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11:27am

Tue February 19, 2013
Arts

Bossier Parish high school play confronts bullying, teen suicide

Benton High School students (from left) Ellie Schott, Emalie Boggs, Aislinn Kimbrough and Morgann Hutchinson are part of Bossier's Talented Arts Program that will stage the Lucile McIntyre play, "The Way It Is."
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program will present a one-act play this week about the stresses that teenagers face in high school. The play “The Way It Is” explores issues like bullying and teenage suicide.

Benton High School junior Morgann Hutchinson plays a character who copes with helicopter parents. They’re overbearing and push her to the brink.

“This one hits home for me, and it’s probably one of my favorite high school productions," Hutchison said. "I really don’t ever get to act with real passion and emotion behind it where I can actually connect with my character.”

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9:26am

Thu February 14, 2013
Arts

Keachi, La. artist preserves legacy of "Porch Crew"

Keachi artist Travis Whitfield stands on the porch of the shuttered Wyatt Bros. Mercantile where a group of African American men used to sit in rockers and tell stories of a bygone era. Whitfield documented the lives of the "Porch Crew" beginning in the 1970s.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Keachi, Louisiana, artist cares deeply about the legacy of a group of African American men who in the 1970s and '80s parked themselves on the porch of a shuttered country store and told stories about a bygone era. Travis Whitfield was so intrigued by the men that they became his studies. He painted their portraits, took hundreds of photos, and recorded their conversations beginning in 1973. Many of these images and artifacts are on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Whitfield’s “Further On Down The Road” exhibition.

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9:34am

Tue February 12, 2013
Arts

Art critic series aims to raise profile of Shreveport-area artists

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison stands in her new office in downtown Shreveport, a stone's throw from the historic Strand Theatre in a new arts district known as Shreveport Common.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring in a San Diego-based art critic to judge the works of local artists in an open exhibition. The art critic series is a two-year grant that will touch 300 visual artists.

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11:02am

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts

Krewe of Highland parade embraces its quirkiness

Krewe of Highland Captain LeVette Fuller appreciates her Krewe's quirkiness and its allegiance to an inner-city Shreveport neighborhood.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The family-oriented parade with the curious throws is set to roll Sunday, Feb 10. The Krewe of Highland has added about a mile to its parade route that wends through Shreveport's Highland neighborhood. Krewe Captain LeVette Fuller said there are more than 100 entries in this year’s parade. The Krewe's signature throws will return, including hot dogs, MoonPies, and stuffed animals. Fuller has thrown some crazy things to revelers over the years.

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9:18am

Mon February 4, 2013
Arts

Centenary to host Kennedy Center theater festival

Luke Eddy is coordinating the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Centenary College. The campus will host the six-state regional festival for three years.
Credit Luke Eddy

Centenary College will host the Kennedy Center regional theater festival this month. More than 1,000 people are expected to come from a six-state region. Luke Eddy, marketing and logistics coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, said six plays will be performed during the week-long event. It will also include dozens of workshops and auditions for jobs with theater companies.

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