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.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Dia de los Muertos celebration in Columbia Park on Sat, Nov 2, 1 pm to 4 pm

Day of the Dead Festival, A Celebration of Life

Columbia Park, Sat. Nov. 2, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Activities, music; free. Brought to you by Voces Castellanos.

Photo of Dia preparations by Lee Spruell.

Friday, November 01, 2013

One Amazing Thing author, Chitra Divakaruni, to speak at Caddo Magnet HS on Th, Nov 7, 6:30 pm

Chitra Divakaruni by Warwick's Books
Chitra Divakaruni, a photo by Warwick's Books on Flickr.

Award-winning author Chitra Divakaruni will speak in Shreveport via the Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series, says Mary Rounds.

Arranged Marriage, Sister of my Heart and Oleander Girl are also Divakaruni titles. She is an activist on behalf of abused women.

The talk is Th, Nov 7, at 6:30 pm in the PAC at Caddo Magnet HS, 1601 Viking Dr, Shreveport. It is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The author will sign books after her talk and a Q and A.

CMHS: 318 221 2501