Mon May 4, 2015

Spring Street Museum set to reopen with new displays telling Shreveport's history

Spring Street Museum director Marty Loschen helps assemble new installations in a museum that tells Shreveport's history.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Carpentry work is wrapping up on the Spring Street Museum’s new installations and handcrafted display cases that will showcase items that tell the history of Shreveport’s early days. A grand reopening is set for Tuesday.

A $200,000 renovation began last fall, according to Charlotte Walter of the Shreveport Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

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Tue April 28, 2015

Shreveport-based American Rose Society gives state lawmakers rose bushes

Louisiana legislators receive a Belinda's Dream rose bush today recognizing the American Rose Society's national headquarters in Shreveport.

The American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

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Thu April 23, 2015

Shreveport fencing documentary cuts across bigger life lessons

Andy Shaw, owner of Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing, is the subject of a new documentary "Southern Fried Fencing."
Credit Kate Archer Kent

An eccentric, outspoken New York fencing coach who married a Shreveporter and built a fencer’s mecca in Shreveport is the subject of a 65-minute documentary that premieres Friday at Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.

Filmmakers Michele and Jay Carter were skeptical when they learned about the Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing.

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Wed April 22, 2015

Northwestern State musicians perform 'Earthrise' with its British composer in the wings

Composer Nigel Clarke (left) speaks to members of the Northwestern State Wind Symphony during a rehearsal.
Credit Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University’s Wind Symphony will perform a composition Thursday inspired by an iconic image of Earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts who were orbiting the moon in 1968. It’s an expansive piece of music that paints a picture in the mind’s eye, according NSU director of bands Jeff Mathews.

“The piece includes the rocket flight, the floating in space -- musical images of that photo -- and then the return home. It’s just dynamic and it was a great way to stretch the ensemble,” Mathews said.

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Thu April 16, 2015

Shape of Shreveport documentary series probes city's past, celebrates its people

Shreveport businessmen Will Broyles (left) and Jim Broyles talk about their documentary series focusing on Shreveport's historical moments.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Two Shreveport brothers are producing a video documentary series on the history of their hometown.

The 15-minute vignettes will highlight different threads in Shreveport’s story -- from Henry Miller Shreve to Yellow Fever to Elvis Presley.

Will Broyles runs a local oil and gas company, but for the past six months he’s been working on a family-funded side project called the Shape of Shreveport Documentary Series. Broyles says the first four episodes will be screened June 4 at the Strand Theatre.

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