Monday, December 30, 2013

Cajun cornucopia: Cinema on the Bayou festival, Lafayette, Jan 22 - 26

Cinema on the Bayou has built an international reputation, says Rebecca Hudsmith, as a filmmaker friendly destination with crowds, food and music.

It has positioned itself to be unique among festivals in the United States through partnerships with the National Film Board of Canada and the Office of the French Consul General in New Orleans.

Nearly 40 films will screen at this year's Festival, including World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, with over 60 film screenings.

Filmmakers are attending from Montréal, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Shreveport, Miami, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans and Portland, Oregon.

A complete schedule of events will be posted in early January at

Live music is best: NYE entertainment list from Tipitina's Music Co-op, Shreveport

New Year's Eve in Shreveport and the surrounding area, says Ovis Means - Tues. Dec 31, 2013:

CMT Crossroads @ Horseshoe Casino - Westbound 21 - 8pm-1:30am
Diamond Jacks (Agave) - Elaw 6pm + Side FX 9-1am - No Cover
Eldorado Casino - Caravan + Big Richard
Fatty Arbuckles - Lackadaisies + Engine + Jacob Disedare + free chanpagne
Margaritaville Restaurant - The Roscoes - 10pm
Muddy Waters - Steak and Champagne with party favors
Noble Savage - John Rochell and Darrell Mims - 8pm
Riverside Warehouse - Malibu Beach Club Revisited - 2 DJs for your dancing pleasure
Sam's Town - Chicken On The Bone - 6pm + Rockin' Dopsie - 10pm
Strange Brew - The Beggin For Its - No Cover
Superior Grill - Joe Nadeau Band - 7-11pm
Superior Steakhouse - Costas and Chelsi- 7pm
Tiki Bar - Caddywompus + Trashcan Jinga - 9pm
Voodoo Cafe' - Quickie Mart + NANOLOG + Ryan Viser
1910 Martini and Hookah Lounge - Drop' In The New Year - DJ Ben Jammin & DJ Astro

Indeed, this list is a starting point, not definitive of the performers working across Spt-Bossier.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lights, guitars, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the music of Led Zeppelin on Sat, Jan 11, Riverview Theater, 7:30 pm

Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and screaming vocals, conductor Brent Havens wants, "Led Zep riff for riff while cranking out new musical colors."

The 2-plus hour concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Black Dog and Immigrant Song. “On Immigrant Song I have the violins matching the vocal line up an octave from singer Randy Jackson, and the French Horns are doing it with him in the same register,” says Havens. “Then we have the brass kickin’ in the back, doing the accents. It rips.”

Tickets from $19 to $59.

Saturday, January 11—7:30 PM
RiverView Theater

Monday, December 23, 2013

A holiday gift idea at a deeper level: tickets to the orchestra, the opera, to drama, comedy and dance troupes

How do we raise the level of discourse and culture of the heathen society which we discover at every turn?

My humble answer is to recommend that we patronize the excellent arts organizations of Shreveport-Bossier. Their presentations can ennoble our destinations, our companions, our chat.

Buy tickets.

Buy tickets for others.

Amen. Alleluiah.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Artspace Shreveport holiday hours; closed Dec 22 - 26 and Dec 29 - Jan 2

Artspace Holiday Hours:

December 20- Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 21- Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artspace Closed December 22 - December 26.
December 27- Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (café closed)
December 28- Open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (café closed)

Artspace Closed December 29- January 2
January 3- Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (café closed)
January 4- Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (café closed)

* * * * *
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council/Central ARTSTATION will be closed Friday, December 20- to Friday, January 3.

Regular Hours of Operation resume on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hear the SSO Xmas Pops concert on Sat, Dec 21, 7:30 pm, or Sun, Dec 22,2:30 pm

Comfort food of the creamiest type: the Xmas Pops Concert with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, December 21—7:30 PM
Sunday, December 22—2:30 PM

Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano
Louisiana Dance Theater
Holiday Pops Children's Chorus
Michael Butterman, conductor

Riverview Theater, downtown Shreveport.
Online tickets.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Handmade goods @ Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, on Thurs, Dec 19, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Handmade @ Rhino by trudeau
Handmade @ Rhino, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Shop local for the holidays! Join us, says Landon Miller, on Dec 19 for an evening of unique goods, music, and merriment from:

Index Drums (
Chords (
Rachel Stuart-Haas (
Day Old Blues Records (
Zombee Candle (
ElleDeeNOLA (
Makers Union (

Artists: more about UnScene Shreveport at SRAC Artist Gathering Thurs, Dec 19, 4 pm

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

"Actors, dancers, musicians, singers, visual artists, writers and beyonders, it's time for another Artist Gathering," says Pam Atchison.

"Learn about new/updated opportunities, resources, and services available in Northwest Louisiana."

Th, Dec 19; 4 pm to 5:30 pm, Artspace.

"Then join the Holiday Hoopla, TNT Trolley ride and get all of your gift shopping done!"

Monday, December 16, 2013

Downtown Shreveport viewing and shopping via the TNT on Thurs, Dec 19, 5 pm

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

Third Thursday Trolley:
- artspace
- Martha's Hallmark
- Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
- Norsworthy Gallery
- On-Time Fashion
- singing carols, drinking cocoa and hands-on activities with Macaroni Kid.
- 15% off all purchases in artspace’s holiday exhibition PRESENTS.

710 Texas St.

Trolley leaves every 30 minutes beginning at 5pm.

Cast of 60 and a live orchestra: ACT presents Disney musical version of Beauty & the Beast on Dec 20, 21, 22

The Academy of Children's Theatre will present the Disney Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast on Dec. 20-22, at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the Centenary College campus, says Lauren Ross.

Performances: Dec. 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Dec. 21 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.

The production is directed by Lauren Ross with Musical Direction by Daniel Ley and sets
by Zac and Necee Blackwell and costumes by Sara Archer and Cynthia Whitaker.

The production will feature a cast of over 60 talented performers and a live orchestra. Tickets: $20, 318-741-8312 or 869-5242.

Each performance will include a character meet and greet and autograph signing.

UnScene makes Rolling Stone magazine via Brady Blade and the Nauts, set to debut at the Jan UnScene

SXSW 2010 - Brady Blade by Kingsnake
SXSW 2010 - Brady Blade, a photo by Kingsnake on Flickr.

"A jam project featuring Dave Matthews, Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton, his brother Bill and drummer Brady Blade has evolved into an official group named the Nauts, according to Mix. The band is currently self-producing its debut album at Blade Studios, which the drummer co-owns, in Shreveport, Louisiana," writes Kory Grow in the Dec 16

"The website for Unscene! – an arts events series that takes place each month in Shreveport – contains a bio page for the Nauts, featuring copy from the Mix article. Consequence of Sound, which spotted the bio, suggests the band may make its live debut at an Unscene! concert."

More at

Friday, December 13, 2013

UnScene's Inside Out Project, Common at Crockett St, Shreveport, rolling toward Sat, Dec 14, at noon

P1000139 by trudeau
P1000139, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

The Inside Out Project is photographing and pasting up Shreveport Common residents in the two days prior to UnScene, says Josh Porter.

"But you can slip into line and have your poster made today, if you have to," adds Porter.

Music, food trucks, film, photography and pasting up will be in full display on Sat, Dec 14, from noon to 8 pm.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

No matter your preference Shreveport's new Fairness Ordinance sets a tone for acceptance of you and yours

"PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) and Forum for Equality congratulate the Shreveport City Council for passing a "Fairness Ordinance" that protects all Shreveport residents from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation or gender identity," says Adrienne Critcher.

"This ordinance had bipartisan support from the City Council, was strongly supported by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, and had a strong endorsement from The Shreveport Times. Since 2009, City of Shreveport public employees and contractors have had these protections in the workplace. This ordinance will put Shreveport in agreement with over 188 cities throughout the nation, the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies, and the opinions of a majority of Americans in all 435 U.S. Congressional districts."

Monday, December 09, 2013

Meet the crew from the Inside Out Project in an artist talk on Thurs, Dec 12, session at Artspace Shreveport, 6 pm to 8 pm

Join the INSIDE OUT Project artist group from New York for an intimate discussion about the photography project that has been documented, archived and exhibited all around the world, says SRAC.

The INSIDE OUT project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change.

Learn about the public art movement and how Shreveport Common will become the next community to welcome the project at UNSCENE!

Admission to the Thursday, December 12, Artist Talk is Free.

Map for music, photography, storytelling, film, plus food and beer all day at the corner of Common and Crockett Streets: UnScene Shreveport,Sat, Dec14

UnScene Shreveport Dec14 by trudeau
UnScene Shreveport Dec14, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Make plans to have your portrait snapped by the photogs at UnScene on Sat, Dec 14, at the corner of Crockett and Common. It will be pasted upon the parking garage at that corner. Represent, Shreveporters, if you like the idea of downtown revitalization.

More at

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Movies, music, art market, food and beer trucks and a building to cover in paste-up portraits: UnScene on Sat, Dec 14, downtown Shreveport

More to pique your curiosity and fill your eyes, ears and belly in downtown Shreveport. That's the goal of the Shreveport regional Arts Council series called UnScene.

More at

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Great Raft Brewing opens pints and growlers in Shreveport with celebrations from Dec 9 - 20

A black lager named Reasonably Corrupt™, a pale lager named Southern Drawl™ and an American pale ale named Commotion are the year-round brews being tapped this week by Great Raft Brewing, a craft beer microbrewery created and owned by Shreveporters.

Co-founders Andrew and Lindsay Nations are Shreveport natives with a passion for beer, says

The Great Raft tasting room, to be inaugurated Fri, Dec 20, will initially feature three flagship beers alongside five taps devoted to one-off and specialty beers. The 2,500 square foot tasting room, at 1251 Dalzell St, seats up to 75 patrons and is part of Great Raft’s brewing operations located in Shreveport’s Fairfield Historic District.

Following the grand opening, the tasting room will be open on a regular basis on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tours will be available in early 2014.


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Author William Joyce signing Mischievians at Barnes & Noble Shreveport at 1 pm Sun, Dec 8

Joyce / Mischievians signing, B&N Shreveport

Author William Joyce will be signing books at Barnes & Noble this Sunday at 1 PM, says Sara Hebert.

"Get your books signed and then benefit the Renzi Education and Art Center when you purchase them," adds Jennifer Hill. "Just make sure you mention the Renzi Center to the cashier when you're checking out."

Winter treats: two walks on the woodsy side of Shreveport and Bossier

Coates Bluff Nature Trail, Caddo Magnet HS, Shreveport

The Coates Bluff Trail, almost hidden in East Shreveport, and the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Trails, relatively new and almost hidden in Bossier City, are a winter priority. Both can be helpfully identified on Google maps.

The Coates Bluff Trail is a quarter-mile path and can be leisurely hiked to and fro in 45 minutes. There are two entrance points. One is at the Montessori School for Shreveport (2605 CE Galloway Blvd, adjacent to Anderson Ave) parking lot that faces Sevier St. The trail runs alongside Anderson Bayou and goes north.

The entrance at the north end of the trail is near the corner of Olive St and Viking Drive. Parking at the Valencia Community Center is a good idea. The entrance to the path is near the Valencia Community Garden. Go to the corner of the open property and you will see a gate in the chain link fence. Past that gate is the trail.

Maurice Loridans, member of A Better Shreveport and one of the informal custodians of the Coates Bluff Trail, says, "When you find a junked Monte Carlo half-buried in the slough, you've found a bridge that will take you to the newer section of Coates Bluff Trail." Loridans built the wooden tongue that extends from the windshield area of the wreck to the bank. He adds, "The new trail runs parallel to the original path but on the higher side of the bank along the old bayou."

The archaic bayou that forms the basis for the Coates Bluff Trail is Bayou Pierre. It was an active waterway when the course of the Red River was compromised by the log jam called the Great Raft by the Caddo Nation.

Feico Kempff, who is another maintainer and mapper of the trail, says "If you strike out north of the Monte Carlo bridge you will be on what I call the Red River Link. It's a an unimproved trail that can be enjoyed by the more adventurous types."

To reach the several woods trails of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge (150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, 318-742-1219), take the Teague Parkway south of the Jimmie Davis Bridge. In about 1 mile you will see the entrance to the RRNWR on the right.

The RRNWR Center is a sustainable-model building filled with well-designed displays (love the giant garfish) that teach the flora and fauna of the region. Here you can pick up a map that will help you negotiate several paths.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Footlights III - Shreveport Little Theater Academy student performance on Fri, Dec 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sat, Dec 7, at 2 p.m.

Footlights, SLTA

Footlights III - a college scholarship benefit for Shreveport Little Theater Academy students: Fri, Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Shreveport Little Theatre.

318.424.4439 Tickets: $15.

Highland Culture District Art Sale on Tuesday Dec 3, 11 am to 6:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan St, Shreveport

First Pres Highland Art Sale

3rd Annual Highland Culture District Art Sale on Tuesday Dec 3, 11:00am - 6:30pm in the gym and dining area at FPC.

Presented by artists of the Highland Area. "Come for the Advent Noonday Noels and stay to browse the wonderful art," says FPC.

Expect JR-type paste-ups across Shreveport Common during UnScene on Sat, Dec 14

Street art project by photographer JR, Rothschild Tents camp, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2/9/2011.

French street artist JR is the person who initiated the Inside Out experience. His blow-ups of street portraits led to the Inside Out photo enlargement truck that will visit Shreveport for the Dec 14 UnScene.

In 2011 JR won the TED (technology entertainment design) Prize. In his TED talk he outlines his lovely plan.

See more at UnScene Shreveport.

Stage Center production of Disney musical, "Tarzan," opens Thurs, Dec 5, at Emmett Hook Center, downtown Shreveport

Disney's Tarzan; Stage Center, Shreveport

Tarzan is the stage musical based on Disney’s animated musical and “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, says Jared Watson. Stage Center’s Tarzan is directed by Jared Watson with choreography by Katie Dupont and musical direction by Seth Taylor. Luke Sexton is the stunt coordinator and Foy is providing the flying effects. FLEXTIX, the Stage Center membership plan, is now available for the entire 2014 season and starts at $75.00.

Cast: Zac Rowe, Maddisdon Gilcrease, Barbara Holmes, Cordara Newson, David Bieler, Luke Sexton, Robert Lawrence, Kent Jude Bernard, Delia Caldwell, Cameron Cason, Katie Dupont, Kaelon Gerard, Cody Griffin, Isaiah Aaron Jones, Tamara Mayer, Joshua Myers,John Peyton Pou, Nia Savoy and Saudia Scott.

Thursdays, December 5 & 12 @ 7:30PM Fridays, December 6 & 13 @ 7:30PM Saturdays, December 7 & 14 @ 2:00PM & 7:30PM **NOTE – There are no Sunday performances for any shows in our 2014 season. | 318.218.9978

All performances at Emmett Hook Center – 550 Common St., Downton S’port

Tickets: $20.00 – Adults $18.00 – Seniors/Students $15.00 – Kids

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Paintings, prints, food and music: Highland Open Studios Tour on Sun, Dec 1, 11 am to 4 pm

Highland Art Tour, Shreveport

436 Topeka St.
- Su Stella and Curt Harville- glass & iron items, paintings & jewelry & dog items by Kerstie Harville. Mixed media by Lisa Giblin. Jewelry by Rena, Sherry Tamburo with sustainable pieces of art from nature, swags & wreaths with a culinary theme.

309 Merrick Street.
Hand-thrown art pottery and functional pieces by Nancy Ferrari. Handmade bead jewelry. Walk up the driveway to back screened-in porch to see Nancy’s display.

537 Merrick St.
-Jen Courtney and Jaime Leighann Baker featuring photography specializing in maternity, birth, and newborn. Body casting, henna, fertility-tracking jewelry, and custom-mixed herbal remedies for pregnancy and postpartum.

240 Topeka St.
-Andrew Parsons featuring food, artists and music. Artists include Ester Parsons , a watercolorist from Palmetto, Fla., woodcraft by Bryan Gandy, Temple Garden Bonsais by Robert Specian. Kirk Headrick with large windchimes & Bayou Gypsy Art. New series paintings by Andrew Joseph Cariere, Jr. Enjoy live music by Dickey B and the Topeka St. Ramblers featuring Beto Angle & Taylor Rust. Awesome foods from Go Greenly & Lagniappe Foods. Bring Christmas money!

1107 Rendall Street
- Artist Mocha Blue Blaze paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, bath and body products, incense, CDs of original music and poetry, baked goods and warm drinks, live music and more.

1173 Louisiana Ave.-
Blue Southern Comfort Foods hamburgers & drinks. Tracy McComic- Wired & Sassy Artisan Jewelry & paintings. Marijo Brown- recycled, repurposed and upcycled art and furniture, Rachael Welch-organic & natural body rubs and bath salts, Ellen Fontenot’s paintings, beaded hairpins and earrings.

424 Dalzell St.
- Karen LaBeau- paintings and cards. Get a free gift from Karen with a purchase from her over $15. Marci Gatlin-Hicks - Christmas ornaments, cards & pendant necklaces. Evan Betrand on acoustic guitar.

118 East Jordan
-Paintings, mixed media and prints by Jeormie & Carrie Journell

627 Rutherford St.
-The home of Matthew & Lisa Linn. Radishes, oak trees & art, but not necessarily in that order!

829 Kirby St.
Wendy Tisdale original jewelry, painted furniture, digital art prints, handmade ornaments. Dorothy Kristen Hanna- art for sale. Jay Marks- wire sculpture. $2 raffle tickets for a one-hour massage (all proceeds go to Robinson’s Rescue spay & neuter clinic) and $10 off massage gift certificates.

1156 Stephens St.
Casa Eclectic- the home of designer Myron Griffing. Enjoy beautiful home décor, paintings by Brett Malone and prints of pen and ink drawings by Robert Trudeau.

See more at

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Global competitors perform in Wideman International Piano Competition on Dec. 6-8, Hurley School of Music, Centenary College, Shreveport

Wideman Piano Competition contestants and Lester Senter Wilson, director of the Wideman

Centenary College will host the Wideman International Piano Competition on Dec. 6-8, says Lester Senter Wilson.

The 2013 Wideman International Piano Competition will be held Dec. 6-8 at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music. Admission to the preliminary rounds is free and open to the public. Admission to the final competition is free for students and $10 per person for the public.

Preliminary rounds: Friday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and 2:45-6:15 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Finals: Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 1 p.m.

“We are expecting 41 contestants from eight states and 12 countries to compete for the gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention titles,” says Wilson, executive director.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Intersecting near Centenary and Kings, Shreveport, on Sun, Dec 1, 2 pm to 4 pm: Meadows Museum and blues singer Buddy Flett

Buddy Flett, Shreveport, Krewe of Highland Bal Masque

"Enjoy tunes from Buddy Flett and get a signed copy of his new CD: "Rough Edges," says Lisa Nicoletti.

The Museum Gift Shop will be open for Christmas shopping; members get 10% off. Keep in mind that a membership to the Friends of the Meadows Museum makes a great gift, too!


RSVP appreciated: 318-869-5040

More info:

Walk on the wild side at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City

Red-bellied Woodpecker

"Take a walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving on a National Wildlife Refuge," says the Red River National Wildlife Refuge.

"For a brief spell, flee the turkeys at your Thanksgiving table and seek some wilder birds this year. Explore a foot trail at a national wildlife refuge, thrill to some seasonal wildlife, and emerge looking less like a butterball yourself. Red River Refuge offers impressive autumn colors and great bird viewing in late November."

Refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset daily, even on Thanksgiving Day when refuge visitor centers will be closed. Free trail maps are available outside the visitor center or at a refuge entrance kiosk.

The official RRNWR site and the Facebook site.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lauded classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro at St George's Bossier on Sun, Dec 15, 2 pm

Giovanni de Chiaro

The St. George's Bossier Masterworks Series will present concert guitarist and Centaur recording artist Giovanni De Chiaro, says Kermit Poling. The concert, featuring Christmas music for guitar, takes place on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 2 pm in the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

St George: 318-746-2571;

Your portrait on the side of a Shreveport Common building: InSide/Out photo truck hits Shreveport Common Dec 13

Nadine JR

"You are the face of Shreveport Common."

Global Arts Team, InSide/Out, will be in Shreveport Common taking and posting photographs of Shreveport Common residents/clients on a building that can be seen as a “Gateway” into this historically rich neighborhood, says Casey Jones.

SRAC’s hope is to set up an appointment time dedicated to you and your family, friends, fans with the InSide/Out team. During this time your group would be photographed (individually) and (as willing) our team of professional storytellers/writers would gather your story.

Come to UnScene on Saturday, December 14, any time between noon and 6 pm; check in at the Central ArtStation; and let us get your Face photographed by the InSide / Out team. Or... if you can’t join in the Fun on Saturday, schedule an appointment for Fri, Dec 13. Please email if you would like to schedule an appointment on Fri, Dec 13.

In regards the photo above of artist Nadine Charity. In 2011 she sent her portrait to the French artist JR, initiator of the InSide/Out Project, and was sent the enlargement seen above. JR's only request was that it be posted somewhere in public. That was the beginning of 2 years of posting on the Beauty Supply Building and, as far as we know, the beginning of InSide/Out involvement with Shreveport.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Super Water Sympathy returns from tour to perform downtown show on Thanksgiving Eve

Ansley Hughes / Super Water Sympathy, Shreveport

"Thanksgiving Eve (Wed) and we are back in our hometown," says Ansley Hughes. "Make your plans now for the biggest night out of the year! Get tickets now - cheaper than the door. Order here.

Opening for SWS: 9pm - DJ NJ - Slade Walker 10pm - Mary Caroline Querbes

Phoenix Underground, 600 Market Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

A mistaken earlier post placed the band in the district in a free show. Not so.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Highland Open Studio Tour on Sun, Dec 1, begins at 436 Topeka St, Shreveport; a wide vastness of art for purchase

Su Stella, Shreveport

"Artists around Highland will throw open their homes, studios and workshops for some organic, free-wheeling fun on Sun, Dec 1," says Liz Swaine. "The monthly event is never the same twice, there are always different locations, artists and experiences to well, experience! HOSTS was started by Highland artists Su Stella and Curt Harville, two visual artists who work in various mediums. Their workshop at 436 Topeka is the first stop on the tour each month and the location where you will be welcomed with maps showing the other participating stops. In 2011, Highland became only the second state-approved Cultural District in Shreveport-Bossier."

List and addresses of studios and artists here. Skulls above by Su Stella.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Kern, Ian Quiet, more entertain at Naked BeansGiving, Wed, November 27, 5 - 8:30 p.m, Naked Bean, Shreveport

Kern Courtney by Stan Carpenter

The Naked BeansGiving, a holiday-themed event benefiting The Food Bank NWLA, The Renzi Center, Pet Savers, Robinson Rescue and TSR Baby Momma, will be held at the Naked Bean Cafe on Wednesday, November 27, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Christina Kilpatrick, Kern Courtney, Daniel Dawson, Ian Quiet and Mike Bryant, with Eric Gipson as emcee.

A silent auction will feature abstract works by Shreveport artist Tracy Prator. Thanksgiving fare with a Cajun twist, plus deserts and specialty coffees, will be be provided by the Naked Bean's barista and culinary specialist Dawn Gipson.

Instead of paid admission, patrons are asked to bring the following items: clothing, shoes, blankets, gloves, household items, pillows, bath towels, soaps, toiletries and non-perishable food items.

Event sponsors are Pam and Dwain Hairsten, Hummer & Sons, Delta Wave Massage, Delta 9 Graphics, STIR, Nell Moore, Elene Wilson, Laney Wheeler, Jelks Coffee and Akido of Shreveport.

The Naked Bean is located at 451 Kings Highway in Shreveport. For information call (318) 864-2999.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Buddy Flett and David Egan sing and pound piano and guitar at Fairfield Studios, Shreveport, on Sun, Nov 24, 7 pm

Egan and Flett Reservations: or by calling 318-933-2514 and leaving a message. We are glad to see your interest in the show here and to see all of our friends who are coming but please make your reservation so we can reserve your seat, says Jim Huckabay. A night of blues featuring two of the masters, and long time friends. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Norla benefit: A Black & White Affair at 1910 Market St on Fri, Nov 22, begins 7 pm

A Black & White Affair: a black and white semi-formal art show & wine tasting @ 1910 Martini & Hookah Lounge on Fri, Nov 22, says Kandi Kane.

~ Support Norla Preservation Project and see the artistic side of Shreveport - Enjoy local art from painted canvas to photography.

~ Wine tasting from 7:00-9:00, art exhibition, with live indoor & outdoor entertainment.

~ Half of ticket sales, $20, along with 10% of art sales and 5% of total sales go to Norla Preservation Project

~Included in ticket price: Red Beans & Rice and
~ Stephan Pool of The Stiff Necked Fools at 7:00 - outdoor stage
~ The Joe Nadeau Band at 8:30 - indoor stage ~ Red wine & beer tasting starts @ 7 pm

Located at 1910 Market St. Shreveport,
318 425 9054.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Music, food, film and street art on Texas Ave: UnScene in Shreveport Common on Sat, Dec 14, all day

UnScene brings the Inside Out photo truck to Texas Ave on Sat, Dec 14. Initiated by the French artist JR, Inside Out is an artist group that has exhibited all around the world.

People from some 108 countries have participated in photography, printing and Unheard of sized paste up projects. The Inside Out project has inspired group action on themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, and climate change.

In addition to the street art, the day will be filled with artists & musicians performing in Shreveport Common. Below is a list of confirmed happenings.

- Kings of Pleasure: blues and jazz music from Shreveport
- Ron Hardy: Art in Da Hood Allstars
- Robert Trudeau: Illintentious Anatomy- Ankle to Ear (art film)
- Musicology International: Around the World in One Note (kids show)
- Renee Caldwell: A Kid's Christmas (musical storytelling)
- John Lomax- Retaining Wall painting (street art)
- Qean Ballard - Blazer Parade

More events and site info trucking up soon.

Supporting Shreveport Opera: a shopping experience called Boutiques de Noel at Bossier Civic Center Nov 21 - 23

Boutiques de Noel 2013 Party by trudeau
Boutiques de Noel 2013 Party, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Opening party, "A French Quarter Xmas," Wed, Nov 20, 6:30 pm. More at FB.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Highland Jazz & Blues Fest, Shreveport, Sat, Nov 16, 10 am to 5 pm, Columbia Park

The top five Highland Jazz and Blues Fest questions trending right now, says Kenney Koonce, are . . .

1) Is there an admission fee? There is absolutely no admission fee. Save your money to spend with our vendors and maybe pick up a festival T-shirt or three. Really, they're great! You're going to leave with something.

2) Who's playing? when are they playing? And what's good to eat? See our website. Our webmaster worked really hard on it. Swing by and admire it.

3) Are dogs allowed? Yes, we love our dogs and have set up an area just for them. What we don't like...owners who don't clean up after them.

4) Can I bring my own food or drinks? Well, why would you want to do a thing like that? We're know for our food! Plus the drink sales are invested back into the event and allow us to keep it free.

5) Is it too late to get a vendor booth? We have rearranged, recounted and now re-closed the vendor application. We love our vendors.

A reminder: there's an all-fest Mall St Vincent free shuttle so that you don't have to hassle with parking.

And it might be a perfect day for bicycles.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Merchant of Venice, Caddo Magnet HS, Thurs, Nov 14, Fri, Nov 15, 6:30 pm

Well-rehearsed teens, elaborate costumes, stylish set; a recommended student production. Teachers Patti Reeves and Bill Knox are the comptrollers.

CMHS. 318 221 2501

Photo Michael Boyd.

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sat, Nov 16, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

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


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Acclaimed music documentary Muscle Shoals @ RFC Nov 11- 14

"In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio," says, where the movie gets a 92% from the audience, 97% from critics.

Robinson Film Center has it this week.
11/11 - 7:15PM
11/12 - 7:15PM
11/13 - 7:15PM
11/14 - 5:00PM

Parking's easy if you take a shuttle to the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, Shreveport, on Sat, Nov 16, 10 am to 5 pm, Columbia Park

Kenney Koonce, director of the Highland Jazz & Blues Fest says, "Try our free shuttle service provided by iShuttle and Mall St Vincent. All non-residents are asked to use this service to alleviate congestion in the neighborhood."

"iShuttle will dispatch their entire fleet, beginning at 9:30 AM. They will loop continuously throughout the day. Pickup is in the northeast lot of the mall (outside Dillard's Men Store). Drop-off is curbside on Creswell Ave."

He adds, "You'll want to bring plenty of cash and your holiday shopping list to the 10th annual HJBF. More than 40 artist vendors will be on hand with their wares."

Headliner is New Orleans' sweetheart, the timeless Irma Thomas. See the music schedule here.

You'll notice that the HJBF begins a bit earlier - 10 am - than ever. Thanks to the board, benefactors and volunteers for making the most of this communal opportunity.

Renoir et Tautou: French film series playing at Robinson Film Center,Shreveport, through Nov 14

The French Collection: Robinson Film Center showcases four contemporary French films, a series presented by Centenary Film Society from November 8-14.

Populaire (Comedy, 111 min., R): A village girl tries storms the city workforce armed with an extraordinary skill: she can type very, very fast. Can she compete?

11/10 - 1:00PM, 5:30PM
11/11 - 5:15PM
11/13 - 5:15PM

Haute Cuisine (Comedy, 95 min., PG-13): When a renowned chef is picked by the president, she must navigate professional jealousy and the prickly politics.

11/12 - 7:30PM
11/14 - 7:30PM

Renoir (Drama, 111 min, R.): As the French impressionist painter turns to the last chapter of his life, he discovers a new muse in the form of his son’s flame.

11/10 - 3:15PM
11/12 - 5:15PM
11/13 - 7:30PM

Therésè (Drama, 110 min., NR): An unhappily married woman (Tautou) struggles to break free from social pressures of 1920s France.

11/10 - 7:45PM
11/11 - 7:30PM
11/14 - 5:15PM

Watercolor paintings by Jim Huckabay, Shreveport, at Women's Dept Club; reception Sun, Nov 10, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Jim Huckabay, Shreveport by trudeau
Jim Huckabay, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Huckabay's deep talent at watercolor landscapes is apparent the moment his work is shown.

One-man exhibit at Women's Department Club, Line Ave at Margaret Place opens Sun, Nov 10.

Highly recommended.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Texas Ave Makers Fair and UnScene downtown Shreveport Nov 9, 10 am to 5 pm, easy parking

Tex Ave Makers Fair Nov 9 by trudeau
Tex Ave Makers Fair Nov 9, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Parking is secure and access to the Tex Ave Makers Fair and UbScene is easy when you use one of the large lots around the Municipal Auditorium.

Hope to see you in the sanctified melee.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sheet metal shank: Dirtfoot's hard new album, "Coming Up for Air,"might twerk the old turntable

Dirtfoot / Jamie Seed by trudeau
Dirtfoot / Jamie Seed, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

"We. We run this town. Let's turn this motherf*cker upside down." Whether Dirtfoot's energy was planing off as the group enters its eighth year is answered by the album "Coming Up for Air." It snorts and rocks the trough like the guys have been delivered again.

The above opening line, from their original "I am a man," sets the tone for an album that juggles steel cojones. By the second number, "Hypocrisy," I realized ("Rats are in the cellar. Rats are filled with cheese.") that the drumming (Derek Russell, Daniel Breithaupt) is more muscular than ever.

"Sweet love" begins with tight rockabilly energy and then throws out devastating horn lines to punctuate the anger ("I'd like to go back in time and kick some ass.") Seems it was a good idea to bring ReBirth Brass Band up from New Orleans for the sessions. Cut after cut the ReBirth fits Dirtfoot like a sheet metal shank.

Maniacal saxman Scott Gerardy plays like a tripping lead guitarist. Tune after tune he pushes the arrangements over the top.

The connections between the voices of Jim Morrison and Matt Hazelton are more apparent to me than ever. J Bratlie's voice soars in counterpoint. The melodies seem defiant.

I'm not sure if Dirtfoot likes to be called a Klezmer band from a Goy town, but they are. "Break my bones" is a jigging Levantine romp.

"The night John Zooke died" features the siliconic slide of former Shreveporter Papa Mali. It's the voodoo side of Dirtfoot. One of the pleasures of this band is that the clarity of the vocals reveals a sure sense of storytelling, if for the sake of stories noir. They tell tales about love burned out in "Heroin" and of a tequila woman in "Amelia Earhart."

After over an hour of music the sextet barks out the demonic, pounding "Underwater Turtle." This nihilist screed (did bassist Nathan Woods help write this one?) sounds something like George Clinton meets the Clash. "Turtle" could become the sig tune for the band in this era.

Highly recommended.

Coming Up for Air Cd Release Party - El Dorado Casino, Thurs, Nov 14 at 9 pm,
Celebrity Lounge in Shreveport.
Photo Jamie Seed.

UnScene piggybacks Texas Ave Makers Fair on Sat, Nov 9, 10 am to 8 pm, Shreveport Common

UnScene returns for a second month - of 12 planned months - co-mingled with the Texas Avenue Makers Fair in Shreveport Common. The super celebration is Sat, Nov 9, and produces a 10 hour day on the Avenue.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Texas Avenue Makers Fair! 200+ Makers selling art, craft, jewelry, food & more. Nonstop entertainment on 3 stages. Food Trucks.

10:00- 11:00 Exercise: Roshanda Spears and live soundtrack by Ron Hardy! Stage B- Food Court

10:30 am-11:15 am Ian Quiet Stage A- Unknown Market

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Poetic X (group) Stage A- Unknown Market

11:00 pm - 11:45 pm The Good News Stage B- Food Court

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm The Good News Stage B- Food Court

12:00 pm- 4:45 pm John Lomax (Van) Stage B- Food Court

12:30 pm-1:05 pm Chelsea Norman Stage A- Unknown Market

12:50 pm - 12:55 pm Roshanda Spears Stage B-Food Court

1:00 pm “Let’s Make a Parade!” with Queensborough Elementary Flag & Drum Line.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Poetic X: Chryshelle Engine Room Stage

1:00 pm - 4:45 pm Ryan Viser Stage B- Food Court

1:00 pm - 4:45 pm Nanolog Stage B- Food Court

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Hollis & Gillum Stage A- Unknown Market

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm Roshanda Spears Engine Room Stage

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Poetic X: UrthEagle Stage A- Unknown Market

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Vs. the She Beast Stage A- Unknown Market

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Rush to Die (CD) - A new musical production by Costas Dafnis Engine Room Stage

5:30 pm – Midnight The Drive-In Experience!
- PeeWee’s Big Adventure
- The Legend of Luther Anderson
- American Graffiti

Drive-In Movie vehicle parking starts at 4:00 pm. More details coming this week.

Text “unscene” to #81212 for updates.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Talbot Hopkins and 4 additional realist painters @ Gallery Fine Art Center; party Th, Nov 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Painters Daniel Mark Cassity, Albino Hinojosa, Talbot Hopkins, Peter Jones and Jerry Berg at Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Dr, Bossier.

GFAC has moved a few doors down in the Airline Plaza shopping center. The gallery is now directly across from 2Johns Steakhouse and closer to quite a bit of additional parking.

Reception Th, Nov 7, 5:50 to 7:30 pm.