Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bill Scott, artist: KuumbaGallery, NW La Black Arts Fest producer


Reflecting on the recent two-day fest he produced via Achievement Through Art, Inc, is Bill Scott. He has sold 3 pieces of art by Nigerian Jimo Buraimoh in Kuumba Gallery. More info: 318-213-8001.

TylerPecora, SRAC intern, visiting Kuumba Gallery


Tyler Pecora slipped into Shreveport from Jackson Hole, WY, with boyfriend Marshall Jones, she said. She is interning with SRAC with a view toward working in public art. Pecora was in Kuumba Gallery leading a group of folk art experts on a tour.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Black Arts Fest: Fellowship Ensemble

Black Arts Fest: Fellowship Ensemble

A sextet of tuneful singers backed by a sharp rhythm section: Fellowship Ensemble of Shreveport. Among the singers: Tremaine Brown, Monica Williams, Genola Williams, Lorenzo Plater, Senwanna Williams and Orin Williams. Musicians include Ardis Williams and Peter sasser on keys, Marcus Robert on drums and Frank Monroe on bass.

Downtown fest: Leia Lewis, Ora Hart

Leia Lewis, Ora Hunt

Leia Lewis is director of Education at Meadows Museum; Ora Hart is president of Achievement Through Art, Inc. Both were ambassadors around Mainstage of the NW La Black Arts Fest 2005.

Kids Zone at the NW La Black Arts Fest: AquaSlide Parents


Delores Brown McLemore, Sara Pool and Kevin Whatley were among those who watched the aqua sliders.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Melissa Fowles at Artspace / photo Michael G Moore


Melissa Fowles is a poet and teacher and insightful observer of the scene. She attended the Jr III show at Coolspace recently.

Weldon Stutes, Jr: Artspace / photo Michael G Moore


Weldon Stutes, Jr, is bassist for Jr III and was captured while performing with Mssrs. Joseph and Dossett at Artspace/Coolspace recently.

Artspace: George A Burton III / photo Michael G Moore


Poet and ratcheted raconteur George A Burton III attended Artspace for the Jr III show.

Behind Burton is a many-panelled collage by artist and art teacher Danny Williams which traces the visual transformation of pop star Michael Jackson.

Dirty Red aka Don Crenshaw joins JR III / photo Michael G Moore


Don Crenshaw, Dirty Red, brings a magical lip to the stage with his golden trumpet. Here he joined JR III at Coolspace in Artspace.

Black Arts Fest: Tamekia Bates, LaMichael Starks


The 2005 NW Louisiana Black Arts Fest was an inaugural event and did not generate a huge crowd, by any means. But the audience was sweet and conversations tended to be unrushed.

Arts Fest: Paula Williams, Courtney Williams


Among the many helpers from Advancement Through Art, Inc, the principal sponsoring body of the Black Arts Fest, was the mother-daughter duo of Paula and Courtney Williams.

Black Arts Fest: Poetry by Meschellaneous and Ena

Poetry by Meschellaneous and Ena

Poetry to inspire and provoke the crowd at the NW La Black Arts Fest was ardently pursued by this oratorically-talented pair of performers.

Black Arts Fest: AquaSlide


Wish I had been dressed to enjoy the cooling Aqua Slide! Well-mannered, well-spoken youngsters taking advantage of the watery magic included Kristian Black, Zaria Williams, Courtney Pettit Brown, Shalmichael Starnes Brown, Robert Pool, Cameron Brown and Chancell Pool.

Black Arts Fest: Crystal Thomas of the GCR Showband

Black Arts Crystal Thomas GCR Showband

Crystal Thomas has a powerful voice, a lovely sense of humor and is a splendid entertainer. She has several records showcasing her R&B prowess with the GCR Showband. More info? 227-4018.

Black Arts Fest: GCR Showband's Howard Hollins, Gary Smith

Black Arts- Howard Hollins, Gary Smith

Gary Smith and Crystal Thomas have propelled many people to the dance floor via the smooth R&B sounds of the GCR Showband. They were a hit at the fest. Saxophonist Howard Hollins is new to the group, said Gary.

Black Arts Fest: Linda Vance, DeWanna Lovelace

Black Arts Fest Linda Vance, DeWanna Lovelace

Festival producer Bill Scott had friends in key places to make the fest run smoothly. Watching over the conduct of mainstage were Linda Vance and DeWanna Lovelace.

Black Arts Fest: Distinguished Gentleman of Green Oaks High

Distinguished Gentleman Green Oaks HS

The harmonizing Distinguished Gentlemen are super singers and entertainers and were quite a hit at the fest. The group includes Charles Tucker, Jeret Jackson, DeWayne Jackson, Leonard Velder and Johnny Vance. Green Oaks choral teacher Arnese Brass is their director and accompanist.

Black Arts Fest: Tom Pace, Rosie James, Jimo Buraimoh


Bill Scott's reception for Nigerian artist Jimo Buraimoh at Kuumba Gallery drew a congenial crowd.

Leia Lewis: Black Arts Fest 05

Leia Lewis

Dancing to the African drums of Kumaasi Ensemble was Leia Lewis.

Two Guys From Switzerland, Municipal Auditorium


Downtown Shreveport: site of the Louisiana Hayride, the Municipal Auditorium. Hank Williams and Elvis were among the stars who got their starts here. People from across America, across the globe, make the Municipal a stop on their music-minded treks.

Bezely Lee Nash: Black Arts Fest 05

Bezely Lee Nash

Mrs. Nash presented both quilts and beautiful paintings in the lobby of the Municipal Auditorium.

Black Arts Fest: Marilyn Bartlett-Jackson, Alexandria Bartlett

Marilyn Bartlett-Jackson Alexandria Bartlett
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Appluading the Kumaasi African Ensemble outside the Municipal Auditorium at the first NW La Black Arts Fest.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

David Love Lewis, Poet / photo Michael G Moore

David Love Lewis, Poet / photo Michael G Moore
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Poet and essayist David Love Lewis teaches English at LSU and rambles hither and yon as a soothsayer and shoeshiner. If you remember Enoch's in Shreveport, you probably know the considerable power of Lewis' written insights.

Joanna Ballard, writer/photographer / photo Michael G Moore

Joanna Ballard, writer/photographer / photo Michael G Moore
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Joanna Ballard is a downtown arts woman who spans the city's communities as a journalist and press agent. She has worked with musicians such as Henry Turner, Jr, with festivals and events, appeared in a Ron Hardy's recent musical, has placed her photos in coolspace, can connect people at Pamoja with people at ArtBreak, has written numerous works.

Larry Anderson, poet, singer / photo Michael G Moore

Larry Anderson, poet, singer / photo Michael G Moore
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

A singer-guitarist of considerable talent, Larry enjoys the spontaneity of downtown open mic nights such as the one at Artspace.

Cactus / photo Michael G Moore

Cactus / photo Michael G Moore
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Artspace/coolspace: open mic night, July, 2005.

Macbeth: final battle


More actors who contributed to the success of MLP's modern Macbeth: John Bogan as Banquo, Pat Maxey as Malcolm and Benjamin Maxey as Keagan, Stephen Scarlatto as Donalbain, Brigitte Bechtel as sound designer and fighter.

Conchita and Sara amused by a blond fellow at 516


Artists Conchita Iglesias McElwee and Sara Hebert were caught chatting up a wavy-haired guy at 516 Soundstage.

Corbin Vidrine, Chadwick Lejer at 516 Soundstage


Has The Vidrines singer Corbin Vidrine influenced Mars Vegas drummer Chadwick Leger in haberdashery?

RedShift at 516 Soundstage

RedShift at 516 Soundstage
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Gary Krepak, aka DJ Scary G, helps create the mountain of sonic magma developed by Red Shift. Newly-added drummer Aaron Butler provides a righteous pulse to the wailing of guitars and electronic sources.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Macbeth: Suneera, Cristina, Amy

Macbeth: SuneeraCristinaAmy

Suneera Kompelli, Cristina Lake and Amy Updegraff, all students at Caddo Magnet High School, enjoyed Macbeth. Amy operated the sound board for MLP.

Clyde Connell: Meadows Museum

Clyde Connell: Meadows

The late female artist from Lake Bistineau whose sculptures and paintings are in museums and collections coast to coast, Clyde Connell, is well-represented in the permanent collection at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport.

Lucille Read: Meadows Museum

Lucille Read: Meadows

Paintings by Lucille Read have become part of the permanent collection at Meadows Museum, Shreveport.

Macbeth director: Heather Peak


Heather Peak is a Shakespearean actor of considerable experience as well as a director. And she has a success in her direction of MLP's Macbeth.

Macbeth: Three Witches


Charity Schubert, Christine Fortson and Joy Guttierez were a spectral force of considerable attention and success in MLP's Macbeth.

Macbeth: opening battle scene


Don Hooper's sets and lighting and Andy Shaw's fight choreography produce certifiably cool entertainment in the fight scenes which open and close MLP's Macbeth. Also contributing to the project's success: fight captain Josh Talley as Macduff (in the above photo), stage manager Vanna Richardson, front of house Carrie Rowlett and Nancy Middleton, the lighting team of Courtney Gaston and Caleb Gaston.

Macbeth crowd: James, Jennifer

Macbeth: JamesJennifer

Journalists James Ramage and Jennifer Flowers nipped round to opening night of Macbeth.

Macbeth: Hope, Helen, Matthew

Macbeth: HopeHelenMatthew

In the Macbeth crowd: Caddo Magnet HS students Hope Guttierez and Matthew Bibby flank Helen Frick.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Texans: father and son participate at Artspace


Warren and Christopher Averill of Big Sandy, TX, enjoy the hands-on video production station at Artspace.

It seems like everytime I stop to say hello to someone in Artpace they are from a distant location. "Look at our sign-in book," says manager Chris Fowler-Sandlin; "It is filled with the names of people from across the country."

Tipitina's Opening: Karen Ross


Karen Ross may not be a musician (she's a nurse) but she enjoyed the Creole cooking, internet access and diverse crew at Tipitina's Co-op official opening.

Tipitina's Grand Mal: Mars Vegas


Scheduled at midday because of the availability of the Lt Gov as speaker, Tipitina's office Co-op recently held its grand seizure.

The Creole beans and rice and sausage from the Tipitina's catering truck could have been enjoyed by a whole lot more eaters if the shindig had been presented at a cooler time of day.



Shreveport has a neutronical bomb in these fountains and plaza. The background of the proposal for these river side founts interests me. Got any leads to share?

Red River Fountain July 4


Send SptBlog your most individual and vivid images of partiers on the riverfront. It's summer and the team of SptBlog contributors needs to expand!

Photos from your favorite restaurants and dishes therein are also welcome at SptBlog.

July 4th food: Sheila and Michael Parker


Sheila and Michael Parker were among the city's July 4th party-givers in their historic Highland house.

Tune in to KSCL, 91.3 fm, Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, to hear Parker's Americana mix of commentary and music. And read Michael's detailed and passionate liberal screeds at



Shells bursting over the Red are a dime a dozen. Sorry. But SptBlog will publish the more descriptive and unusual river captures from the summer of 05.



Send SptBlog the best of your Red River picnic shots! There is no guarantee that each one will be posted, but I'm sure there are some stunning shots out there ready to be shared.

Taco Mania:Aubrey Bauer and Sherri Teer


Taco Mania is what we call a media mosh. Somehow this East King's Highway restaurant is where you can see an unusual number of photographers, writers, painters, musicians and producers on a regular basis. By the way, do you have a favorite dish or drink at Taco mania?