The street-riding members of A Better Shreveport welcome occasional riders and those who care about the future of biking to attend the meeting on Mon, Oct 7, 6 pm to 7 pm, says Loren Demerath.
Meeting are held in the Wright Math Bldg located across Woodlawn Street from the Magale Library.
Check out the A Better Shreveport blog for issues being discussed. Among them was this recent item:
"TIME TO PAINT BIKE SHARROWS ON STREETS?
Some time ago ABS received permission to paint bike sharrows on streets. We've held back from doing more than we did on a small scale for the tree tour because of our hopes that a bike-ped plan would be soon created, which it wasn't; more recently, we thought it might be worth waiting for the Unified Development Code's completion, but we now the code wouldn't help much for that kind of thing.
So, we may be putting off a great opportunity to add significant value to our city right now."
Monday, September 30, 2013
Biking on the streets of balmy Shreveport at A Better Shreveport meeting Mon, Oct 7, 6 pm, Centenary's Wright Bldg on Woodlawn St
The street-riding members of A Better Shreveport welcome occasional riders and those who care about the future of biking to attend the meeting on Mon, Oct 7, 6 pm to 7 pm, says Loren Demerath.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Enjoy the witty writing of book seller and design maven Randy Ross in his recent art column for the 20X29 blog. He deepens knowledge of Shreveport's best known murals - like those at the La State Exhibit Museum - and brings a spotlight to less well-known murals - like those in the Commercial National Bank, 333 Texas St.
20X49 blogger Chris Jay is a self-created social scientist. Jay never got over the "why?" and "where?" part of his development. His inquiry-minded attitude toward Shreveport engenders persuasive food writing (check out his championing of Sabores Dominican Restaurant) and special events articles (love his enthusiams for the Cince de Mayo and Let the Good Times Roll fests). And when he publishes the musings of specialists like Ross you can count on more enrichment.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
What the hell do we know? Discuss Catcher in the Rye before screening of new movie "Salinger" at RFC on Sat, Sept 28, 6:30 pm
Abby Singer's Bistro, Robinson Film Center: the site of cheap drinks and salon talk about Salinger ahead of the 7:30 pm screening of "Salinger," says Alex Kent.
"You probably have something better to do," adds Kent.
318 459 4123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shreveport Little Theatre’s Lagniappe production of Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz, will be directed by Luke Eddy.
The play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
$15. Tickets are limited.
Cast members are Shawn Dion, Ginger Folmer, Brittainy Williams, Kent Jude Bernard and Kim Price.
Set and sound design, Allison Hannon, stage manager, Peggy San Pedro, costumes, David White and Ridley Scott, lighting design, Betty Walker, set design, David Coston, props, and Jonathan Offutt, scenic painter.
Only three performances are scheduled: October 4, 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. and October 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at SLT, 812 Margaret Place.
For further information call424-4439 or visit SLT’s box office at 812 Margaret Place, open noon – 4 p.m.weekdays.
A mega pet adoption event will take place on Sun, Nov 3, from noon to 5 p.m., on the front lawn of B’nai Zion Temple, 245 Southfield Road, says Susan Gross.
Billed as the Adopt-A-Pup Pop-Up Shop, the event will showcase adoptable animals from Animal Welfare Inc., Dixieland Dog Rescue, the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana, Pet Savers, Two Girls Dog Rescue, Friends of Bossier City Animal Control, Caddo Parish Animal Shelter, and Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue.
Additional groups will be on hand to share information on a host of animal-related issues. Robinson’s Rescue will let the public know about its low-cost spay/neuter services. Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, working to build a park where dogs can romp off-leash, will be present. And so will Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, a premiere group in the fight against puppy mills.
Several groups whose purpose is to raise money for animal welfare/rescue—the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, Artists for Rescue, and Rescue Chocolate—will also participate.
Organizer Susan Gross said she hopes a lot of potential adopters turn up to greet all the dogs in need of a permanent home. “Shelter dogs make wonderful additions to your family,” she said.
Admission to the Pop-Up Shop is free, and families are welcome. If canine family members attend, they must be leashed and picked-up afterwards.
https://www.facebook.com/events/596478153718444/, call (318) 617-8162, or email email@example.com.
The St. George's Bossier Masterworks Series will present the Festival String Quartet performing the music of JS Bach and Kermit Poling.
- Sun, Oct 6, at 2 pm at St. George's Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City.
- the Shreveport/Bossier premiere of the 3rd String Quartet - Visions of the Virgin - of Kermit Poling.
- Additional works include Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and other music by Bach.
- Festival String Quartet: Leonard Kacenjar, Elisabeth O'Bannon, Zachary Grant
and Laura Huff.
- The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Monday, September 23, 2013
A tortilla-crunchy, beer-muggy institution has closed its doors, says KTBS.com.
As of Monday you will search in vain for the brown-sauce tortilla soup at El Chico at Madison Park, 4015 Fern Ave. The long-lived Mexican restaurant closed after Sunday's lunch.
The chain's other two restaurants, on Bert Kouns and Greenwood Road, remain open in the peppery Tex-Mex market, says the Tex-Mex-loving staff reporters at Ch 3.
El Chico and franchisees operate close to a hundred restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and throughout the South.
Night at the Museum, Ap 4, 2014: children and families to see live exhibit at RW Norton Art Foundation
Actors interested in attending the free luncheon at R.W.Norton Art Gallery to learn more about this exciting event, Night at the Museum, Rsvp before November 15.
Only 20 actors will be needed to volunteer---
---and a costume will be made especially for you.
Shreveport Little Theatre
812 Margaret Place
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
More synergy in Highland: Day Old Blues Record Shop now neighbor to Naked Bean Cafe in 400 block of Kings Hwy, Shreveport
"The center of music in Shreveport is now in Highland," says Kathryn Usher. "Naked Bean has a new neighbor --- Day Old Blues Records. With Naked Bean's commitment to live music programming and DOBR's all around coolness it will be interesting to see how these two businesses grow side by side."
"Both are located near the corner of Kings and Highland."
Day Old Blues Records open til 5 pm currently, says Rex Gilcrease on FB.
Highland's a party, f'sure. Might I suggest you bring a bit o cash with you and support your friends - and newly-made friends - by purchasing their crafts and art? Merci!
Food benefit in Jacqueline's parking lot on Louisiana Ave for Highland Jazz and Blues Fest on Tues, Oct 1, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
"Join us for Dish Crawl 2013 - a fundraiser for the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival," says Kenney Koonce.
Seven of Highland's top restaurants will be on hand with samples. AJ Cascio & The Two Tone Blues Band will perform all evening. Door prizes, too!
Blue Southern Comfort Foods - sliders and sweet potato fries;
Some Like It Hot - 1/4 stuffed Cheddar Burger and Cajun Chicken Burger;
Subway - Sandwich Slices & Cookie Bites; Camellia Coffee - Coffee;
Lilah's Bakery - 1/4 Cheese Melts, Mini Cupcakes, & Snow Cones;
Raising Cane's - Iced Tea.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm, 1300 block of Louisiana Ave, Sheveport.
Your ticket also gets you access to free drink specials and snacks at Twine on Line! Join us in the parking lot of Jacqueline's on Louisiana Ave. - Ticket are only $20!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
In a small Texas town, siblings reunite as their father lies on his deathbed; it's a southern comedy.
Daddy's Dyin' - who's got the will?
- written by Del Shores, author of Sordid Lives.
--directed by Dick King.
Featuring Betty Baker, Jennifer Bush, Tommy Wallace, Sonia Lowe, Heather Bryson, Debbie Posey, Nash Crow, Brad Kozak and Alan Mathison.
Rebecca Woodruff, stage manager,
David White, lighting designer, Peggy San Pedro, costumer, and Jan Adams,
light board operator.
$15 seniors, students, and active military
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Slow Food events Mon, Sept 23, Frank's Pizza, and Sun, Sept 29, at Valencia Community Garden, Shreveport
Belinda Coley, Dr Grace Peterson, Stephanie Hansen, Valencia Park Community Garden, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
In partnership with Slow Food chapters across the US, Slow Food North Louisiana is inviting members and friends to come learn more about the mission, says Grace Peterson.
Two opportunities are coming up soon:
Monday, September 23, 5-9 pm: Slow Food Night @ Frank's Pizza Napoletana. Ten percent of the evening's proceeds will be donated to Slow Food North Louisiana, and Slow Food members will be there to answer questions.
Sunday, September 29, 4-6 pm: A Fall Potluck Picnic with Slow Food North Louisiana. Gather at the Valencia Youth Garden & Urban Farm to share a meal and meet area farmers.
Grace Peterson, PhD, Area Nutrition Agent
210 Research Station Dr., Bossier City, LA 71112
318/741-7430 Ext. 1502, 318/286-4146 Cell
Something digital for almost everyone, especially for artists and geeks, might be the DigiFest subtitle.
It is packed with worthy and wholesome schtuff and is the sort of brainiac event that you would expect to see in Houston.
Check it out, digerati.
Mutual of Omaha, sponsor of life's aha moments, has announced the finalists in its ad campaign to be released next spring, says marketwatch.com.
The campaign, built around the stories of everyday Americans, relies on social media and local media to uncover stories of real people with life-changing aha moments.
In the 20 aha moment semi-finalists: Deborah Cookie Coleman started a community garden at the recreation center in Shreveport to bring youth and the community together.
During the next two weeks, Mutual and its internal panel of judges will narrow the field to 10 finalists. One inspirational story will be selected through a combination of Mutual of Omaha's panel and online voting, which begins on Sept. 30 at www.ahamoment.com/vote.
Monday, September 16, 2013
An evening of cabaret with NYC singer Jeremiah James at East Bank Theate in benefit for River City Rep on Sat, Sept 28, 7:30 pm
Jeremiah James has arrived in Shreveport-Bossier to play the role of Bo on the River City Rep production of Bus Stop.
Meanwhile, he performs an evening of cabaret in a benefit for RCRT.
Bus Stop: Wed - Sun, Oct 9 - 13
318 868 5888
Kevin Gordon performs at Fairfield Studios, says Vic Phares, Sun, Oct 20, 7 pm.
Reservations accepted via website at http://www.shreveporthouseconcerts.org/reservations.html
or by calling 318-933-2514 and leaving a message.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Jennifer Koh soloist as Shreveport Symphony Orchestra opens season at Riverview Theater on Sat, Sept 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Shreveport Symphony’s opening night sparkles with the performance of Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Jennifer Koh, says Michael Butterman.
Koh will perform the Violin Concerto of Sibelius.
Also featured: Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, perhaps the greatest “first symphony” of all. And the iconic Finlandia, one of the most beloved classical works of all time.
Sat, Sept 21, 2013 — 7:30 PM
RiverView Theater, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director
- Free ‘Inside the Music’ pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM.
- Free shuttle service to RiverView Theater starts at 6:30 p.m., picking up at the Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam & Market Streets.
Here's where one obtains Tickets!
"Handmade, handcrafted, reconstructed or creatively re-purposed:" Texas Ave Makers Fair, Shreveport, Sat, Nov 9, 10 am to 4 pm
Produced by the Texas Ave Community Assoc (TACA), Makers' Fair registration for the Nov 9 event is no longer open. Says Kelly McSwain, "Woke up this morning to over a hundred registration confirmation emails for the Makers Fair! And it's basically sold out unless you're a food truck or a non-profit group. A new record! Less than 12 hours!"
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Artist talk: David C Williams, LSU faculty, MFA printmaking, at Artspace Shreveport on Sat, Sept 14, 6 pm to 8 pm
Hear artist David C Williams talk on Sat, Sept 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Discussion will encircle David’s education, residencies, and travel and how it has shaped his career as a fine artist in today's world economy, says Megan Porter.
Free and open to the public.
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
710 Texas St. Shreveport, LA 71101
Shreveport Catalyst defunct; Teekell and Wissing reorganize alternative news publication under sunny name: the Heliopolis
Heliopolis, the name of Henry Miller Shreve's snagboat, will be the name of the publication being produced by former Shreveport Catalyst leaders Karen Wissing and Spencer Teekell. "We hope to finalize the name Heliopolis this week," added Teekell.
Volunteers recently converged at CoHab Shreveport to get story assignments and help set the direction for the print publication. "We want to be an alternative source for arts and entertainment news and views," said Teekell. "We will serve a delicious niche between the establishment media and the lunatic fringe."
Volunteer writers, editors, designers and photogs should send a brief resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Advertisers are welcome to support this effort to bring change and fresh energy to Shreveport-Bossier's print side.
Dooley Noted: Sun, Oct 6, all-day tribute to the late artist David Brian Dooley, Shreveport, at 516 Texas St
The Dooley Noted Benefit is a tribute to the life of musician and visual artist David Brian Dooley, says Blue Lee-Martin.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013, 10 AM-7 PM @ 516 Texas St, downtown Shreveport.
Doors open at 10 am, scheduled music and highlights begin at noon.
12 noon -12:40 Gary Buchanan and County Switch Bluegrass
12:40-1;30 Time Travelers: Charli Gentry and Joe Ramer
1:30--2:10 Joe Nadeau Band
2:10-2;45 Brown Water Boys: Loki and Jimmy One Thumb
2;45-3:00 Drum Circle Dedication; all invited to join in
3;00-3;40 Dearmond & Wood
3:40-4:30 Acoustic/announcements Charli's video
4:30-5:15 John Parks
5:15-5:45 Final drawing for Raffles and Silent Auctions.
5:45 Acoustic Jam! Johnny Cash's "We'll Meet Again".
No cover, but Big donation jug at the door.
Photo by Talbot Hopkins Trudeau.
Friday, September 13, 2013
While Fatty's has been the main purveyor of music and spirits in the Red River Entertainment District for some time, that is going to change.
Says the district's Catherine Kennedy of the near future, "We're almost totally leased."
Have you visited the new CoHab site? Across from Fatty's and once the site of Brother's Seafood in the district, the social networking site has a vibrant new look and numerous cool tenants.
Fatty's remains one of the city's hippest bars. Grungy enough to feel like a boite in New Orleans, some of the baddest bands to stop in Shreveport on tour do their honking in Fatty's.
While you can check Chase Boytim on FB for the latest music at Fatty's, don't even bother. Trust Chase and Jeremy. Just go.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Alternative planning for I-49 connector @ 846 Texas Ave, Shreveport, noon, Fri, Sept 13 to 4 pm, Sat, Sept 14
"Architecture students and others will participate in a charrette (intense session) to look at alternatives to the inner city limited access freeway. Please visit the 28 hour event," says planner/architect Kim Mitchell.
Kim E. Mitchell
Sutton Mitchell Beebe Babin Architects, LLC
333 Texas Street, Suite 1200
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
P. (318) 221-1623 ext. 25
C. (318) 773-1470
F. (318) 221-1626
Chipotle's new and elegant short film, The Scarecrow, was produced by Moonbot Studios, Shreveport, and is clearly the work of the Oscar-winning Louisiana shop
"As the short film, The Scarecrow, opens, we see a spindly scarecrow entering the monolithic factory of "Crow Foods Incorporated," where conveyor belts ferry boxes of "100% Beef-ish" and eggs and chicken dubiously labeled "all-natural," says Npr.org.
"The soundtrack for this dystopian scene is Fiona Apple crooning the song "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The dejected scarecrow rides home on the subway, and sees an ad and then a billboard for "farm fresh" Crow Foods "feeding the world" as pernicious robotic crows flutter around.
But this scarecrow is a proactive fellow. Rather than eating this shameful food, he goes out to the garden and picks a bright red pepper (subtle, Chipotle). We see him cooking in his small kitchen, and then presto! Our sad little scarecrow has become a happy little street food vendor, selling fresh tacos out of red plastic baskets that look quite a lot like what you'll get at the Mexican chain."
Highly recommended for the singularly charming look of a Moonbot product.
The Scarcrow is also an app available for free on iPhone and iPad.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Adler and Hearne perform at Fairfield Studios on Sun, Sept 15, 7 pm; final House concert in 8-year series
Harmonies and down home music from singers and pickers Adler and Hearne on Sun, Sept 15, 7 pm, says Jim Huckabay. House concert at Fairfield Studios, 1510 Fairfield Ave.
They say it's the last one to be held at the Fairfield site. But stand by for more music by the House Concert Series at a site tba.
$20 (cash only, please)
Reservations: Shreveporthouseconcerts.org:firstname.lastname@example.org. 318 933-2514 (Please leave a message).
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
"The backbone of our success is the hard work of good people like you," says Kevin Stone, Executive Director of Red River Revel.
Community volunteers play an integral role in facilitating the festival for 180,000+ Revelers who attend each year. Volunteers annually contribute tens of thousands of man-hours and help make us one of the top 100 Arts festivals in the country.
Individual and corporate team volunteers are needed to fulfill the following areas: Coupon Sales, Admissions, and Beer Sales.
The Revel needs over 700 volunteers over the course of the eight-day event. Volunteer shifts are typically 3-4 hours in length and volunteers are welcome to work one or more shifts throughout the week.
The Red River Revel considers its Arts Education programs as the #1 reason that the festival will celebrate its 38th anniversary this year. This is largely due to the generosity of thousands of middle and high school students dedicating their time after school and on weekends helping our little Revelers with the many activities in the Children’s Area.
If your students would like to volunteer for this year’s Red River Revel, please start by choosing where and when your students would like to volunteer. We are taking volunteers for:
Do your students have an artistic side? Sign them up to paint the faces of our younger guests. Students will use a face paint stamp as an outline, than they will fill in with the young Reveler’s color choices.
Your students will be assigned to one of four areas where they will assist our Chairmen in conducting various activities in the Children’s Area. Your students may be assigned to Creation Station, where they will assist our young Revelers in completing a hands-on, take home art project; a Mock Geological Dig; Sand Art; or the Brookshire’s Mini Grocery Store.
Please remember that all volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to sign up. Service hour forms can be filled out online.
8-DAY REVELER PASS
Pay once and get in every day with your own Reveler Pass!
$15 • Purchased at the Gate
$10 • Purchased by 10/2 at RedRiverRevel.com
$10 • Purchased by 10/4 at Revel Office
Ride the FREE Revel Shuttle!
A-1 Charter buses depart Mall St. Vincent & Pierre Bossier Mall at the top & bottom of each hour from 10:00 a.m. - close both Saturdays and Sunday, and from 4:00 p.m. - close Thursday & Friday. Return shuttles run on the :15 & :45 until 45 minutes past Revel closing time.
Downtown Lunchtime Trolley
(Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Ride the trolley from your office to Festival Plaza for food, art, and music! The trolley makes a continuous loop downtown to pick up Revelers; it stops at Louisiana Tower, SWEPCO, City Hall, and Caddo Parish Courthouse. Make your workday lunch destination Revel 38!
Departs City Hall
11:39 AM - 12:39 PM
11:54 AM - 12:54 PM
12:09 PM - 1:09 PM
12:24 PM - 1:24 PM
11:42 AM - 12:42 PM
11:57 AM - 12:57 PM
12:12 PM - 1:12 PM
12:27 PM - 1:27 PM
Departs Louisiana Tower
11:33 AM - 12:33 PM
11:48 AM - 12:48 PM
12:03 PM - 1:03 PM
12:18 PM - 1:18 PM
11:36 AM - 12:36 PM
11:51 AM - 12:51 PM
12:06 PM - 1:06 PM
12:21 PM - 1:21 PM
Monday, September 09, 2013
Highly recommended center for arts and edibles in historic downtown Shreveport.
318 673 6535.
Menu at artspaceshreveport.com.
Party with the best and brightest: DigiFest South @ CoHab under the bridge; Matthew Davidson Band, Super Water Sympathy on Fri, 9.10.13, 5 pm to 10 pm
See more at https://www.facebook.com/DigiFestSouth.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Hear the wailing and quavering voice of blues master Buddy Flett at Bears on Weds, 6 pm to 9 pm, says Bruce Flett.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
David Dooley is dead of cancer, says the Friends of David and Jean Dooley site on Facebook.
In recent years David had become a popular violinist at jam sessions across Shreveport-Bossier. His dry wit, self-deprecating sense of humor and witty world view stood out in local circles. He was long-winded but was a storyteller who brought detail and insight to his tales.
Some who knew him as a man who passionately spoke through his fiddle were surprised to learn that he was also an accomplished painter.
Dooley's oil landscapes and portraits were highly professional and characterful. He was economical of brushstroke, but delivered scenes with accuracy and elan. He spent time painting in France and in Virginia and had a wide circle of art friends and patrons across the country.
Dooley was devoted to his wife, Jean, but otherwise cared not fig for the conventional standards of success. As a violinist and painter who had touched people on a consistent basis, he was a fulfilled man.
A memorial will be held on Wed, Sept. 11 at Holy Cross at 2 pm, says MC Rollo.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Budding Artists Assoc sponsored by Bossier Arts Council for both Bossier and Caddo secondary students; deadline Oct 1
Caddo Magnet HS student art @ Meadows Museum, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
"Applications are due Oct 1st for high school students wanting to join the Budding Artists Association at Bossier Arts Council, says Robin Jones. Students from Caddo are equally welcome, says Jones.
Submit name, address, school, email, phone, current course schedule and signature from a recommending teacher.
ÿ Maintained overall 2.0 GPA the semester prior to candidacy
ÿ Enrolled in at least one art class (visual, theatrical, musical, writing)
ÿ Must have recommendation from teacher (Art, Music, Theatre, or English)
To Maintain Membership:
ÿ Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA each semester
ÿ Attend monthly Budding Arts Association meetings
ÿ Maintain a clean disciplinary record
What are the art fields that you are interested in? Check all that apply.
□Visual Arts □Music □Theatre □Writing □other:_____________________
ÿ Please attach a copy of your current course schedule
I give my recommendation for this student to be considered for membership in the Bossier Arts Council’s Budding Artists Association for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Name/Area of Instruction /School
Please submit completed forms to email@example.com. Call 318-741-8310 for more information.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Thirty four regional artists in juried exhibit at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport; reception Sat, Sept 7, 5:30 - 7 pm
Thirty-four North Louisiana artists who work in a variety of media are represented in The Carolyn Querbes Nelson Meadows Museum North Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition, says Diane DuFilho.
The art was juried by Jolene Flood, owner and director of the Flood Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Flood Gallery is located in the Phil Mechanic Studios building and showcases an ambitious exhibition schedule featuring local artists as well as national and international artists.
- Reception on Sat, Sept 7, 2013, from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Meadows galleries. RSVP 318-869-5040.
- Exhibit opens Sun, Sept 8, at 1 pm.
My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize by Jody Williams
When: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Whited Room, Bynum Commons, Centenary College
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is working to create the international political consciousness needed to develop a preemptive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous robots. These weapons would employ drone technology without human intervention. Robots would be deployed into conflict zones with pre-programmed computer systems designed to make life and death decisions. The campaign is concerned with moral and ethical implications of such technology.
Over the past decade, the expanded use of drones has dramatically changed warfare, bringing new humanitarian and legal challenges. Now rapid advances in technology are permitting the United States and other nations with high-tech militaries, including China, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom, to move toward systems that would give full combat autonomy to machines.
"Allowing life or death decisions on the battlefield to be made by machines crosses a fundamental moral line and represents an unacceptable application of technology," said Williams. "Human control of autonomous weapons is essential to protect humanity from a new method of warfare that should never be allowed to come into existence."
Williams received the Nobel Prize for launching an international campaign against landmines. She is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. Since 2006 she has been chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. She was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Williams holds the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professorship in Peace and Social Justice at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. In 2012-2013, she became the inaugural Jane Addams Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Social Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Centenary's World House for Peace, one of three common residences on campus with a common purpose, is hosting Williams. Williams will meet with faculty, staff, students and several community members later in the afternoon for a more in-depth discussion of the movement.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.stopkillerrobots.org.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Shreveport Common walking tour with Brandon Oldenburg on Tues, Sept 10, 7 pm to 8:30 pm; begins at Central Artstation
To learn more about plans for Shreveport Common, the 9-block urban arts community in downtown Shreveport, please join artist Brandon Oldenburg for a Shreveport Common Walkabout.
The walking tour will take place Tues, Sept 10 from 7- 8:30. It begins at Central ArtStation, 801 Crockett St, says SRAC.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
N La Gay & Lesbian Film Fest opens with former Shreveporter Dudley Beene and "First Period" on Fri, Sept 6, 7 pm
N La Gay & Lesbian Film Fest calendar, Sept 6 - 12, 2013, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
“First Period” opens the fifth annual Gay and Lesbian Film Fest on Fri, Sept 6, 7 pm, says Adrienne Critcher. The site is Robinson Film Center.
The producer, lead actor, and Shreveport native of "First Period," Dudley Beene, will be at RFC for the film and will do a Q & A afterwards. Beene has been doing quite well for himself out in Los Angeles, notes Critcher, and “First Period” is showing at film festivals across the country as you can see at FirstPeriodMovie.com
Beene was pleasantly surprised to find that there’s a gay & lesbian film festival in his hometown.
The film’s director, Charlie Vaughn, will also be here for the Q & A. Vaughn has already won a “Best Director” for “First Period” at the L.A. comedy film festival Quirkfest.
"We’re very excited about this year’s festival," says Brad Campbell: "11 feature films and an evening of shorts!"