Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zhailon Levingston, Gentry Williams, Isaac Haas, Emily Mwakitawa lead cast of SLTA in making Rent in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College, Oct 14 - 24, 7:30 pm

Gentry Williams, Shreveport
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Rent has arrived for the hard-working team at Shreveport Little Theater Academy. The edgy show has been re-worked for young audiences, says Robert Darrow; it has lost some language and one tune.

The cast features some of the sweatiest teens in town:

Gentry Williams (Mark Cohen), Isaac Haas (Roger Davis), Zhailon Levingston (Tom Collins), Madison Edwards (Benjamin Coffin III), Emily Mwakitawa (Joanne Jefferson), Kaelon Gerard (Angel Schunard), Erin Davis (Mimi Marquez), Wallace Rakoczy (Maureen Johnson), Lauren Rogers (Mark’s mom and others), Seth Taylor (Christmas caroler, Mr. Jefferson, a pastor, the man, and others),
Emma Foreman (Mrs. Jefferson, woman with bags, and others), Matthew Torma (Gordon, Mr. Grey, and others), Christopher White (Paul, a cop, a waiter, man with squeegee, and others), Madeline Hiers (Alexi Darling, Roger’s mom, and others).

Direction by Jared Watson, choreography by Laura M. Beeman, musical direction by Adam Philley. In addition: Emily Kitchens, production stage manager; Courtney Gaston & Adam Boyd, set design; Adam Boyd/No Drama Productions, sound design; David White, lighting design; and Gentry Williams, costume design.

All performances are held at Anderson Auditorium in Hurley Music Bldg – next door to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

Opening Night Thursday, October 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 15, 16, 22, & 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 17 @ 2 p.m.
October 24 @ 2 p.m. - interpreted in American Sign Language

Tickets: $22.00 – ($10.00 – Student Rush policy)

Box Office: 300 Ockley Dr. (at Youree Dr.) in Shreveport. Open Mon.-Fri. from noon to 4pm Call: 318.424.4439

Li Cunxin, subject of movie Mao's Last Dancer, was guest artist with Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet numerous times 1990's; see screening of movie on Sun, Oct 10, 3:30 pm at RFC

"Li Cunxin, the subject of the film "Mao's Last Dancer,", performed as a guest artist with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in “The Nutcracker” in 1984, 1985, 1991, and 1994. In 1991, Li and his wife, Mary McKendry, shared the stage with current SMB Artistic Director Kendra Feazel Meiki, who was performing the role of “Clara” in “The Nutcracker.” Meiki has maintained a friendship with Li and McKendry since that time," writes Kate Pedrotty.

On Sunday, October 10 at 3:30pm, the Robinson Film Center and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet will host a special screening of Mao’s Last Dancer that will include commentary from Kendra Meiki and archival video from some of Li’s performances in Shreveport.

For information on the special screening on October 10, please contact Kate Pedrotty, Executive Director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet: 318-866-9916; 318-918-9809;

She adds, "This movie speaks powerfully about our community's important connections to a wider world of art and culture."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Doyle Jeter: NE La Celtic Fest on Sat, Oct 16, Forsythe Park, Monroe, 10 am to 9 pm; no cover

Doyle Jeter: NE La Celtic Fest
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Doyle Jeter, proprietor of Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, points out that almost all the good souls of North Louisiana have Celtic blood. And that his fest, the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, provides them with insight into their heritage.

In truth, the fest is predictably heavy on Irish culture. That's because the Irish have done a better job than others at keeping the Celtic world alive.

See the free event in Forsythe Park, Monroe, on Sat, Oct 16, 10 am to 9 pm.

More at

Ozark Society, Arkansas Canoe Club, Shreveport Green volunteers to mount a Red River Clean-Up Day on Sat, Oct 16, 8 am

It's easy to take the Red River for granted. But it is quite worthy of our
thought and perhaps more comforting than politics as a civic concern.

The Red is gar and gators and garbage: it is increasingly a place for recreation and fishing, it still has economic potential and is a never-ending repository for our refuse. The river is also the source of drinking water for Bossier.

Thus, a clean-up: on Saturday, October 16th at 8 a.m., volunteers from the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society will partner with the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Arkansas Canoe Club and Shreveport Green to kick-off the 1st annual Red River Clean Up in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana.

This annual event aims tol raise public awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in our river as well as all of our Nation’s waterways.

The clean-up joins locals with two national organizations that focus on America’s waterways and oceans. The Red River Clean Up is registered as a National River Cleanup with American Rivers http:// . It is also registered with PADI’s Project Aware, which is focused on conserving underwater environments.

If you would like to be a part of this event, we could really use your help, says Nancy Larned – whether it’s an extra set of hands OR a handful of volunteers from your organization or business. If you cannot be there, you can make a donation of work gloves, food, drinks or door prizes for our incredible volunteers. We welcome ideas and expertise as well.

Info -
- Adam Willard, 318-423-1690
- Nancy Larned, Growing Green Program Manager,
Sci-Port: 318-424-3466

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The art of New Orleans is in the horn: the Soul Rebels Brass Band paints Fatty Arbuckles under the Red River Bridge on Sat, Oct 2, after the Revel

Soul Rebels Brass Band
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The Soul Rebels is one of those singin horn section bands with indigo Crescent City drumming. They're driving up from New Orleans on Sat, Oct 2 to entertain in the Red River District when the Revel quits, says Chase Boytim.

Is there anything more energizing than dancing to a Crescent City street band?

Check 'em at Fatty Arbuckles under the bridge.
If there were any doubts, listen here.

Pet Walk through 10-block Fairfield Historic District on Sat, Oct 30, 10 am

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Pets of all shapes and sizes are invited to bring their owners to Shreveport's historic Fairfield District for some fun, history, and a nice walk, says Liz Swaine, of the Fairfield Historic District Pet Walk on Sat, Oct 30.

"The walk is really about showing off the history and architecture of Fairfield in an entertaining way," says FHDA president Steve Kemp. "We will give each participant a map spotlighting our beautiful 100 and 100+-year-old homes, all within about a ten block radius. If you haven't been to the Fairfield Historic District recently, you'll be amazed at the variety of amazing homes."

Since the history tour is being held on Halloween weekend, pets (and their humans) are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest.

Pet-A-Palooza will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Centerpoint Community Services, 2121 Fairfield Avenue, where there will be contests--Best Dressed Pet, Pet-Owner Look-a-Likes, etc. In addition, there will be dog treats and water for pets and cookies for humans.

The $5 per pet entry fee will be donated to Robinson's Rescue to help fund their low-cost spay and neuter program. Robinson's Rescue veterinarian Andrea Everson will be one of the contest judges.

In case of rain, the walk will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 31 at 2 p.m.

Sponsors of the event include the City of Shreveport, Centerpoint Community Services and Brookshire's. For more info and to take a look at the walk route, go to: or call 221-1733.

Photo from Mardi Paws 2010 by Barbara Beaird.

Monday, September 27, 2010

April Dahm: revitalizing Texas Ave via the Maker's Fair and TACA, Texas Ave Community Assoc, describes work on Time for A Better Shreveport @ 5 pm on KSCL, 91.3 fm

April Dahm, Shreveport
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April Dahm has been a student of life in Seattle (10 years), Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as observer of NYC and Boston during her years in Massachusetts and a previous resident of the Deep South through a tenure in Tampa.

She'll describe how she's applying her varied background to leadership in Shreveport on Time for A Better Shreveport at 5 pm on KSCL, 91.3 fm.

Dahm's well-informed nose for urban dynamics is part of the background of the Maker's Fair, a Texas Avenue event she is producing with artist Allison Dickson West.

The Maker's Fair dates are October 30th and November 6th.

The Texas Ave Community Association is a creation of Dahm and Texas Ave property owners such as David Nelson.

Join the discussion with hosts Robert Trudeau, Loren Demerath and Carolyn Manning with your question or remark by phoning 734-9101.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, Shreveport: Gumbo Gala 10 am to 8 pm on Sat, Sept 25

The Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, says Robert Currie, is proud to host this year’s Louisiana Arts and Crafts Festival – Gumbo Gala : Food, Art and Music on September 25, 2010 10a – 8p at the Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, 7102 Line Ave.

The event will feature south Louisiana Chef and caterer Albert Moore: art by artists from around the country and music provided by zydeco, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, and Country entertainers. Petting zoo sponsor by Little Shanty will be open for the little ones.

Admission is free to the public and parking is available.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New indie documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child, to play at RFC Sat, Sept 25, and Sun, Sept 26

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A new indie documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child, will play at Robinson Film Center on Sat, Sept 25, 2:30 pm, and Sun, Sept 26, 3:30 pm.

"To me, an introduction from someone who cares about the subject of a film and can speak to its cultural value elevates the evening from a movie to more of an event," says Chris Jay. In that pursuit, he has invited Robert Trudeau to introduce the movie on Sat and Kelly McDade to speak about Basquiat and the film on Sun.

Trudeau teaches Fine Arts Survey at Caddo Magnet High and McDade teaches Intro to Fine Arts for BPCC. McDade is former manager of public art for SRAC. Trudeau was awarded the Multi-Disciplinary Fellowship by SRAC in 2008.

Joel Schumacher, director, and Nicholas Cage, almost a Shreveport resident, to speak and air films at Robinson Film Center Sat, Sept 25, 5 pm

Joel Schumacher
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Iconic writer/director Joel Schumacher and Academy Award®-winning actor Nicolas Cage will be guests of honor as The Robinson Film Center presents a double-feature of Sonny (directed by Nicolas Cage, starring James Franco) and 8 MM (directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Nicolas Cage) on Saturday, September 25 at 5:00 PM.

Schumacher and Cage will participate in a live Q&A and present the evening's films.

Tickets are $125 each and are now on-sale.

All proceeds from this fundraiser screening will benefit the educational and cultural programs of The Robinson Film Center. To purchase tickets, call (318) 459-4122.

Specially-designed for this event, Abby Singer’s Bistro at The Robinson Film Center is offering a VIP Concessions Basket containing dinner, dessert, and wine for two, conveniently assembled for you in a basket on the night of the event.

At the requests of our guests, photography and video will not be allowed.

Erik Champney's drama, Pangaea, opens @ MLP Thurs, Sept 23 and runs through the weekend; Ryan Williams directs

The world premiere of a drama by Erik Champney will be directed Ryan Williams on the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse stage, Centenary College.

It is called Pangaea and opens Th, Sept 23. It runs through the entire weekend at 8 pm with a 2 pm bell on Sunday.

Box office: 869-5242.

Photo by Natasha Sebeyran.

Songs for Life benefit moved to Hurley Music Building, Anderson Aud, Centenary College, On Sept 24, 25, 7 pm

In a benefit for the Phoenix Fund for Shreveport Little Theater, Robert Darrow presents seven terrific singers with accompaniment by Daniel Ley.

The singers are Missy Wise, Emily Mwakitawa, Kaci Kimball, Nolan Budgewater, Adam Philley, Seth Taylor and Jared Watson.

Centenary College's Anderson Auditorium
Sept 24, 25, 7 pm

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Emily Kaitz and a cornucopia of singer-guitarists on the Fairfield Studios autumn calendar

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We've promised some concert friends a calendar, says Jim Huckabay, for the next few months, so here it is—although October 31 is not solid as of yet.

Sun, Oct 31 (tentative)
Emily Kaitz and Effron White from Fayetteville, Arkansas

Sat, Dec 4
The Waymores trio (Tom Kimmel and two friends)

Sat, Jan 22
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines from Austin, TX
(A crowd favorite, returning for their 3rd or 4th performance)

Sat, Feb 19
The fairly famous Jesse Winchester!

House Concert Series

Tetrafusion and Gilbert & Sullivan Society? Progressive rock quartet performs their new album with reading by Gilbert & Sullivan Society at LSUS Black Box Theater on Sat, Sept 25, 8 pm

Tetrafusion, progressive rock
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Imagine a concert of original music by progressive rock band Tetrafusion from their upcoming album 'Altered State' alongside a reading of a short story based on W.S. Gilbert's 'The Hooligan.' Not what you expected from Tetrafusion or from the G & S.

Presented by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Northwest Louisiana, says John Goddard, this free performance is offered on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 8:00 PM at the Black Box Theatre in Bronson Hall on the campus of LSU-S.

"The Hooligan" is Sullivan's last written work. It takes a dark and cynical look at the life of a man condemned by his circumstances, says Goddard.

Free admission / Donations accepted

Anne Lockhart in the River City Rep production of Lion in Winter opens at Riverview Theater Wed, Sept 22, runs through Sept 26

The Lion In Winter, the season opener from River City Repertory Theater, stars Anne Lockheart as Eleanor with Ben Tyler as Henry, says Patric McWilliams.

Lockhart was seen as Lt. Sheba on the ABC series, Battlestar Galactica and has made frequent appearances on Law and Order, NCIS and JAG. Tyler is an actor from Phoenix and was seen in River City Rep’s premiere production The Little Foxes.

Also appearing will be Jonathan McVay, Logan Sledge, Luke Eddy, Jamie Norwood and Haley Young.

RiverView Theatre
600 Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway

September 22-25, 2010 - 7:30 PM
September 26, 2010 - 3:00 PM

Tickets: $35.00


Actress Irma P Hall to be honored by the Southern Black Theatre Festival's screening of "Soul Food" at Robinson Film Center on Th, Sept 23, 7:30 pm

A screening of "Soul Food" by Onyx Cinema will bring forth another honor to veteran actress Irma P Hall, says Angelique Feaster. The movie is part of the week-long celebration called the Southern Black Theatre Festival.

"Soul Food" will be presented to festival goers Thurs, Sept 23, 7:30 pm, at Robinson Film Center, says the festival web site.

For questions about festival events, to volunteer or partner, contact the festival personnel at:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SciPort allows visitors to Be The Dinosaur via interactive simulators; exhibit opens Fri, Sept 24

Visitors will have the chance to go beyond looking at dinosaur fossils and have the opportunity - at SciPort - to virtually Be The Dinosaur, says Karen Wissing.

The break-through lies in interactive, technology-driven dinosaur simulators.

Eureka Inquiry-Based Simulation Technology will allow visitors to fully experience dinosaurs in a entirely new way. By using one of the eight available dinosaur simulators, people of all ages will be able to control their Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus Rex in an environment so detailed that digital winds carry virtual odors and photorealistic flora grow and have their own nutritional values.

Hands-on activities led by Sci-Port staff to complement the exhibit will include:
- Fossils Throughout Time
- Design Your Own Dino
- Dig-and-Take Fossil Hunt

Those who grow hungry during the simulated dinosauristics will be able to recharge via a new food source at SciPort: a branch of Counter Culture. The latest outlet of the popular yogurt shop opened Sept 10.

More at

Joel Harrison Trio at Artspace / Club Dantzic on Thurs, Sept 23, 6:30 pm til 10 pm

Ahead of premiering a chamber work at at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), the Joel Harrison Trio stops in downtown Shreveport.

This is the way life should be in Louisiana.

Harrison is among the Big Apple's interstellar players, working with numerous composers,including the eminent Paul Motian, and a long list of international performers, including Anupam Shobhakar.

Artspace, 710Texas St, has Harrison on Thurs night as part of the Club Dantzic exhibit.

6:30 to 10 pm
Food and beverages available in the Cafe.'

Sample at

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chris Jay chats about RFC on Time for A Better Shreveport on Monday at 5 pm, KSCL, 91.3 fm

Chris Jay, Shreveport
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Time for A Better Shreveport, the on-air current affairs program on KSCL, 91.3 fm, features an interview on Mon, Sept 20, with Robinson Film Center marketing whiz Chris Jay.

Topics to be assayed include

- The success of RFC with the Gay & Lesbian Film Fest and w John Waters.
- Encouraging diverse audiences.
- The young filmmaker outreach programs.
- LA Film Fest / Student Division
- Comparing Shreveport to other cities w RFC-like indie theaters.
- How to get involved at RFC.
- How to use Abby Singer's Bistro.
- The Downtown X: safety, parking, etc.
- Synergy on Tex St: work w Artspace, SUMAS, NXNWLA, the DDA, RR District

Hosts are Loren Demerath and Robert Trudeau.

Join the discussion with your question or remark by phoning 734-9101.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Return of the Velo Dendro Shreveport bicycle tour: roll at 8:45 am on Sat, Oct 23, says sponsoring Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets

The Velo Dendro Shreveport Deux Tree Ride has been scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2010, says local organizer Matthew Linn; 3030 Creswell St. (Kings Hwy at Creswell Avenue), Shreveport, (318) 425-3862;

Registration and prep for ride, 8.00 AM; Ride starts at 8.45 AM sharp.

We will get started early at Columbia Cafe, says Linn at the Velo Dendro Facebook site. From there we will roll over to Betty Virginia Park to join Shreveport Green in a tree planting as part of Shreveport Green's "Make a Difference Day" events. From there we will roll through the beautiful tree lined streets of South Highlands and Broadmoor and visit some of the City's most magnificent specimens, including the State Champion sycamore at A.C. Steere Park. We'll learn a little more about the trees, their care and their benefits. We will wind up the event with food and beverages at Columbia Cafe.

Children between 6 and 14 may be too large to ride on their parents bicycle and the distance (ten miles) may be too great for them if they ride their own bicycle. “Trail-a-bike” attachments allowing older children to ride behind a larger bike are welcome as are tandems. Please consider your child’s riding ability before registering for the tour.

Registration is $10 per rider.

Quite active in the capitol, BRASS has 3 autumn rides scheduled for those able to bring their bikes to Baton Rouge: the Velo du Potager, Sunday, October 10, the Velo Muerto el Tercero Historic Cemetery Ride, Sunday, October 31 and the Velo del Oro Treasures of LSU Ride on Sunday, on November 07.

They've also opened online registration for their events (there is an additional charge for the online service).

Questions about the rides? Please see the site for the details:

The 2009 Velo Dendro, initiated by Linn and LSU forestry professor Hallie Dozier, drew a phenomenal 100 riders.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gamesmanship: Eleanor vs Henry in The Lion In Winter by River City Repertory Theater at Riverview Theater, Sept 22-26

Anne Lockhart
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River City Repertory Theatre, Shreveport/Bossier’s professional theatre company, will open its fifth season with The Lion In Winter.

It opens Sept 22 at Riverview Theater and plays through Sept 26, says Patric McWilliams.

Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position one of their three sons next in line for the throne. The Tony Award-winning play was the basis for the 1968 Oscar-winning film starring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.

Anne Lockhart will appear as Eleanor with BenTyler as Henry. Lockhart was seen as Lt. Sheba on the ABC series, Battlestar Galactica and has made frequent appearances on Law and Order, NCIS and JAG.

Tyler is an actor from Phoenix and was seen in River City Rep’s premiere production The Little Foxes.

Also appearing will be Jonathan McVay, Logan Sledge, Luke Eddy, Jamie Norwood and Haley Young.

Patric McWilliams will direct and design the sets and costumes. Light Design is by David Gipson. Sound and Music Design is by Kermit Poling. Chelsea Hockaday is the Production Stage Manager.

Riverview Theater
600 Clyde Fant Parkway
Downtown Shreveport across from the Barnwell Center

Sept 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept 26 at 3 p.m.

Rush Tickets for Students and Military are $10.00 thirty minutes prior to curtain with a valid I.D. No reservations may be made for Rush Tickets.

Box office: 318-868-5888, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
2829 Youree Drive, Suite #4

Singer-guitarist Laurie McClain in concert Sunday, September 19, 7:00 pm at Fairfield Studios

Hear singer-guitarist laurie McClain in concert Sunday, September 19, 7:00 pm at Fairfield Studios, 1510 Fairfield Avenue, says Jim Huckabay.

Listen to the woman's tunes at

Your reservation helps with food preparation and seating.
Reservations at: or call 219-7688

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Organist Tom Trenney on the 5-manual Moeller at First United Methodist with Laural & Hardy and Buster Keaton on Sun, Sept 19, 7 pm

St Mark's, Shreveport
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Back in the 1920s, the most fun most folks had was going to the movies - the silent movies! And in the big movie palaces, says Fred McClanahan, those movies were accompanied by a great theater pipe organ. The organist, always a master of improvisation, provided much of the emotion and and excitement of the film with scene-appropriate music and sound effects.

You, your parents, your grandparents, and your kids have an opportunity to see and "hear" great silent films the way few of us ever have.

Please take my word for it, says McCanahan - This Will be a Fun Evening.

Sunday, September 19th, at 7 p.m., the North Louisiana Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in cooperation with the Robinson Film Center will present Tom Trenney in a Free concert in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport.

Tom will present a light concert of popular organ works followed by films featuring Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton.

Tom will be playing the splendid 5-manual Moeller organ - - 5,000+ pipes! Just hearing this amazing instrument is a treat.

Photo shoot for Beatlemania / Xmas in the Sky: be a member of Sgt. Pepper's, a Blue Meanie, a Strawberry Field

Beatles Garden show
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A costume character casting call, says Megan Porter, will bring more fun to the Christmas in the Sky / Beatlemania event - to unfold on Dec 11, 2010.

"Volunteer to be a Love Child,
Sgt. Pepper's Band Member,
and more...

Be prepared to have a photo taken
and to complete a registration form
with your special skills or talents.

Saturday, September 18th, 2:00-5:00pm
artspace, 710 Texas Street, Downtown Shreveport
Wednesday, September 22nd, 5:00-9:00pm
Harrah's Louisiana Downs "Courtyard," Bossier

For more information call SRAC at 318-673-6500."

Xmas in the Sky is a fundraiser for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and supports arts programming throughout Northwest Louisiana! To learn more go to

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Film trove from documentarian Bill Daniels @ minicine? on Wed, Sept 15, 8 pm

Film Tramp Bill Daniel is back in the van and on tour with a new program of recently unearthed16mm footage, says David Nelson. Most of this footage is truly orphaned film--- abandoned, lost, found, and now presented raw without editing, and none of it has seen the light of YouTube.

Sonic Orphans is a collection of lost and found music film clips--- a weird mix of oddities… from raw news footage of the Beatles arriving in San Francisco in 1965, silent rushes from a 1977 student film starring the Avengers, a 1980 student film featuring early Austin punks Boy Problems and the Huns…

Also as part of this program, Daniel will absolutely cover the walls with his high contrast B&W documentary photos shot at punk shows, mainly Austin, TX, between 1980 and 1984. This includes Texas bands such as, The Big Boys, Butthole Surfers, DRI, Toxic Shock and touring bands, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and the Minute Men.

Discussion during the night will explore the relationship between underground film and music cultures…

Live music to be curated by John Martin.

Sonic Orphans
lost music films 1965-87
Texas Punk Pioneers
documentary photos from 1980-84

Wed. Sept. 15
minicine? swampland
846 Texas Avenue
8PM / $5 Donation
Mo info:

Robert Currie, Chase Boytim talk about art, music and growing Shreveport business on Time for A Better Shreveport on KSCL, 91.3 fm, Monday at 5 pm

Robert Currie, Shreveport
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Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, founded by Robert and Alaina Currie, is a source for ideas in art marketing with ramifications for all the region's artists, says Robert Currie.

Currie is a guest on a new local issues radio show from KSCL, 91.3 fm, on Mondays, 5 to 5:30 pm: Time for A Better Shreveport. Hosts are Loren Demerath and Robert Trudeau.

Also on the live broadcast is Chase Boytim, of Fatty Arbuckle's Bar in the Red River District. Boytim is presenting a series of concerts under the bridge and has a show with folk-rock singer Citizen Cope on Thurs, Sept 16.

Currie is producing an all-day Gumbo Gala at Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery on Sat, Sept 24.

Listeners may call 734-9101 to ask a question or make a comment. And those at their computers can stream KSCL by visiting KSCL.FM.

Jazz at Artspace: AJ Haynes brunch on Sun, Sept 19, Joel Harrison Trio on Thurs, Sept 23, 7 pm

Vox Americana
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Sunday Jazz brunch at Artspace Shreveport on September 19th, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, features soulful jazz by bluesy vocalist AJ Haynes, says Julia Foley.
Cost - $25 adults, $10 children, Buffet style / Family seating

Making one stop in Shreveport on their national tour from New York is the Joel Harrison Trio! See them Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:00-10:00 pm.

A wildly diverse improviser/composer/arranger with a penchant for unorthodox instrumental combos, guitarist Joel Harrison has sustained one of the most unpredictable discographies of the last decade with his chimerical mix of jazz, blues, chamber music, African and Indian folk music, Appalachian tunes and old school country songs. Visit his website at

Admission: $10, cash bar and café open!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Five dance companies in Ballet Under the Stars on Sat, Sept 11, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Bailey Anglin, Shreveport
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Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet presents its annual fall dance concert "Ballet Under the Stars," this year being held in Riverview Theater by popular demand!

This casual, family-friendly event brings together 5 local dance companies and schools for an evening performance that celebrates the diversity of dance styles and performers in our community.

The performance will showcase contemporary and classical ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and liturgical dance pieces presented by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, Shreveport Dance Academy, Christian Dance Center, Power and Grace School of Performing Arts, and Louisiana Dance Theatre.

A special educational program for children will be presented during the intermission.

Tickets are $10 or FREE for those 12 and under!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Pub Quiz Forum with city council candidates at CoHabitat on Thurs, Sept 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Dirtfoot crowd at Eldorado
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A Better Shreveport, a non-profit civic group, and CoHabitat announce a Pub-Quiz style City Council Forum to take place Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 6:30pm.

All Shreveport city council candidates have been invited to participate. Questions have already been gathered from citizens as well as local businesses and non-profits.

Wine, beer, breads, and spreads will be served. Live local music provided.

CoHabitat, 610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Highland Blues & Jazz Fest features former Shreveporter Kevin Russell and The Gourds on Sat, November 13

The 7th annual Highland Jazz + Blues Festival welcomes The Gourds, fresh from live performances on Austin City Limits, to Columbia Park on Saturday, November 13, says Liz Swaine.

Gourds singer-songwriter Kevin Russell lived in Shreveport in the 80's and fronted a punk band called the Picket Line Coyotes. You can catch a bit of his nostalgia for that era in the tune, "Shreveport," from The Gourds excellent album, "Haymaker."

Also in the Highland Fest lineup are David Egan and Twenty Years of Trouble, Robin and the Bluebirds, AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band, AJ Haynes and the Monkey Business, Buddy Flett and friends, Otis Ockley and The Space Travelers.

More at

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sketches and 3-D's from Mike McSwain at Gallery for Fine Art Center, Bossier: "Greetings from a Cafe seat"

Dolly & Mike McSwain
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As an architect, artist, parent or imagineer, Mike McSwain is swingin.' There are ideas flowing, sketches being born, insights being debated, arms, hands and smile being kineticalized.

Thus, after family treks to Japan, Greece, Europe and other stimulating places, he has arrived at Gallery Fine Art Center, Bossier, with a trunk full of sketches, paintings and laminated sculptures.

Seeing his work will stimulate you and the horse upon which you arrived.

The show opened Sept 1 and continues through Oct 30.

A reception for the artist/architect will be held on September 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Gallery Fine Art Center
2151 Airline Road
Bossier City, LA

Monday, September 06, 2010

Michael Butterman and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra return to the Riverview Theater stage on Sat, November 13, 7:30 pm; see new web site

"The SSO has announced its upcoming 2010-2011 season on a totally revamped web page," writes Susan Rogers.

"Do not miss it. And don't miss hearing the music from the first concert on its playlist, Barber - Adagio for Strings, Barber - Knoxville Summer 1915 and the "Titan" Mahler Symphony No.1." No, not excerpts, it's the real thing! (See season overview page)."

See the new Shreveport Symphony Orchestra web site.

Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, Shreveport, has artist Julie Glass opening on Sat, Sept 11 and a Gumbo Gala art market on Sat, Sept 24, 10 am to 8 pm

Sculpture by Shreveport artist Julie Glass and an art market called the Gumbo Gala are the upcoming events at Little Shanty Art Gallery, say proprietors Robert and Alaina Currie.

Glass, who works charmingly with all manner of refuse, including “Tire Tread + Screws + Bolts & Wire," will have a reception for her new exhibit on Sat, Sept 11, 3 to 5 pm.

Of the Gumbo Gala, on Sat, Sept 24, 10 am to 8 pm, the Curries say, "The entire city is invited to enjoy a day of Creole Food, Art & Music. Taste southern gumbo and more lip-slapping southern entrees of Chef Albert Moore of New Iberia, Louisiana, while enjoying live music, hundreds of original folk art and other items, i.e., jewelry, candles, massage and aromatherapy, handmade dolls and lots of wonderful things to see. The Petting zoo will offer the kids a bonding experience with ponies and farm animals."

Parking abundant, admission free.
Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, 7102 Line Avenue.

Wanetah Walmsley vs James Palmer in the David Mamet play Oleanna: LSUS Black Box, Sept 9 - 19

Oleanna, LSUS, Sept 9 / Alford
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Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students. A series of miscommunications results in her accusation of sexual exploitation.

Robert Alford has directed the edgy drama, which features Wanetah Walmsley and James Palmer.

It opens Th, Sept 9 at 8 pm.
Performances continue through Sept 19.

LSUS Black Box Theatre

Bronson Hall 111, 1st floor of the Liberal Arts Building, next to the Library

Tickets: $18 at the door
$15 in advance
$10 for Educators/Seniors/Military/Groups

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Eclectic jazz from a well-traveled quartet: the Jacob Fred Jazz Orchestra plays Centenary College, Anderson Auditorium, Wed, Sept 8, 8:30 pm

Originally uploaded by Jacob Fred
Jass. Experiment. Trek. Jam.

The trippin' Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will appear at Hurley Music Building at Centenary College in Anderson Auditorium on Wed, September 8 at 8:30 pm, says Kirk Reedstrom.

The eight original compositions on their new album, Stay Gold, showcase a revamped JFJO lineup, with lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and bassist Jeff Harshbarger joining drummer Josh Raymer and keyboardist and founding member Brian Haas.

Combining experimental jazz with influences from Tulsa hometown heroes like J.J. Cale and Leon Russell, the ever-evolving Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is at home with the jam band audience as well as the traditional jazz crowd.

Your editor considers this one of the best opportunities to hear modern jazz in Shreveport this fall.

$5 at the door.

Hurley Music Bldg / Anderson Auditorium
2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71104
(318) 869-5011

Friday, September 03, 2010

A small, green change for Shreveport: the A Better Shreveport Candidates Bike Ride drew over 50 riders and walkers for downtown fun

An air of unlikely holiday prevailed at the Central Fire Station on Th, Sept 2, as candidates for mayor and city council gathered amidst a bevy of bikers.

It was a forum on wheels. The promise was that candidates would intro themselves and then pedal alongside their potential constituents. Additionally, part of the group would walk the distance.

The event was organized by A Better Shreveport, a grassroots civic organization. The producers incuded Stephanie Pedro, Carolyn Manning, April Waren and Robert Trudeau.

The cycle route wound around the Municipal Auditorium, past Aseana Gardens, and up Texas Ave to 846 Texas. There, at minicine?, the group gulped water and listened to arts producer David Nelson.

Tour leader was Garrett Johnson, who spoke about SRAC's plans for the Central Fire Station. At historic Municipal Auditorium the riders heard recent research findings from historian Chris 'Southern Maid Hot Donuts' Brown.

Pedaling toward the river, the group loitered outside Robinson Film Center and palavered with Chris Jay. The walking group tarried at Artspace and heard Pam Atchison introduce the blues band which wailed in the background.

Carolyn Manning kept the gang of walkers on pace despite telling stories about downtown street sculptures.

As the bikers rolled past Noble Savage, waiter Pete Fetterman and musicians from the Dirty Red Jam waved at the colorful stream of riders.

At the terminus,the Commerce St office co-op called CoHabitat, John Grindley invited the group to park and party in the schvingy space.

The bike ride was a prelude to next Thursday's Candidates Pub Quiz Forum, to be held at CoHabitat over drinks and snacks. It begins at 6 pm. Questions for the candidates have been solicited from across the city, said Pedro.

Last downtown fruit and vegeatble Farmer's Market of the Summer of 2010: Sat, Sept 4

"9/4 is the last day of the summer market. Treat yourselves to great food, and entertainment from Christopher M Alexander & his merry band of entertainers," Say Noma Fwler-Sandlin.