Friday, September 27, 2013
Over the course of twenty years of writing, recording and touring, Kevin Gordon has built an impressively consistent catalog of songs, a critically-acclaimed stack of albums, and a reputation for dynamic live performances. His new record, Gloryland, was released in early 2012. Author Peter Guralnick said about Gloryland:
"There's nothing else around
today quite like Kevin Gordon’s music. I'm a huge Kevin Gordon fan. Think of
John Lee Hooker tied to the hard, imagistic poetry of William Carlos Williams,
and you get a little bit of an idea. It’s something like trance blues, I
suppose – but then you encounter the tangled, complex story lines of 'Colfax'
or 'Trying to Get to Memphis' or 'Bus to Shreveport.' There really is no way to
sum it up neatly – you just have to listen. And listen again. For the pure
emotional pleasure of it. For the
unmistakable, hard-driving passion of words and music, rocking together in
Gordon's previous release, "o Come Look at the Burning" - climbed to
the Top 10 on the Americana radio chart, and continues to receive significant
airplay at XM/Sirius satellite radio. The album made several year-end Top
Albums lists as well. Playboy magazine says, "Kevin Gordon's 'O Come Look
At The Burning' may be the least classifiable of the [Nashville Underground]
lot but perhaps the best, with a strange assortment of swamp rock, blues and
The opening track from the Burning record, "Watching the Sun Go
Down", was recently licensed for use in the new HBO series, True Blood.
The title track of Kevin's 2000 Shanachie Records release, "Down to the
Well"- a duet with Lucinda Williams, was featured on both the Oxford
American Music issue CD and on No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1
compilation, released by Dualtone Records.
Gordon's songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, Webb Wilder, Kate Campbell, and others. His recordings are featured in major motion picture soundtracks and in national advertising campaigns. Raised in north Louisiana and currently based in Nashville, Kevin earned a master's degree in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Please encourage any Louisiana high school junior or senior that you know to submit an entry!
$45,000 in Scholarship Awards
Theme: Louisiana's Natural Beauty
in partnership with:
Louisiana's landscape is a natural wonder defined by waterways, animals and plant life. Throughout the state, oaks, cypress, magnolias and other varieties shade country roads, swampland and neighborhoods. Azaleas, irises, and water liliesadd bursts of color in parks and alongside bayous, home to alligators, snakes, and hundreds of species of fish, frogs, mammals and insects.
Audubon Nature Institute celebrates all of these wonders of Louisiana's natural beauty. Named for the great wildlife artist and naturalist, John James Audubon (1785-1851), for nearly 100 years Audubon Nature Institute has been a leader for preservation in Louisiana through its Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
In partnership with Audubon, GRFA invites this year's applicants to explore Louisiana's Natural Beauty. The artistic approach can be historical, contemporary, or imaginary in its conception, with interpretations ranging from a traditional or abstract Louisiana landscape to an exploration of indigenous plant and animal life.
All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. No test score, grade point average or college major requirement is necessary for entry to the GRFA Art Contest.
Online application and photo of art submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Either the first place senior or the first place junior will have the opportunity to collaborate with internationally-renowned artist George Rodrigue to transform their design into a special poster to be sold at all Audubon Nature Institute properties.
Sales from these posters will benefit the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Audubon.
Special Gift for All Entrants
Each student that enters the contest will receive a complimentary admission certificate that can be used at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
ATTENTION ART TEACHERS
The school that submits the most entries will recieve a year's worth of art suppies through our George's Art Closet program. Art supply kits are valued at $2,000 and they can give students the tools needed in order to have a first-class art education! Please encourage all of your students to enter.
About the Play
Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, PARALLEL LIVES reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.
Friday, September 20, 2013
It is that time again, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gallery Fine Art Center are proud to announce that the latest installment of our popular music series, bac’s Songwriter Circle will take place on October 18, from 7-9pm at the Gallery Fine Art Center located at 2151 Airline Drive in Bossier City, admission is $5 at the door and all ages are welcome.
"I've been playing music since Spring 09' and never looked back. My first night of playing in front of a crowd was at 6th street in Monroe, LA. I've played in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Florida. Just to name a few bands I've opened up for Blackberry Smoke, Frank Foster, Whiskey Myers, Bleu Edmondson, Left Arm Tan, Davis Lane, Black Water Bride, and The Benjy Davis Project. I'm always looking for a new places to play. Good Ole Boy Music. If you enjoy Merle Haggard, Hank Jr., Hank Sr., Black Crows, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and/or Charlie Robinson then you will LOVE me!"
Monday, September 16, 2013
Preparing for the future isn't the only consideration. Your kids are part of the new information age this very minute. They keep in touch with friends and family using social networking. They make videos on the fly and expect instant access to information. According to a Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism survey, 65 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds rely on the Internet as their main source of news. It's also estimated that 75 percent of kids 12 to 17 have their own cell phones. Here's another point to ponder: According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Study, children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend over seven and a half hours every day using electronic media devices like computers, TVs and cell phones.
The world is changing, and technology is driving much of that change. To be prepared, children need to have a working understanding of current technologies and a high level of confidence in their ability to master newer and more complex tools. That way, they'll be in a better position to tackle practical challenges, and recognize the amazing opportunities, they'll be faced with in the years ahead.
By Sara Elliott
Friday, September 13, 2013
Louisiana from the White Lightening Road in the northeast, to the French Quarter in New Orleans, to the small town of Lecompte in Central Louisiana, to the historic Highland Neighborhood in Shreveport. Tourists come from around the world to experience Louisiana culture; I hope I have represented it well in this collection.” -Debbie Engle
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Art With a Bayou View
|Entry Deadline: 10/4/13|
Days remaining to deadline: 25
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5
Entry Fee (Art With a Bayou View): $10.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $10.00
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Art With a Bayou View - 2013
First Annual Juried Competition
CALL FOR ENTRIES
(ENTRY DEADLINE OCTOBER 4, 2013)
In partnership with and support of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Premier Plaza and the University of Louisiana at Monroe will present the first annual juried competition in conjunction with Art With a Bayou View at the ULM Library Conference Center, Monroe, La., Friday, November 22, 2013.
Edwin Pinkston, Jurorwww.edpinkston.com
Edwin Pinkston has exhibited in over 150 national and international exhibitions in such locations as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and Bogota, Columbia. His works are in over 140 private and public collections, such as the Sears Tower in Chicago, The Sharper Image Corporate Offices in San Francisco, The New York Public Library, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, and The State of Louisiana Permanent Collection. His drawings have been published in two books. He has a Masters in Painting from L.S.U., with additional graduate study at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a two-time recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship for Painting. He has enjoyed gallery affiliations in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and most recently in Covington, Baton Rouge and Bossier City, Louisiana through the Brunner Gallery. His studio is located in Ruston, where he previously taught at Louisiana Tech University and on three occasions, at its overseas study program in Rome. While at the University, he was named Alumni Professor of the Year, University Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus. Edwin and his wife Dawn have enjoyed travels to such countries as France, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia and Cambodia.
Best in Show is $500 and total awards are $1,000.
Submitting artists must be 18 years or older, reside in the United States and work in 2 or 3 dimensional mediums. This includes original paintings, photographs, printmaking, pottery, ceramics, woodwork and sculpture.
To present a quality exhibition of original work by exceptional artists in support of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.
October 4, 2013 Submission Deadline. All entries must be electronically submitted and paid by Visa or MasterCard throughwww.CallForEntry.org (Café)
October 28, 2013 Artist Notification by postcard and e-mail for selected work.
November 20, 2013 Delivery of accepted artwork wired and ready for hanging must be made between the hours of 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, to Room 13, Bry Hall, University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) campus.
November 22, 2013 Reception at Art With a Bayou View from 6 pm until 9 pm. Juror's Talk at 7 pm.
Each artist whose work is accepted into the show will receive two complimentary tickets for the Art With a Bayou View reception.
November 22, 23, 2013 Art work may be picked up on site between 9 pm and 10 pm after the close of the reception, or on November 23, 2013 between the hours of 9 am until 12 noon at Room 105, Biedenharn Hall, ULM campus. There is no available storage space at the ULM Library Conference Center, and Premier Plaza and ULM will not be responsible for work left after these pick up dates.
Each artist may submit a minimum of two works, a maximum of five, in digital format. Each image should be formatted as directed by Café.
Two dimensional work may not exceed a frame size of 50 inches in either direction.
Three dimensional work must include a description of proper installation and height, width and depth dimensions. Works must not exceed a height of 4 feet, a footprint of 3 feet on the long side or a weight of 100 pounds.
A complete label must be attached to the back of each accepted artwork including name, title, dimensions, medium, date and your contact information.
Artist Statement. Explain why you are an artist, what mediums and methods you prefer to use and what your artwork means to you. (1,000 characters or less) By including an Artist's Statement, you consent to having it included in connection with the exhibition. Art With a Bayou View reserves the right to exclude any artist statement at its option, and to edit statements for clarity and grammar in its discretion.
The juror will judge the works based upon the digital submissions, and retains the right to reject any work which in his opinion fails to reflect the quality of the submission or comply with exhibition standards.
All accepted work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.
The sponsors of Art With a Bayou View reserve the right to reproduce images of accepted work in support of future programming and publicity in perpetuity, with credit being given to the artist.
If you wish to sell your work, please include with it your business card, resume, price list and/or artist statement which may be made available upon request by a patron. If no price of the work is provided, the piece will be marked Not For Sale. Sold works will be released to the buyers at the end of the exhibition. Payments will be mailed to you within four weeks after the end of the exhibition. No commission will be charged by Art With a Bayou View for sales of accepted artwork.
There is a fee of $10 per entered artwork with a minimum of two entries ($20) up to a maximum of five entries ($50). These fees are nonrefundable. Entry fees must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) through Café at the time of entry.
The following are not eligible:
1. Reproductions and offset prints of artwork;
2. Audio, video or performance media;
4. Work which is not original to the submitting artist.
Statement of Liability
Although the utmost care against damage will be taken in handling submissions and works of art, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Premier Plaza and ULM, and their owners, employees, representatives and agents, will not be responsible for damage or loss, whatever the cause.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Innovative Uses of Technology in EducationThe multiplication tables have become a hot topic of discussion when it comes to technology in schools. Memorizing them sure makes it easier for kids to do math in their heads, but will children memorize their multiplication tables (or learn how to figure fractions or practice learning to read an analog clock) if it's easy for calculators and computers to do the heavy lifting for them?
The question is less about technology, which is actually just a set of tools, than it is about discovering ways to integrate technology into school curriculums in thoughtful and productive ways. A New York Times piece published in September of 2011 focused attention on these concerns by reporting on the stagnant test scores achieved by students in tech-intensive schools within Arizona's Kyrene school district. The article posed some interesting questions: Does the use of advanced technology really help students learn and retain information; and is making huge budget allocations for technology in schools a good idea, especially if it means larger class sizes and budget shortfalls in other areas like music and physical education?
One problem with making assumptions about the relationship between technology and learning is that research in these areas is ongoing, and one of the most effective ways to get solid evidence is to implement technology-rich programs and study the results.
There is something we do know. It's easier to tailor classroom instruction to fit the needs of individual students using technology as an aid. Self-directed tutorials, for instance, allow children to work at their own pace. That's a good thing. Disputes start to crop up when school districts make the choice to fund their technology budgets by cutting back on teachers or dropping other services. Technology is important, but small class sizes and plenty of teacher-student interaction is important, too, especially for younger children.
If you think the book, pencil and paper style of learning is underrated because that's the way you were taught, take a little test. Peruse a book about the Smithsonian Institution, for instance. Photos of the National Museum of Natural History may look good, but the only thing that beats the virtual tour is actually being there. This is one of the areas in which technology shines. It places interactive multimedia at a child's fingertips. Whether it's a tour of the Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre), or a bee's eye view of life inside a hive, technology brings the world to the classroom. It has the potential to present difficult concepts in dynamic and engaging ways. When kids are engaged, they learn more and retain the information longer.
By Sara Elliott
Friday, September 6, 2013
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Budding Artists Assoc sponsored by Bossier Arts Council for both Bossier and Caddo secondary students; deadline Oct 1
Caddo Magnet HS student art @ Meadows Museum, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
Submit name, address, school, email, phone, current course schedule and signature from a recommending teacher.
- Maintained overall 2.0 GPA the semester prior to candidacy
- Enrolled in at least one art class (visual, theatrical, musical, writing)
- Must have recommendation from teacher (Art, Music, Theatre, or English)
- To Maintain Membership:
- Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA each semester
- Attend monthly Budding Arts Association meetings
- Maintain a clean disciplinary record
Forms may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 318-741-8310 for more information.
The Bossier Arts Council is excited to announce auditions for their winter production of Parallel Lives. The performance dates are slated for December 20th-22nd and will be held at the East Bank Theatre. Auditions will be held at the Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd) in Bossier City on Saturday, October 5th from 2-4pm. Those auditioning should prepare a 60 second contemporary comedic monologue. Parallel Lives is an all-female cast.
For more information please call 318-741-8310 or visit www.bossierarts.org
About the Play
Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, PARALLEL LIVES reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods-or in this case, goddesses.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Closes: Sunday, September 15
Location: East Bank Theater
Schedule: Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM | Sunday 3:00 PM
Tickets: CALL/TEXT 218-9978.
Adults $18. Seniors $15.
Ask about their $10.00 Student Rush Policy.
Monday, September 2, 2013
How important is technology in education?The world is changing, and sometimes it probably seems you're in a race to catch up. The latest technology probably takes a chunk out of your yearly budget, and then you have to reeducate yourself about how to do things in new and different ways -- like how to turn the flat screen on and off or set the programmable timer on your HVAC system.
Sure, technology is neat. It can make it easy to video conference with your associates in Tokyo or read the headlines on your tablet while Web surfing at your favorite java joint. You can bank, shop, research your medical symptoms and get free legal advice all online. You can use technology to plot your driving route to Disney World, complete with turn-by-turn verbal instructions. If driving is too much of a hassle, you can investigate the best airline deals and accommodations with a click of your trusty mouse. And these are just a few of the more straightforward things technology can do to make your life easier.
You may be concerned about the collateral damage caused by technology, like loss of privacy, but like a rushing tide, technological advancements are always coming -- and they're coming fast. From the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to nanotechnology that may make it possible to cure a disease using microscopic machines that operate like mini-medics inside the human body, technology impacts so many areas of modern life that it's impossible to ignore. Using it as a teaching tool and also making it a topic of study in schools is an important feature of a comprehensive, broad-based education. Like reading, writing and math, technology is fundamental.
By Sara Elliot