Monday, June 27, 2005

Cambridge Club, Tower Books: author Sharon Boorstin visits Shreveport fans


Food critic, screen writer and author (Cookin For Love, a novel) Sharon Boorstin recently visited fans of her writing in Shreveport. Here she's chatting with Bethany Sorkey and Janie Richardson in Geraldine Zelinsky's house. The next day Boorstin entertained fans at the Cambridge Club (where the vivacious Zelinsky is director of PR & membership) and Tower Books. Boorstin is soon to be heard on NPR, added Zelinsky.

MarsVegas Costume DanceParty:Brett Roman / photo Monica Stampley


Mars Vegas promised a costume party at Lil Joes on the weekend. Unlike the insecure bands who want their fans to dress up while the musicians dress down, the MV guys each donned a lovely party frock. "Off the shoulder: off the chain," is what they say. Here's bassist Brett Roman in what I believe is a fetching, probably award-winning, chemise.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Rebecca Nesbitt and the Hope St Playettes at Cirque du Trudeau / Photo Monica Stampley


Ron Hardy's Hope St Playettes were nattily costumed for their dancing at Cirque du Trudeau, a recent performance at Coolspace. Rebecca Nesbitt of Port Belly Project invited the Hope St dancers to join her.

Mars Vegas acoustic at Cirque du Trudeau / photo Monica Stampley


Cirque du Trudeau, an evening of videos and live performances, included an acoustic set from the rock trio Mars Vegas, with Brett Roman, Chadwick leger and Josh Coker. Photo Monica Stampley.

Port Belly Project: Rebecca Nesbitt & Kathy Fontaine at Coolspace / Photo Monica Stampley


Cirque du Trudeau featured three acts, including the spangly, tightly-choreographed duo called the Port Belly Project.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Portrait by Bill Scott, Kuumba Gallery, Shreveport


A fluent graphite portrait by Bill Scott, 2003. The piece is on display at Scott's Kuumba Gallery, 605 Texas. More info: 213-8001. See more of his work at

Kuumba Gallery: sculpture by Ricky Lee


Sculpture recently displayed in Bill Scott's Kuumba Gallery: figures in wood by Mooretown native Ricky Lee. He has worked from his cell at Angola Prison in recent years, said Scott.

Portrait by Bill Scott, Shreveport: the Muslim

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Among the numerous portraits hanging in Bill Scott's Kuumba gallery, 605 Texas: Scott's bust of a Muslim trader.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

NW Louisiana Art Gallery board at Tipitina's Foundation

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Serving the needs of regional artists and audiences under the capable leadership of Michael G Moore: NW Louisiana Art Gallery. The group (Debbie Engle and Bruce Allen had to leave early; not together) met at Tipitina's Foundation to plan expansions in services.

Seated, from left: Chris Fowler-Sandlin, Talbot Hopkins Trudeau, Betty Moore, (standing) Noma Fowler-Sandlin, Dan Garner/Tipitina's Foundation, Rhys Roark, Tony Reans, Michael Parker, Robert Trudeau, Carlos Colon, Michael Harold and Michael G Moore.

Indeed, among the group are some of the region's most active curators as well as artists.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Painter Terry Hershey and Bistineau Gallery owner Rebecca Hudsmith


Terry Hershey, a masterful painter, was celebrated recently at a show of 5 artists at Bistineau Gallery. Here Bistineau owner and curator Rebecca Hudsmith enjoys Hershey's presence. More info: 318-464-7950.

Autumn Frazier, Debbie Engle, Joseph Kammer at Bistineau Gallery

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Five female artists opened an exhibit of paintings at Bistineau Gallery this week. For more info, call Bistineau Gallery owner Rebecca Hudsmith at 318-464-7950 or slide by the Arodasi Dance Center when classes in yoga and dance are in session.

Painter Karen Guerin at Bistineau Gallery

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Feminine perspectives: 5 female artists are on view at Bistineau Gallery in the Arodasi Dance Center, 327 Market St. Art shown by appointment. Please call 318-464-1142.

Michael G Moore, Dema Whitmeyer at Bistineau Gallery

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Enjoying a Bistineau Gallery reception for 5 feminine perspectives in painting were artist-photographer Michael G Moore and his party podna, Dema Whitmeyer.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Utsav staff: Dimitri Zaugg


A fluent guide to the contemporary Indian cuisine menu at Utsav, newest Indian restaurant in Shreveport, waiter Dimitri Zaugg says he is enjoying checking out Hindu culture via the cuisine of India.

Utsav: Neil Johnson, Paula O'Neal, Sara Hebert


At Shreveport's newest Indian restaurant, Utsav, were author-photographer Neil Johnson, his assistant Paula O'Neal and intern Sara Hebert. They were tucking into Bengoli Fish Curry, Veggie Biryani and Shahi Paneer. For dessert there were exotic ice creams, carrot pudding and sweets in sauces.

June 25 photographer Johnson is opening his studio, corner of Louisiana Ave and Stoner, to the public for a day. "I'm turning the studio into a gallery and opening the historic building - partly because so many people have asked me what it looks like," he explained. It also celebrates's 25th year in business.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Collectors: McVies with Hedgcock at Columbia Cafe


When collectors know what they want: Dr. Robert McVie, Randy Hedgcock and Marybeth McVie stand beside a still life purchased by the McVies. This is their second Hedgcock painting.

Randy Hedgcock Show at Columbia Cafe


Celebrating fresh paintings by Randy Hedgcock in a show at Columbia Cafe are (l to r) Betty Black, Sherry Sewell, Sue Gilpin and, in the foreground, Marion Frierson.

Painters: Marion Frierson and her aunt, Randy Hedgecock, at Columbia Cafe


Marion Frierson, recent Washington & Lee graduate in art, talks shop with her aunt, Randy Hedgecock.

SciPort's newest trick, the SkyCycle

SciPort's newest trick, the SkyCycle

High in the air above SciPort's entrance a gutsy person balances a cycle atop a rail and rides, somehow, across the trussed space.

How and wherefore the SkyCycle can safely do its thing is not something we're qualified to explain. Afraid you'll have to visit the site to reach your sunny eureka.

MiniCine? at Tipitina's: Dillon Breithaupt

MiniCine? at Tipitina's: Dillon Breithaupt

Art movies and music are being presented in the capacious Tipitina's Foundation garage by MiniCine?'s David Nelson with helpers such as Dillon Breithaupt. Tip's manager Dan Garner is also hosting a songwriter's open mic in the space on Thursday evenings.