Mon July 6, 2015

Great American Songbook Academy draws in teen vocalists from Shreveport, Haughton

Leah Huber (left) and Elizabeth Ross will compete in this year's Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative in Carmel, Ind.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Two northwest Louisiana high school students from Haughton and Shreveport will travel to Carmel, Indiana, this month to compete in a week-long vocal competition called the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Academy.

Forty teen vocalists from 16 states will hone their skills focused on a music era spanning the 1920s to the 1960s, inspired by Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

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Mon June 29, 2015

Thespian tradition marks a milestone in Kilgore, Texas

Credit Texas Shakespeare Festival website.

The 30th season of the Texas Shakespeare Festival is underway on the Kilgore College campus.

In 32 days, this professional company stages 54 Shakespearian performances.

Artistic director Raymond Caldwell started the festival. He never imagined it would be so successful. Caldwell and his small staff sift through more than 3,000 resumes to fill 22 summer acting jobs. They go to New York and Chicago to hold auditions. Most of the actors, he says, are fresh out of college.

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Thu June 25, 2015

LongviewWOW building ready for children's programming

Credit LongviewWOW Facebook

A children’s discovery center under construction in downtown Longview is closer to becoming a reality.

Volunteers of Longview World of Wonders or WOW have raised almost $1.7 million as part of a $2.4 million capital campaign launched a little more than two years ago. Much of that money to date has been used to renovate a building – a former furniture store. It’s now move-in ready and has an occupancy permit, according to LongviewWOW advisory board president Lisa Yarbrough.

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Fri June 19, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State librarian conceives runaway slave portrait exhibit

The Portraits of Freedom exhibit, presented by Stephen F. Austin State University's Ralph W. Steen Library, will be on display through Sept. 25, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Credit Stephen F. Austin State University

Today is Juneteenth, commemorating 150 years since emancipation in Texas. An exhibit at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot brings to life the faces of 45 runaway slaves. The artwork is based on runaway slave newspaper ads in Louisiana and Texas from the mid-1800s. It’s part of the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Stephen F. Austin State University special collections librarian Kyle Ainsworth compiled a database of 1,400 newspaper ads. These became the inspiration for a new exhibit “Portraits of Freedom.”

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Wed June 17, 2015

Shreveport cellist competes among world's elite musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia

22-year-old John-Henry Crawford is one of three US cellists performing at the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition.
Credit John-Henry Crawford website

A Shreveport cellist is in St. Petersburg, Russia this week competing in the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.

Of the 25 cellists invited to perform in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, only three are from the US. One of them is 22-year old Shreveport native John -Henry Crawford.

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