Mon November 12, 2012

El Dorado plans a downtown arts makeover

The historic Rialto Theatre, an 83-year-old El Dorado landmark, would undergo renovations as part of a $50 million plan to create an arts district in downtown El Dorado.

The El Dorado City Council will contribute $9 million toward the development of a downtown arts district. The unanimous vote came late last week.

It’s part of a larger $50 million initiative that will include a renovation of the historic Rialto Theatre, a city landmark that dates back to 1929. It will house the Southern Theatre Festival. The funding also will be used to build an arts administration building, public art gallery, parks, and public restrooms, among other upgrades, according to Austin Barrow, president of El Dorado Festivals and Events Inc.

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Thu November 8, 2012

La. 'History of Art' tour stops in Shreveport

Creole in a Red Headdress, Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans, circa 1840
Credit Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Supporters of the arts will convene tonight in Shreveport to recognize the publication of a book that documents Louisiana’s contribution to art, since Colonial times. The book, “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana,” features 276 entries on Louisiana artists and hundreds of images.

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Fri October 26, 2012

Documentary probes Karnack, Texas, munitions site

Richard Michael Pruitt

Retired Dallas Morning News photographer and Marshall, Texas, native Richard Michael Pruitt presents his documentary, "From Bombs to Birds," on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The 54-minute documentary screens at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Pruitt spent two years exploring the transformation of thousands of acres of land from the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant into the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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Fri October 19, 2012

Native American galleries open at Shreveport museum

A worker removes smudges from the glass encacement displaying a 1,000-year-old Caddo Culture dugout made from a single bald cypress tree.
Kate Archer Kent

Two Native American galleries are set to open at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. They feature the Poverty Point culture and the Caddo Nation. The museum constructed a glass case to display a 30-foot long canoe constructed of a single bald cypress tree dating back 1,000 years. It was found on the banks of the Red River in 1983. A seven-minute documentary explains how it was preserved. The opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 4 p.m.


Tue October 9, 2012

El Dorado to examine economic impact of MusicFest

The president of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce looks forward to evaluating the economic impact of MusicFest. Last weekend's two-day festival is in its 25th year.