Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monty & Marsha Brown show their musical travel film, Hello, Louisiana, at Robinson Film Center on Sat, July 3, noon

Monty, Marsha Brown
Originally uploaded by trudeau
"Our musical travel film, "Hello Louisiana," will be presented at the Robinson Film Center at noon on Saturday, July 3rd," Says Monty Brown. "It's a chance to see what we've been up to during the past ten years while we've been traversing the US, Canada & Europe, making and showing travel films."

"There will be a Cajun buffet catered by Abbie Singer's Bistro to accompany the mouth-watering movie. Dessert — Bread Pudding from the recipe by Baton Rouge celebrity chef Don Bergeron (featured in the film) — will be served at Intermission."

"The film is a warm, impressionistic portrait of Louisiana: blues, folk, festivals, Cajuns & zydeco, cane and cottonfields, accordions and hot sauce, jazz & Mardi Gras, cowboys and outlaws, people you know and people you think you know."

"The food starts serving at 12 noon, the cost is $14: movie with a high class meal. For more details go to our website"

Negotiations remain alive between musicians and the board of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Writes symphony musician Rick Rowell on Wed afternoon, "We saw the e-mail and blog info circulating about the SSO. We thought it was important to send the news out to musicians as we received it - before it came from someone else. Due to another turn of events, however, we may not be finished with all of this yet."

"People are still discussing some possibilities, and there is an exec. comm. meeting taking place even as I write this. So encourage those with whom you have contact to withhold judgment and keep their fingers crossed for another day or two."

Dr. Rick Rowell

Urban fantasy author and LSUS English prof Nicole Peeler signing new book at B & N on Thurs, July 1, 7 pm

Nicole Peeler
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Nicole Peeler's new book, Tracking the Tempest, debuts this week and she will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble on Youree Drive this Thursday evening at 7 p.m, says Mary Lois White.

She will be joined by another urban fantasy author, Jaye Wells.

Says B&N, "Jane True returns in Tracking the Tempest! Join us in welcoming Nicole Peeler for a release day discussion and signing of the latest in the critically-acclaimed urban fantasy series."

Thursday July 01, 2010 7:00 PM
Bayou Walk, 6646 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105, 318-798-6066

Evidently, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra is dead; long live the symphony orchestra

Writes Deborah Scarlatto, a keen observer of the ups and downs of the local orchestra, " Last night the Shreveport Symphony Board voted to close the symphony. I am not privileged to details, but the musicians felt that they were very close to a workable solution."

Scarlatto continues, "I am having a great deal of difficulty grasping the idea that a group of adults would just pull the plug. Personally, I do not think this is a wise move and I hope I do not have to see any Symphony Board members for a long while. I know that I would want to share my feelings with them and I would not be very pleasant. Perhaps we can somehow keep the music and musicians playing through other venues. What a terribly sad day for the culture of this area."

Responding to her news, former SSO president David Lillien offered, "The silver lining is that now that the admin and board are gone, poof, a new organization can be formed."

And in a similar vein, Ky Mason offered, " Throughout this disturbing ordeal for our players and patrons, I have been recalling the events that led to the development of what is now the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. I believe there is much to gain from their experience, and, if I remember correctly, Shirley Trusty Corey had an instrumental hand in those efforts. I recommend we seek her input.

I believe there is much better opportunity of which the new regime can avail and achieve great success and a wonderfully realistic future - one that creatively meets the marketing and membership goals of today's societal interests!

Best of luck to all. There are many on the sidelines who will lend energy and support!"

East Bank Gallery party for painters Emily Ezell and Joshua Chambers on Thurs, July 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Emily Ezell is a young artist who is ready to ride her canvasses out of the Deep South. She has been working on her painterlyliness at La Tech and is doing quite nicely with portraits, figure studies and servings of crusty pie.

Connect with her development at her blog, emilyezell. That's where I also peeked into her version of the art world via the links she has listed on the right side of page. Quite a stimulating roll call, Emily.

Joshua Chambers is also a scrambling young artist, getting his first exhibits and teaching jobs after completing studies at La Tech. In fact, based on the informative, it is apparent that he loves painting and is working pell mell to find his voice.

When I posted a photo of a painting that he exhibited recently at Meadows Museum there was a positive reaction. In it, a sort of ridiculous fellow on a winged contraption flies in a circle while tethered to the top of an oil derrick located in the desert.

Meet the artists and examine their work at East Bank Gallery in a reception on Thurs, July 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Arts Edge 2-week musical theater program in NYC has scholarships for Aug 9 - 20 program

ACT: Footloose @ MLP
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The Arts Edge, an educational consulting firm, is offering a Broadway-inspired scholarship for Arts Edge Summer, a unique two-week musical theater and college prep boot camp in New York City. Scholarship applicants will be reviewed by top-tier performing arts and education professionals including “Rock of Ages” star Constantine Maroulis and “Memphis” headliner Chad Kimball.

The elite Arts Edge Summer program, offered August 9 through 20, gives aspiring singers, dancers and actors specialized guidance on the admissions process from prestigious performing arts schools while helping students hone their performances.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for a student to showcase their talents in front of Broadway superstars, while competing for the chance to attend a unique program that combines musical theater with college prep,” said The Arts Edge founder, Halley Shefler.

The Arts Edge Summer program and scholarship are open to high school students who will be sophomores through seniors in fall 2010 and to college transfer students. Applicants must submit a brief application online and a video of themselves performing two short, contrasting and age-appropriate songs from the Broadway repertoire: one ballad and one upbeat selection.

The Arts Edge Summer scholarship, with a value of $1,950, covers the full tuition of the summer program. Students must submit their application and video by July 12, 2010, and scholarship recipients will be announced the week of July 19, 2010. The scholarship does not include accommodations, meals or transportation.

Rooney, Young Veins, Black Gold and The Big Positive @ The Collective, Shreveport, on Sat, July 3

This concert is for fans of the strokes, the beatles, blur, etc, says Cameron Goldsmith of The Collective, 1262 Dalzell St.

-released an album on geffen records
-featured on the OC
-featured on mtv, mtv2, 7 mtvu regularly since 2005.

The Young Veins:
-On the bonnaroo 2010 lineup
-Features former members of Panic! at the Disco.

Black Gold:
-regularly played on KSCL 91.3 FM Radio
-featured on The CW's One Tree Hill
-erick ronick of panic! at the disco

The Big Positive:
-from shreveport, la.
-features members of park the van records band the peekers, alongside members of the lackadaisies.

Hosted @ The Collective.
1262 Dazell st.
Tickets are $15 in adv/$20 @ Doors.
Tickets are cheapest at

Monday, June 28, 2010

Alan Dyson: "Seeing Heaven"

Stewart Alan Dyson is a designer, visual artist and complete musician. "Seeing Heaven," one of his latest tunes, is built on lyrics written by local poet David Love Lewis. In turn, part of the lyric owes to the late poet George A Burton III, says Lewis.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Life drawing @ Artspace Shreveport: every other Thurs, including July 1, 15 & 29

Artists Joe Bluhm and Adam Volker are the organizers of the current run of downtown life drawing sessions. Held every other Thurs upstairs at Artspace Shreveport, the sessions are "figure study for professionals and students alike."

6 pm to 8:30 pm
$15; bring your own supplies
Libations and snacks available for purchase.

The current schedule lists July 1, 15 and 29. August 6 and 12. September 9 and 23.

710 Tex St

Mon, June 28, 5 pm: Annual Musicians March for AIDS Awareness; entertainment by the Stiff Necked Fools

Stiff Necked Fools, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
"This Musicians March for Aids Awareness is in its 3rd year," says Deborah Allen." It's an appeal to young local musicians to become aware of HIV in our community.""There will be a musicians march down Centenary and food to be shared at the Philadelphia Center."

At the site the Stiff Necked Fools will perform. The Fools are basically a reggae band that can rock it and jazz it with fluency. They are easily one of the hottest bands in town.

Monday, June 28, 2010
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jazz guitarist Brian Nova with trio @ Jayne Maries on Fri, June 25, and Sat, June 26

California jazz artist Brian Nova is performing at Jayne Maries on Cross Lake this weekend, says Jayne Lanza. She adds, "You can read about him at He is an awesome Jazz guitarist. I have him appearing Fri, June 25, and Sat, June 26, with his Trio. Missoni Lanza will also be joining Brian on vocals. It is going to be a special two evenings for all of the Jazz lovers."

"Sunday we have AJ and the Two Tone Blues band for a early evening of Louisiana Blues. AJ and the guys will be performing from 6:00 p.m., to 9:00 p.m. We will be featuring all well drinks, domestic beer and house wine for $1.00, the entire evening along with specials on many of our popular entrees. It will be a fun way to spend a hot summer Sunday evening, inside a nice cool air conditioned restaurant with fabulous views!"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Party with the quintessential New Orleans group, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, on Sat, July 3, under the Texas St Bridge

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"20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Americas Wetland Foundation," says Chase Boytim, of his Saturday in the Square event. Concerned concertgoers will be able to meet AWF people at the fest, says Paul Roney.

Featuring the funky butt horns from New Orleans, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Red River District party runs from 1 pm to 8 pm.

Keith Horton Project and Tracy Chappell & Friends will provide an afternoon of music prior to the Crescent City classics.

Doors open @ 1 pm, music starts @ 2 pm.
Admission: $10.00
Tickets @

Zack Godshall to produce short movie and lead film production workshop at RFC in August; offers casting call on June 26

The Robinson Film Center will host writer-director Zack Godshall as a filmmaker-in-residence in August, says Alex Kent.

During a 10-day master class with 15 to 20 students, Godshall will produce an original short film called “Calponia” and lead a multi-day workshop on short-film production.

On Saturday, June 26, between 1 and 4 p.m., Godshall will host a casting call at Fairfield Studios, 1510 Fairfield Ave., in Shreveport. For the short film, he is looking to cast the following speaking roles:

• Calponia - Caucasian girl, ages 9-12
• Junifer - Caucasian boy, 9-12
• Lucian - Caucasian man, 60-80
• Gabriel - Caucasian man, 35-60
• Balthazar - Caucasian man, 35-60

The casting call is free and open to anyone who fits the above descriptions. Actors should come prepared to do cold readings and improvisations. Minors who wish to audition must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The short film is a non-union production. Actors and students will not be paid for participating in this nonprofit education residency, but they will receive credit and a copy of the film.

Zack Godshall was recently named the Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year by the New Orleans Film Festival for his new documentary “God’s Architects.” Godshall’s first film, “Low and Behold,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won numerous awards at film festivals around the country. He currently lives in Baton Rouge where he is the Screenwriter-In-Residence at LSU.

Godshall’s residency is part of the Robinson Film Center’s media education program. The workshop will be offered at no cost to students, and it will require a 10-day time commitment in early August. More details will be released during the first week of July.

(318) 459-4123

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

August actress Sarah Bernhardt looks back in the drama Memoir by River City Rep, July 7 - 11

It’s the seventy-seventh and last summer for Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous and revered actress in history. She’s taken the season
to dictate her memoirs to her loyal manservant, Georges Pitou, writes Patric McWilliams of the current River City Rep production, Memoir.

Memoir stars Rosemary Prinz with Brian Mathis.

Prinz has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway and across the country in national tours, regional theatres and summer theatres, in more than 300 productions in her long stage career. Mathis is a Dallas-based actor who has appeared in national tours and has performed roles at Casa Manana, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.

Directed by Patric McWilliams.

Opens July 7th at 7:30 pm at Riverview Theater, located downtown on the Shreveport Riverfront across from the Barnwell Center.

Additional performances: July 8th, 9th, 10th at 7:30 pm and July 11th at 3:00 pm.

ALL SEATS $35.00
$10.00 Rush Tickets available to Students and Military with current ID
a half hour prior to curtain (No reservations can be made for rush tickets)

Box office opens July 21.
Or visit

Monday, June 21, 2010

Artists converge on Central Fire Station to ponder its best use as HQ for SRAC and as an art center for West Edge of Shreveport; tours, meetings on Wed & Th, June 23, 24

Concrete, stucco, ceramic tile, terra cotta, and brick: Central Fire Station, 801 Crocket, was built as an Italian Renaissance center in 1922 of this classic array of materials.

Today it is on the verge of a re-do that will restore former glory, says SRAC's Pam Atchison. The city and the arts organization have settled upon Central Fire Station as the new HQ for Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Artists have been invited to participate in the review of Central Fire Station on Wed, June 23 at 1:30 pm. They will join Gregory Free, Central Fire Station architect, for a tour of the owl-studded building.

Plans include an emerging artists gallery, “day space” for artists and arts organizations; an arts resource room; and a black box theatre for performances and rehearsals.

Wednesday, June 23 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Performing Artists will meet with Gregory Free to discuss the opportunities and needs within a Black Box Theatre.

On Thursday, June 24 at artspace, there is an additional opportunity, says Atchison, to engage in a conversation about Arts Development.

5:30 pm – 7:15 pm - Following the Roster Artists Meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 5:30 pm @ artspace, Shreveport Regional Arts Council will host a design process to hear your ideas for developing the “Shreveport Commons” area into the expanded West Edge Arts and Cultural District.

There are ideas to be considered for bike trails, green space, an arts market, studio space, artists’ live and work space, and much more.

Info: 673 6500

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Shreveport Community Drum Circle with hula hoops and dancing on the riverfront on Friday, July 2, 6 pm

Katherine Rubben, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Let's have a Shreveport Community Drum Circle, says Katherine Rubben on Facebook. She'll gather her friends on Friday, July 2, at 6:00pm on the Riverfront in Downtown Shreveport for a community event for people of all ages.

"Invite anyone and everyone," she says, " to come every Friday for a night of drumming, hula hooping, dancing, and excitement!

Don't have the equipment? No Worries, we have extra hula hoops, drums, and smiles to hand out!"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

For stimulating art and cool, dry air it's RW Norton Art Foundation; enjoy new self-guided tours and the freedom to use your camera in the museum

RW Norton Art Foundation
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Sumptuous paintings and kinetic sculptures. Cool air. RW Norton Art Foundation is a mecca in the summer.

In the extreme north wing of the Norton there are fresh and quite enjoyable exhibits, including:

- Alex Dzigurski (1911-1995): a selection of 18 works which demonstrate his masterly technique in painting scenic America from coast to coast.
- The Arts In Medicine images represent the recreation of Master paintings by adult cancer patients while they receive treatment at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Painting transports patients to a whole new dimension of comfort while they receive treatment.
- Under the Magnifying Glass: Fifty Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.

Also fresh -
- Brochures (download them at the web site) that guide and engage students - and adults - are more numerous than ever.
- A change in the camera policy! "As new technology has developed, the Norton has re-evaluated its policy on visitors taking photographs inside the museum. Digital cameras and cell phones that can take personal photographs without the benefit of flash will be permitted; however, because of the potential for damage to the artworks, flash photography continues to be banned. Also, due to copyright and intellectual property restrictions, and because it can be detrimental to the viewing experience of other visitors, professional photography or any photography intended for commercial purposes will not be allowed."

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue

(318) 865-4201

There is no admission charge to view the grounds, the museum's art collection, or special exhibitions.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and national holidays

The gardens are open to visitors daily during daylight hours.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Meredith Little, Christian Dantes pump up the Academy of Childrens Theater production of Footloose @ MLP; shows continue Fri, Sat, June 18, 19, 7 pm

ACT: Footloose @ MLP
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Meredith Little, a teen possessed of a large smile, big eyes and head full of energy, has trouble not stealing the scene anytime she's on stage, I'm guessing. Her timing, tunefulness and kineticism is one of many reasons to give the Academy of Childrens Theater a big recommendation in their production of Footloose.

The show continues Fri and Sat, June 18, 19, at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

Cues were tight, singing voices were excellent and the dancing was infectious in the production that we saw on Thurs, June 17.

Cynthia Whitaker, director, and Lauren Ross, choreographer, managed to make the show look effortless - but with a cast of some 30 teens and adults, the inescapable conclusion is that their secret is in the rehearsals.

Meredith Little, Bridget Winder and Emma Foreman sang tight three-part harmony in their prominent roles. Also demonstrating harmonic convergence were Jan Reedy and Debbie Dupuy. Not to say anything less about the duet work by the lead players, Maddison Pennington and Christian Dantes.

Pennington was a very capable match to the convincing Dantes, a 15 year-old with star quality, between his dancing, mugging and excellent diction.

Rocky Maddox was a standout among the many competent adults in the cast.

Music, essential to the dancers in Footloose, was provided by a small but dynamic rock orchestra under the direction and keyboard of Daniel Ley. Justin Ansley and Mike Krusleski, guitar, Kirk Reedstrom, bass, JC Bryant, percussion, and Robyn Sharp, woodwinds, were modulated - but they rocked.

Nate Wasson, a centenary drama and dance grad, worked hard to add extra steps to the show. His role of Travis was eye-catching; his role of Mama was over the top.

Such a large cast of well-trained male dancers! I'd say that recruitment must be part of the successful Whitaker-Ross strategies.

The production ran a bit over 2 hours but we weren't counting. The appealing players and consistency of the production amounted to a lovely night of entertainment.

$25 / 20 / 15
all ages

See a slideshow of the Thurs night production.

Dan Garner's Blank Sinatras at Fatty Arbuckles under the Red River Bridge, 8:30 pm Fri, June 18

Says hard-working singer-songwriter Dan Garner, "I'm in a new band...Blank Sinatras w/ Chris James, Mike Jordan & Randy Guynes...8:30pm @ Fatty Arbuckles!"

Romance onstage at Centenary College: Gilbert & Sullivan Society play Sweethearts on Fri, Sat, June 18, 19, 7: 30 pm

Sparke-Keel, Bogan
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Sweethearts is a a two-act play about love rediscovered after many years absence - written by Sir William S.Gilbert with music by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan. Directed by Ralph MacPhail, Jr., the production features John Bogan and Anna Maria Sparke Keele, says John Godard of the Northwest Louisiana Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

The production is a 2010 International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Select Production.

Festival Production Benefit Performances
Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College

Friday 18 June 2010 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday 19 June 2010 @ 7:30 PM

General Admission Seating
Tickets: Tix
$23.50 Call 1-800-957-8667
At-the-door $25.00

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sculptor Jonathan Pellitteri & photographer Jennifer Robison open exhibit at Gallery Fine Art Center, Bossier, 6:30 - 8 pm, Thurs, June 17

Sculptor Jonathan Pellitteri
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Gallery Fine Art Center says join us for the reception, featuring
Jennifer Robison: Reflections and Jonathan Pellitteri: Through the Lens.

Thursday June 17th
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy wine and hors d oeuvres

Airline Plaza, 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 200
Bossier City, La 71111 (318) 741-9192

Halfway between I-20 and I-220

William Joyce will introduce classic film Metropolis on Fri, June 18, 8 pm, Robinson Film Center

William Joyce is going to introduce the 8:00 PM screening, says Chris Jay, of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis on Friday night, June 18, at Robinson Film Center. He will be walking the audience through a quick tour of his favorite moments from silent films, as the clips play on the big screen.

"He was here yesterday preparing his presentation, and it’s going to be really fantastic for anyone who is interested in film history – what I saw as he was preparing the video clips he’ll be showing made me run off and update my Netflix queue – it’s essentially about a dozen breathtaking moments from silent films, many of which were unknown to me," added Jay.

Moonbot Studios is co-presenting our week-long engagement of METROPOLIS, which runs at the RFC June 18-24.

Crossroads Band at the Barnwell on the edge of the Red River on Thurs, June 17, 6 to 8 pm

Crossroads band, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Thursday nights during June the patios of the Barnwell Center will be filled with the sounds of jazz and blues music performed by talented, local musicians, says Michael Corbin.

Music rolls from 6pm to 8pm. Cash bar.

This week it's the hard-working classic rock and blues quintet called the Crossroads Band:
John Kavanaugh
Tony Ditcharo
Chip Goodwin
John Chapman
Mark Brinkley

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gordon Nurse cooks Caribbean at Tues afternoon Shreveport Farmer's Market, 3 pm to 6 pm

Gordon Nurse, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
"See Gordon Nurse, a native of Trinidad, today at the Farmer's Market," Says Carolyn Copple Hitt. "He will be selling home-cooked meals for carryout. Authentic Caribbean jerk chicken or pork, sides of fried plantain, avocado, fresh tomatoes with a balsamic dressing, and yellow rice with lentils. Last week's dinners were outstanding, and all gone by market closing!"

101 Crockett Street - Under the Pavilion in Shreveport's Festival Plaza


Tues: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sat: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday, June 14, 2010

Port Belly Project dance party in Taylortown, Bossier, Sat, June 19, 6:30 pm to 10 pm

"Our summer hafla (dance party) - featuring the students of Lotus Studio, will be held at the historic Taylortown Store," says Kathy Fontaine.

"Head south on Barkdale Blvd. (Hwy. 71). It's 4.6 miles south of Parkway High School. Doors open at 6:30pm.
BYOB...we'll have some good eats and a great show.

Tickets go on sale this week! $10 gets you in the door and registers you for some cool door prizes!
Tickets may be purchased via Paypal.... email for payment - your ticket will be at the door when you arrive if you have prepaid and received an email confirmation.

Call Kathy for more info @ 318-455-3152."

Eds. note: As a fan who has enjoyed Port Belly Project's adept dancing for several years, I must opine that this event will be marked by color, style and dancerly warmth.

Poster by artist Courtney Gaston.

iPads, iPhones, MonoTouch: tech talk at CoHabitat Shreveport on Tues, June 15, 5 to 7 pm

cohabitat shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Techx20 + SMUG + Shreveport .Net User Group + CoHabitat = Demo event June 15!

Tuesday, June 15 from 5-7 pm at CoHabitat (610 Commerce, Shreveport), Techx20, the Shreveport Mac Users Group (SMUG), the Shreveport .Net User Group and CoHabitat are teaming up for a demo event to feature, says John Grindley:

- From SMUG: the new Apple iPad as well as a discussion of the forthcoming iPhone OS 4 update slated for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, second and third-generation iPod touch, and iPad

- From Shreveport .Net User Group: Presenter Casey Watson will demo MonoTouch. Interested in building iPhone applications but don't have the mental bandwidth or time to learn a new programming language? You'll be surprised at how easy MonoTouch is to pick up and how quickly you can get started development and publishing usable applications for today's top mobile platform. In addition to this presentation, Casey will be debuting a new mobile application development product he and his partners have been working on. Everything is currently under NDA, and the June meeting will be the first time this technology is discussed in public!

As always, snacks and beer will be available. Bring a friend!

Christian Dantes, Maddison Pennington in Academy of Childrens Theater show, Footloose, @ MLP, June 17 - 19

Triple-threat teens dance, sing and act in the Academy of Children's Theater version of Footloose, says Lauren Ross.

The show, directed by Cynthia Whitaker and choreographed by Lauren Ross, is a musical adaptation of the 1980s film that featured Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. Christian Dantes portrays Ren, the role played by Bacon, and Maddison Pennington takes on the role of Ariel, which was played by Singer.

Christian Dantes: Ren.
Maddison Pennington: Ariel.
Rocky Maddox: the Rev. Moore.
Michael Brown: Williard.
Jan Reedy: Vi Moore.
Debbie Dupuy: Eleanor.
Nate Wasson; Travis.
Meredith Little: Rusty.
Daniel Salazar: Chuck.

* Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
* Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
* Saturday, June 19, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

$15 for students and children, $20 for senior citizens and $25 for adults.
(318) 869-5242.

@ anyone can submit their video to the Guggenheim - through July 31

Flip Ultra HD & Gorillapod
Originally uploaded by trudeau
The Guggenheim Museums are open to the world of artists - unknown, no problem - and to non-artists for submissions to a video-art exhibition in October, says the NY Times.

Applicants will be able to submit their videos (only one entry per person) starting Monday, uploading them on a channel created for the initiative, also called YouTube Play ( The works must have been created within the past two years and cannot be longer than 10 minutes, made for commercial use or excerpted from longer videos. The deadline for submissions is July 31.

A team of Guggenheim curators will look at all the submissions — the foundation is expecting many thousands, Ms. Spector said — and narrow them down to 200, which will be seen by a jury of nine professionals in disciplines like the visual arts, filmmaking and animation, graphic design and music.

The project, called YouTube Play and conceived as a biennial event, is intended to discover innovative work from unexpected sources. It is open even to entrants who don’t consider themselves artists, and actively encourages the participation of people with little or no experience in video.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Images delicaribbo: Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown at mincine? on Tues, June 15, 8 pm, 846 Texas Ave

Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat arrive in Shreveport aiming at the fourth dimension, says David Nelson at minicine?

Riding frequency waves of sight and sound, Sabine Gruffat will navigate by the red, green and blue stars of electronic constellations.

Dropping onto the lonely highway, Bill Brown will offer a tour of memory’s roadside attractions by way of scratchy records and the hazy glow of 35mm slides.

Tues June 15
846 Texas Avenue
8pm / $5

Friday, June 11, 2010

Leadbelly, Joe Osborn, BB Davis, Tilman Franks, and more being welcomed to NXNWLA Music Museum on Sat, June 12, 6:30 - 10:30 pm

The Leadbelly Foundation & NXNWLA Music Foundation
present An Intimate Evening with Bugs Henderson & The Shuffle Kings in Shreveport, says Dan Garner.

This fundraiser for the NXNWLA Music Museum will feature dinner catered by Charlie & Rebecca Bush, a Tribute to Leadbelly, the induction of nine legends from the North by Northwest Louisiana region into the NXNWLA Music Museum, a performance by the legendary Bugs Henderson & The Shuffle Kings, and, afterwards, an All Star Jam!

During this first of its kind event, the NXNWLA Music Museum is inducting Leadbelly, Tillman Franks, Stan Lewis, Joe Osborn, B.B. Davis, The Ever Ready Gospel Singers, Frank Page, Larry Ryan, and Maggie Warwick into its Hall of Fame in honor of their contributions to the rich music history of our area.

Tickets are $30, with the proceeds going to benefit the NXNWLA Music Museum, located on the second floor of 516 Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Cash bar available for guests age 21 and older with valid photo ID.

The NXNWLA Music Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to document and preserve the music traditions of North by Northwest Louisiana.

The NXNWLA Music Museum will be an educational resource which will promote the diverse genres of music tradition which have made up this region.

For more information, call the NXNWLA Music Foundation office at (318) 402-5432.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

River City Repertory: Rosemary Prinz in story of Sarah Bernhardt, Memoir, on July 7 - 11, Riverview Theater, downtown Shreveport

Broadway and television veteran Rosemary Prinz will star in Memoir, a play by John Murrell, which closes the season for River City Repertory Theatre, says Patric McWilliams.

It’s the last summer for Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous and revered actress in history. She’s dictating her memoirs to her loyal manservant, Georges Pitou. As she digs deeply into her memory, her private and professional recollections flow together to recreate a past filled with theatrical highs and personal heartbreak.

Prinz stars as Sarah Bernhardt. Dallas-based Brian Mathis is Pitou.

Prinz has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway and across the country in national tours, regional theatres and summer theatres, in more than 300 productions in her long stage career.

Mathis is an actor who has appeared in national tours of numerous popular dramas. Additionally, he has performed roles at Casa Manana, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.

Directed by Patric McWilliams, River City Rep’s Artistic Director, with Set Design by Tom Serio, Light Design by Neil Ingles, Costume Design by Patric McWilliams and Original Music/Sound Design by Kermit Poling.

Opens July 7th with additional performances July 8th, 9th and 10th at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee, July 11th at 3:00 p.m.

318-868-5888 Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Party with Richard Folmer and the Bossier Arts Council on Sun, June 6, 4 to 7 pm, Boomtown Ballroom, Bossier City

Richard Folmer, Shreveport
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"Richard is retiring as Artistic Director for the East Bank Theatre at the Bossier Arts Council, having served The BAC for the last 25 years," says Kelly Warner.

In a career spanning 45 years Richard has been seen on stage as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, King Arthur in Camelot, Harold Hill in The Music Man and Zorba in Zorba. He has toured the country as stage manager and performer in musicals with such notables as Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Jan Peerce, Zero Mostel and Hugh O'Brien.

In films, he has appeared with Robert Duval, Diane Keaton and Sienna Miller, to name a few.

His most recent film credits include principle roles in Factory Girl, Mad Money, Cool Dog, and the yet to be released Straw Dogs, with James Woods and Michael Marsden. Along with numerous made for TV films, he appeared with Chuck Norris in four episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. His latest film role is in an independent film being shot in Fort Worth, Texas.

As a stage director for East Bank Theatre, Shreveport Little Theatre and The Performing Arts Center, he has guided such musicals as Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Sound of Music, The Music Man, Forever Plaid and Fiddler on the Roof as well as the dramas A Few Good Men , Ordinary People, Turn of the Screw, Scotland Road and most recently, The Diviners, to name a few. Additionally, he is a founding member of The Company Repertory Theatre.

Dramatic roles include C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Richard in Shakespeare's Richard III.

At 5:30 pm the various members of the BAC board plan to line up and ritually stab Folmer in the flank steak. Or maybe it's serve Folmer flank steak serially, until retired.

Regardless, we are looking forward to the Folmer quips during the ceremonies.

Lu Shen, Wideman Competition medalist, performs with West Edge String Quartet at First United Methodist Bossier on Sat, June 5, 7:30 pm

Wideman Meets West Edge Chamber Concert
Saturday, June 5, 2010
7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church, Bossier City, LA (201 John Wesley Blvd., Bossier City, La)

Lu Shen, Silver Medalist of the 2009 Wideman Piano Competition
in collaboration with the West Edge String Quartet --
Kermit Poling and Elizabeth O'Bannon, violins
Borys Smolaga, viola
Ruth Drummond, cello

Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28 for solo piano
Dvorak Piano Quintet

$10.00 donation suggested

Peter Pan Players' The Little Mermaid @ MLP Th, June 3 through Sun, June 6

Peter Pan Players' production of The Little Mermaid runs Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6, says Jena Sharpton. In the photo: Rachel Maxwell; she's a freshman at Benton High School in Bossier Parish, says Sharpton.

Join Peter Pan Players in the deep blue sea with Hans Christian Andersen's century old tale of love, friendship and sea creatures.

There will be a splashing good time for the whole family, says director Shannon Shea.
Check out the vibrant


* Thursday, June 3, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
* Friday, June 4, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
* Saturday, June 5, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
* Sunday, June 6, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
318-868-9619 to order tickets.

Bistro Tunes for the Summer at Bistro Byronz on Fri and Sat nights in June & July, 9-11 pm

Bistro Byronz Shreveport
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Grab a late dinner and stay for the tunes at Bistro Byronz, a French-Louisiana style bistro with a New York chic atmosphere, says Erin Carey.

There's live entertainment every Fri and Sat night in June & July - from 9-11 PM.

June 18 – Deidre & Bob
June 19 – Eric Craig Band
June 25 – A.J. & the Two Tone Blues Band
June 26 – James Pendley
July 2 – Deidre & Bob
July 3 – Eric Craig Band
July 9 – Stilettos
July 10 – The Will Callers
July 16 – Deidre & Bob
July 17 – Otis Ockley
July 23 – Otis Ockley
July 24 – James Pendley
July 30 – A.J. & the Two Tone Blues Band
July 31 – Jacob Davis
6104 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA 71106-2061
(318) 219-4848