.

Say hello at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Performance by violist Marcus Rose, student at Magnet Shreveport, on "From the Top," national program broadcast by Red River Radio, on Sat, Dec 18, 11 am

Marcus Rose, Cmhs, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
This week on From the Top, says, on Sat, Dec 18, at 11:00 am, is a performance by 17-year-old violist Marcus Rose from Shreveport.

Rose has been awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. On the show Marcus performs the first movement Rapsodie from Suite Hebraique by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

Rose is a senior at Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport. He studies viola with Borys Smolaga and also plays the piano. Marcus is a member of his church choir, plays with the Marshall Symphony, and is part of the American String Teacher’s Association National High School Honors Orchestra. He has taken master classes with the Manhattan String Quartet and participated in the Sewannee Summer Music Festival. In his free time Marcus likes to hang out with his friends, shop, and play The Sims 3 on his computer.

Special Note: Due to an Early Opera Time this show will be abbreviated. The Full show will air in its entirety on Mon, Dec 20, at 10:00 am.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shreveport Little Theater at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse: A Christmas Carol, directed by Heather Peak Hooper, Dec 16 - 25

Atchison Xmas 09, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Marjorie Lyons Playhouse & Shreveport Little Theatre present
Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, directed by Heather Peak Hooper and starring Michael Blake Powell.

"A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular and enduring stories of all time," says Robert Darrow.

December 16, 17, 18, 23 at 8 p.m., December 19, 24 at 2 p.m. & December 25 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: Adults: $15; Senior, Students, Active Military: $12.
On December 25: Pay what you will!
For reservations, call SLT box office, 424-4439 or MLP box office at 869-5242.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

West Edge String Quartet in concert Fri, Dec 10, 7:30 pm, Frost Chapel, First Baptist, Shreveport

The West Edge String Quartet Holiday Concert

Fri, Dec 10, 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church Frost Chapel
543 Ockley Drive

Kermit Poling & Elizabeth O'Bannon - violins,
Borys B. Smolaga - viola,
Ruth Drummond - cello

"Please, come and join us in celebration of this Holiday Season at First Baptist Church Frost Chapel in Shreveport. West Edge Quartet will present 15 brand new arrangements of Christmas music from their newly released CD 'Christmas Around the World'."

CDs will be available at the concert.
They can also be purchased from Centaur Records, ArkivMusic, Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble
as well as

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Local moviemaker showcase in all-ages Minicine event: Xmas Under Da Ground, Sat, Dec 11, 7 pm, 846 Texas Ave

"Alonzo," Robert Trudeau
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Tis the Season, says David Nelson and his Brobdingnagian elves, for x-mas under da ground, which is minicine?'s bi-annual "Made in Shreveport" film and video showcase and multi-media exhibition.

See it Sat, Dec 11 @ 7pm, 846 Texas Avenue.
Filmmakers (5 min works):
Sara Hebert, Bob Greenwood, Dacoda Montana, Ruthie Junto, Keturah Cummings, Noah Scruggs / Chris Armand, Marquette LaForest, Leo Kacenjar, Cazes Verbois, Jeremy Jones, Robert Trudeau, Dan Garner, Alan Dyson, Rob Peterson, Keith Able, Michelle Glaros, Chris Alexander, Skye Thorstenson, Larry Caveney, Krista McKinney, Savage Chuck, Glen Grefe, Jimmy Cousins and Austin Meyers / Mike Schwalke.

Reyne Treve, Conchita Iglesias McElvee, Mallori Brandon, Dylan Hillman, Jason Pliler, Kathryn Usher, Chuck Loridans, Debbie Engle, Jeremy Johnson, Matt Beckam, Rachel Wallace, Deborah Demaree, Molly Dolly, Matthew Linn, Brandon Jenkins, Justin Clark, Ben Geisar, Rachel McDonald, Bailey Anglin, Courtney Walker, Rachel Addy, Courtney Walker, Jedediah Peppers, Casey Varner.
Dean Roane, Jasper McAdams, The Hell Yeahs, The .357's
Hors d'oeuvres:
Libby Patterson Smith & Friends
Special Thanks to MMCC,,, (Marion Marks) for tireless effort making our compilation DVD...

Free admission / all ages
Make Movies Now!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Daniel Santilices, Angela Russell, Adrienne Gabriel in orchestra concert at Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College, Mon, Dec 6, 7:30 pm

The Hurley School of Music presents the Hurley Orchestra on
Mon, Dec 6,
Anderson Auditorium, says maestro Dr. Todd Gabriel.

Featured soloists are Dan Santelices, Angela Russell & Adrienne Gabriel
in a Christmas themed concert.

The concert is free and open to the public.
Info: 869-5235.

Pamoja Shreveport: Walter Washington painting exhibit opens Sat, Dec 11, at 3806 Linwood

Pamoja Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The Pamoja Society of Shreveport presents the work of esteemed painter Walter Ibrahim Washington on Sat, Dec 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, says Jameelah El-Amin.

In addition to being a muralist and portraitist, Washington is leader of the Pamoja Drum Circle. He has also been active in the Shreveport Community Drum Circle.

Pamoja headquarters, 3806 Linwood, is in the Linwood Village shopping center near LSUHSC.

More info at

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops on Sat, Dec 18, meanwhile hear the Wideman Piano Competition, Baroque Artists and numerous classical concerts

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Originally uploaded by trudeau
On the Shreveport-Bossier classical music calendar for December - thanks to Candace Maynard and David Henington for info:

Wideman Piano Competition
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, December 3 11:00am - 1:00pm, 2:30pm - 5:45pm
Saturday, December 4 9:30am-1:00pm, 2:30pm - 7:00pm
Sunday, December 5 Begins at 1:00 OR 2:00pm (depending on number of semifinalists chosen) - 6:00pm
For more information, call 869-5235. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted on Sunday afternoon.

Centenary Candlelight Service
Brown Chapel Friday, December 3, 6:00pm
Centenary Choir, Camerata, Chorale and Brass Quintet will perform selections during this traditional campus holiday service. Free and open to the public.

Asbury United Methodist Church, Bossier City
December 5, 7:00pm
Camerata and Chorale will join the Asbury Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra.
Admission is free, but tickets required - available at Airline Drive locations of Good Eats Market & Cafe and Chik-Fil-A.

Hurley Orchestra featuring soloists Dan Santelices, Angela Russell & Adrienne Gabriel
Anderson Auditorium
Monday, December 6 7:30pm
Free and open to the public.

Centenary Percussion Ensemble Concert
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, December 8 7:30pm
Free and open to the public.

Cantare Women's Ensemble Concert
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, December 9 7:30pm
Free and open to the public.

Chorale - Christmas Concert
St. John Berchmans Cathedral
Saturday, December 11 7:00pm
Free and open to the public.

Baroque Artists of Shreveport
Anderson Auditorium
Sunday, December 12 3:00pm
Free and open to the public.

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Pops Concert
Sat, Dec 18, 7:30 pm
Riverview Theater

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Egyptianas! Tribal riddims and isolations from the Port Belly Project at 7 pm, Dec 4, Taylortown Store, Bossier City

Egyptianas! Dec 4, Taylortown
Originally uploaded by trudeau
"The Winter Hafla is this Saturday, December 4th, at the old Taylortown general store," says Susan Fontaine about the dance party being produced by the sinuous members of the beladi troupe from Lotus Studio. The Port Belly Project will give you a preview of the show you will see if you attend Christmas in the Sky.

8568 Barksdale Blvd. Bossier City, LA 71112
Doors at 6:30, show at 7.
Tickets $10, raffle $5. Door prizes (for the audience) and a raffle (for the dancers) with lots of fun things!

"It's BYOB; we'll have tasty food stuffs after the show," adds Fontaine.

SRAC's biennial blow-out, Christmas in the Sky, takes place Sat, Dec 11, La Downs, supports arts programs and artists in region

Some 2,000 guests will motor to Harrah's La Downs on Sat, Dec 11, to see one of the most spectacular parties in the region: the biennial Christmas in the Sky.

Harrah's Louisiana Downs will be transformed, says Julia Foley. Beatlemania will envelope the guests from parking lot through 2 floors of super-colorful rooms. Beatlemania will rock the clock from 7 pm to 3 am.

To benefit regional arts activities and artists, Shreveport Regional Arts Council and a large team of volunteers create 16 auction areas, 10 entertainment stages, 12 themed bars, and 11 themed hot and cold buffets.

The 2008 event generated a half million dollars to support SRAC programs throughout Northwest Louisiana, says Foley.

If you love the arts and an evening of well-dressed sensory overload, call SRAC or get tickets online. They're $250 each. Not to worry: remarks overheard after recent editions of this over-the-top event indicate that the party is worth every dollar to the patron class.

(318) 673-6500

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Central Fire Station renovation will affect a 9-block district; chat with designer Gregory Free about Texas Ave on Th, Dec 2, 6 to 8 pm, at Holy Cross Episcopal

Share your vision for Texas Ave - a 9-block area around the Central Fire Station - with Gregory Free and SRAC, says April Dahm.

A Listening and Visioning session with Gregory Free will be hosted by the Texas Avenue Community Association on Thu, December 2, 6pm 8pm, at 875 Cotton Street, Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Short, accessible hike within East Shreveport proper: Coates Bluff Nature Trail; park & trek from Montessori School for Shreveport

Coates Bluff Nature Trail
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Colorful river bottom land suitable for all ages hiking here in the city of Shreveport? It's the Coates Bluff Nature Trail.

Access it by parking at Montessori School for Shreveport and walking across Sevier St to follow the tags along the bayouside path.

Developed by environmental advocate Jon Soul, the Coates Bluff Nature Trail is a work in its early stages. Still, it is ready for trekking. The first couple of hundred yards are mulched; the remainder is a leaf-strewn, easy to follow woods loop.

When it is fully extended, the Coates Bluff Nature Trail will connect three schools: Montessori School for Shreveport, Stoner Elementary and Caddo Magnet High.

The basis of the trail is the old Bayou Pierre river bed.

The trail has been cleaned and cleared by students and adults from Montessori, Stoner neighborhood, Anderson Island neighborhood and members of A Better Shreveport.

Will Maranto and the Usual Suspects @ Naked Bean in Shreveport on Fri, Nov 26, 8 pm

Will Maranto, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Rock and roll and fun from a busy guy who will not give up guitars and lyrics and belting both.

Check out some tunes at Will

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rebirth Brass Band under Shreveport's Red River Bridge @ 9 pm on Wed, Nov 24; Stiff Necked Fools open @ 7 pm

If you remember the Rebirth Brass Band from their raucous, revival-tent performance at the Highland Jazz & Blues Fest in 09 you know the power of massed, hard-blowing horns. These fellows will blow down the house.

Stretch, I beg you, to catch the reggae-based jazz-rock octet Stiff Necked Fools (from a lyric by Bob Marley). They may be Shreveport's next crowd-gathering phenom, after Dirtfoot. They include -

John Hoffman - Drums/Vocals
Ryan Viser - Trumpet/Vocals
John Bundrick - Guitar/Vocals
Greg Pitts - Bass
Jason Ball - Keyboard/Vocals
Stefan Poole - Saxophone/Vocals
Scotty Gerardy - Saxophone/Vocals
Daniel Breithaupt - Congas

Any question that this is a dance party?
And it is an all-ages event.

Rebirth Brass / Stiff Necked Fools
Wednesday, November 24 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Red River District (Under The Texas Bridge)
450 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Heather Peak-Hooper directs The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe at East Bank Theater, Bossier City; shows open Fri, Nov 26, 7 pm

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, says director Heather Peak-Hooper, is set in the land of Narnia and faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.

The cast -
Kolby Ledbetter "” Peter
Caitlin Chavanne "” Susan
John Peyton Pou "” Edmund
Emma Cate Dailey "” Lucy
Trevor Van Eaton "” Tumnus
Virginia Brewer "” Fenris Ulf
Lindsay Nuckolls "” White Witch
Lucia Boyd "” Dwarf
Jacob Grau "” Mr. Beaver
Laura Leigh Faciane "” Mrs. Beaver
Maddie Tinsley "” Owl
Emily Martinson "” Fox
Caroline Paxton "” Eagle and Elf
Grace Long "” Unicorn
Joshua Myers "” Centaur
Denver McLendon "” Father Christmas
Brooke Reedy "” Leopard
Bailey Fielder "” Rabbit
Elizabeth Ross "” Raccoon
Isaiah Jones "” Aslan
Courtney Hunsicker, Lauren Roberts, Kylie Willis, Virginia Brewer "” Witch's Army

The Academy of Children's Theater, led by Cynthia Whitaker and Lauren Ross, are producers of the show.

7 p.m. Fri, Nov 26, Sat, Nov 27, and Dec. 3-4;
2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 5,
East Bank Theatre, 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Power of the brush: artist David Holcombe keeps alive issues of the day in paintings at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport

Harvey Milk & Billy Graham are co-angels in one composition. In another work the students who died in the Virginia Tech shooting are alive. Chairman Mao wears Mousketeer ears and becomes a sinister buffoon in another painting.

These are images from the work of Dr David Holcombe. They are on display upstairs at Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College.

Holcombe is a painter who says he "uses the power of the brush" to probe the art consumers' social conscience.

Says Meadows director Diane DuFilho, "'Visions and Visionaries' is comprised of portraits that reflect the myriad social interests of the artist. Many of the subjects are elaborate political cartoons that comment on diverse subjects including gun control, abortion and violence among other social and political issues."

Holcombe is a quiet fellow, a physician, life-long painter and collector of art. He has the ability to evoke the issues of the day within canvasses that oscillate upon the wall.

His portraits - aided by good signage - are stimulating in every sense and constitute a highly-recommendable exhibit.

Traditional Louisiana Jazz on the street and in the house: Robert Trudeau's Second Line syncopates tourism and Carnival events in Shreveport-Bossier

Robert Trudeau's Second Line is a drum, sax and tambourine marching trio that can energize your audience
with the sound of New Orleans street jazz.

Trudeau, dressed in tuxedo with bowler & sash, leads the marching,
sashaying second line. His fluent steps and ability to charm people
into participating is the key to the experience.

On drum is Jesse Gabriel, one of Shreveport's top young jazz drummers. Blowing the sax is Trevarri Huff-Boone, a teen prodigy in jazz melodies.

RTSL has performed for Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau, Artspace and Robinson Film Center and is available to jazz your event in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

318 272 6045 c

Background -
Kelly Wells, SBCTB
Kathy Melancon, SBCTB
Bonne' Summers, SRAC
Aexandyr Kent, Robinson Film Center

Friday, November 19, 2010

SLTA: The Musical Pinkalicious, Dec 4, directed by Laura M. Beeman, WDC

SLTA: Dec 4
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Shreveport LIttle Theater & Academy presents The Musical
Pinkalicious, on Dec 4, says Robert Darrow. Laura M. Beeman directs and choreographs and William Parsons serves as Musical Director.

All performances will be held at the Woman’s Department Club, 802 Margaret Place.

Performances: December 4, only, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.
Pink Princess Cupcake Parties: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., & 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5. for performance or $10. for performance & cupcake party.

SLT's Box Office is now open for reservations at 300 Ockley Drive (at Youree Drive) in Shreveport, Monday - Friday from noon - 4 p.m. Call: 424-4439.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Artists invited to Central Fire Station planning session at Artspace on Tues, Nov 22, 4 to 6 pm

Mischa Farrell, Shreveport
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"SRAC is getting a new beginning at the Central Fire Station," notes architect Mischa Farrell. "The project is currently in planning and the team wants input from Artists to make sure this building and SRAC better serve Shreveport's Arts community."

"We are having an "Artists Input Session" at Art Space on Tuesday, November 22 from 4PM to 6PM. This may be a great time for artists that have felt distanced to reengage with SRAC and to see what opportunities the new space will bring."

Mischa Farrell Architect
206 Milam St.

Woodwinds in Hurley Bldg, Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College, on Thurs, Nov 18, 7:30 pm

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The Hurley School of Music presents the Centenary Wind Ensemble
in collaboration with the Symphonic Winds of Bossier Parish Community College in concert, Thursday, November 18, 7:30pm, in Anderson Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.
For information, call 869-5235.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green businesses, environment-minded people to gather for mixer at Holiday Inn Downtown on Thurs, Dec 2, 5:30 pm

Stephanie Pedro, Shreveport
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The Green community monthly Mixer is increasing green awareness in Shreveport, says Stephanie Pedro.

Energy Star dealers, academia, nonprofits, government, area businesses, elected officials, interest groups, and the public are invited to attend the event.

The mixers are designed to provide networking opportunities in a social
setting to businesses that work in the environmental and conservation
industries. It will also create awareness and innovative opportunity
for the attendees. Bring your ideas and business cards; the mixers will be informal, but also informative, in a lively and exciting setting.

This event is held on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 1201 Lake St., from 5:30-7pm. The next event will be Thursday, January 6, 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Minicine? presents Scavengers, Collectors, Unconventional Documenteurs on Fri, Nov 19; music, art, all ages, 7 pm, 846 Texas Ave

minicine? is hosting several bands and art installations on Friday, November 19, says David Nelson. The band segment of the event is called "Live at Minicine" featuring, The News Can Wait, As We March Toward the Sea, Massivus.. and premiering The American Wilderness...

minicine will also array, in search and discover fashion, a collection of environmental installations and sound experiments....

Featuring Something Digital, S::M::H::S, Tho Tway, and Unisex Starship... SOMETHING DIGITAL - A looping photo exhibit including Elliot Schnepp, David Allen, Juli...e Tulley, Chris Alexander, Stan Carpenter, and Matt Beckham...

SOUND::MEDICINE::HOUSE::Shreveport - Installed under the open sky within roofless walls along Texas Avenue, sounds and sights from our place; 'poat city, rachet city, river city will be interspersed and crashed-up together, cozied, taped, glued and stitched to one another. A small campfire, a box, a makeshift shelter - clam shell, bird nest, tornado swirl, sound, children laughing...

THO TWAY - From trash to treasure this child brings new light to what others discard. After being raised part-time in a trash dump of the slums of Mississippi, Tho Tway has taken the aspect of re-used materials and turned them into a mash of mutated dream sequences while leaving his childish visions intact. Most of his works are that of ideas taken from wandering in major cities full of apathy and despair then injecting his own form of chaos.

UNISEX STARSHIP - From Philadelphia, PA, Unisex Bicycle and Refluxman combine in an electronic, found sound, image laced psychedelic fusion experiment....

846 Tex Ave
Donation $5

Truckstop Honeymoon opens for Dirtfoot at the Riverside Warehouse, 630 Commerce, Shreveport, on Sat, Nov 20

Truckstop Honeymoon
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J Bratlie of Dirtfoot writes, "There's a group that we're bringing to town called Truckstop Honeymoon. They will be opening the night for us on Nov 20 at The Warehouse. Mike (originally from Australia) and Katy West are a husband and wife team that met in New Orleans, formed their group and eventually fled from Katrina. They ended up in Lawrence KS where their acoustic based music, Banjo/guitar and upright bass, was well appreciated by the Kansas folk."

"They set up home, but had one problem with KS: no Mardi Gras. So they put on their own parade on Fat Tuesday down the cold streets of Lawrence, KS, and it has now grown into a real event. We've played a few shows with them and they really are great people. One of our favorite songs of theirs is called Magnolia Tree."

Riverside Warehouse
630 Commerce St
adjacent to Shreveport Festival Plaza

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spassionate rock at Minicine? Shreveport, Fri, Nov 19, 7 to 11:30 pm; all ages

"Join us for an evening of musical and artistic exploration," says Brandon French, "inside the four walls of minicine?. The evening's musical samplings are sure to please as the performers weave a tapestry of sonancy that spans from the ethereal sounds of The American Wilderness, to the thick, powerful doom of Massivus, the crash of sonic waves As We March Towards the Sea, and the high energy of pure rock action with Texas natives The... News Can Wait. A little something for all, the nights performances are sure to be entertaining for any who come. Some bring yourself and your friends."

Friday, November 19 · 7:00pm - 11:30pm
$5 / all ages.
824 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA

Campbell, Eck, Johnson & Welborn: 4after5 / Artspace Shreveport party Thurs, Nov 18, 5 to 8 pm

Four designers pursuing their passion for illustration after hours.

Featuring the works of Brad Campbell, Travis Eck, Jeremy Johnson and Jeff Welborn @ coolspace @ artspace.

710 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA
November 18, 2010 - January 7, 2011

613 Media (
Leah Rea Photography (
Rick A. Elina and Sarah VC Henderson
Gary & Kathy Jones
River City Iron & Metal
Robert Baillio (canvas printing)

Blues bash for brain research on Fri, Nov 19, at Petroleum Club; performers include David Egan, Carol Fran, Buddy Flett

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"Join others who support good music," says Dr Paul McCarthy, "and good deeds at the Fri, Nov 19, Louisiana Swamp Stomp CD party!"

Headlining are singer Carol Fran and piano pounder and singer David Egan, of Lafayette. The venue is the Petroleum Club, from 8 pm - midnight.

Tickets are $75 for one person, $125 for a couple, or $500 for your own table of 10 people.

The party supports a foundation and an album produced by McCarthy, the founder of the North Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Research Foundation.

The collection of party tunes, Louisiana Swamp Stomp, features 2 prominent Bayou State musicians who have been affected by brain issues, Carol Fran and Buddy Flett.

"Please email us, send a check made out to Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation (or simply NLBSCIF), or call (318) 751-5462 for information," adds McCarthy.

See more at the foundation web site, called

Photo Barbara Beaird.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Karpeles exhibit by Talented Arts Program teacher-artists brings seven visual artists and four performance artists into view

TAP visual art teachers showing art at Karpeles in Nov, says Jean Glabus, include Rhonda Glass, Rebecca Bergquist, Gerald Ortego, Thomas Little, Myra Bouquet, Caleb Phillips and Arden Kennedy.

Live performances will demonstrate the music of teacher Leon Brown, Lisa Daye and Tai Townsend, adds Glabus. Also performing will be actor-teacher Shawn Dionne.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Preview William Joyce film, the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, @ Robinson Film Center, and background to the movie at Artspace Shreveport, on Fri, Nov 12, 6 to 9 pm

artspace & the Robinson Film Center invite you to the Preview Party for
"The Making of… The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,"
an Exhibition by William Joyce and Moonbot Studios, and the
Shreveport Preview of the short film at Robinson Film Center, says Pam Atchison.

It's Fri, Nov 12, 6 to 9 pm.

Be the first to view the short film at the Robinson Film Center (screenings at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 & 8:30 pm). Sign up for the screening @ artspace. Hear second line jazz music on Texas St as you sashay to the RFC.

Come back to artspace for jazz piano, Hurricanes, cash bar and New Orleans nibbles.
Meet Ellen Soffer, the featured giftspace artist.
Park in complimentary parking at the head of Texas Street.

Admission is $25 person.
Buy tickets online.

Sneak peek snaps of the exhibition.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Montessori School for Shreveport: Coates Bluff Nature Trail tour, plus gardens, bees, recycling on Sat, Nov 13, 9 to 11:30 am

"The one-half mile Coates Bluff Nature Trail will be open as part of the Montessori School for Shreveport's Outdoor Education event," says Jon Soul. "Students will begin using this trail daily as part of their outdoor education at our school. The plan is to extend this trail to Magnet High School and work to gain access for Stoner Hill Elementary and Valencia Rec Center children as well."

Soul adds, "The ecological and historical significance of this magnificent area cannot be overstated. Already, A Better Shreveport and other community groups and individuals have played a critical part in reclaiming this urban treasure from years of neglect and abuse. Now you can come grab a trail map and key and enjoy."

Sat, Nov 13, 9 am - 11:30 am.
See a video with Jon Soul on the Coates Bluff Nature Trail.

15th century Macbeth at Centenary College Nov 11, 12, 8 pm, Nov 13, 2 pm

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse will explore how a once good but ambitious man allows this ambition to lead him into a complete descent into human greed, selfishness and destruction in its performance of Macbeth, which continues Nov 11 - 13.

"In the story of Macbeth, we see two good people who are blinded by ambition and driven by their love and partnership," director Emily Heugatter said. "Throughout the course of the play, we witness the loss of their humanity through their horrific crimes and the devastating aftermath of their actions."

"It's a always challenge to direct a Shakespeare play because they've been around for 400 years and the reason they've survived and are so relevant to us 400 years later is because we deal with very universal primal human emotions," she said. "We're looking at love, greed, rage, envy, lust and ambition. "

Scott Gibbs, who plays Macbeth, says "It is an absolutely overwhelming, but at the same time, very satisfying process," he said.
The character of Macbeth goes through such a wide journey, he said. "I'm starting out as an innocent man with a small ambition of wanting to rise to power and it's kind of the story of what happens when you give those selfish, ambitious thoughts a chance of actually becoming real."

10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and military; $5 for non-Centenary students and children under 12.


Arless Day, Byron May, Joseph Watts at Gallery Fine Arts Center, Bossier City; reception Thurs, Nov 11

Gallery Fine Arts Center, BC
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Collage paintings, multimedia paintings and kinetic sculpture from Arless Day, Byron May and Joseph Watts at Gallery Fine Arts Center, Bossier City, says Jennifer Robison.

Reception Thurs, Nov 11, 6 to 8 pm.
Hors d'oeuvres from Monjunis, which is next door.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Prior to SSO concert on Sat, Nov 13, music director Michael Butterman elucidates the performance at Giuseppe on Mon, Nov 8, and at 2Johns on Tues, Nov 9

Michael Butterman
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Shreveport Symphony Orchestra music director Michael Butterman has the gift of enhancing your concert experience by his expressive and articulate manner and thorough preparation. See him at

Martinis with the Maestro
Monday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 PM
Ristorante Giuseppe, Shreveport
Michael Butterman gives an overview of the concert program.
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.

2Johns Tuesdays
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5-6:30 PM
2Johns, Bossier City
Michael Butterman gives an overview of the concert program. Free and open to the public. Cash bar.

Additionally, be aware of

Menus and Music at Artspace
A pre-concert dinner at Artspace, Shreveport. Call 318.227.8863 for reservations.

Michael Butterman and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra return to Riverview Theater on Sat, Nov 13, 7:30 pm

The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra season opens, writes Michael Butterman, with two of the most iconic works by one of America’s most celebrated composers, Samuel Barber. His Adagio for Strings is one of the most famous works in all of classical music, conveying an unsurpassed depth of emotion.

The concert commences at 7:30 pm at Riverview Theater on Sat, Nov 13.

Brilliant soprano Mary Wilson then sings a radiant account of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. It’s a work dripping with nostalgia and poignant reminiscence.

After intermission comes Gustav Mahler’s titanic Symphony No. 1. The renowned composition delivers both intimacy and power in what will be a showcase for the world-class musicians of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

Join SSO cellist Paul Christopher for a free pre-concert talk in the hall at 6:30 PM.

Check out tickets and more at
And enjoy music director Michael Butterman's hard work and honors at

Friday, November 05, 2010

Downtown Shreveport history alive on Sun, Nov 7, 2 pm to 5 pm, at Oakland Cemetary and Church of the Holy Cross

Oakland Cemetery will come to life this week in the All Saints Tour, says Anna Maria Sparke-Keele. The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery, Milam Street at Elvis Presley Boulevard, Shreveport.

The tour is presented by the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society. Hines Vaughan is society president.

Among the residents you will meet at Oakland via local actors: Mary Bennett Cane, "Mother of Shreveport"; Annie McCune, the famous Shreveport madam; Lt. Leon Marks, Confederate Army officer; and Lt. Eugene Augustus Woodruff, U.S. Army officer and hero of the yellow fever epidemic of 1873.

At the same hours the Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal, 875 Cotton St., Shreveport, will present church tours and serve refreshments in the Rose Garden.

All Saints Tour, $10 donation, individuals, and $1, children, 12 and under; and free. Information: Anna Maria Sparke Keele, 861-4550, and Holy Cross, 222-3325.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

SLT at WDC: Sparke-Keele, Martindale, Pou and Philley in a musical revue Nov 4 - 14

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Of his show SLT director Robert Darrow says simply, "get ready to laugh."

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Three one-act comedies at the LSUS Black Box Theater on Nov 11 - 21, Th - Sat, 8 pm, Suns at 2 pm

Three offbeat short romantic comedies by John Guare and David Ives, says Robert Alford, will be staged at the LSUS Black Box Theater.

- The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year: Two misfits find romance and solace in Central Park.
- Sure Thing: Two strangers experience all the pitfalls of dating in a single encounter
- A Day for Surprises: Two lonely librarians long for love

Directed by Robert Alford with Don McCoy, Jenna Glorioso and Nick Sewell

Featuring: Ariane Fletcher, Audra Caitlyn Moss, Dan Farris, Jenna Glorioso, Joshua Davis, Jamie Norwood, Kelly Mills, Mary Spring and Nick Sewell.

Language, situations.

November 11th to November 21st
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
LSUS Black Box Theatre, Bronson Hall Room 111.

$15 with advance reservation - $18 at the door - $5 Students
$10 Educators, Seniors and Military - $10 per person for Groups.
All Tickets are General Admission, Seating is Very Limited.
Please call 798-4177 or email to reserve a seat.
Presented by LSU Shreveport Continuing Education.

Tracy Chappell's new quartet: Agents Provocateurs, at new venue: Club Fubar, 1910 Market St

Says raging guitarist and singer Tracy Chappell, "I'll be playing with Agents Provocateurs this Thursday night at Club Fubar from 9:00 - 11:00. I'll be joining Daniel Garner , Mike Jordan and Brad Kozak. This will be the opening of the club at 1910 Market Street. You bring yourself and we'll bring the rock!"

Based on watching, listening and jamming experience as well as various videos, the editor can guarantee that patrons will have their tree shaken by this quartet of seasoned rockers.

One more Saturday for the Texas Avenue Makers Fair: 10 am to 4 pm on Sat, Nov 6

Makers Fair Map, Sat, Nov 6
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"Join in an alternate universe along the Historic Texas Avenue," says April Dahm. "On the corner of Texas Avenue and Common Street, downtown Shreveport. You will find the Maker's Fair under the covered parking garage."

"This Saturday is your last chance to check out the Makers Fair this year. Last weekend we had nearly 60 Makers who shared their craft, whether it be clothing, jewelry, bread, hula hoops, Atypical Appalachian music, papaya salad, screen-printing, moustaches on sticks, soap, stationary, coffee, Toomasooba, caramel apples, crochet, felt, wood, metal, glass, belly dance, baby clothes, softies, buddies, rugs, preserves, candles, songs, vintage clothes, shopping bags, photographs, collage, paintings, photo ops, prints, sea shells, tie dye, banjos, pumpkin bread, bird feeders, cupcakes, pottery, guitars, dog treats, beads…"

November 6th 10a-4p
Admission is free
Info at Maker's Fair Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Artist Transit, once sited at Central Railroad Station, presents reunion exhibit at Turner Gallery, Centenary College, Shreveport

At the 25 year reunion of Artists Transit, at Turner Gallery, Centenary College, writes multi-media artiist Tama Nathan, "Bruce Allen and I chatted about the art scene then with The Loft, Artists Transit and Gladstone as working and collaborative spaces for local artists. All of them are now defunct, and there's no equivalent local space at the present time for the younger generation of creative bent."

"Is it because money is so tight, rentals too high, or Facebook that replaces the face-to-face synergy of these work spaces?"

"The show is an interesting one, with up to date works from many of those artists who were part of the Transit scene," continues Nathan at her blog, Shreveport Images. "What a pleasure it was greeting Carlos Colon, Richard Edwardes, Greg Hornbeak, Dennis O'Bryant, Lewis Kalmbach, Michael Moore, and seeing their innovative, creative spirit in their new works. Works from Michael Herold, Deborah Howard and Robert St. John are also displayed. I specifically remember Deborah's fabulous show, her last local one as she left LSU-S and Shreveport shortly after. I especially enjoyed looking at the original sign in book thats been preserved by Dorothy Hanna Allen...such youthful energy and perspective brought big smiles to my face. Do stop in and enjoy this great reunion."

Ceramic works above by Dennis O Bryant. See more at

Monday, November 01, 2010

Highland Blues & Jazz Fest producer Amy Loe and musician Bruce Flett on KSCL, 91.3 fm, 5 to 5:30 pm

The Highland Jazz & Blues Fest arrives in Columbia Park on Sat, Nov 13.

Listen to Centenary College radio, KSCL, as the founder, Amy Loe, and musician/producer Bruce Flett offer an insider's guide to the fest.

Hosts are Loren Demerath, Carolyn Manning and Robert Trudeau. The program is Time for A Better Shreveport.

Say your piece on this weekly radio show by calling 734-9101 to record your comment - any time of the day or night.

Those who enjoy the exchange of ideas and energy are welcome to attend the weekly A Better Shreveport meeting. The meeting is in Centenary Square, 2nd floor of the building across King's Hwy from George's Grill. Call 318-869-5161 if you cannot find the room.