Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christopher Durang's award-winning Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike by StageCenterLa at East Bank Theater Jan 9 - 17


Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, playing January 9 - 17 at East Bank Theater. Directed by Luke Sexton, and starring Janin Jones Pou, Patricia Patti Reeves and Joe Todaro. The cast also features Josh Talley, Emily DeVille and Kezia Pigford.

Young vibe: Matthew Davidson Band @ Superior Grill on Sun, Dec 28, 6:30 pm to 10 pm


The Matthew Davidson Band - appearing at Superior Grill on Sun, Dec 28 - will rock the house if you show them a bit of response. I remember the day at Caddo Magnet HS when the group in the photo above broke into a version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" at a rally in the gym. The teens watching them were seized with dance mania. Students in the bleachers rose with giant smiles and threw their hands into the air. In a few moments the most impassioned dancers were filling the floor of the gym. Jumping, shaking students were everywhere.

Though they're still teens, the players in the Matthew Davidson band are journeyman musicians with an entertainment ethic to admire. Matthew recently opened for pop sensation Austin Mahone in Baton Rouge. He recently performed at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, at the Natchitoches Xmas Fest and numerous other fests. Nationally respected, he appears in ads for Fender guitars.

Davidson is one of Shreveport's most talented teens. See him. And don't ignore the well-crafted original tunes on his CD's.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Funk thyself up with the Crescent City quintet Cha Wa at Bears on Sat, Dec 27, 9:00 pm, saith the Higher Power

Cha Wa's @ Bears

What some consider the true Carnival spirit - the rhythm of the bayou sages - is arriving from New Orleans at Bear's on Sat, Dec 27, says Chase Boytim.

It's the Cha Wa, capable funksters fronted by a descendant of the tribes of Claiborne Ave. On the road with the Cha Wa is the touted New Orleans funkateer June Yamagishi.

"Music starts at 10:30 pm," says Boytim.

Shreveport Songs: RAY BARTLETT - Stan's Record Revue radio show (KWKH, December 1951)

Announcing a new post on the Shreveport Songs blog.

Ray Bartlett moved to Shreveport in 1947 to work for KWKH. At the radio station, he performed a variety of jobs. This included serving as a morning announcer, disc jockey, and emcee on the newly established Louisiana Hayride. Perhaps Bartlett’s most celebrated role, though, involved his jive-talking “Groovie Boy” persona who spun rhythm and blues records on the radio show “Groovie’s Boogie.”

For the rest of the story, plus audio of Bartlett hosting a "Stan's Record Revue" radio show in December 1951, visit:

Free spirits: Lightnin' Bugs' Shreveport House Concert show at 1508 Fairfield on Sun, Dec 28, sold out

Gay, Guynes, Brogan: Lightnin' Bugs

The Lightnin Bugs would never proclaim themselves a hippie band. They're too down home for such airs and labels. But Tim Brogan, Bruce Gay and Randy Guynes are quintessential free spirits. They make music to animate the community's feet and heart. For years they've been unselfconsciously devoting themselves to the countercultural way of life, the pursuit of the folk artistic ethic.

That low-key, artistic vibe has sold out their Shreveport House Concerts show at 1508 Fairfield on Sun, Dec 28, 7 - 9 pm. Said Alan Dyson, "We've got 119 reservations. And we have 120 seats."

A salsa version of "If I Only had a Brain," is typical of their covers. "We do a swamp style "Your cheatin' heart," added Bruce Gay. "We do a reggae version of Randy Newman's 'Louisiana,' too, but nothing we do is really a cover. And 70% of what we play we wrote ourselves."

Joining the trio on keyboard will be Michael Raspberry. There will certainly be additional musicians sitting in at random moments.

There will be a hat on a mic stand, stage right, indicating the loss of long-time trombone player Dunny Gilyard. He passed away this past year. "He was a soulful, deep-hearted player who knew exactly what to play and where to put the horn in a tune," said Gay. "Dunny was self-effacing and low key but he brought depth, heart and richness to the Bugs. We miss him."

Cornelius Dunny Gilyard, Shreveport

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hackers notwithstanding, The Interview opens at RFC on Xmas for one week

Arirang Mass Games, Pyongyang

"The Robinson Film Center is proud to open “The Interview” on Christmas Day for a weeklong run," says Alex Kent. After initially cancelling, Sony has decided to release the film to select theaters around the country.

“As an art house committed to free expression, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support Sony, ‘The Interview,’ moviegoers and theaters around the country,” said RFC executive director Kent. “Satire is an important art form, and this film deserves a home in our theaters. We hope audiences will support this run enthusiastically.”

The announcement comes after Monday’s move by the Art House Convergence, a network of independent and art house exhibitors around the country, petitioned Sony to show its support for “The Interview.” Kent will attend the Art House Convergence’s annual conference in Utah in January.

“The Convergence is an indispensable voice in film exhibition,” Kent said. “We’re thrilled by its passion for cinema and excited to see how audiences respond.”

Says Elise Hu at, "A buddy flick about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un will be shown on Christmas Day after all, at least in about 200 independent theaters. This kind of small-scale distribution model and the politics surrounding The Interview give what was once a big-budget Hollywood release the spirit of an art house film."

Bite the water on Wall St: Hydrogen Child and Royal Teeth at Strange Brew on Fri, Dec 26

Ansley Hughes / Super Water Sympathy, Chicky's Boom Boom Room, Shreveport

Hydrogen Child was Super Water Sympathy for a couple of albums but what's in a name, you ask. Does Ansley Hughes Rimmer still hit every note and wail like her butt's on fire? Indeed. Check their kangarooey video for "Sirens."

The show at Strange Brew on Fri, Dec 26, will be a night for musical anthropologists, since telling these two bands apart on their recordings is not easy. Fans can tell them apart. Otherwise, you'd have to ask how in the hell did Louisiana germinate two top pop bands that sound like the musicians were born in recording studio nurseries?

Royal Teeth claims roots in Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. Their counterpart to Ansley is singer Nora Patterson. Alongside hoppy frontman-guitarist Gary Larsen. See their "Wild."

Regardless of the swimmy similarities be aware that the well-honed pop power of these groups is equally redoubtable. Both bands want you to take you to danstasy. To fill your ears and bubbly brain with slightly tangy chocolate.

Beware their cosmoparallelism.

9 pm open with Emily Kopp; 10 bucks.

Royal Teeth

Monday, December 22, 2014

Shreveport Regional Arts Council call to Directory artists: submissions to Critical Mass 3 due by Tues, Jan 13

Rainforest Art Foundation, Shreveport; Louisiana Dance Collective

Performance art, visual art and literary art comprise the categories into which art must fall in Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Critical Mass 3 art show. Submissions will be judged by critics chosen by Robert L Pincus, PhD, long-time critic and art prof in San Diego.

Artists in the 10-parish area administered by SRAC are eligible if they are members of the Artists Directory.

An opening night party for the exhibition will take place at Artspace Shreveport on Thurs, Jan 29, 2015.

Rainforest Art Foundation, Shreveport; Louisiana Dance Collective

Friday, December 19, 2014

Meet Marlene and James Yu, Stephanie Yu Lusk at Rainforest Art Foundation opening, 710 Travis St, Sun, Dec 21, 1 to 4 pm

Rainforest Art Foundation, Marlene Yu Museum, Shreveport

A tsunami of modern art awaits at 710 Travis St, downtown Shreveport. Behind the freshly painted, bright green railing of the building - the former YWCA - opening ceremonies will celebrate the Marlene Yu Art Museum and the Rainforest Art Foundation.

Those attending the reception on Sun, Dec 21, 1 to 4 pm, will see more than the giant, buoyant canvasses painted by Marlene or the galleries freshly filled with verdant work by regional artists. At the center of this vortex of renovation and art display is a trio of Shreveport newcomers whose energy is visible in the building, the art and the event.

They are James Yu, NYC property developer and art gallerist, Marlene Yu, artist, and their daughter, Stephanie Yu Lusk, developer and curator.

Part of a renaissance of downtown refurbishment, the Yu-refreshed building is a block away from Lofts@624, the Texas St retail and apartment development being produced by New Orleans-based developer Roland Von Kurtanowski. It is a block from Artspace, Where Pam Atchison continues to transform another historic Texas St building. It is only a few blocks from Big D's BBQ performing venue and from Millennium Studios.

While James and Marlene Yu embody a very approachable serenity, it is Stephanie Yu Lusk who is the pumping fountain of get-it-done. She is busily dressing Shreveport in a fresh coat, hat and cape of green.

They are not to be taken for granted; it is time for Shreveport to meet the entire Yu family.

Rainforest Art Foundation, Marlene Yu Museum, Shreveport: James Yu

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson in smoke-free show @ Bears, Shreveport, on Sat, Dec 20

Theresa Andersson @ Jazzfest 2014

Theresa Andersson will be preceded by Chelsea Norman, AJ Haynes and Josh Hollis, says Chase Boytim of Bears on Fairfield. Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm.

Tired of It Rally and candlelight vigil at Linwood Ave and Lucky St on Sat, Dec 20, 5 pm

Tired of It Rally

"We will be holding a candlelight vigil," says Jerome Adkins. "Please bring tea candles or bubbles we can symbolically breath life into and release into the heaven."

Speakers are Jerome Adkins, Pastor Demetrese Phillips, and Patrice Thomas. "This is a movement to help make our community better."

Saturday, 5 pm; Corner of Linwood Ave and Lucky St.

Lucky St @ Linwood Ave, Shreveport

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shreveport teens: Kameron Hobley covers "Under the Mistletoe" with Victoria Wells

Kameron Hobley, Shreveport:

Singer Kameron Hobley and vocalist Victoria Wells are classmates at Caddo Magnet HS and have taken the time to sing a sweet version of "Under the Mistletoe" for the holidays. Check it on Youtube.

Both will be singing onstage at Magnet on Thurs, Jan 8, 6:30 pm, as they appear in the Freshman Talent Show, Class of 2018 version.

Texas Ave Makers Fair, Shreveport: Victoria Wells

Shreveport challenge: help Robinson Film Center raise $95,000 by end of 2014

Robinson Film Center, Shreveport

Robinson Film Center is working to raise $94,587 between now and the end of 2014, says Alex Kent.

"The business of movies has changed over the last several years with the advent of Redbox machines, movies on demand and 70-inch home screens," notes Kent. "Robinson Film Center is working to be that place that people gather for movies they can’t see anywhere else, for events such as the popular Book Lovers’ Supper Club and Heels & Reels and for great dining at Abby Singer’s Bistro."

“It takes support from a big community to make RFC thrive,” says Kent. “Every donation, sponsorship, membership, and movie ticket purchased helps out.”

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC) will challenge others who love downtown, great cinema and Robinson Film Center in a gathering on Tues, Dec 16 at 5:30 pm on the second floor of RFC, 617 Texas Street, says Liz Swaine.

Robinson Film Center, Shreveport

Monday, December 15, 2014

Caddo Parish Courthouse vigil on Wed, Dec 17, 7 pm, planned by Sex Workers Outreach Project USA

Donna W Moore, Shreveport, 1956 - 2010

Sex Workers Outreach Project organizers are planning a Shreveport vigil to raise awareness about the violence faced by sex workers, says Loftin Wilson. The vigil will begin at 7pm at the Caddo Parish Courthouse, 501 Texas St.

"Criminalizing sex work has not worked,” commented Lindsay Roth of the Outreach. “We know that criminalization leads to more violence by stigmatizing sex workers and contributing to unsafe working conditions. If you fear arrest, negotiating your personal safety becomes a secondary concern.” Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) -USA promotes decriminalizing sex work, or ending criminal penalties for the selling or purchasing of sex, says Roth.

"We hope that December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sends a message that sex workers' lives do matter, and that victims of violence were people worth remembering and protecting."

Sex workers were legal laborers in Shreveport from 1903 - 1917, says Wikipedia.

Lights, reflectors: night ride with SBC Bike Social gang on Fri, Dec 19, 6 pm, to Great Raft Brewing

Critical Manners August ride, Shreveport

"There's an ugly sweater party over at the Great Raft Brewing, with a band - The Good News - and a new beer," says Stephen Pederson. "So, we'll ride over there for merriment and pleasure."

Cyclists meet at Columbia Park about 6 pm.

Return of the Noble Savage Tavern, 417 Texas St ; Curtis Joseph and Easy Money on Th, Dec 18

Curtis Joseph, Everyday People, Shreveport

Shreveport Stonehenge: the Noble Savage. A tribal gathering ground in the shape of a brick and wood bar is returning, says Eric Johnson.

He expects all to be straight - as straight as this sodden piece of the planet can be - by Thurs night. Curtis Joseph and friends, Easy Money, will stomp upon the stage. Serious imbibers will howl.

All may hail the return of the Savage. And Chris Lyon has the latest in Heliopolis.

"Feel free to leave us a message or make reservations at 318-221-1781," says Johnson.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Successful diplomat Robert Oakley was raised in Shreveport; deceased this week at age 83

U.S. Forces in Somalia - Department of Defense Joint Combat Camera Center DD-SD-00-00755

In a major NY Times obituary, Shreveport-raised foreign service man Robert B. Oakley was celebrated for success in difficult negotiations.

"Robert B. Oakley, a blunt-spoken career diplomat who was known for successfully handling some of the world’s prickliest situations, including the capture of an American pilot by Somali militiamen in 1993 in what became known as the “Black Hawk Down” crisis, died on Wednesday," wrote Douglas Martin.

He grew up in Shreveport and attended Southfield School. His mother, Josephine "Jody" B. Oakley, "was a founder of one of the first all-female realty firms in Shreveport," said Talbot Hopkins. "Her company was Oakley Wise and Talbot."

The Washington Post obituary on Oakley.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spunky college radio: KSCL, FM 91.3, has returned with new transmitter

kscl, shreveport

The jangly music and nervous dj's of KSCL, 91.3 fm, have been missing from the radio dial in recent months, says Elena Hibbs. It was for lack of a transmitter.

Now the station, operated by Centenary College students, is back, says Aly Velasquez. See more in Velasquez' Heliopolis story.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Smoke-free night at Bears with Papa Mali trio Fri, Dec 12

Papa Mali, Shreveport

Papa Mali twists the blues like a kid with a Twizzler. Did he arrive at this ability by being raised in two cities, those being Shreveport and New Orleans?

Regardless, he can conjure the Bayou State voodoo by his protean voice and the grey, watery strings on his guitars.

Recommended, partly because his fans will be dancing inside and smoking outside.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guitars, drums and flute: Twang Darkly followed by Mark Griffith at Bears on Th, Dec 11, 9:00 pm

Mark Griffith sfx, Shreveport

Bears on Fairfield presents the exploratory trio Twang Darkly followed by jumparoo guitarist Mark Griffith.

1401 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

"A double-hitter," says Chase Boytim, "with guitar guru Mark Griffith. Twang will get going in the 9ish hour, with Mark jumping on for show # 2 in the 11ish hour."

Monday, December 08, 2014

Local shorts, rock and tacos on Sat, Dec 13, 7 pm to midnight: all ages Xmas at da Shop at 2002 Southern Ave

Xmas Under da Ground, minicine?, 846 Tex Ave, Shreveport

Shorts by local film makers will begin at 7:30 pm, says Garrett Johnson of the Heliopolis event Xmas at da Shop. A continuation of the minicine event Xmas under the Ground, there will be music by Brittany Maddox, Engine, Don't Forget Your Dinosaur and Soul Society.

Omen Art will unveil an installation and individual artists will also show work.

Provender by Ki' Mexico and Kern Has Coffee.

All ages event. $5 suggested at the door, which opens at 7 pm.

The Shop, 2002 Southern Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71104

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Highly recommended: the trippy Keaton - Inarritu comedy Birdman at RFC Dec 5 - 11


A lunatic actor (Michael Keaton, subtly hilarious), once a winged superhero, is the eponymous Birdman. He is staging a comeback in a midtown Manhattan theater in a serious if maladroit play. Thereupon his ego, his family, his career and the actor himself come to raving, hysterical apotheosis. A perfectly insouciant Emma Stone, head-whipping Ed Norton and manic Zach Galifianakis make the film a rave.

Extraordinary vibe created by DP Emmanuel Lubezki.

Run time: 119 min., R.
Dec 5 - 11
Robinson Film Center

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Scary pianistics: highly-tuned young performers from across the globe arrive at Centenary College for the Wideman Piano Competition Fri, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 7

Wideman Piano Competition bronze medalist

"The best young pianists from 12 countries and 14 states fly to Shreveport for the 64th Wideman International Piano Competition," says Lester Senter Wilson.

"We are expecting contestants from such schools as Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Royal College of Music (London), Royal Conservatory (Montreal), and Yale to name a few," added Wilson.

Preliminary performances in Anderson Auditorium are free and open to the public. The final competition, Sun, Dec 7, is free for students and $10 per person for the public. More info.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sculptor and animatronics artist John Cox presents How To Make a Monster; exhibit opens Sat, Dec 6, at SciPort

Maddie and mike the teddy

Sculptor and animatronics master John Cox is the producer of an exhibit called How to Make a Monster: The Art & Technology of Animatronics. It opens at SciPort on Sat, Dec 6, says Claire Floyd.

The Academy Award-winning artist, an Australian, will have pieces from feature films Peter Pan, George of the Jungle 2, and Pitch Black.

The piece above, Maddie and Mike, is one of a series of heroic sculptures created by Fox for the coast of Oz.

Admission to How to Make a Monster is $3 for Sci-Port Members, $5 for Future Members and $3 for school groups.

The exhibition runs through April 2015.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Social fear run amok: Arthur Miller's The Crucible directed by Heather Peak Hooper at SLT Dec 3 - 7

SLT's The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: the historic drama, will be directed for Shreveport Little Theater by Heather Peak Hooper. It is an American classic about fear and suspicion run amok. Written as an allegory of the 1950’s hunt for communists, Miller’s dramatization of the Salem witch trials of 1692 continues to resonate with generations since.

The cast, which seems to have found a balance between capable youths and proven veterans, includes Emma Cate Dailey, Robin Smith, E. Grace Rambo, Lorna Street Dopson, Maddie Tinsley, Logan Barbee, John Bogan, Caroline Paxton, London Todd, Stephen Scarlato, Camille Gladney Schmoutz, Rick Stovall, Rachel Havird, Erik Champney, Kate Gilbert, Tony Hobson, Jeff Baker, and Courtney Loggins.

In addition to Hooper, the creative team includes Regina Price,stage manager, David White, lighting designer, Chris Gonzales, set designer, Su Stella, scenic artist, Phil Stewart, sound, and Peggy San Pedro, costumer.

The Crucible is scheduled for December 3, 4, 5, 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 and 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at SLT.

All tickets are $17; group rates are available.

Soaring voices: performance of the Messiah, Centenary College, Shreveport, Sun, Nov 3, 3 pm

Performance of the Messiah, Centenary College, Shreveport

Hiking and biking along the Red River: two recommended riparian realms

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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Alternative shopping in Shreveport: Small business welcome mat downtown on Sat, Nov 29, 10 am to 6 pm

- Norsworthy Gallery – 10% off any purchase.
- On Time Fashion – 40% – 60% off suits & 2 piece suits; Some shoes – 50% off.
= Martha’s Hallmark – Purchase a tote bag for $5.99 and anything you can put inside is 20% off (excludes Hallmark ornaments); Dessert plate on stand free with $35 purchase or $7.95; Lots of bargains and specials storewide.
- Robinson Film Center– $10 credit for every $40 gift certificate purchased. $200 purchase limit.
- The Agora Borealis- big trunk show featuring sale pricing, lagniappes, drawings, and samples! Come meet the artists and check out the locally made art and goods Sheveport-Bossier has to offer. See more information here.
- Bayou Some Junque-20% off all antiques, 2-for-1 turkey and ham sandwiches.
- Hippie Baby- 20% off lillébaby Carriers, 20% off Rumparooz and GroVia Buy 2 Get 1 Free. See the flyer here -Hippiebaby_Small Business Saturday.
- Lena’s Shoes- $10 additional off all shoes discounted 50%.
- Holiday Market Pop UP at Red River District- Deals Aplenty. See them right here.

See more at DDA.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where to walk and bike around Thanksgiving: Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Teague Parkway, Bossier City

"Kinglets, brown creepers, white-throated sparrows, winter wrens and juncos can only be seen in the south during winter," says Terri Jacobsen of Red River National Wildlife Refuge. "Migrating ducks like Northern shovelers, green-winged teal and gadwell fly south to spend winters on Refuge waters."

"Be sure to take a break from the bustle of the holiday season to enjoy nature’s gifts," reminds Jacobsen.

"Refuge buildings are closed on Thanksgiving but the property is open to visit during daylight hours."

See more about RRNWR.

Photo Ronnie Maum.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chamber music: Elizabeth O' Bannon accompanied by Kermit Poling at St George's Episcopal on Sun, Nov 30, 2 pm

Violinist Elizabeth O'Bannon will perform "Inward Journeys" in the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City. The concert, part of the St. George's Bossier Masterworks Series, takes place on Sun, Nov 30, at 2 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Featured music on the program will include Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending", one of the most beautiful and meditative works for violin, says Kermit Poling. Composer and musician Poling will accompany Ms. O'Bannon on piano and organ.

318746-2571 or 318-573-6513;

Monday, November 24, 2014

Call to artists for WPA style posters on the theme of See America

President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) created the first See America poster series, featuring locations that might increase tourism and stimulate the economy after the Great Depression.

Centenary’s Design Communication students will select the WPA's See America posters to be displayed in the Meadow galleries Feb 28 - May 2. Additionally, there is a call to artists for "See America" posters.

"Students may submit, as well as artists of all ages and backgrounds," says Lisa Nicoletti. The deadline for inclusion in the exhibit is Dec. 20.

"Every design submitted will appear digitally in the Meadows' exhibit and on the Creative Action Network's website," says Nicoletti. "Some will additionally be selected for printing and prominent display at the Meadows. The Creative Action Network also provides a royalty to artists whose designs are popular and get ordered by others. A percentage of those proceeds also goes to support the conservation of our national parks."

Alternative Thanksgiving for Shreveport: Bicyclists meet at 3 pm, Fri, Nov 28, Columbia Park, to ride Cranksgiving

Shreveport's Inaugural Cranksgiving is a two-wheel banquet that has been infused with butter, herbs and sweat.

"Meet us at Columbia Park to ride out at 3pm," says Stephen Pederson.

"It’s simple. Bring your bike, some cash (we’ll get to that a little later) and probably a coat, socks and you know, stuff so you’re not cold. We’ll head over to the grocery store and buy items for those in need (it’s the reason for the season). Things like soap, deodorant, can goods, etc. The items will be donated to The Philadelphia Center."

"We know your bike has a basket or you have a backpack in which to carry those items. We’ll then pedal to Great Raft Brewing to drop off donations, drink beer and listen to local live music."

Entertainment at Great Raft Brewing, 5-10 PM:
Alexandra McCullough
The Devil Anse
The Dubonauts
Madeline & Shay with Michael Brown
The Bristol Hills

Oil Pollution Awareness Month in Louisiana? Yes; listen to testimony in Columbia Park, Shreveport, at 2 pm, Mon, Nov 24

Across the Bayou Oil State people are mobilizing to find a compromise between the interests of big oil - and the checks written to a huge part of the Louisiana population - and the interests of the environment - especially in regards coming generations.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, GreenARMY, Captain Planet, and Louisiana Progress Action are hosting a gathering in Columbia Park on Mon, Nov 24, at 2:00 PM, to speak to the environmental abuses caused by oil producers. Interestingly, Mayor Cedric Glover issued a proclamation for the city of Shreveport recognizing November as Oil Pollution Awareness month, says Frances Kelley.

"The Louisiana Bucket Brigade will release a Calumet Accident Report detailing accident numbers for 2013 to Shreveport residents concerned about the impacts of pollution on their air and health. Community members will rally demanding greater industry accountability and political action to protect the environment. Citizens will also ask for greater investment by Louisiana in clean energy to protect the health of communities and the climate," says Kelley.

Oil Pollution Awareness Month (OPAM) comprises a series of events in several cities around the state to highlight the economic, health, and environmental impacts of oil pollution.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Absorb image energy from Meadows Museum, Shreveport, via three glowing exhibits

Two photography exhibits make Meadows, on the edge of Centenary College campus, one of the very appealing art exhibits this month.

The work of much-published, Texas-based photog Keith Carter is there. Mysterious people and equinal, primal forces will be discerned in his work.

Waiting to grab viewers are historic captures of Louisiana life in 1937 - crawfish, rice and LSU - by O. Winston Link.

Organic sculptures made of glass are the work of Kathleen Elliott. Leaves, fruit, pods, and flowers are reimagined into new species.

Meadows is open Sat, Nov 22, 12 - 4 p.m. Closed Sun and Mon. Tues, Nov 25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Golden emanations from ginormous gongs at Calanthean Canyon; Tatsuya Nakatani and Royal Percussion Society of Shreveport

Lane Bayliss strained to produce a pure if enormous note by bowing the edge of a giant bronze gong on Thurs night. A circle of gleaming suspended gongs and players surrounded percussion master Tatsuya Nakatani, the guest artist. Adam Davis bowed a gong, as did Jesse Gabriel, AJ Haynes, Zach Friday and Tom Fasho. On a catwalk atop the site was a gong being played by Pete Fetterman.

With slashing signals from his hands and arms, Nakatani conducted the performance while drumming.

The night air was damp in Calanthean Canyon on ancient Texas Ave under the shadow of the historic Calanthean Temple. Yet quiet, worshipful watchers filled the many nooks on the site. Lighted to maximize drama, the site was also rife with stealthy photographers.

The droning and blooming bronze discs gave forth a train-like sound akin to a roomful of singing bowls.

The New Orleans Airlift team of Delaney Martin and Taylor Lee Shepherd, original architects of the musical houses at Calanthean Canyon, produced the event. It was underwritten by Pam Atchison and Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

The Nakantani and friends performance was one of pure sonic artistic ambition.

Butterman on the music at 6:45 pm on SSO concert night, Sat, Nov 22, Riverview Theater

In his pre-concert talk Michael Butterman will demonstrate a lot of the characteristics owned by the late Leonard Bernstein. 'Tis an urbane experience.

Cream and salt, science and art: hand-made ice creams by Fleur de Creme in Red River District through Dec 20, 10 am to 6 pm

"We have a salted sweet caramel flavor" says Summer Black of Fleur de Creme ice cream, "to create a sweet and a savory sensation on the palate." Not only does it add to the sensuality of the treat, "it leaves a person kind of desiring more because both sides of the palate are being sensitized."

"I can have fun making ice cream," continues Black, "but it is truly a science. And it's really an art."

Listening to Black and husband Jayson Salter explain the background of their ice cream making is part of the fun in visiting Fleur de Creme. Their current location is under the Texas St Bridge, the Red River District, through Dec 20 - from 10 am to 6 pm. Single scoop, $3, double, $5.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gong demonstration with Tatsuya Nakatani at MLP, Wed, Nov 19, 7 pm; all ages and free; performance at Calanthean Canyon Thurs, Nov 20, 7 - 9 pm

"Lecture, demonstration, and master class by Tatsuya Nakatani at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 2911 Centenary Blvd, on Wed. Nov. 19, 7pm. All ages & Free," says Adam Davis.

"Nakatani and 7 Shreveport players will be performing his orchestral arrangement at Calanthean Canyon, 1001 Texas Ave, Thurs. Nov. 20, 7-9pm. All ages and free. Outdoor event so space heaters will be provided," adds Davis.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Urban rehab by Roland Von Kurnatowski: Lofts @ 624 Texas St at lease

Tipitina's Foundation founder Roland Von Kurnatowski, an urban turn-around specialist who, for example, announced in Jan the purchase and plans to renovate the Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, has completed renovation of the stylish former Sears Bldg, corner of Louisiana and Texas St, Shreveport. Each week we hear reports that he is busily filling the building's retail space with cool tenants. See more at lofts@624.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Into the vibratory woods with Tatsuya Nakatani at Calanthean Canyon, Shreveport, on Thurs, Nov 20, 7 pm

"Visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization," is what people say about percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. He will perform in Shreveport on Thurs, Nov 20, at Calanthean Canyon, says Pam Atchison.

"He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows," says his bio.

Calanthean Canyon, 1001 Texas Avenue, is adjacent to the 4-story Calanthean Temple. It is a hidden but magical village where the structures make musical sounds. Constructed under the aegis of New Orleans' Airlift, a large number of Shreveport's underground artists participated in the sawing, hammering and welding. The project was a part of Shreveport Regional Arts Council's UnScene series.

Because it has a limited seating area, is an outdoor experience and because of the designers' emphasis on raw sound experience, the site has hosted performances sporadically. Yet it is a jewel of Texas Ave. This show is highly recommended.

Logan Sledge debuts as director at MLP with Alburn drama, Proof; performances Th, Nov 13, through Sun, Nov 16

In a black box theater at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse the award-winning drama Proof will be performed by a 4-person cast, says director Logan Sledge. Performances are Thurs, Nov 13, to Sat, Nov 15, at 8 pm. There is a 2 pm performance on Sun, Nov 16.

"I was drawn to this play primarily because it is one of those pieces that present an incredible opportunity for actors," said Sledge. "The situation that David Auburn has created for his characters is one in which the stakes are incredibly high. Auburn does not use spectacle to create intrigue. Instead, he uses the psychological needs of the characters to drive his story forward."

A talk-back session will follow the performance on Fri, Nov 14. Participants will include Sledge, associate professor of mathematics Dr. Katherine Brandl, director of counseling services Tina Feldt, and Dr. Keith Kessel, MD.

SeeTickets online.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Beethoven and Mozart performance by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sat, Nov. 22, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Join 2013 Wideman Piano Competition Gold Medalist Yegeny Yontov for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the SSO in Mozart’s joyous Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” says Michael Butterman.

Sat, Nov 22, 7:30 pm, RiverView Theater. Tickets.

The SSO board recently announced that Michael Butterman has extended his contract as music director with the orchestra for an additional four years, a commitment that takes him through the 2017-18 season.

Also: The Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series performance is Sun, Nov 23, 3 pm and features Yevgeny Yontov, piano. There is no charge for the concert, to be held at Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Highland Jazz and Blues Fest parking? Bicycle or complimentary iShuttle from Mall St Vincent on Sat, Nov 15, noon to 5 pm

With the success of the Highland Jazz and Blues Fest (Sat, Nov 15, 12 to 5) has come parking problems for the surrounding homeowners.

Says Kenney Koonce, "Area law enforcement will be looking for people parking illegally along the streets and at area businesses. Remember, we want the festival to be an asset to the neighborhood. Please do not park in a manner that prevents our neighbors from conducting their lives as normal. Meaning, do not park at area businesses or where blocking traffic."

So the HJBF will continue to offer free alternatives. "If you arrive by car, plan to park at Mall St Vincent and take the free iShuttle in heated comfort. You'll be dropped off right inside the grounds," says Koonce.

This year bicyclists will have a parking rack courtesy of River City Cycling. Seek the bike park near the Creswell St entrance.

"There's no curbside parking in the neighborhood anymore?" asked one observer. Replied city councilman Jeff Everson, "There is, but it runs out quick!"

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Documentary on East Texas photographer Keith Carter on Thurs, Nov 6, 7:30 pm, Robinson Film Center; meet and greet Carter

The Photographer's Series: Keith Carter (USA, 2006. Dir. John Spellos. 60 mins. In English.)

This documentary presents a comprehensive overview of internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter. A native of East Texas, Carter shoots black and white images of small Texas towns, landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and interiors -- images that have resulted in ten books and hundreds of exhibitions world-wide. Keith Carter will be present for questions and answers after the film.

Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 pm.


Realist artists Jim Huckabay, Dave Ivey at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum; reception Sun, Nov 16, 2 to 4 pm

"The Friends of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is hosting a reception and exhibit for me and fellow artist Dave Ivey," says artist Jim Huckabay. Reception is Sunday, November 16, 2-4 p.m. at the museum, 3015 Greenwood Road. "We'll each feature 25 pieces— most are our latest paintings. There are original framed works, but signed and numbered giclee prints will also be available. If you can't attend the reception, our work is on display (and on sale) through December 30 in the West Wing Gallery during regular business hours." More at

Art, the Joyce-Oldenburg Dalmatian, unveiled at the corner of Crockett and Common St, Shreveport, Th, Nov 6, 6 - 8 pm

"The centerpiece for the exterior of the Central Artstation is an 18' Dalmatian named Art who will welcome visitors to exhibitions and presentations," says Pam Atchison. "ART is a gift from William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and MoonBot Studios with funding from the Educational Foundation of America." Join Atchison, the Moonbots and downtowners for the official lighting of fiberglass Art on Th, Nov 6, 6 - 8 pm. Btw, the dots light to recognize donors. Your donation of $101 will put you and your family on Art.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Garden of the Fugitives, aka poetry reading, Central Artstation, Mon, Nov 3, 5 to 7 pm

"Pop Up Poetry," Mon evening, Nov. 3, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at Central Artstation (not artspace). Readers include Katie Bickham, Ashley Mace Havird, Melvin Lars, Dorie LaRue, Mike Sledge, Karen Wendt, Crystalyn Whitaker, and Steve Zihlavsky (The Anomalous Brush). Ashley will be signing copies of her new collection, The Garden of the Fugitives.

NYC street artist Patrick-Earl Barnes at Central Art Station; party Tues, Nov 4, 5 to 7 pm

"Patrick-Earl Barnes will exhibit in the Central Artstation Lobby from Mon, Nov. 3, to Fri, Nov. 7th" says Kelly Rich. "There will be Foodie PopUp projects in and around Central Artstation all week. The Barnes Shotgun House Art reception is Tuesday night, Nov 4, from 5-7."

Above is the SoHo store front where Barnes sells his art on weekends. Born and raised in Shreveport, he explains to one and all the background of the shotgun house.

Return-to-original-size Texas Ave Makers Fair on Sat, Nov 8, 2014, Shreveport, 10 am to 4 pm

"Nov 8, 10am - 4pm. Three events in one: Texas Avenue Makers Fair (original or repurposed) Vintage Village (yep, cool stuff not repurposed or original) and Mini Makers (the happy meal crowd)," says Dan Keele.

"This event is going to be superb," continues Keele. "We have spent days, literally, reviewing who is coming, what they're bringing. We have commitments for two outstanding anchors for Vintage Village. The MiniMakers area will have at least 3 activity areas, with take-home to show Mama what Daddy and I did. I'm so excited I can't sleep (that, and answering hundreds of emails to make it work.) Special thanks to Monty Walford and Catherine Kennedy and some other folks at SPAR and behind the scenes getting us ready logistically."

The future? "We're doing TAMF in The Big Event with our partners April 11, 2015, but this smaller, more intimate TAMF will set the bar for the Fall, as we recapture our original feel and add two new events alongside."

More fair info at Eventbrite and Facebook.

Shreveport Regional Arts Council is producing music for the TAMF:
11:00AM - 11:45AM (Stage A)
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
12:30PM - 1:15PM (The Portal Sculpture)
Luther Cox, Inter City Row Modern Dance Co.
12:30PM - 1:15PM (Stage B)
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
1:30PM (Calanthean Canyon)
Angelique Feaster & Mahogany Ensemble Theatre
3:15PM - 4:00PM (Stage at the Portal)
Luther Cox, Inter City Row Modern Dance Co.

Nia Savoy and live orchestra revive The Wiz at Caddo Magnet HS on Nov 5, 6 and 7, 6:30 pm

Well-rehearsed student drama at Magnet featuring the superbly talented Nia Savoy: it's The Wiz. Tickets $12 and 6 (10 and 5 in advance). 318 221 2501.

Also, check out guitarist Matthew Davidson, a member of the orchestra.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Shreveport Songs: NORMA DRAGOO - Nightmare (Custom Sound, circa 1970)

Announcing a new post on the Shreveport Songs blog.

“In the dead of the night…” Norma Dragoo recorded the song “Nightmare” sometime in the early 1970s. Detective work performed by the Shreveport Songs blog reveals a few clues, but we welcome your input.

On December 19, 1999, the Shreveport Times newspaper published an obituary for Norma Jean Taylor Dragoo (1942-1999). She was a native and resident of Shreveport; her occupation – self-employed hair stylist. It appears this is the same Norma Dragoo who recorded “Nightmare.”

For the rest of the clues plus audio from "Nightmare" visit:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take home a piece of art on Sat, Nov 1, from the Meadows Museum benefit called Cirque de Shreve

With circus entertainment at a fine Fairfield house (2745 Fairfield), festive music, and gourmet fare, the Friends of Meadows present a benefit called Cirque de Shreve on Sat, Nov 1. It opens at 6:30 pm and spins til 10, says Sherry Kerr.

"Measure a spot in your abode that needs a piece of art," says Talbot Hopkins. "Area artists have been generous in supporting Meadows by donating paintings, prints, photos and sculpture. Notable artists such as Bill Joyce and the late Clyde Connell are among those whose work is at auction in the Carriage House on the site of the former Pinewold Manor, corner of Fairfield and Kirby."

Proceeds from the event and art auction will benefit the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art, whose mission is to support the museum as a center of art and culture in the South, says Rachel Hill.

Tickets for Members of the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum are $75 each; non-members are $100 each. Tickets purchased with a credit card include a processing fee at

Says Scarlet Hendricks, "Costume, festive, or casual attire, not to worry." Valet parking.

One bids. One takes home a fresh piece of art.

Costumes, new tunes and bubbles at Bears, Shreveport, on Oct 31 with Super Water Sympathy

Super Water Sympathy will be playing new, unreleased songs on Halloween, says Clyde Hargrove. After writing and recording for 8 months, their live set will include an ocean forest, bubble kingdom, and the firewall.

Celebrants are encouraged to bring bubbles and/or body paint, says Ansley Hughes Rimmer. Costume contest to be adjudicated by the band.

Tickets $10.

Bears on Fairfield.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pop Up Food and Art Fest, Shreveport Common, Mon - Fri, Nov. 3 - 7

The corner of Commerce and Crockett Streets becomes a Pop UP Food Court for the week of Nov 3, says Pam Atchison.

Lunch will be available from 11 am- 2 pm, Dinner from 5 pm- 7 pm. Participating food trucks include: Jester’s Catering, La Michoacana, Lilah’s Bakery, TD Express, Cliff & Julie’s Place. Seating will be available.

Across the street in the Engine Room at Central Artstation will be food from Baked, Fleur de Crème, The Twisted Brownie, Simply Natural Seasonings, DaBayou Cajun Seasonings.

· Monday- Pop UP Poetry. Carlos Colon, Caddo Parish Laureate, has selected 10 poets to perform “pop up” and “dueling poetry.” 5pm- 7pm

· Tuesday - Pop UP Art & Culture Shotgun House Night. Meet Shreveport-born NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes. Barnes’ Shotgun House exhibit will be hanging in the ARTSTATION Gallery all week. Hear Barnes, Henry Price, Woodrow Evans and Gregory Free in a panel discussion on shotgun houses. Norla Preservation Project has an update on plans to move five St. Paul’s Bottoms shotgun houses to Baker Street. 5 pm- 7 pm

· Wednesday- Pop UP Cooking Demonstration Night. Christa Free of Baked and Cheryl Edwards of Simply Natural Seasonings will prepare a Sauteed Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper and Onions and her no-salt, healthy seasonings. 5-7 pm

· Thursday- the unveiling of ART, the Dalmatian, at Central ARTSTATION. The nearly 20- foot tall fiberglass dog is the old fire station’s new mascot; street party. 6-8 pm.

· Friday- The Ramer/Gentry Band from 11 am until a bit after 1 pm.

Free parking. Maps of parking locations:

Songster Roy Book Binder performs in House Concert Series on Sat, Nov 1, 7 pm, 1508 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport

Roy Book Binder, a singer-guitarist known coast to coast, plays blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and Tin Pan Alley pop. He is a minstrel man, a songster, a Lead Belly for today.

Reservations: $20.00.

Shreveport House Concerts is a smoke-free, black box recording studio venue.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shotgun houses from Shreveport to NYC and back: artist Patrick-Earl Barnes in Pop Up Shop at Central Artstation on Tues, Nov 4, 5 to 7 pm

NYC artist Patrick-Earl Barnes will make a long-awaited return to Shreveport, where he was born and raised, when he opens a downtown Pop Up Shop Nov 3 - 10, says Kelly Rich of Norla. "Although his art has a whimsical, simplistic quality, it deals with some major issues, such as race, self-sufficiency and individualism," writes Bob Krasner at

Barnes resides in Harlem and has a studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

In NYC his Shreveport roots are quite valuable. His series of mixed-media paintings of shotgun houses would be an example. He made a vow to paint a million shotgun houses, a symbol of vital background to understanding the life of African-Americans.

"I left Shreveport in 1982," he says, remembering his days at South Highlands, Youree Middle and Capt Shreve HS. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where he studied science, not art. "I had been a closet artist for a long time," before realizing it was both a passion and a business opportunity.

Barnes calls himself a Deep Folk artist: "The art is a conjunction of found objects, free association, various styles and approaches. I work mostly with collage and decoupage."

He cannily combines "various isms and disciplines, weaving history, social, cultural studies and literature into a blend of instinctive spontaneous creations of art."

His images are both satirical (see "Art dealers") as well as caring of street culture (see "Brims").

"Barnes will be set up at the Central Artstation Lobby from Mon, Nov. 3, to Fri, Nov. 7th" says Rich. "There will planned events coordinating all of the PopUp projects throughout the week but the big Shotgun Art opening night is Tuesday night, Nov 4, from 5-7."

Crowd funding deadline for Shreveport trio's new album approaches: Lions May Cry after Nov 2

Piling hook upon hook in well-made, polished rock songs is the business of Jimmy and sister Laura Wooten and Cody Lowery. Their trio, Lions May Cry, is legit.

Check out their crowd funding appeal.

Listening to their last album will make,I think it is safe to say, your ears smile.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Artists Mark Burt and Robert Trudeau sketching at the Agora Borealis on Sat, Oct 25, 3 to 5 pm, alongside trio Twang Darkly

Compulsive sketchers Mark Burt and Robert Robert E Trudeau will engage in a surrealist drawing game called Exquisite Corpse.

The back-and-forth drawing session will take place on Saturday, Oct 25, at the Agora Borealis, 421 Lake St, Shreveport. The two artists will also chat with art lovers and sign work that they sell.

Burt is is known for fantastical creatures and detailed, interplanetary landscapes. He has been published in Suspect Device Comic Anthology Volume 3 and 4. Burt is exhibiting work at the Ro2 Gallery in Dallas and Antler Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In August Burt was mentioned in HiFructose Magazine Blog for his contribution to a collaborative show with renowned illustrator Jon McNair.

Trudeau says his pen and ink drawings are influenced by Edward Gorey and R Crumb.

Accompanying the drawing session will be the sounds of local music artists Twang Darkly, says Katy Larsen. Their music will also be for sale at The Agora Borealis.

One more thing: you might plan to hit Agora Borealis on Lake St on your way to the Aseana Fest on Texas Ave. The Asian street food fest goes from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Asian street food: Sat, Oct 25, 3 pm to 9 pm, Aseana Festival at 800 Texas Ave, Shreveport

Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier documentary at Robinson Film Center on Thurs, Oct 23, 7:30 pm

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny in Chicago who secretly took over 100, 000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.

Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. The result is this 90 minute documentary. It gets a 95/89 on

Centenary Film Society presentation at Robinson Film Center. One night only.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band will funk you to death at Bears on Sat, Oct 25

Wear your oldest shoes, coat and hat for the melee of dancing engendered by the Rebirth's powerful street jazz. Tickets, 15.

Block party at Herby-K's on Sun, Oct 26, 1 pm to 6 pm; music, kids, pets

Herby-K's, the historic restaurant at 1833 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, will host its 4th Annual Block Party and Benefit on Sun, Oct 26, from 1-6 pm. The event benefits PetSavers of Shreveport, says Angela Busi Doe.

- $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
- buffets with shrimp busters, fried catfish, fried onion rings, chicken and sausage gumbo, poboys and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Music by Bayou Gypsy, Kelcy Mae and Red Thread on an outdoor stage.
- bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for children.
- adoptable pets and a “puppy park”.
- cash beer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brian Blade kicks on Daniel Lanois' new instrumental record, Flesh and Machine

Shreveport-born and raised Brian Blade has played drums for Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock and more. For some years he has been at a jazz pinnacle, touring with Wayne Shorter and winning plaudits for his articulate band, Fellowship. Blade, the consummate jazz percussionist, also rocks out. When he kicks it in 4/4 it is usually with longtime friend Daniel Lanois. The 2 have made numerous albums together. My favorite is Black Dub.

This week Lanois released Flesh and Machine, a spacey and melodic set of instrumental pieces. When it kicks, it's the foot and 8 arms of Blade at work. On tour the album "will be performed live by a trio including himself, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson where both the playing of instruments and the sampling, dubbing and processing will happen in real time, essentially bringing the studio to the stage," says Lanois. The Nashville date is as close to Shreveport as is listed.

This week you can hear a preview of the whole thing at, where it is called "a deeply otherworldly adventure."

There is an intriguing call to artists for films to accompany their shows.

Recommended for interstellar music trekkers.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

High-pitched voices and tightly-strung guitars celebrate Leadbelly at Ledbetter gravesite, Shiloh Baptist Church, Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1 pm, Sat, Oct 25

The annual Leadbelly Era Celebration, a graveside memorial jam, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat, Oct 25, at the Shiloh Baptist Church graveyard in Mooringsport, Louisiana, says Kathryn Hobgood Ray. Louisiana musicians will gather at the grave of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, 10395 Blanchard Latex Rd, to perform his songs. All are welcome.

Kathryn Hobgood Ray, 504-650-1238, Danny Wilder, 318-751-2733

Directions to Shiloh Baptist Church: Take I-20 Exit 3 (LA -169), North 10 miles to Caddo Parish #6. (a.k.a. Blanchard-Latex Rd.). Turn left on Caddo Parish #6, drive 2.6 miles to Shiloh Baptist Church.

Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series begins Sun, Oct 19, 3 pm, Frost Chapel, First Baptist Shreveport: the I-49 Brass Quintet

The droll, sensual sounds of trumpet and multiple horns opens the Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series, says Lois Robinson.

The brass concert is 3 pm, Sun, Oct 19, at Frost Chapel of First Baptist Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr.

Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano are featured in the Nov 23 concert (3 pm), to be held in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College.

John-Henry Crawford performs on cello on Feb 8, 2015, 3 pm, at Artspace, 710 Texas St. A string quartet also performs.

An afternoon of duets - violin and voice - will be performed at Anderson Auditorium on May 3, 3 pm.

Performances feature the core players of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recommended: Kevin Russell and Americana group Shinyribs at Horseshoe Rooftop Party on Thurs, Oct 23, 8 pm

Kevin Russell, founder of Shreveport band Picket Line Coyotes and the Austin band Gourds, has a new group. It's called Shinyribs after his longtime nickname.

Since Russell wrote a ton of songs recorded by the very successful Gourds (including one called "Shreveport" on the classic album Haymaker), expect an audience of animated Gourds fans who will know the songs. Russell has been an entertainer for many years. A highly recommended evening. $10 - 20.

Thurs, Oct 23, 8:00pm

Horseshoe Casino Rooftop Party 711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Moonbot shorts debut at Shreveport Symphony performance on Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Two premieres of Moonbot Studios' animated short films, The Cask of Amontillado and Silent, plus orchestra performances of film scores, including Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The X-Files, Superman, and more.

Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater.


Costumers throw down at ArtScare on Fri, Oct 24, 7:30 pm to 1 am; Dragstrip Phantoms entertain

Best Costume at ArtScare, Fri, Oct 24, wins two tickets to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s fundraiser, Christmas in the Sky (12.13.14), says Pam Atchison, plus a room that night at the Hilton Hotel.

Dragstrip Phantoms play live all night at ArtScare. Comp buffet and Cash bars.

Drew Hunter returns to Shreveport, once again becoming Dr. Blood.

Ages 21+ admitted only. $25 in advance at and at artspace. $30 on event day at the door.

Also, see the Silent Book Art Auction.

Meadows Museum video installation ends Oct 25: "Testimonies on Motherhood Lost" by Mali De-Kalo, Tel Aviv

Mali De-Kalo, a multi-media artist from Tel Aviv, worked 3 years on the presentation she calls "Relaying: Testimonials on Motherhood Lost." It is a powerful multi-screen use of emotion and video. Highly recommended.

Exhibit closes on Sat, Oct 25.

Meadows is open Tues - Fri, 11 am to 6 pm. And on Sat, noon to 4 pm. 318.869.5040.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Return of the sweet potato: Shreveport Farmers Market opens fall stalls on Sat, Oct 25, 8 am

Shreveport Farmers' Market will open on October 25 for its fall session, says Noma Fowler-Sandlin.

- Saturdays, 8 a.m. until noon.
- through November 22.
- two pavilions in Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St.
- fruits and vegetables, locally-raised meats, gourmet, baked and canned goods, arts and crafts.
- Market Cafe: ready-to-eat foods, tables at which to dine, music performances.
- Opening day music: The Fiddlin' Tim Trio.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Classical music and dance of India at LSUS on Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm

Top drawer performers of Indian classical music will perform in Shreveport on Tues, Oct 14, in a production by Sanjay Menon, head of LSUS India Studies.

The event takes place in the LSUS University Center. It is open to the public. While it is not free, there is no attendance charge.

Among the performers is dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj, seen here, and singer Pramodini Rao, seen in this video.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The American Tragedy's Adam Dale now solo; performance at former Fairfield Studios, now Studio 1508, Sun, Oct 12, 7 pm

Adam Dale is a Louisiana born singer/songwriter with a style that spans rock to pop to the downright eccentric, says Alan Dyson.

Years of traveling, performing, and making music with The American Tragedy ended in 2012. Adam now performs solo and continues to write and record from Baton Rouge, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He has recorded 13 albums and miscellaneous EPs and is currently wrapping up a new album called "Cats & Dogs".

Adds Dyson about the House Concert Series: "You’ll find us at 1510 Fairfield (near the corner of Fairfield at Jordan) next door to Harrison Paint and across from the State Office Building. Shows begin about 7:00, but please arrive no later than 6:45 if you have reservations. With no reservations, come even earlier if you’re hoping for a seat. Make your cash donation at the door (and contribute for food too)."$20., or 318 670 3567 (New Phone Number) .

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Screens light up with creativity as 20 films are shown in Louisiana Film Prize, Shreveport, weekend of Oct 9 - 12

"Thurs, Oct 9, is the last day for Louisiana Film Prize online tickets And the last day for $30 tickets! At noon on Thursday, online tickets will stop and the price moves up to $40, says Gregory Kallenberg. "Got some," he booms, "now."

Venues at which to view the 20 finalist shorts: Robinson Film Center, Central Artstation, The Capri and the newest viewing venue, the Bossier Arts Council.

The schedule:

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Voces Castellanos continues Dia de Los Muertos celebration on Nov 1, Columbia Park, Shreveport, 1 to 4 pm

"Voces Castellanos will once again sponsor," says Lee Spruell, "Day of the Dead, a Latin American Celebration of Life and Remembrance."

Columbia Park, Sat, Nov 1, 2014, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

"Celebrate this traditional Mexican holiday with crafts, art, sugar skulls, music, dance, bread of the dead and traditional altars of remembrance. It is fun for the whole family," says Janine Gomezjurado Demerath.

Volunteers are welcome.

Monday, October 06, 2014

November 1 benefit for Meadows Museum of Art: Cirque de Shreve at 2745 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport

Over 80 regional artists, including Bill Joyce, have pledged to donate art to be auctioned at Cirque de Shreve on Nov 1, says Talbot Hopkins.

Given the slim budget afforded the Meadows Museum, a jewel of an art center, by Centenary College, a benefit is being produced by Friends of Meadows Museum, says Rachel Hill. Today the Meadows is being directed by Centenary art faculty members Lisa Nicoletti and Bruce Allen.

The benefit, to be held in the garden at a Fairfield mansion once called Pinewold Manor, 2745 Fairfield, will use a circus theme. The Haag Circus once wintered and paraded on Fairfield, said Sherry Kerr.

Meanwhile, Meadows has 3 highly-viewable shows and the museum is open 11 am til 6 pm Tues - Fri (12 - 4 on Sat). The exhibits are Centenary in Paris: An Exhibition by First-Year Students, “Relaying: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost”, a Video Installation by Mali De-Kalo of Tel Aviv, and “With the Beatles,” lithographic illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter for the above-titled Beatles book.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Requiescat in pace: musician, businessman, city councilman Bill Bush

Bill Bush died after a fall this week, said his daughter, Terri. He was a professional musician for over half a century and also owned the Moulin Rouge Nightclub from 1971 to 1990.

Known for his welcoming, agreeable personality, he served on the Shreveport City Council from 1982 until 1990.

Return-to-original-size Texas Ave Makers Fair on Sat, Nov 8, 2014, Shreveport, 10 am to 4 pm

"Nov 8, 10am - 4pm. Three events in one: Texas Avenue Makers Fair (original or repurposed) Vintage Village (yep, cool stuff not repurposed or original) and Mini Makers (the happy meal crowd)," says Dan Keele.

"This event is going to be superb," continues Keele. "We have spent days, literally, reviewing who is coming, what they're bringing. We have commitments for two outstanding anchors for Vintage Village. The MiniMakers area will have at least 3 activity areas, with take-home to show Mama what Daddy and I did. I'm so excited I can't sleep (that, and answering hundreds of emails to make it work.) Special thanks to Monty Walford and Catherine Kennedy and some other folks at SPAR and behind the scenes getting us ready logistically."

The future? "We're doing TAMF in The Big Event with our partners April 11, 2015, but this smaller, more intimate TAMF will set the bar for the Fall, as we recapture our original feel and add two new events alongside."

More fair info at Eventbrite and Facebook.

Mark Shepard, natural ecosystems farmer and author, leads Mahaffey Farms sustainable land workshop Nov 14 - 16

Mahaffey Farms, a small, family-run farm in Princeton, La., will host a three-day workshop on the topic of Restoration Agriculture, Nov. 14-16. The weekend-long series of lectures and presentations will feature author, farmer and CEO Mark Shephard, says Evan McCommon. Shephard is the author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers and runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agriculture forest considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.

The workshop will address Restoration Agriculture and Keyline water management systems, and will focus on designing the water system for a farm scale perennial agricultural system. Topics explored will also include agroforestry and silvopasture systems.

Mark Shephard's “Introduction to Restoration Ag” presentation, 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, is $25. Entire weekend-long workshop, $350. or contact Evan McCommon at (318) 518-0558.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Review: Centenary College presents the Bard's As You Like It backstage at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Watching young actors intersect in theater in the round was one of the most exciting elements of the Centenary College production of Shakespeare's As You Like It on Friday. Curtains drawn, the players and the audience were all back stage. Happily, the seats were comfortable and the audience around us was affable.

Jordan Fell was masterful as Rosalind in the love story, even if half the play the appealing young woman was garbed in men's clothes and pencilled mustache. Grace Rambo, known to me previously as a capable writer of short stories, proved a competent Celia, an articulate partner to Fell's heroine. The athletic swain, Orlando, was boundingly played by Michael Nguyen. Along with a strong voice he brought a smile and sense of lightheartedness to his role and to the stage.

Trying to steal every scene - and doing it via gymnastic flash and comic timing - was Aiden Poling, who played Touchstone.

Director Heather Peak-Hooper clad the cast in mufti; it seemed to add energy to the show. She and fight director Mark Guinn also created a spectacular opening via an extended fight scene.

As You Like It is a comedy. My guess is that if the audience did its part with some preparation for the play, the laughs would fall into place. Not all the student actors were as articulate as the lead figures, but that shortfall is partly offset by audience proximity to the actors.

The bard's study of gender and language play in As You Like It was not written for the modern attention span. At about two and a half hours in length, this play is recommended for those who care both about Shakespeare, about community theater and about supporting rising stars.

All the 90 seats were sold on Friday night. Tickets at the door and online. $15 adults; $10 seniors, alumni, military; $5 for non-Centenary students. Info: Lorna Dopson at the box office, 318.869.5074.

Performances continue Sat, Oct 4, at 8 p.m. and in a matinee Sun, Oct 5, at 2 p.m at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Please see photos here.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Audience onstage for intimate As You Like It at MLP, Centenary College, Shreveport, Oct 2 - 5

Director Heather Peak-Hooper will present William Shakespeare’s As You Like It Thurs, Oct 2, to Sat, Oct 4, at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance Sun, Oct 5, at 2 p.m at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, says Don Hooper.

The production will be presented in blackbox style - in the round - on the stage floor; seating is limited.

Tickets at the door and online. $15 adults; $10 seniors, alumni, military; $5 for non-Centenary students. Info: Lorna Dopson at the box office, 318.869.5074.