TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 3:00 PM
Awesome Stories with Ilse Fisher
Shreve Memorial Library – Our Blanchard Branch will host an awesome storyteller, Ilse Fisher, at the Blanchard Town Hall! Come and hear some great stories during this fun Summer Reading event.
 
TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 6:00 PM
Wednesdays Stories of the Strings
Artspace Shreveport – This week on Stories of the Strings we will have Buddy Flett & Jim Hayes Wednesdays during the Art of the Guitar exhibition, artpsace brings you Stories of the Strings where collectors tell the unique stories of their guitars with “All Y’all” storytelling hosts Chris Jay and Sara Hebert. With 40 guitars on display, there will be stories-a-plenty on Wednesday nights this Summer. 6:00pm - 7:30pm $5/person The second floor of artspace features “Guitar Heroes,” where Guitar Collectors exhibit their one of a kind Guitars for display. Some are pure celebrity--autographed by stars like Mick Jagger--and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile Art Guitars or the Cigar Box Guitar that really plays!
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 3:00 PM
Drawing Workshop with Eric Francis
Shreve Memorial Library – Get creative with us during this drawing workshop with local artist Eric Francis at our Main Branch! This Teen Time event is part of our Summer Reading Program. More info: http://bit.ly/2uRNPdq
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 4:00 PM
PC Wellness Clinic
The Philadelphia Center – Testing offered for HIV and STD'd and is FREE! This clinic is for Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Trans community members. Come get your sexual health check-up!
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:00 PM
Hopkins Trudeau, Poetic X, Bottoms -Critical MASS Solo Shows
Shreveport Regional Arts Council – Experience THE ESSENCE OF THINGS with the Art of Talbot Hopkins; find HOPE AMID MADNESS with David Bottom’s winning short story; and hear how PoeticX speaks LIGHT into DARK MATTER with his spoken word with the opening of Critical Mass 5 Best of Show Solo Exhibitions debuting Thursday, July 27 in coolspace at artspace, 708 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. The solo exhibitions will take place during an evening filled with Artists and Performers including Buddy Flett who will perform a guitar tribute to James Burton and the “Master of the Telecaster” Exhibition at artspace. Admission for all three exhibitions and the Flett performances is $10. Hopkins, Bottoms and PoeticX were selected as “Best of Show” recipients during the spring “Critical Mass” Exhibition – the annual showcase of all Northwest Louisiana Artists with Critical Review by renowned published Critics. In its fifth year, Critical Mass 5 drew the largest crowd since its inception in 2013 to view visual, literary and performing art entries from more than 130 of Northwest Louisiana’s most talented artists, all competing for the prestigious “Best of Show” honors. The “Best of Show” award winners each receive a $2,000 commission to plan and execute a solo show that is reviewed by the original Critics. The goal is to determine if the qualities that determined the selection of “Best Artwork” among so many participating Artists “holds up” within a full body of work. In an article published in the USA Today Network, former literary director for the National Endowment for the Arts and Critical Mass 5 literary critic, David Kipen says: Shreveport appears to have more good writers per capita than any town I know. One boy in Poland, trying to make sense of the new Nazi occupation. A younger boy in the American South, getting too old to be sharing a bed with his sister. These very different stories represented two of the strongest literary entries for Critical Mass 5, the ambitious, ongoing project for furthering critical dialogue in the arts, organized by the Shreveport Regional Art Council and artspace. Lead critic for Critical Mass 5, Robert Pincus, had similar praise for the art being produced in Northwest Louisiana touting the visual variety of the exhibition and saying that audience and participating artists have come to expect a high level of eclecticism from the annual Critical Mass exhibitions sponsored by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council which “have become a welcome barometer of the variety and substance of the art being produced here.” It is a difficult process choosing one work as the “best of show” in each of three categories—visual, literary and performing art—but in the end Talbot Hopkins Trudeau with her self-portrait In and Out of the Fire; David Bottoms with his short story, The Windows of Wolinska Street; and Hugh Hamilton or PoeticX performing his spoken word, Keep Hope Alive arose victorious. Visual Art “Best of Show” winner Talbot Hopkins Trudeau’s solo exhibition is entitled THE ESSENCE OF THINGS: The Art of Talbot Hopkins. It includes over 40 works of portraiture and still-life’s with more than 15 pieces of new, never-before seen work by Hopkins-Trudeau created specifically for this show. In her words, “I believe the pieces in this exhibition reflect my love of beauty--especially that found in nature--as well as a subconscious and conscious desire for peace and simplicity.” Some of the new works are a black enameled Japanese bowl in a very chiaroscuro setting, a mottled Magnolia leaf painted shades of black and gray, a perfectly round green fall gourd painted twice in two different lights, an exquisitely lighted raku vase created by a late longtime friend, and several abstract pieces. Literary Art “Best of Show” winner David Bottoms solo exhibition is entitled HOPE AMID MADNESS: Kryzstof Król and The Windows of Wolinska Street. For his solo show, Bottoms will exhibit a visual representation of his short story with images as a backdrop to lend atmosphere as well as furniture and an old tube radio reflective of the WWII Polish Resistance era which makes up the plot of his story. When literary critic David Kipen reviewed Bottom’s story, he commented,” “The young protagonist, Krysztof Krol, becomes the reader’s entree into a period setting so convincingly described that it feels less invented than remembered.” On Wednesday, August 2 during the Downtown Artwalk from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., David will present a dramatic reading of his story in all of the different characters’ voices. He hopes that during his reading the audience will be able to enter that historic time with him. David Kipen will review the work via a Skype in conversation. Performance Art “Best of Show” winner Hugh Hamilton, aka PoeticX has won many awards for the power of his poetry, and recently was a key performer with Soundsuit Artist Nick Cave in the “AS IS” production at the Municipal Auditorium. Critical Mass 5 Performance critic Mark Lowry, described PoeticX’s performance of his winning, “Keep Hope Alive,” as “exquisite wordplay,” and went on to say that PoeticX “speaks of the political moment and the call to fight and resist. The thought behind each word and punctuation mark is evident in his rhythmic, natural performance.” Hamilton’s solo show will be the exhibition of a new poem created specifically for this exhibition, LONG LIVE LOUISIANA. It will be hung as a mural in artspace. PoeticX will perform a never-before-seen work at the Central ARTSTATION on Thursday, August 10 entitled PHOTOSYNTHESIS. He hopes that this new piece will take the audience to the “center” of themselves and will speak “light” into “dark matter” through symbolism, mysticism and metaphysics. Admission to the Critics’ Choice 2017 Solo Exhibitions at artspace, Thursday, July 27 is $10 and includes a performance evening with Buddy Flett on the mainspace floor, cool summer nibbles by Parish Taceaux, and a cash bar. The Exhibitions open at 5:00 pm; the Buddy Flett guitar concert begins at 7:00 pm. Critical Mass 5 critic Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D. will return to Shreveport and artspace on Friday, August 11 for a critical review of Talbot Hopkins Trudeau’s Solo Show and Artist’s talk by Talbot. On Saturday, August 12, Pincus will provide a portfolio development workshop for Northwest Louisiana Artists from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will provide one on one portfolio reviews from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required. The Critical Mass 5 Solo Exhibition runs through Saturday, August 19. For more information, visit www.artspaceshreveport.com or call artspace at 318-673-6535.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed The World
Christ Lutheran Church - Shreveport – SOLD OUT SHOW!! Check our other events for a link to the October19th Screening. Just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, please join us for an exclusive showing of "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World." An unknown German monk touches off events that are still felt in the world to this day. The rousing adventure story of Martin Luther ' s life, following his bold quest for truth - journey that would reshape the church, and the world. A new documentary film narrated by Hugh Bonneville. Tickets are $11 at new.tugg.com/events/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-bhvm We need to sell 85 by July 20th. A Discussion Panel will follow the film.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Interactive Vegetarian Class w/ Lee Ann Monat
Bella Nonnas Olive Oil & Vinegar – Join us as Lee Ann Monat of LionArt Creations, guides us on shopping tips, prep work, short cuts and preparing these four (4) dishes to enjoy through the coming summer months. Lee Ann is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Herbalist & Personal Chef. Your class will include hands on preparation of the following: Summer Squash Sauté Sesame Soba Noodles Arugula, Avocado, Pepita Salad Chickpea Patties Cost is $50 per person and seating is limited. BYOB Event
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 11:59 AM
Hablando de salud con Marilu Rodriguez
La Invasora 92.1 & 92.3
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 4:30 PM
Circus Arts with the Arty Dodger
Shreve Memorial Library – Come and join the Arty Dodger for a lesson in circus arts at our Hollywood/Union Ave. Branch! He'll be teaching the teens how to juggle. More info: http://bit.ly/2vdezo2
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM
$15k Christmas in July Gift Card Giveaway
Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport – It’s Christmas In July, and, with a $250 Visa Gift Card from Eldorado, you can get whatever you want! -Earn additional entries all month long starting July 1. -Drawings will be held July 7, 21, and 28. -On drawing dates, Club Eldorado members can swipe their Player's Card at one of the kiosks outside of the casino next to the Security ID Checkpoint beginning at 6 PM until 10 PM. -From 6-10:15 PM on drawing dates, a winner will be announced every 15 minutes to receive a $250 Visa gift card. -Up to 18 players will win each promotional date.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
School of Repentance
Christian Center Shreveport – Save the date!! Natasha Grbich will be teaching a School of Repentance here at CCS. More details to follow!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Sprinkler Day at the Norton
R.W. Norton Art Gallery – We all know that it is very hot outside and we certainly need a break from the heat. Have you ever driven by the museum while the sprinklers are running? Most parents think about the water bill, but most children see the magical time they could have running and playing. Saturday, July 29, 2017, is your chance to enjoy the experience of playing in the R.W. Norton Art Gallery sprinklers. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the sprinklers on the South Lawn of the gardens will be turned on just for your families to enjoy. Bring towels, chairs, and sunscreen and be ready to play! Food Trucks: Ono's Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine BeauxJax Mobile Cajun Eatery McCoy's Butcher Block Diamond Catering Happy Belly's Italian Ice Factory
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 11:00 AM
Harry Potter Picture Show!
Shreve Memorial Library – Celebrate Harry's birthday with an interactive showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone*. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Bring an item for the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and help your house win the day! *This participatory showing is best for those familiar with the movie.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 11:30 AM
Gentle Yoga & Sound Meditation
Aspire Yoga Center – Join Joy Lasher on Saturday, July 29th for a highly relaxing experience. During this special 75-minute class, you'll be guided through 45 minutes of gentle yoga poses, breath work and meditation to help guide the body into a relaxed state. This will be followed by 30 minutes of sound meditation with singing bowls. The sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls help you to completely focus, guiding you deeper into your meditation practice. You'll leave relaxed and refreshed! No experience or prior knowledge needed. If you haven't experienced this special class, you're in for quite an experience. Wear your most comfortable clothes and bring your own pillow(s) and blankets. $20 per student. Members automatically receive 15% off at checkout. www.aspireyogacenter.com/gentle-yoga-sound
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 2:30 PM
Forever Young Adult July Meeting
Shreve Memorial Library – Book club will start later than usual, because it follows just after another event. It will return to the 2:00 start time in August.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 3:00 PM
Glazed Expectations - Ceramics Painting Class
Shreve Memorial Library – Come and paint your own ceramics during Glazed Expectations at our Broadmoor Branch! This two-session class will meet July 29 and August 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All supplies are free and provided by the library. Space is limited, so please register by calling 318-869-0120. http://bit.ly/2te1mty
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM
$80k American Beauty Camaro Giveaway
Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport – We are celebrating American’s Independence with an American Beauty! -We're giving away two brand new 2017 Chevy Camaro LT Coupes at Eldorado on July 1 and 29. -Play beginning June 25 to earn additional entries. -Earning entry periods are June 25-July 1 and July 23-July 29 for each drawing date. -On drawing dates, Club Eldorado members can swipe their Player's Card at one of the kiosks outside of the casino next to the Security ID Checkpoint beginning at 5 PM until 10:30 PM. -On drawing dates, one qualifier will be called every 15 minutes from 6 PM until 10:45 PM. -At 11 PM, 1 qualifier will win a new Chevy Camaro; the remaining 19 qualifiers will win $500.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
Scattered Hamlet & Maniacal Grind
DogHouse Entertainment – This is an all ages event. Tickets are $8 presale or $10 bucks at the gate. Kids eight and under get in free. Scattered Hamlet is a four-piece hard rock/southern rock band formed in 2010 when lead vocalist Adam Joad created the original blueprint for the band with help from Otep guitarist Ari Mihalopoulos. They self-describe their musical style as "Honky Tonk Metal", and are known for their high-energy live show and relentless touring schedule of over 100 shows a year. The band has played in 40+ U.S. states. Scattered Hamlet’s music has been featured on CBS, CMT, Adult Swim, the Travel Channel, VEVO Entertainment, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus, and many more. Their 2013 debut album "Skeleton Dixie" featured a guest appearance by former Texas Hippie Coalition guitarist Randy Cooper. Their sophomore album “Swamp Rebel Machine” was released November 4, 2016, and was voted as the most anticipated release of that day in a Loudwire reader's poll. It was also their first album to chart, reaching #10 on a Billboard Heatseekers chart Swam Rebel Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY5vMqwWPgI Shelter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqvgzw03ARI White Trash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DzNwtbuYjE
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
UFC 214 - Live Viewing Party
Margaritaville Resort Casino - Bossier City, La. – Join us for for UFC 214 Cormier vs Jones 2 at Riverview Restaurant & Brewhouse on Saturday July 29th!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 8:00 PM
Punks at Bear's! w/ Ultrariot-Old Flames-The Rusty Shacklefords
Bear's – ULTRARIOT is coming to Bear's! Sharing the stage with Old Flames and Wookinpanub this is going to one kickass party not to be missed! Mark your calendars, get a babysitter and bring a friend! $5 gets you in the door for these great bands and an awesome venue! The Rusty Shacklefords https://www.facebook.com/The-Shax-865083136859224/ OLD FLAMES https://www.facebook.com/Old-Flames-402485533469640/ ULTRARIOT https://www.facebook.com/UltraRiot318/