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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Artini 2013 Restaurant Appreciation is excited to feature Ristorante Giuseppe on Thursday, January 31 from 5:30-8:00pm, located at 4800 Line Avenue in Shreveport.
"At Ristorante Giuseppe, our mission is to provide Shreveport diners with the most authentic and delicious Italian experience as possible. Every piece of pasta, every pastry, every sauce, everything that can be made from scratch, is made entirely from scratch from our well trained and tireless kitchen staff. Chef Giuseppe Brucia has diligently perfected many classic recipes from his homeland and ...along side his son Gioacchino, "Joe", the combination of old world meets new has come together to create a rustic Italian cuisine that people have been enjoying now for 4 years.
When you walk through our doors it is our sole purpose to provide you with the best italian experience available anywhere in the ark-la-tex. From our exemplary service, to our rustic, delicious Italian cuisine, and to our expansive..."not expensive" list...ask for our "Wine Guys" and let them pair your dish with the perfect wine.
We take alot of pride in what we offer. We promise it is unlike any other Italian restaurant in Shreveport. And we promise it will leave you hungry for more. Come see what everyone is talking about."
We hope to see you there tonight from 5:30-8pm!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Artini Weekly Update

Each week BAC will give you an update about our upcoming Artini 2013 slated for March 9th stating at 7pm at Boomtown Casino.  We will focus on different aspects including participating restaurants, sponsors, specials guests, and much more!

BIG ANNOUNCEMNT:  This year's Mover & Shaker Award will go to Mike McSwain!  We are thrilled that he has agreed to accept this years 2013 award.  Now for a little of this incredibly down to earth individual.  He currently serves organizations such as American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration, Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, Texas Tech Alumni Association, Program Advisor – Louisiana Tech University, Ruston - College of Architecture, Immediate Past Chairman and current Board Member of Sci-Port Discovery Center, Committee of 100, Board Member on the Caddo Council of Aging, and AIA Shreveport Chapter.  The 2013 Mover and Shaker will be added to a list of honors which already includes Excellence in Design Award for Sci-Port Discovery Center which was awarded by the American Institute of Architects, Fireplace Design Competition Merit Winner for “the Sanctuary” residence by Sparkfire, Bridge Design Competition 1st place awarded by the Louisiana State AIA.  WOW THAT WAS A MOUTHFUL!  No, seriously it is an honor to add him to the list of our Mover's and Shaker's.

SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT:  This week we would like to give a HUGE thank you to Boomtown Casino.  These folks are more than generous and have been a big part of making this even a success.  Who knows what we would do without them.  We also want to brag on these guys for a moment.  Just last week the Bossier Chamber of Commerce awarded them 2012 Business of the Year!  Not that we are surprised!

RESTAURANT SHOUT OUT:  Where would we be without our competing restaurants.  This week we want to give a HUGE shout out to Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos and Ristorante Giuseppe.  These two our just a couple of the competitors vying for the coveted awards.  Be sure to stop by and tell them "Thank You" for being such swell people.  

FUND UPDATE:  While we all know that Artini is one of the Best Events of the year it a whole lot more than a jamming party it's also a crucial part of BAC's funding.  Today I wanted to highlight just one of the many projects that these funds go to support, The East Bank Theatre.  BAC is committed to producing high quality theatrical productions while offering opportunities for artistic growth in our community.  Most recently we had our production of "Eight Reindeer Monologues" which I am thrilled to say was a mixed cast of experienced and new comers.  In March we will be producing an original work by local Matt Latz titled "Bumped Off".  Without donors like Artini Attendees this project wouldn't be possible.   

TICKETS ON SALEThat's right tickets are now on sale and they are only $45 that's under a $100 for a couple.  Live music, art auction, drinks, food, and a wonderful time!!  Call 741-8310 today to get your tickets!!

River City Repertory Theatre Company Presents "Night of the Iguana" @ East Bank Theatre

Opening this week at the East Bank is River City Repertory Theatre's "Night of the Iguana".  This Tennessee Williams classic is considered by some to be the last of the playwright's major artistic, critical, and box office successes.  Like many of Williams work it explores the complicated nature of sexual relationships among odd and intriguing characters. 

Directed by Patric McWilliams this classic is sure to come alive on the intimate setting of the East Bank Theatre which has been transformed into a tropical location.  This past week I had a rare opportunity to speak with three actors in this much anticipated production and ask some very revealing questions about them and this challenging process. 

BOSSIER ARTS COUNCIL (BAC):  If you could use one word to describe this production what would it be?

PHILLIP JORDAN BROOKS: Lush or maybe Lavish.

BAC: What makes this particular production unique or interesting?

SUSAN KIRTON: RCRT is taking great pains to fully immerse the audience in the theater experience. They will feel as if they are in the jungle, in the hotel, as voyeurs to the action taking place. And as usual Patric McWilliams deft attention to detail allows the audience to get completely lost in the story without being distracted by costuming, set or technical errors. Everyone involved works professionally and brings their “A” game.

BAC: What is the most challenging aspect about being onstage?

JANIN POU: Finding the right interpretation of the line and then finding the most effective way to convey it through your voice, your inflection, your movement, your body language, and even your silences.

BAC: Why do you think that Tennessee Williams work is still applicable today?  Why do you think this piece in particular is important for modern audiences?

PHILLIP JORDAN BROOKS: This play is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.
Its timelessness comes from the themes you see in alot of Tennessee plays, the idea of desiring things that you can't have. Desiring them so much that it becomes an act of desperation, or desiring them to the extent that the characters mentally unravel. This play in particular has so much depth, and offers so many sub-themes, that modern audiences will be able to take away several ideas from it.

This production will be showing for one weekend only and begins this Thursday, January 31st at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 318-868-5888.  Production dates and times include the following:
  • January 31st at 7:30p
  • February 1st at 7:30p
  • February 2nd at 7:30p
  • February 3rd at 3p
Cast members include Phillip Jordan Brooks as Shannon, Susan Kirton as Maxine, Janin Pou as Hannah and Richard Folmer as Nonno. Also included in the cast are Peggy Byers, Mary Morgan Anglin, Shawn Dion, Leonard Yoakum and Adrian Gallegos.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Get the Scoop- Yogurt Shop in Benton

of the Central Park Elementary students being taught
by Ms. Maggie Peairs. 
While you are there, enjoy some delicious frozen yogurt!

A Moment from a BAC Intern

Kayla Johnson on her experience as our newest intern.
 Becoming an intern here at the BAC so far has been a good experience for me. I’m learning a lot more here than I have at previous places. I’m working as the props manager for the upcoming play “Bumped Off” written by Mat Latz. I have been searching through the script and writing down the props, which scene, and page they were on and then going out and finding the props. It is very tedious work, but I strangely find it fun. When I’m not working on the script,  I’m cleaning ,but I don’t mind because if I wasn’t doing it here I would probably be doing this at a job that I hate.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

BAC Appreciates Don Juanz

Tonight from 5:30-8pm is Artini 2013's restaurant appreciation featuring, Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos.  Artini Restaurant Appreciation Happy Hour will be from 5:30-7:30, there will be double margaritas, beer bucket specials and two-for-one well liquor.  Be sure and tell the bartender you are with Artini!  Not only is Don Juanz participating in Artini, but they also donated a gift certificate for catering and framed wall hangings, including a poster from the Canne's Film Festival, for the silent auction this year.  Be sure and put in you bid for these great items!!

February Stop Over Saturday

Be sure to join the Bossier Arts Council for our fifth Stop Over Saturday on February 16th.  We will have an Open Studio Saturday.  Take an opportunity to visit and browse our artists wonderful works at your own pace.  More information to come the first part of February!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Bumped Off" An Original

Bossier Arts Council is committed to providing artistic opportunities for Bossier Parish.  We are thrilled to say tonight we start auditions for an original production titled "Bumped Off" written and directed by our very own Matt Latz.  With this production we are highlighting two very important art forms, literature and theatre.  It's not very often that a budding playwright gets to see his production come to "center stage".  We hope all our actors out there will come tonight (6pm @ BAC, 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City) and be part of this amazing adventure.  

Below I've listed a character list with brief descriptions.  Hopefully this will get you prepared for an exciting night of auditioning!!

Bumped Off:
The Definitive Murder Mystery
Book by Mat Latz

Character Synopsis

  • ·       Tommy Tonuta: Male, Age 30’s to 50’s. A rumpled, Colombo esque private detective mirroring the age of film noir. Speaks in a slight New York accent.
  • ·       Charlene Chardonnay: Female, age 25-30. The busty, airheaded assistant to Mr. Tonuta. Accent is very Brooklyn bimbo. Often the only character who sees through the fourth wall, besides Tonuta.
  • ·       Imogene Lurlene McQueen: Female, age 30’s-40’s. A religious fanatic representative from the Divine church of foreshadowing. Accent is Southern.
  • ·       Chartreuse DeLaFlambe: Female, age 50’s to 60’s. The rich matriarch of the DeLaFlambe clan. She’s snooty and odd and loves being rich.
  • ·       Jeeves: Male, age 40’s-50’s. The quintessential butler. His real name is Bill, and he hates his life.
  • ·       Violet DeLaFlambe Smith: Female, age late 20’s early 30’s. Spoiled rotten daughter of Chartreuse and twin sister to Vermillion. Violet carries a lot of anger toward her family and is obsessed with plastic surgery.
  • ·       Peter Smith: Male, age late 20’s early 30’s. The seemingly normal husband of Violet. Much of a bore usually, but as we find out he’s quite the skirt chaser.
  • ·       Vermillion (Milly) DeLaFlambe: Male, age late 20’s early 30’s. The spaced out son of Chartreuse and twin brother to Violet. Milly has had a head injury and spends his time on stage emulating old movie actresses. He is the ‘femme fatale’ character.
  • ·       Angevine Perdeux: Female, age 20’s. The ‘French maid’ who is really a country bumpkin from Paris, Texas. Must be able to do a passable French and country accent.
  • ·       Hortense Sourkrowt: Male, age unspecified. The cook whom everyone thinks is a German Female, but is in all reality a British Male. Preferably a bearded male.
  • ·       Ho Ing: Male, age unspecified. The stereotypical Asian gardener. Does not speak very good English. He is very much a cliché.
  • ·       Mauve DelaFlambe Escallapino: Female, age 50’s to 60’s. The wheelchair bound sister to Chartreuse. She speaks only in incoherent muttering.
  • ·       Rusty Escallapino: Male, age early to mid 20’s. The stuffy, smarmy son of Mauve. Obsessed with money and status.
  • ·       Peggy PanCreass: Female, early 20’s. The personal nurse to Mauve and former leggy supermodel. She’s a bit accident prone.
  • ·       Burgundy DeLaFlambe: Female, age teens to early 20’s. Burgundy is the third ‘black sheep’ sister of Chartreuse and Mauve, who has recently taken ‘vacation’ from a mental hospital. She appears to be a young woman between 15-20 but is in reality in her 50’s.
  • ·       Madame Booglebay: Female, age 30’s to 40’s. She is the clichéd shrouded psychic gypsy with an unpronounceable name. She speaks with a heavy undeterminable accent.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Auditions Wednesday

"Bumped Off"-an original play by Mat Latz
Auditions will be on
Wednesday, January 23rd @7pm
Auditions will be held at
The Bossier Arts Council
Male and Female Adult roles available

Please call 318-741-8310 for more information

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Emerging Artist Chris McCaa

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the artwork of Chris McCoa. McCoa identifies himself as an eclectic artist of the Northern Louisiana region, rightfully so since he is well rounded in his talents. He is a songwriter during the day and by nightfall an artist and musician.

 McCoa was a former member of the 1980’s band, The Insatiables, having earned the MTV basement tapes. He also had an opportunity to play CBGB’s in New York City. McCoa is currently lead man in Professor Porkchop & the Dirty Dishes. Armed with a pen and instrument as a musician, clay and leather has been McCoa’s tools when in his artistic realm.

When asked the name of the technique, leather sculpture was his response. “My sculpture draws inspiration from the many diverse yet tolerant cultures in my native state of Louisiana”, stated McCoa. The New Orleans Museum of Art has also played its part as an influence. He continued, “Their primitive exhibit of Native American, Pre-Columbian and African art inspires me every time I see it. If you ever get down that way, check it out.” McCoa identifies himself as an eclectic artist of Northern region of Louisiana.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Artini Sponsor/Press Party

Who:               Bossier Arts Council, Boomtown Casino and Hotel, and
    Dripping Springs Vodka, and Clarkes Jewelers

What:             ARTini 2013 Media Kickoff and Sponsor Party
When:            Tuesday, January 22nd at 3:30 p.m.

Where:             The Cantina at Boomtown Casino and Hotel

Why:                 Join us at the 2013 ARTini Party at the Boomtown Casino.  Sample signature martinis from participating restaurants, snack on great food, and learn which of your favorite restaurants will be competing this year.  Also find out who will be the 2013 Bossier Mover and Shaker.  ARTini will be held on Saturday, March 9th at Boomtown Casino and Hotel at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $45 per person in advance or $55 at the door.  Attire is upscale cocktail!  For more information or to purchase tickets call 318-741-8310.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Spring Art Walk: Call for Artists & Musicians

Visual Artists

The Bossier Arts Council is excited to announce a new opportunity for our area artists.  In a partnership with The Villago we will coordinate a Spring Art Walk on Saturday, March 30th.  This is an opportunity for area artists and artisans to sell their work in an outdoor venue.  Each artist will be provided a table and two chairs and given one hour for set up.  The event will be from 10-4pm and BAC and The Villago will be promoting the event.  Any artists wishing to participate should visit for an entry form and email the application to  A $15 dollar fee will apply to assist for rental of equipment and promotion (BAC will NOT be taking a commission on works sold).  All applications must be submitted by February 28th. 


The Bossier Arts Council and the Budding Artists Association are proud to announce that we will be partnering to host the Spring Art Walk at the Villaggio Saturday, March 30th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show will display numerous pieces of art created by local artists.  We are presently searching for local bands and/or solo acts for our musical portion of the Art Show. We would absolutely love for you to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. All entries must be “radio appropriate”. If you wish to participate, please visit to download an entry form. Entry forms must be submitted via e-mail to the address listed below by March 1st. If you have any questions, contact Shaundarius Hardman, Budding Artists Association member, by email ( or phone (318-741-8310). Also, check out our Facebook page (Budding Artist Association) for more information.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Menu for Upcoming WAM

The Bossier Arts Council and Boomtown Casino’s 1800 Prime Steakhouse cordially invite you to attend Wine, Arts, and Music  wine tasting on January 17, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Members of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will be providing entertainment and artwork is by Amanda Roe.   Pricing will be $15.00 plus tax per person.  You can call 841-2030 or 746-0711 to make your reservations.

Wine, Arts, and Music

Wine Tasting & Appetizers

Cheese and Charcuterie Tray

Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc


Tomato Basil Soup

Triple Cream Brie Grilled Cheese

Votre Sante Pinot Noir

Garlic Chicken with Pesto

Byron Santa Barbara Chardonnay


Lengua y Cabeza Tacos

Ferrari Carano Siena

Soft Shell Blue Crab with Creole Remoulade

Chateay Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling


Chef’s Choice Desserts

Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Call to Artists

Call for Artists
First Annual Academic Symposium and Art Show
April 20, 2013, 1-4pm
Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, Louisiana, 71111
(318) 741-8310
Keynote Speaker: Thomas Dubose, PhD, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University of Shreveport
The Undead: Exploring the Mythologies and Histories of Zombies, Vampires and Ghosts
Questions or concerns:
This symposium and art show seeks to explore the philosophical underpinnings of stories and images of the undead, which parallel the social, cultural and political concerns of the postmodern era. The topic can relate to the philosophical point of view by emphasizing the aesthetic nature of their representation in a variety of forms, such as: literature, film, visual arts, performing arts, documentary and comedic mocumentary. 
Works should be submitted to the galley, no later than Thursday, April 18th by 6pm and beginning on Wednesday, April 17th.  The Bossier Art Gallery is located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard and the hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6pm. 
The medium may encompass, digital media, painting, drawing (no larger than 24x24) and free standing sculpture, up to 20lbs. 
We look forward to seeing all of your entries!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Artini: Save the Date

Shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition.  The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) recently set the date for its upcoming ARTini Party.    The event will be held on March 9, 2013 at Boomtown Casino and Hotel.  This will be the fourth year for the emergent fundraiser.  ARTini helps provide funding for East Bank Theatre, East Bank Gallery, Arts-In-Education programming in Bossier schools, ArtWalk, and a wide range of classes and workshops available throughout the year.

The annual event will feature local pop artist, Tony Reans.  Reans works as an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and teaches classes on photography, Photoshop, and acrylic painting. His artwork has been featured in more than 23 exhibitions across the country and has won him more than 7 different awards.   “My world is a utopian paradise filled with zombies, robots, pirates, and ninjas, who hang out in mid-century modern homes and drink martinis while enjoying jazz records”, said Reans.
He continued by saying, “each one represents various irreducible aspects of the human condition, and facets of the human psyche. They aren't out to harm one another, as might be expected, but rather, the parties they attend and their luxurious surroundings create a friendly atmosphere. I leave the specific interpretation of each character up to the viewer.”
Ticket have not yet been put on sale but will go for $45.  For more information on ARTini visit  For more information on artist Tony Reans, visit

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Art, Criticism, Perfection, Growth,

Having spent most of my life in Theatre I am no stranger to criticism.  As anyone who can claim going through graduate school in a liberal arts field can attest to criticism in the arts is paramount.  I believe in calling things like you see them.  My artistic integrity depends on it.

However, as an Arts Administrator it makes me shudder.  Perhaps I've become to familiar with circumstances out of your control, or more realistically the differing in goals of arts organizations or artists.   This dichotomy is something I face on a daily basis.  In the age of computers we are able to express criticism in a variety of avenues.  To do so freely and often without scruple.  

Today, I question the place of art criticism not in the whole of artistic culture but in my own "nest".  How do we defend our opinions when we are allowed to just stream them?  When is the dialogue about improving artistic quality appropriate or when is it damaging to creating an artistic community?  I claim no answers.  I lack the growth to decide.  But I hesitate none the less.  

One of my favorite writers Joseph Campbell said in The Power of Myth “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” 

I think as artists and critics what we really judge is not the artistic perfection but rather the motivation for the product.  As artists, producers, or viewers we are in state of questing the "rapture of being alive" and perhaps the concept that others are living as well.

Leigh Anne Chambers
Executive Director
Bossier Arts Council

Monday, January 7, 2013

We are very excited to announce that on                                        Wednesday, January 9th, the BAC will host

a Figure Study  Session:

6p to 8p.  Live model.  No teacher, just individual choice of media to execute a composition using a live model. Model will assume same pose with 5 minute breaks every 15 minutes.   

Cost will vary depending on the number of participants. (estimated participants is 4 to 10, therefore a cost from     6 dollars to 10 dollars depending on attendance)

Depending on interest-this could be a regular Wednesday Night Event!  For more information, please call Don Alexander at 318-218-4164.