Sunday, September 30, 2012

Meet the film mavens who attend Louisiana Film Prize fest by volunteering to take a theater shift or two on Fri, Oct 5, or Sat, Oct 6

Meet and greet at the LFP with Shreveport pride, says Teresa Micheels, volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers needed for Fri, Oct 5:

Line Managers/Usher 1st shift (4pm – 9:30pm) – 2nd shift (9pm – 2am)
VIP Attendants (serving food and drinks to special guests) shift (9pm – 2am)
Vote Takers shift (9pm – 2am)
Tickets 1st shift (4pm – 9:30pm) – 2nd shift (9pm – 2am)
Wayfinding Volunteers will be pointing folks to the different venues – need outgoing volunteers for this 1st shift (4pm – 9:30pm) – 2nd shift (9pm – 2am)

Sat Oct 6:
Line Managers/Usher 1st shift (9:30am – 3:30pm) – 2nd shift (3pm – 8:30pm) – 3rd shift (8pm – 2am)
VIP Attendants (serving food and drinks to special guest) 1st shift (9:30am – 3:30pm) – 2nd shift (3pm – 8:30pm) – 3rd shift (8pm – 2am)
Vote Takers shift 1st shift (9:30am – 3:30pm) – 2nd shift (3pm – 8:30pm) – 3rd shift (8pm – 2am)
Wayfinding Volunteers will be pointing folks to the different venues – need outgoing volunteers for this 1st shift 1st shift (9:30am – 3:30pm) – 2nd shift (3pm – 8:30pm) – 3rd shift (8pm – 2am)

Volunteers must be 18 or older.

Those interested please email Teresa Micheels at

Yes; you get a t-shirt. More importantly, you get an adventure.

Louisiana Film Prize opens with music and screenings surrounded by Street Party in the 700 block of Texas St, Shreveport, Fri, Oct 5, 6 pm until

Street Party is Free and open to the public, includes music, food vendors, and goes a little like this, says Gregory Kallenberg:

5 pm Opening Ceremonies – A welcome to the filmmakers and to festival-goers.
6 pm Film Screenings Open @ Robinson Film Center, Capri Theater, and Artspace.
7 pm Street Party music with Big Sam's Funky Nation and Engine.
11:30 pm Last Screening Block for Friday begins.
2:30 am Friday Voting Closes, but the party keeps going.

Many Louisiana Film Prize contestants will be hosting their own parties.

More info at

Drama review: Baby with the Bathwater highly recommended farce at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College, Shreveport; performances continue Sun, Sept 30, 2 pm, and Oct 4, 5 and 6, 8 pm

You can imagine the anguished laughter in Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on Sat night as the young husband was propositioned by the older Nanny the minute the wife left the apartment. "Let's have a quickie," the Nanny proposed with gusto. She proceeded to whip down her hose as he scrunched his eyes and pulled his hair.

The script was wild. And the cues and pacing in the Centenary College production of Baby with the Bathwater were bam-bam-bam.

Treated to sex, lies and ghastly parenting by the Christopher Durang script, the audience responded with a rolling wave of laughter.

Directed by Emily Heugatter, the humor was the product of a young but superb cast possessed of clear, strong voices and piratical timing. That the group is across-the-board handsome was helpful.

Jordan Fell and Josh Rabalais inhaled and somersaulted through their roles as loveably blasphemous parents.

Sandy Rather and Ashley Frisbee were also acrobatic and putty-like in their multiple roles.

Jonathan Slocum - like Frisbee, a first-year actor - held his own while running with this pack of racehorses.

The ensemble flung themselves around the stage and used a hideous amount of energy in making sure the Durang farce went by too quickly to question. They looked like the cast of SNL.

Highly recommended if you need laughs and aren't easily shocked. It's on the adult side of PG-13.

9/30/ 2 pm
10/4/ 8 pm
10/5/ 8 pm
10/6/ 8 pm

$15 / 10
Tickets online!
Box office (318) 869.5242

Snaps from Sat night.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Chris and Matt Jazz Duo playing jazz at Chianti's 9-30-2012

Bassist Chris Allen and keyboardist Matt Harris will be playing all your favorite jazz tunes at Chianti's Italian Restaurant on Line Avenue from 6-19 PM in the Green room this Sunday. Join them with your friends for an evening of jazzfood for the soul.

Chris Allen and Matt Harris
photos by sjwrogers

Satire! Farce! Young cast at Centenary College performs in Christopher Durang's Baby with the Bath Water Sat, Oct 29, 8 pm, with Sun matineeand additional weekend, Oct 4, 5 , 6

displaymedia by trudeau
displaymedia, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Directed by Emily Heugatter, the dark comedy Baby With The Bathwater boasts much young talent from the Centenary Theatre Department, says Luke Eddy.

Jordan Fell plays the irrationally obsessive mother; Josh Rabalais portrays the desperate father; Jonathan Slocum makes his debut on the MLP stage as the Dingleberry’s sexually confused and socially inept child, Daisy.

Supporting performances include Christian Roberson, Ashley Frisbee and Sandy Rather.

Playwright Durang is notable for work such as Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, A History of the American Film, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. And many more, in truth.

At Marjorie Lyons Playhouse -
9/28/2012 8:00 PM
9/29/2012 8:00 PM
9/30/2012 2:00 PM
10/4/2012 8:00 PM
10/5/2012 8:00 PM
10/6/2012 8:00 PM

Online tickets:

Audience members must be 13 or older to attend this performance unless accompanied by a parent.

Box office: 869-5242.

Center for Families benefit at Ristorante Giuseppe, Shreveport, on Sat,November 3 , 6 to 10 pm

"Hope you can attend the Center for Families' extremely fun and unique fundraising event on November 3 at my father's restaurant, Ristorante Giuseppe," writes Laura Brucia Hamm.

Tickets: 318-222-0759.

The Center for Families, Inc. is a non-profit counseling agency dedicated to serving Northwest Louisiana since 1889, says

Our mission is to serve all individuals and families of our community by providing professional affordable mental health services to anyone seeking assistance.
Counseling is provided on a sliding fee scale.

The Center for Families
864 Olive St.
Shreveport, LA 71104

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Poetic writing upon the work of New Orleans artist Monica Zeringue seen at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport; contest deadline Oct 14

Julie Kane, Louisiana Poet Laureate, will judge the Friends of Meadows Museum Poetry Contest that is open to Louisiana poetry writers, age 18 and above, residing in Caddo Parish. There will be cash awards to contest winners, says Rachel Hill.

Deadline for submissions is October 14. Meadows Museum of Art at 318-869-5040.

The poem below was penned in response to the 30-foot Zeringue mixed-media piece by writer Ashley Havird. She is not in the contest.


After Matador, an installation by Monica Zeringue

We young girls play
with our black black hair
in socks and underwear
“Where the Wild Things Are.”
This looking-glass scroll
unrolled, a hanging cave . . .
Hide-and-seek among our pigs
and the tall clean trunks of trees.
We dance to the bull-fight.
(Remember the pony?)
Our fingers make bull-horns.
Our hair is miraculous.
Without it, total white-out.
It stitches a horizon, a hill,
a tightrope for a pig.
When we wear our bull-masks,
the pigs are not afraid.
What are these trees that grow
instead of heads from our necks
sometimes? . . .
that grow from our backs
like a mammoth wild hair?
Sometimes we just saw them off
and make stumps--okay?
We play at digging to China
with our garden claws--
at making Eskimo holes in the ice--
a mystery down there! Heaven, we think,
where the giant hummingbird came from,
the one that flew right through the dream
to hover on the other side
of the looking-glass wall in the paper cave.
We weave our rivery hair
together, we play.

Ashley Mace Havird

Barnwell Center: art on display and a meeting to guide renovation of the Barnwell on Mon, Oct 22, 6 pm

Judy Horne: Poppy Dancers by trudeau
Judy Horne: Poppy Dancers, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Two events of importance at the Barnwell: new exhibits arrive October 5 and remain on view through Nov. 11, including

- Artworks 2012 by Louisiana Artists, Inc.
- Hoover Watercolor Annual Membership Show.
- Shreveport Photographic Society.

The opening reception will be held Sun, Oct 14, from 2 to 4 pm. Free and open.

Follow-up Direction-of-the-Barnwell Meeting, Mon, Oct. 22, 6 PM.

The city will seek input regarding the direction of the Barnwell renovation in 2013. The architect will present proposals for use of the bond revenues allocated for the Barnwell.

All Barnwell stakeholders (patrons, artists, gardeners, club members, etc.) are encouraged to attend to express their views about this important step in
the Barnwell's future.

Information: Jillene Faulk, Barnwell Center, 318-673-7703

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Aseana Autumn Festival at Aseana Gardens, Texas Ave, Shreveport: Sat, Nov 10, featuring Asian street food, Diwali Festival of Lights, Indian buffet and jazz music

Aseana gardens, Shreveport by trudeau
Aseana gardens, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

The First Annual Aseana Autumn Festival at
Asian Gardens of Shreveport, 1234 Texas Ave., Shreveport will take place
Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 9:00 am to 8:30 pm.

- Jazziana Band 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Asian Street Food 9:00 am to 4:00pm
- Diwali Indian Festival of Lights Fireworks
- Indian Buffet 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

"We are also accepting vendor registrations for the event. The vendor spaces are limited so please register early. For more information, please email Mary Grace De Joya-Vea or call 401-8078, says Mary Grace De Joya-Vea, MD, Secretary, ASEANA Foundation.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Southern Black Theater Festival brings drama and dance to Shreveport for 4th year of performances, Sept 27 - 29 and Oct 3 - 7

Poetic X, Shreveport by trudeau
Poetic X, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

The Southern Black Theatre Festival is an outreach effort of Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, says director Angelique Feaster Evans.

" With the blessings of the National Black Theater Festival Honorary Chair, the late Judi Ann Mason, the Southern Black Theatre Festival premiered in Shreveport in 2008." The fest is back in its fourth year.

Thurs. September 27th
Festival Kick-off Reception (5:30) & Press Conference (6:00 PM)
artspace-710 Texas St., Shreveport

Featuring African drumming, dancing, spoken word and live music performances and more.

Follow the 8 days of performances via the schedule at

The ACLU of Louisiana presents, "Meet, Greet, and Advocate"

The ACLU of Louisiana would like to invite everyone
to meet and welcome new member to the staff of the ACLU of Louisiana. Deborah Allen joins us
as North Louisiana Field Organizer to continue and build on the work the ACLU has been doing in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. Deborah brings to the ACLU her extensive experience working with Shreveport-area social service and advocacy organizations.

Be inspired by a few of northern Louisiana’s most dedicated civil libertarians:

Christa Pazzaglia
Executive Director, Hope for the Homeless

Eric Evans
HIV/AIDS Advocate, The Philadelphia Center

6:00 p.m. —7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Deaf Action Center
601 Jordan St., Shreveport

No RSVP necessary. For more info:

Christa Pazzaglia, Executive Director if Hope for the Homeless will discuss the issues of homelessness and how Hope for the Homeless advocates for hundreds of homeless people in the Shreveport/Bossier area every year. HOPE for the Homeless is a collaboration of organizations and individuals dedicated to ending homelessness in Northwest Louisiana and is a collaboration of agencies and individuals who are working together to end homelessness. HOPE is a membership agency with monthly meetings designed to create collaboration, spread knowledge of available services, and explore the "big picture" of homelessness in Northwest Louisiana.

Eric Evans is the HIV/AIDS advocate at The Philadelphia Center in Shreveport Louisiana. Eric represents the interests of people living with HIV/AIDS in relevant community coalitions, coordinating and supporting local advocacy efforts, political education, and organizing efforts for the agency, and fostering increased advocacy and political leadership by agency staff, clients and the community. He will be discussing advocacy efforts and cases in Louisiana where behaviors deemed legal for HIV-negative persons are punishable by prison sentences when performed by HIV-positive persons, even consensual sex with condoms and no viral transmission. This discrimination exacerbates hostile conditions for those in poverty, people of color, gay and transgendered people. Criminalization of HIV exposure and transmission is ineffective in combating HIV and is a costly distraction from proven programs. 

BY: The ACLU of Louisiana
EVENT: Meet, Greet, and Advocate
PLACE: The Deaf Action Center
601 Jordan Street Shreveport, LA 71101
DATE: September 24, 2012
TIME: 6:00 pm

A very special thanks goes out to David Hylan and the staff at the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center.

Free to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Teen energy: Matthew Davidson Band at El Chico's Madison Park on Sat, Sept 29, 6 to 8 pm

Matthew Davidson has a new record and a snappy, all-teen band. He also has a scene, a crowd, a gang of all ages that love his good-time blues and rock.

Catch the scene this week at El Chico's Madison Park. That's Sat, Sept 29, 6 to 8 pm. It's a benefit for Caddo Magnet HS, where Matthew is a first year student.

Davidson's new 4-song record is rich of sound. Produced by industry veteran Joe Osborn, 2 of the tunes are commercial pop. The 3rd tune is the R n B staple, "Lie to me." Here Davidson clearly feels the vibe. Cut 4 is a rock instrumental written by the 14 year-old. It sounds like a groove that could have been cut by the Uniques or by the Kinks.

Classic rocker!

Hominy Ranch, featuring Russ Brabham and Greg Williams, performs a Sun night concert in the smoke-free, technology-fortified Fairfield Studios on Sept 30, 7 pm

Hominy Ranch promo by trudeau
Hominy Ranch promo, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Jeff Toms, aka Moonpi, opens for the enduringly popular sounds of Hominy Ranch at Fairfield Studios on Sun, Sept 30, 7 pm.

Rousing comfort music expertly played by a crack team of cracked professionals. On crack.

Just kidding. But they are witty.

Who's the intriguing woman on the congas? She is an earth mother of the groove named Blue Lee-Martin.

Food, soft drinks, 2 shows, no smoke, not a bad seat and pristine sound: $20.

Reservations: facebookcom/greg.williams.18659

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Art review: Nudes upstairs, almost-nudes downstairs: Meadows Museum, Centenary College, offers Shreveport provocative images in work by Rachul McClintic and Monica Zeringue

Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, currently has nudes upstairs and almost-nudes downstairs. If you have ever thought of Meadows as a place where you'd see little but Rosepoint and Majolica, perhaps it is time to revisit and revise.

"Double standard," a series of witty if anatomically frank male nudes composed by photographer Rachul McClintic, is upstairs. In the series, McClintic casts a cynical eye upon art history and re-imagines all those fetching females. All of a sudden the curves are not that of boobs and thighs but of buttocks, pectorals and penises.

Egad, mommy; all that flesh and not a single slice of female cleavage.

McClintic is more than a photog; she is a capable painter who has exhibited in SW Virginia (Ferrum College, BA), in Baton Rouge, Shreveport (Artspace) and at Louisiana Tech, where she earned an MFA. The chiaroscuro and contraposto of her photos says that these are compositions informed by a painter's sensibility.

In her "Double Standard" nudes McClintic shows more penises than nipples. Aside from a young woman's feminist attempt to balance the score in art history, the tweaks in this exhibit have a sense of humor. "There's 'Leda and the Swan!' But, ahem, that's not Leda!"

New Orleans artist Monica Zeringue, represented at Meadows by a by a 30-foot mixed-media story called "Matador," was named a New Superstar of Art in Oxford American's Visual South Issue, March 2012.

Zeringue's artistic vocabulary includes drawing and embroidery via thread and hair. Pubescent self portraits dominate her sketches; even more dominant are her tresses. Cascading masses of brunette hair become many things in Zeringue's mind: they are dark fountains, thick ropes, even characters in a story.

Meet Monica Zeringue, a friendly and articulate woman with national prestige, on Sun, Oct 7, 2 pm, when she will offer an artist's talk at Meadows. It is Zeringue's second Meadows exhibit; she seems part of a fresh conversation about art initiated by director Diane DuFilho.

Be aware of Meadows Museum's limited hours: it is open Tues through Fri from noon to 4 pm; on Thurs there's an extra hour: it's noon to 5 pm. Sat and Sun visitors slip in between 1 and 4 pm.

Terrific gift shop dominated by cool books and interesting jewelry.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association presents the Heritage & Harvest Tour, 10 am - 4 pm, Sat, Sept. 29

The Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association will present their Heritage & Harvest Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. The tour is north of Shreveport along LA Hwy. 3049 and U.S. Hwy 71, says Helen Adger.

Spend a day in the country, exploring the region’s history and culture while touring historic residences and visiting area businesses, churches, and attractions, says Karen Logan.

Tickets: $10 at Belcher Presbyterian Church (508 Gray Street in Belcher), Red River Crossroads Museum in Gilliam (located on Hwy. 3049 in Gilliam), or any stop on the tour.

The Heritage & Harvest Tour begins on Hwy. 3049 north of Shreveport, following heritage tour signage throughout the tour. Hwy. 71 North will also lead visitors to the tour route by turning at the Dixie, Belcher, or Gilliam turnoffs.

Featured stops on the tour are: Cairo Plantation, 8321 Sentell Road in Dixie; Shields’ Lawn and Gardens, 621 Line Street in Belcher; and the Wild Petunia, 408 Caddo Street in Belcher.

Tour guides will be at each featured stop, pointing out interesting features. Art and collectibles will be available for purchase or browsing at Shields’ Lawn and Gardens and the Wild Petunia.

Also see Red River Crossroads Museum (located inside the library in Gilliam); Old Blacksmith Shop (next to library and museum in Gilliam); Gilliam Gin Company (located on Hwy. 3049 in Gilliam); Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church (corner of Sentell Road and Hwy. 3049 near Dixie); Belcher Presbyterian Church (on Gray Street/Hwy. 3049 in Belcher); Ida Methodist Church (6874 Cedar Lane in Ida) and much more.

More at Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau visitor centers, says Chris Jay.

Stop-over Saturdays at Bossier Arts Council: improv classes, artist studio tours, kids-only day

Bossier City mural by trudeau
Bossier City mural, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

The Bossier Arts Council presents an opportunity to bridge the gap between artists and patrons with its’ Stop Over Saturday series, says Kendra Thompson.

Sat, Oct 13: The Art of Improv, for school age children, 11-12:30 pm. Adult class improv 2pm - 3:30pm.

Sat, Nov 3: artists in residence studio tours. A guided tour and introduction to the artists at 12-2 and 4pm til.

Sat, Dec 1: The Kids-Only Drop Off Party from 11am-6pm. Children ages 5 and up will enjoy arts, crafts, movies and other fun activities; snacks will be provided, but please pack your child a sack lunch. Fee, $10.

Please make reservations in advance at the Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, and (318) 741-8307.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shreveport Songs: RUFUS BROWN – Somewhere Over the Mountain b/w Evil Eyes (Brown’s, circa 1965)

Announcing a new post over at the Shreveport Songs blog...

Who was Rufus Brown?  Good question.  His record label lists an address in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport.  It also indicates the producer is Marcus Brown…a relative perhaps?

Readers, why don’t you help us solve this mystery?  Who can share some information about Rufus Brown?

For the rest of the information we know about Rufus Brown and audio from both sides of his record ("Somewhere Over the Mountain" b/w "Evil Eyes"), visit:

Cane River author Lalita Tademy speaks at Caddo Magnet High on Thurs,Oct 4, 6:30 pm, in Performing Arts Center

Historical novelist Lalita Tademy will speak at Caddo Magnet HS in the annual Mary Jane Malone Series, says Kris Clements.

Tademy will speak to Caddo Magnet students at lunch and in conferences on Thurs, Oct 4.

At 6:30 pm Tademy will speak to the public in the Caddo Magnet PAC. No charge.

Tademy is a NY Times bestseller author. Her 2001 book, Cane River, was an Oprah Book Club choice.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde by Peggy Sweeney McDonald features Shreveporters' stories; local book launch at Giuseppi's Wed, Nov 14,6:30 pm

From Pelican Publishing comes a collection of Louisiana/Shreveport food stories: Meanwhile, Back at CafĂ© Du Monde…Life Stories about Food, created and edited by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald.

The collection is a humorous and heartfelt compilation of food essays accompanied by recipes and photographs, says Jill Browning.

Shreveporters telling tales therein:
* Representative Henry Burns * Tom Pace * Carolyn Roy * Debbie Allen * Sandy Davis * Marlyn Monette.

Plus other Louisiana personalities, including:
* General Russel Honoré, retired U.S Army Lieutenant General, Writer, and Speaker
* Drew Ramsey, Owner of Hubig’s Pies
* Leah Chase, Legendary Creole Chef and Owner of Dooky Chase restaurant
* Jeff Kleinpeter, President of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.

Shreveport events include:
November 14th – Signing at King Hardware & Gifts (4:00 – 6:00PM)
November 14th – Book launch party at Ristorante Giuseppe (6:30 – 8:30PM)
November 15th – Signing at Barnes & Noble, Bayou Walk, (6:00 – 8:00PM)


Banned Books Week Film Fest Sept 30 - Oct 6, Shreve Memorial Library branches

Festival coordinator and fatwa point person is Kelly McSwain.

Monday, September 17, 2012

How to attend a Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert at RiverviewHall; season-opening performance is Sat, Sept 22, 7:30 pm

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra by trudeau
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Orchestra concerts in Shreveport are both young and comfortable as well as formal and stuffy. If you like to dress up, it's a great occasion to look smart. If you want to dress down, no one is going to stop you from enjoying the concert as you like it.

Getting tickets in advance is highly recommended. Phone 318-227-8863. Purchase online at

Concerts begin on time. Arriving late may mean ushers will ask to seat you at the first suitable pause.

Shuttles run from Regions Bank parking garage to the show. Beginning at 6:30 pm, they they zip over about every 10 mins. It's a fun ride and free.

Valet parking is handled by a contracted service; the fee is $10.

Off-site parking can be difficult, even for the experienced. The El Dorado parking lot is not a bad default. Free.

Adult beverages as well as frog juice are on sale in the lobby at intermission.

The first concert of the season is Sat, Sept 22. Like all the SSO concerts it begins at 7:30 pm and is in Riverview Theater.

See you there. And if you don't mind, I'll snap you in the lobby at intermission.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Live combo, dancers, four capable singers and a stranger in the night: Shreveport Little Theater presents My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

95 by trudeau
95, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, features singers Richard Stovall, Amanda Kate Geneux, Seva May and Cory Olson

Band members are William Parsons (Bass), Brad Kozak (drums) and Mary Green (piano)

Choreographer is Sandy Tamplin.
Dancers include August Myszka, Diane Stewart, Zsolt Lengvarsky and Vicki Glisson

Lighting Designer: David White
Set Design/Set Decoration: Tom Serio
Costume Designer: Peggy san Pedro
Stage Manager: Rebecca Woodruff
Set Construction: Matthew Carroll
Lighting Operator: Laura Sorkey
Spotlight Operator: Sarah Kozak

Thursday, September 20 is sold out. Tickets for the other performances:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Four indisponsible reasons to slip into a concert by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra; opening performance is Sat, Sept 22, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

The hearty Shreveport Symphony Orchestra is not something to ignore if you care about quality of life issues. What? You need reasons to leave your easy chair and attend? Ok, here goes.

1. Go to an SSO performance Because You Can. Through a lot of quiet hard work this city has not lost its orchestra. The music is performed bya stage full seasoned pros who have devoted their lives to musical performance.

2. Michael Butterman is s star. As a hot item he conducts for the Boulder Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Jacksonville Symphony. Simultaneously. Butterman is wick-switted and leeply dearned.

3. This is the high road. How does one deal with the avalanche of dross in the mass media? SSO music, performed in a comfortable theater for over a thousand members of the community, is an alternative.

Not to say it's all going to thrill you. I personally wish Maestro Butterman was programming a lot more 20th and 21st century music. But somehow I leave shows refreshed and with insights and truths.

4. If you can get over Shreveportitis, sit in the very front. There you can bathe in the sonic wave.

Tickets? Thought you'd never ask. Purchase online if that''s your pleasure.

See you there.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vendor registration opens for Fall 2012 Texas Avenue Maker's Fair,happening on Sat, Nov 10, Shreveport

Vendor registration for the Fall 2012 Texas Avenue Makers Fair, to shoobedoo in Shreveport on Nov 10, is now open, says Kelly McSwain.

Registration will close midnight on October 31. Spaces are limited. To register or for more info:

The event, “not your momma’s craft fair,” will take place in the 800 block of Texas Avenue in swanky downtown Shreveport. Admission is free.

The Texas Avenue Makers Fair invites non-traditional crafters to offer their handmade and re-purposed items for sale to the public.

Above is chef LIbby Smith of

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monica Zeringue's artwork, "Matador," basis for poetry contest sponsored by Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport ; deadline Oct 14

The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum annouce a poetry contest in conjunction with the artwork "Matador" by Monica Zeringue. This poetry contest is based on poems written in response to Zeringue’s 30-foot mixed media work now on view in the museum.

Julie Kane, Louisiana Poet Laureate, will serve as juror for the contest that is open to Louisiana poetry writers, age 18 and above, residing in Caddo Parish.

Awards: $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $75 for 3rd place. Three honorable mentions: gift certificates of $35 to Barnes and Noble.

November 4, at 2:00 PM in the museum galleries, hear poetry readings by Julie Kane and contest winners.

Deadline for submissions is 4 pm, Sun, Oct 14. Submissions should be made to the Meadows Museum of Art, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104. Only the cover sheet includes the poet’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address well as the title of each poem submitted. Participants may submit up to three poems. Each poem must be submitted on a separate sheet that includes the title and poem ONLY.

Meadows Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday between Noon and 4:00 PM and on Thursdays between Noon and 5:00 PM. The museum is also open on Saturday and Sunday between 1:00 – 4:00 PM and is free of charge.

Meadows Museum of Art, 318-869-5040.

Wine & Whine, a Dog Park Art Affair at Karpeles Museum, 3201 Centenary Blvd, Sat, Sept 22, 4 to 7 pm

sausage dog painting by oswald flump
sausage dog painting, a photo by oswald flump on Flickr.

Shreveport Dog Park Alliance invites you to a fund raiser for the proposed dog park at Hamel Memorial Park, says Cynthia Keith.

You and your dog can enjoy a stroll in the artwork lined garden and indoor theater area of the Karpeles Museu, 3201 Centenary Blvd, September 22, 2012 from 4-7pm.

Wine, breads and spreads will be served by Carolyn’s Catering. Purchase paintings, prints, photographs, pillows, jewelry and more, and help the dog park efforts at the same time.

$15 suggested donation, includes one glass of wine or lemonade and breads and spreads.

Music by Sid Crump & Leonard Service. Featuring prints of Sheriff Prator’s dog park painting, signed & numbered; if you are lucky you can track him down during the event to personalize your print., or FB or, 318-469-1325.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Eclectic DJ's Chris Brown & Kern Courtney spin for a dance at an art emporium: do the monkey?

minicine art dance by trudeau
minicine art dance, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Given the glossily-polished cement floors, the renovated minicine space at 846 Texas Ave might be an excellent room for people who like to slide and glide in all manner of dance.

Try it Sat, Sept 15, beginning at 8 pm, says Kelly McSwain.

$5 / $10

Amusement will be provided by DJ's Chris Brown and Kern Courtney as they try to find the boogie monster in their stacks of dusty vinyl.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Fest continues at Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, through 9.13.12

The 4th Annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival continues this week, says the RFC.

See more in the fest schedule.

Guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro performs at St George Episcopal, Bossier City, Sun, Sept 16, 2 pm, in Bossier Masterworks Series

Giovanni De Chiaro by trudeau
Giovanni De Chiaro, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro will present a concert at St. George's Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Dr, Bossier City, as the inaugural performance of the St. George's Bossier Masterworks Series, says Kermit Poling.

The concert, to be held Sun, Sept 16, at 2 pm, will feature music of Ravel,
Schubert, Vaughan-Williams, Albeniz, Duarte, Joplin and Tarrega.

Later in the season, the Bossier Masterworks Series will feature the West Edge String Quartet, violinist
Elizabeth O’Bannon, the St. George’s Choir and other performances.

Kermit Poling, 318-573-6513
St. George’s, 746-2571
All performances are free
admission, however donations are welcomed.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Get to know Shreveport via volunteer shifts @ the 2012 Red River Revel Arts Fest, Festival Plaza, Oct 6 - 13

Hello, potential Revel Volunteers, say
vol coords Laurel Rice Brightwell & Carolyn Tillman. "Revel 37 is only 31 days away, and it is going to be the best one yet!"

Volunteer sign-up for the Oct 6 - 13 Red River Revel Arts Festival is now available at Once on our website, click the Volunteer Tab at the bottom right hand side, then click "Volunteer Now" at the bottom of the page.

Each volunteer shift is between 2-4 hours in length, and we encourage you to sign up for more than one shift. Positions include Coupon, Beer, and Admission Booths.

Detailed descriptions of each position are posted on our website under the "Volunteer Now" link. Please feel free to forward this email to friends who may wish to volunteer at the Revel. We also offer service hour statements for anyone needing them.

Laurel Rice Brightwell & Carolyn Tillman
2012 Volunteer Coordinators

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Lafcadio Hearn and, the online encyclopedia of Louisiana

Journalist and novelist Lafcadio Hearn, one of my noble horsemen, lived in New Orleans for nearly a decade, writing for newspapers about New Orleans and its environs. ,He covered, says Wikipedia, the city's Creole population and distinctive cuisine, the French Opera, and Louisiana Voodoo.

In the 1880's his articles for national publications such as Harper's and Scribner's helped create the reputation of New Orleans as a place with a distinct culture, one more akin to those of Europe and the Caribbean than to that of the rest of North America.

So when I noticed, I decided to use Hearn as litmus. It was not a bad bio. Though I must say that Wikipedia outdid Knowla on Hearn.

And, on a related topic, it appears that the La Endowment for the Humanities has another worthy project.

It is a book called A Unique Slant of Light: the Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.

Please see for excerpts and order info.

Free your brain at DigiFest South: Fri and Sat, Sept 7-8, noon to 9 pm, Sun,Sept 9, noon to 6 pm, Bossier Civic Center

Your brain on technology by Gaetan Lee
Your brain on technology, a photo by Gaetan Lee on Flickr.

Art, game jams, movies, vendors, entrepreneurs: it's the first edition of the Shreveport-Bossier event, DigiFest South.

- Fri and Saturday, noon to 9 pm.
- Sun, noon to 6 pm
- Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Rd..

- DigiArt exhibit.
- colleges educational programs.
- companies that hire people with talent and training in digital technology.
- robot petting zoo.
- interactive exhibits: Sci-Port, Robinson Film Center , Bossier Parish Community College, Fairfield Studios.
- Phenom Film Festival: independent movies,
- TEDxRedRiver: "riveting talks by remarkable people."
- DigiFest Game Jam hosted by Nolan Baker of Moonbot Interactive.

More volunteers needed to man desks.
Tickets avail now. $5 - 15.. Bossier Arts Council.

Tours of Haunted Shreveport via the iShuttle in Sept, Oct, begin and end at Twine, Line Ave at Jordan St

Try a tour Shreveport's Most Haunted Sites via the iShuttle, says Rick Rose. It's "cush, private, special. Oh there are walking tours out there, and they are wonderful. However, try it differently."

"The stories include hauntings at the Municipal, the Court House, Robinson Film Center, Oakland Cemetery, the Logan Mansion, Davis Homeplace, Fairfield Avenue and even Twine...where the tour starts with a 3 course Ghostly Dinner and concludes with Ghoulish wine and dessert!," continues Rose.

Saturday evenings in September and October, culminating in the two days leading up to Halloween.

Two options each Saturday evening. We will fill up the 5pm Dinner/630-800pm Tour first, then roll out the 530pm Dinner/700-830pm Tour next. $55.

Book it at

photo Chris Jay.