Sun May 5, 2013
Young Artists Competition 2013

Young Artists Competition Winners Concert 2013

Our 2012 Young Artists Winners

The results are in and we have the winners of the 2013 Young Artists Competition. We will present them to you this Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the LSU Shreveport University Center Theater.

This year's winners are:
Erik Eklund, age 15 from Ruston
Kelsi Cox, age 17 from Shreveport
Neil Nathan, age 15 from Shreveport
Sean Nathan, age 18 from Shreveport
Venkatesh Sivaraman, age 14 from Shreveport
Twila Gaston, age 18 from Baton Rouge

Works to be performed include Jeux d'eau by Ravel;  Movement No. 1 from the Horn Concerto No. 1 by R. Strauss;  Movement No. 1 from the Cello Concerto in G minor by Kabalevsky;  the Gypsy Aires by Sarasate;  the Rhapsodie in G minor by Brahms;  and the song "A New Life" from Jekyll and Hyde.

The concert is free and open to all. Come share in their music and support these young artists. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at a later time.


Fri May 3, 2013


Airs Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music by My Morning Jacket, Joy Kills Sorrow and We Are Augustine and new Blues from Dr. John and Gregg Allman. We'll also have some good ol' fun with Ticklepenny Corner, Joel Rafael and Blues Traveler and in our second hour, Verlon Thompson takes the stage. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music, ... we take it By Theft and Illusion. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

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Fri May 3, 2013

B-17 bomber comes to Shreveport, despite no air show

Credit Sam Bulgar

An iconic airplane of World War II, the B-17, will touch down at Shreveport Downtown Airport on Friday, May 3, and be open for tours and flights around Shreveport/Bossier.  It’s owned by the Gulf Coast Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Christopher Ebdon of Houston said this B-17 is one of three still in existence, and the only one still flying. It was used by the Navy for early warning radar. Ebdon said it came off the assembly line, along with another B-17, that is displayed on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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Fri May 3, 2013

Chimp Haven set to begin construction on new housing

Credit Chimp Haven

The national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, La., is making accommodations to care for 111 newly-retired government-owned chimps that were used in medical research over the years. To date, Chimp Haven has taken in 50 of the chimps from the New Iberia Research Center. Chimp Haven President Cathy Willis Spraetz said the remaining 61 will not be relocated to the sanctuary until September.

“We will delay the transport of those chimpanzees until the fall because the brutal summer can be really devastating, particularly for an elderly chimpanzee," Spraetz said.

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Wed May 1, 2013

Chimp Haven rallies midway through $5 million capital campaign

Chimp Haven president Cathy Willis Spraetz has been on the job about two months.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The introduction of new chimpanzees into the established groups at Chimp Haven can be tricky. There tends to be some infighting at first. Eight federally-owned former research chimps from New Iberia are learning to live in their new groups at the national sanctuary in Keithville, La. Chimp Haven is now home to 169 retired chimps.

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