President Jimmy Carter gave the keynote address Thursday as part of a tribute event at Municipal Auditorium that marked the 20th anniversary of Shreveport-based charity Community Renewal International. Carter was moved by musical acts, including the Shreveport Community Church Singers and the Centenary College Choir.
Skateboard legend Steve Olson stands next to a mock-up of his "skateable sculpture" to be unveiled Feb. 15 in Shreveport Common.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
Skateboarding icon Steve Olson is in the midst of a six-week artist residency with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. The Los Angeles-based artist is crafting a "skateable sculpture" that will be installed in downtown’s Shreveport Common.
“It’s going to be unbelievable, and you’re going to have the first 'skateable sculpture' in Shreveport of this kind," Olson said, his mad scientist hair at home in a gritty downtown Shreveport studio where the sculpture is taking shape.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American Magazine will sponsor a series of concerts and symposiums that showcase Louisiana’s musical heritage. The tour is called the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience, and it begins Feb. 23 at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium. The program is titled, “From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 years of the Louisiana Hayride.” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he will kick off the series in Shreveport.
The All-Star Bicentennial Birthday Bash is set for Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport. The evening includes a screening of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting film "Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood," at 7 p.m. The Louisiana Hayride Jam begins at 8 p.m. The festivities are free and open to the public.