Friday, October 31

CONCERT WATCH: End of 2008 = Blues, Hip Hop and Maxwell!

Now that gas prices are down, people are probably making more road trips.

Fortunately, there are a lot of concerts and events happening outside the SBC (in more major cities) if you want to take the drive.

But before we get to the concerts outside the SBC, I want to make note of 2 family events coming right here to the CenturyTel Center:

  • The National Black Rodeo Finals will be held on Saturday, November 15th @ 8 pm.

  • Also, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Boom-a-Ring Circus will be in town from Thursday, November 20th through Sunday, November 23rd. There are 2 shows on Friday and Saturday.

  • For ticket information on BOTH events, CLICK HERE.

And don't forget ... The Bayou Classic is happening Thanksgiving Weekend. Go to for more information or click the pic!

If you don't have a hotel by now, expect to pay A LOT for the weekend ... but NOLA needs the money, so go down there and cheer on the Tigers and Jags!

Now, on to the business at hand ...

Take a look at who's performing in cities outside the SBC as we close out 2008:


Friday, November 7th - 7:30 pm @ Nokia Theatre - Grand Prairie, TX


Saturday, November 8th - 8 pm @ Majestic Theatre - Dallas, TX


Sunday, November 16th - 8 pm @ House of Blues - Dallas

Wednesday, November 19th - 8 pm @ House of Blues - Houston


Wednesday, November 19th - 8 pm @ House of Blues - Dallas

Saturday, November 22nd - 9 pm @ House of Blues - New Orleans


Friday, November 21st @ 8 pm in Jackson, MS


Friday, November 21st & Saturday, November 22nd @ House of Blues - Houston


Friday, November 21st - 9 pm @ House of Blues, New Orleans


1 Night Stand (LADIES ONLY)

Monday, November 24th - 8 pm @ House of Blues, Houston

Tuesday, November 25th - 9 pm @ House of Blues, Dallas


Wednesday, December 3rd - 8 pm @ House of Blues, Dallas

Thursday, December 4th - 9 pm @ House of Blues, New Orleans


Wednesday, December 10th - 9 pm @ House of Blues, New Orleans


Saturday, December 13th @ Majestic Theatre, Dallas TX

** I must make note that the B. B. King and Usher shows are QUITE expensive, but true fans won't really mind (and it would make a great gift :)

So go check SOMETHING out and stay tuned for more on what's going on right here in the SBC ... (Tank is coming soon, and Jon B's coming as well -- details next week!)

- m

Thursday, October 30

Halloween = Scary Movie Night!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good horror movie. I wasn't always that way. I used to cringe at the sight of blood on a movie screen and would sleep with all the lights on after seeing Jason or Freddy slice up unsuspecting (and dumb) teenagers. But the more I saw them, (and the more I got into film), I realized that it was mostly just special effects and there was nothing to be afraid of.

If you're like me, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. Not because you get to dress up like some creature of the dead (or of the night), or because you get an excuse to eat candy to your heart's delight -- but because TV caters to you for an entire day, by showing all the movies that make you squeal, scream, cover your eyes, and call for your mommy.

On this Halloween, networks like AMC and Cinemax are offering scary movie marathons for most of the day (I've been watching AMC most of the month). GO HERE to get a listing of Halloween horror flicks if you plan to cruise the couch on this frightful night.

If you'd rather make it a Blockbuster (or Hollywood Video) night, check out some of the top horror movies HERE. It's AOL's list of the top 31 scary films ever.

I'm not a major online mogul or anything, but I am a horror movie lover ... and I feel like AOL's list left off a few good flicks. Here are some of MY picks for those who enjoy a good scare:


  • Pet Cemetery - a graveyard brings pets, and people, back to life ... with a license to kill.

  • Psycho - a troubled mama's boy owns a hotel of horror.

  • Poltergeist - a little blond girl named Carol Ann opens the portal to a spooky realm.

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre - a true story about a chainsaw wielding killer ... nuff said.

  • Children of the Corn - demon children take over a town.

  • Cujo - a dog with rabies is thirsty for blood.

  • Friday the 13th (the original) - a man returns from the dead to kill teens who converge at a lake.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street (the orignal) - Freddy Kreuger enters your dreams and turns them into nightmares ... and slayings.

  • Gremlins - a rare pet becomes a town horror when it's owner breaks some cardinal rules.


  • Saw - a sick joker turns fear and tortue into a chilling game.

  • Saw 3 - almost better than the original ... the tortue continues as people choose between mutilation or death.

  • Urban Legend - so called superstitions turn into real-life horror stories.

  • The Grudge - a house where horror lived touches everyone who enters its doors ... and kills them.

For those that like a little suspense ... anything by M.Night (A Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, etc.) is a good way to go ... for something more chilling (without the blood and gore) there's always what I call the "Crazy Bitch" movie. Think "Snapped" for nearly 2 hours. Here are my top picks:

  • Single White Female - a woman gets a little too close, trying to take over her roommate's life (and possibly take it over).

  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle - a new nanny wants to replace the woman of the house ... by any means necessary.

  • Fatal Attraction - an affair becomes more than a married man bargained for when his mistress turns crazy.

  • Carrie - (a classic) a high school girl is an outcast, but after a pig-blood prank, she becomes her classmates' worst nightmare.

So there you are ... grab some popcorn (and some Halloween candy), wrap yourself up and veg out. It's safer than hitting the streets (unless you're a scaredy-cat).

Whether you're watching a marathon or poppin' in a DVD, these movies are sure to please if you're in the mood to be spooked.

Have a Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween Safety Tips + SPAR's "Not So Scary Halloween"

Dressing up. Going door-to-door. Taking home a haul of candy. It's the joy of Halloween for kids in the SBC.

But the best way to make sure you have a Happy Halloween is to make sure it's a safe one.
Here are some tips from the Shreveport Fire Department on how to keep your little trick-or-treater (and others) safe this Hallow's Eve:

Costume Tips

• Only use flame retardant costumes.
• Children should wear white, reflective clothing, or use reflective tape and carry a flashlight or a glow stick.
• Costumes should fit properly. Avoid loose or baggy costumes.
• Avoid any type of open flame while wearing costume.
• Materials made of 100% polyester or mod-acrylics are best for making homemade costumes. They are less flammable.

Parental Tips

• An adult should always accompany children under 12 years of age.
• Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns. Commercially available battery flashlights are much safer and do not pose a fire hazard.
• Parents should never let their children carve a pumpkin unsupervised.

Tips for Motorists

• Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.
• Use caution while entering and exiting driveways.
• During twilight and evening hours, be mindful of children in dark costumes.

Home Safety Tips

• Never cover light bulbs with paper or other combustible materials.
• Keep decorations away from sources of heat.
• Decorating with candles should be avoided.
• When decorating, remember to keep exits clear.
• Use flashlights instead of candles to decorate walkways and yards.
• Always keep jack-o-lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials, or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.

When Trick-or-Treating

• Do not trick-or-treat alone. Go with parents or another adult.
• If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
• Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
• Children should not dart or dash into the street when going from house to house.
• No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
• Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
• Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

  • For more Halloween safety tips, go HERE or HERE.


SPAR will be hosting safe treating family-fun events all over the city from 5 to 8 pm. Here are the locations for the "Not Too Scary Halloween." It will have games, a spacewalk, a costume contest and prizes. It's a great (and FREE) way to keep the kids safe:

Hattie Perry, 4300 Ledbetter St., (673-7810)
AB Palmer, 547 E. 79th Street (673-5336)
Airport Park, 6500 Kennedy Drive (673-7803)
Andrew Currie, 1600 Norma Street (673-7805)
Bilberry, 1902 Alabama Street, (673-5345)
Bill Cockrell, 4109 Pines Road (629-4185)
Sunset Acres, 6700 Quilen Avenue (673-7825)
David Raines, 2920 Round Grove (673-5342)
Hollywood Hgts, 4815 McDaniel Dr (673-7811)
Lakeside, 2200 Milam St (673-7812)
Mamie Hicks, 200 Mayfair Dr (673-6416)
Querbes, 3500 Beverly Pl (673-7816)
Chris Hays, 4300 Illinois St (673-7813)
Valencia, 1800 Viking Dr (673-6433)
Southern Hills, 1002 Bert Kouns (673-7818)


Wednesday, October 29

EVENT ALERTs: Halloween Parties (for the Grown Folks)

It's that time of year again. Your excuse to stuff yourself with candy (because there wasn't that much trick-or-treating where you live ... oh, and it's on sale!) ... and your kids' excuse to roam around looking like someone else so they can collect goodies. It's a win-win situation really :)

If trick-or-treating is not really your thing, there are other ways to enjoy the holiday. Here are some fun alternatives ... some for the kids and family ... and some strictly for the grown folks.

Happy Halloween!


6 pm: Hallelujah Night @ Northview Assembly of God
  • Safe alternative to neighborhood "trick-or-treating." Games, food, drinks, children's activities, and more. Call (318) 424-7580.
  • The event is located at 3627 N. Market St. (about 1 mile north of I-220. There is free parking on the north and south sides of the church.

6 pm: Harvest Festival @ Family Worship Center
  • Live entertainment, hay ride, carnival games and concessions. Call (318) 742-9565 for more information. The center is located at 4204 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

6 pm: Trick & Treats Night @ Sci-Port Discovery Center
  • Special hands on programs and demonstrations, see and touch live creatures on of the night, hunt for bones in The Boneyard and identify them for a prize, launch treasure in the Pirate's Cove, create candy spiders, costume contest, spooky river cruise on the Red River with Thelma Harrison and Shirley Henry, and more.
  • Cost: : $6, members; $8, non-members; free, one parent per child & under three years of age; $10, Spooky River Cruise. Call (318) 424-8660 for more information.

6 pm: Trunk-n-Treat @ Christ United Methodist Church
  • Candy, games, space jump, cake walk, hayride, hamburgers with the fixings including chips and drinks, music, and more. The church is located at 1204 Crabapple Drive in Shreveport. Call (318) 686-2553 for more info.

7 pm: Eighth Annual Hallelujah Night! @ St. Luke C.M.E. Church
  • Celebrate Hallelujah Night with food, fun, and games. Transportation will be provided if needed. The church is located at 2110 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Shreveport. Call (318) 226-8945 for more information.

For information on other events linked to Halloween (like the haunted houses, haunted Maize and other horrific adventures) ... Go HERE.


8 pm: Krewe of Harambee Halloween Masquerade Party @ American Legion Post #14
  • Hors d' oeuvres and cash bar, attire is costume. Judging for best costume. Proceeds to benefit the Northwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation. Cost is $10.
  • The Post is located at 5315 S. Lakeshore Drive. Call (318) 286-5878 for more information.


The Phrozen & Pherocious Tau Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha & CrowdPleaser Entertainment presents:"FEAR PHACTOR" on Friday, October 31st at Riverview Hall (formerly Convention Hall).

It's the BIGGEST Halloween College Party in Shreveport!! Come out and enjoy the upscale & sexy atmosphere. Costumes are not required, but highly suggested!!

DJ Marle Mar of 103.7 Tha Beat will be on tha 1's & 2's! J. Brown will be in the house snapping photos.

Doors Open @ 10:06 .... Greek Discount til 11:06 ... Call 318-422-5322 for more info.

J.Lee & Lee Hunter Of FreakBoy Ent. Proudly Presents:"Freaky Friday", The Official Halloween Party of 2008!

Performing Live: Damn D w/ Hit Single "She Just Love Me" ... The place to be is the Shreveport RiverView Hall. Doors open at 9 m. Admission is $10 with advanced tickets (available at Lil' J's, and The Source in Pierre Bossier Mall). Tickets are $15 at the door.

Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. An incentive to dress up -- A $500 Prize for best costume! Early arrival is strongly suggested!

The Party Pushaz will host "the sexiest Halloween Party in the city" on Friday, October 31st at Phat Katz Lounge. Ladies wear your sexiest Halloween costume and show out! Doors open at 9 pm.

WHATEVER to do Halloween night, be safe!!! Watch out for the kiddies and have a designated driver if you plan to party!!! Party hard but SAFE ...

Obama Uses Network TV to Make "Last Call For Change"

Tonight, Wednesday, October 29th, Democratic Presidential Nominee
Barack Obama will appear on on FOX, CBS and NBC at 8/7c for his final speech to ALL of America before Tuesday's National Election Day.

According to his campaign, Obama will use this time to talk directly to the American people about the principles and priorities that would define an Obama administration and how he plans to reverse the damage done over the last eight years.

He'll share a positive message with Americans and discuss his plans for healthcare reform, economic recovery, and a responsible end to the war in Iraq.

Tell everyone you know to watch this half-hour presentation and if you have time, volunteer to make important phone calls to voters in key battleground states.

Go to for more information.

  • Volunteers are still needed to man phones at the Shreveport HQ ... Stop by there (520 Spring Street) or call 221-7902 to sign-up!


EVENT ALERTs: Juanita Bynum, Juvi, Avant & Tank in the SBC

Halloween is not the only event happening this week, there are some great offerings to supply your spirit or soothe your soul.

Check them out:

Dr. Juanita Bynum
will be in the SBC Thursday (10.30) and Friday (10.31) for a Citywide Revival hosted at Word of Faith Ministries on Linwood Ave.
Tickets are $45 (for preferred seating), and seating is limited.
  • Go HERE for more information on the event or call 1-866-457-9767.


Former Hot Boy Juvenile will be in Shreveport for a rare one-night performance on Halloween night (10.31) at KoKoPellis nightclub. Tickets are $20 at the usual local outlets and $25 at the door.

2008 has been a hard year for the New Orleans native, with legal troubles and the tragic slaying of his young daughter. Fans haven't heard much from the rapper, but he's set to release his new album "Hard Labor" at the end of this year or beginning of next year.

  • Go HERE for more on Juvi.


R&B singer AVANT will be in the SBC Saturday night, performing at Adam's Lounge (in Bossier City). Saturday night will truly be sophisticated (shout out to CrowdPleaser) with this musical master on the stage. Tickets are $20, available at Lil J's or by calling 318-422-5322.

We haven't heard from the man who brought us "My First Love" since his 2006 release "The Director," which spawned the hits "4 Minutes", "You Know What", and "Stickwithu." But he's set to release his fifth album, titled AVANT on December 9th.


Another R&B singer is headed to the SBC next week. Tank will be performing at Club ENCORE (formerly RWB, and Saddle Ridge) next Saturday, November 8th. Tickets are $20.

Check the flyer bin (at the bottom of the page) for more information.

  • And check back later this week (Friday to be exact) for details on concerts/events both inside and outside the SBC for the month of November.

Tuesday, October 28

SBC 411: Haynesville Shale Job Fair, Biker Nuns Fight Child Abuse, CMM Hosts Open House + Bus Fares Increase

Oil and gas job fair set for Wednesday, Oct. 29

A job fair for employment in oil and gas jobs connected with the Haynesville shale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Bossier Civic Center.

The Coordinating and Development Corp. is sponsoring the event in conjunction with Bossier City, Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce, Bossier Parish Police Jury, Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, The Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Seventh Planning District Workforce Investment Board, Shreveport Workforce Development Board, Region 7 Louisiana Technical College, Bossier Parish Community College, LSU-Shreveport and Southern University.

The job fair is free to the employers and job seekers

Program teaches legal consequences

A program designed to show the legal consequences of a teenager's criminal behavior will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Caddo District Judge Scott Crichton, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Caddo Assistant District Attorney Ron Stamps will host the 2 ½ hour event, targeting teens 13 and older. It will take place in the Caddo Correctional Center Media Room, 1101 Forum Drive.

The program will include a presentation that covers "legal concepts and consequences of criminal behavior that all teenagers should know" and will focus on "the law regarding possession of drugs and 'spin-off' crimes related to drug addiction," a news release states.

Pre-registration is required. Call Andrea Samuel at the Sheriff's Training Academy at (318) 681-0735.

Caddo Middle Magnet to host open house

Caddo Middle Magnet School will host the 2nd of two open houses on Thursday. The event si from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school's performing arts center, and are intended for fifth-graders interested in learning about the school.

Nuns, bikers ride to raise money for child abuse advocacy services and renovations

Local bikers and nuns will team up for a second year to raise money for an advocacy center serving child abuse victims.

The local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse and Christus Schumpert Health System will put on Run with the Nuns on Nov. 1 to help fund remaining renovations to The Advocacy Center, which will house the Cara Center (which provides medical care for children who may be victimes of abuse) and Gingerbread House (which provides counseling for victims of sexual or serious physical abuse and investigates abuse cases).

In the 12 months from June 2007 to June 2008, authorities in 10 northwest Louisiana parishes investigated 16 child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect, 491 sexual abuse cases and 1,451 physical abuse cases.

Bikers Against Child Abuse focuses on restoring confidence and safety to victims of child abuse. Members also stay with families who fear harassment when they press charges against child abuse.

SporTran Bus Fares Increase Nov. 3

Originally planned for the beginning of October, a technicality gave riders a few more weeks without an increase in fares, but Monday, November 3rd, everything will change.

Basic bus fare will be $1.25, up from $1. Fares for senior citizens, students and people with disabilities will increase by 10 cents, to 60 cents. Day passes will increase to $3, up from $2.50. Adult flash passes will increase to $40, from $35, for 31

Final Chimp Haven Discovery Day on Nov. 8

KEITHVILLE — The second Saturday in November marks the start of the holiday season at Chimp Haven, which will open the doors to the public for the last time this year. Admission is free.

Located in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville, the sanctuary will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8. Guests will have the opportunity to observe chimpanzees in their natural forested habitats and tour the sanctuary using the groomed trails with overlooks and generous views of the two five-acre habitats from across the barrier moat.

During this once-a-month event, there will be activities for all ages as well as educational opportunities for the entire family. Staff members will be on hand for "Chimp Chats" to discuss chimpanzee behavior and medical care, the housing and feeding of the chimpanzees and answer questions about their care at the sanctuary.

This month, guests are invited to help prepare for the holidays by bringing donations for the chimpanzees such as large boxes, wrapping paper, large Rubbermaid containers, large Christmas stockings (with no decorations on them), nonperishable food such as peanut butter, honey, bulk cans of fruit and vegetables, trail mix, oatmeal, low-sugar cereal, fleece blankets, sheets and towels for nesting.

LifeShare Blood Center will also be at the sanctuary conducting a blood drive.

  • For a look at events just outside the SBC, go HERE.

Monday, October 27

EVENT PICS: Dancing With The Stars of Shreveport

It may have been chilly outside, but inside the Strand Theatre Saturday night, the air was hot and electric.

The entire venue was alive with "dance fever" as the Christian Dance Center/Make a Difference Dance, Inc. presented "Dancing With The Stars of Shreveport."

The night featured a variety of dance performances -- from belly dancing and tap to salsa and gospel; each presented with a dose of history and nearly flawless execution.

The choreographers took each genre and brought out a flair that was impossible to ignore. If you weren't interested in dance before this event, you left wanted to attempt as least ONE class.

As the performers entered, graced and left the stage, the audience grew hungry for more.

From the opening act, featuring the company's version of "Dreamgirls" (featuring attorneys Sheva Sims, Lori C. Graham and Jacqueline Scott) ... to the flash and dazzle of the BPCC Ladies in Gold's "Lady Marmalade" ... to the intense intimacy of couples Jimmy and Beverly Lynch, Mikko and Robyn Kemppe and Jerry and Tara-ma Davenport -- each step, each move, each act was a thrill to watch.

And speaking of thrills, it was especially entertaining to see Patrick Mosley (of Mosley's Movements) perform as Michael Jackson (below) and then bring his dancers on to perform "Thriller."

The event was hosted by KDKS personality Quenn Echols, and former KSLA anchor Michelle White-Lafitte (below).

"Star" presenters included KSLA reporter Katrina Webber as well as stars who did double duty (both presenting and performing): KSLA reporters Jonathan McCall and Tania Francois, KTAL anchor Heidi York, and MBC President-Elect/Entrepenuer/State Farm Agent Katrina Thomas (pictured below).

Unlike ABC's Dancing With The Stars there were no judges, no scores and no eliminations.

Just hours of great dancing by some very talented people from all ages and all walks of life. It may not have been a network broadcast hit, but it definitely scored a 10 with the audience.

All the proceeds from the event go toward Make A Difference Dance, Inc. The non-profit organization was founded in 2005 by Terry Jackson, a Shreveport native and accomplished dancer/choreographer, and it gives local children the opportunity to take free dance classes in ballet, hip hop, tap and jazz (as long as their grades and conduct are up to par in their other classrooms).

The organization's mission is to "reach souls through dance, discover and enhance God given talents, promote high self-esteem of children in the community with positive influences while encouraging them to work hard at being their best, and teach them to believe there is no limit to what God can do..."

This powerful mission that seems to be working ... and spreading. This infectious need to reach out and dance has definitely made a difference in the lives of those on that stage Saturday night. And it's definitely made a difference in mine.

  • To see more photos from the event, go HERE. (They are a must see!)

HEADLINES: The Latest on the Hudson Case, The S'port Times Endorses Obama + A Lot More

(Click the headline to be taken to the full story)

AWARD WINNERS: Byrd students win national writing award.

CITY BUDGET: Mayor Glover vetoes police pay raise; Proposal goes back before council on Tuesday.

LOCAL HONORED: Kendrick Ferris, USA Olympian, honored by city.

EARLY VOTING: Record numbers come out to cast their votes. (Final day to early vote is Tuesday, Oct. 28th).

VOTING VETERAN: 104-year-old woman casts vote for Change. (from

RALLY WRAP-UP: The article on the Early Voting Rally (is it me, or does the reference to fried chicken seem kinda suspect? you decide)

*OBAMA ENDORSEMENT: The Shreveport Times endorses Barack Obama for President!

(unless otherwise noties, stories taken from the headlines of

EVENT RECAP: Entertainers, Locals come out to Barack the Vote

Clear skies, a faint breeze, and plenty of food and entertainment. Saturday (10.25) was the perfect day to combine all those elements in an effort to push local residents to vote early.

State Representative Barbara Norton headed a committee of residents who put together the Early Voting Rally in Shreveport's Festival Plaza.

Over 100 people turned out to support the event and push the Vote for Change (i.e. Obama).

Young and old, first time voters and election veterans -- they all came out to rally for Barack Obama. Oh -- and they enjoyed some good eats and great music as well.

Over 20 local acts, including choirs, dance teams, rappers and singers, performed for attendees. Everyone from the "Holy Hot Boys" and local gospel singer Crystal Cooper (top picture above), to local jazz favorites Total Choice and Delta Sigma Theta took the stage.

As the artists entertained the crowd, they carried the message of how important it is for voters to make their voices heard by exercising their right to vote.

Rapper (and Shreveport native) Hurricane Chris, billed as the rally's main act, made an appearance -- but not to perform.

Though he broke out into an acapella version of "Hand Clap" -- instead of the usual "one for the money" lyrics, he replaced them with the words "Vote for Obama."

In retrospect, that could be considered a performance, but it probably wasn't what the crowd expected. Instead of "spittin' lyrics", H.C. used his time on the mic to preach the message:

"If you don't vote, you can't complain."

His trademark beaded braids were almost invisible under a bandana and baseball cap, and his normally (almost incoherent) speech was upgraded to words of intelligence that came straight from the heart.

Like a lot of people in the audience, this will be the Chris's first time voting in a President election. He is 19 years old.

Early voting continues Monday, October 27th and Tuesday, October 28th from 8:30 am to 6 pm, at 525 Marshall Street (Suite 103). The general election is next Tuesday, November 4th.

By the way, volunteers are STILL needed at the Shreveport for Obama Headquarters at 520 Spring Street in Shreveport. Stop by and sign-up for phone bank duties or to canvass the city. Or call them at (318) 221-7902.
They also have yard signs, buttons, bumper stickers and t-shirts for sale!!! Support the Cause!!

and stay tuned for more pre-election and election day events - M

Friday, October 24

EVENT ALERT: Entertainers Rally for Obama

Rapper Hurricane Chris will be headlining a rally tomorrow, October 25th, focused on getting young people out to vote.

State Representative Barbara Norton is one of the organizers of the event and says this "Get Out The Vote" rally will feature lots of entertainment from Shreveport natives like Chris, as well as LAVA House, Michael McCray, and Juanita Clark. There will also be bands and choirs for the public's enjoyment.

The rally will be held in Festival Plaza. It begins at 12 pm and runs until 6:30 pm.

Organizers are hoping the rally will energize young voters to not only exercise their right to vote but Vote For Change.

- m

Thursday, October 23

SBC 411: Halloween Events List

Halloween is just a week away, and if you're looking for something besides Trick-or-Treating to entertain your little goblin, here are some fun alternatives the whole family can enjoy!

Happy Halloween!


6 pm: ''The Scream House''and ''Little Goblin House'' @ Dixie Cotton Gin
  • Come by the Dixie Cotton Gin for a very spooky experience!! Take a tour thru the "Scream House" where you never know what might be lurking around every corner!!
  • Also, for the little ones, visit the "Little Goblins House" for a not so scary Halloween experience! Concessions available. Admission, "Scream House", $10 and "Little Goblin House", $5.
  • Dates: October 24, 25, 30 and November 1 (6 pm opening for all days). Call 318-423-7513 to order.

6 pm: Haunted Tours @ the Municipal Auditorium

  • Take a guided tour of the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium's unusual history. Hear the sounds captured by Louisiana spirits, a paranormal organization, during a recent investigation at the Municipal. Walk the historical hallowed halls and hear the stories of those who witnessed the unexpected.
  • Admission is $10. Call (318) 220-9434 or 458-1666 for more information.

8 pm: 'ArtScare' A Devilishly Delightful Debauch @ artspace
  • Ghoulish games, bewitching midnight breakfast, boo-tique, boo-ffets, costume contest, scare-ee-oke, disco dementia with Professor D, Takillya Jello Shots, and cash bar.
  • Artspace is located at 710 Texas Street.
  • Admission: $50, each; $250, super scary deal includes 4 tickets, 8 drink tickets, souvenir photo & gift.


10 am: Paint Your Pumpkin Day @ Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary

  • Prizes will be awarded for the best painted pumpkins. See lions and tigers playing with the pumpkins.
  • Admission: $6, includes supplies; $5, adults; $4, children ages 4-12; free, children 3 and younger.
  • Yogie & Friends is located at 128 Fob Lane in Frierson, LA. Call (318) 795-0455 for more information.

1 pm: Cemetery Tour @ Oakland Cemetery
  • A 90 minute tour of Oakland Cemetery, the oldest landmark in Shreveport. The tour also includes a walk down Austin Place, past the Logan Mansion and Municipal Auditorium.
  • Cemetery Tour, 1 and 3 p.m.; Ghost Walk, 5 and 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m., All Saints Sun day with costumed volunteers. Price: $10, adults; $5, children 12 and younger; $1, children on All Saints Sun day.
  • The cemetery is located on Milam Street. Call (318) 865-1218 for more information.

1:30 pm: Spooky Stories and Creepy Critters @ Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

  • Spooky stories by master tale-weaver, Shirley Henry, creepy critters from the swampy depths, hooty owls from the forest primeval, tricky treats brewed in the witch's own cauldron. Hear eerie tales and encounter beastly creatures from the parks' exhibits and wear a costume.
  • The park is located at 8012 Blanchard-Furrh Road in Shreveport. Call (318) 929-2806 for more information.

5 pm: Shreve Town Ghost Walk @ Caddo Parish Courthouse

  • Walk and hear stories of the history and haunted places of Shreveport. Each walk lasts approximately 90 minutes, filled with nonstop storytelling.
  • Walks are conducted in the downtown area, covering half a mile in total length, starting and ending at the Caddo Courthouse. - 5 and 7 p.m. every Sat. Cost: $10, adults; $5, children 12 and younger. For more info, call (318) 865-1218.

7:30 pm: "Ghosts of The Civil War" Program @ Mansfield State Historic Site
  • A re-creation of the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War battle with a "special" night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, where reenactors and volunteers in period dress will act out various scenes at stops along the trail.
  • The site is located at 15149 Highway 175 in Mansfield. Call (318) 872-1474 for more information. This event is free.

9 pm: Haunted Hayride@ Benton Parks & Recreation

  • Benton High School Baseball team will host the Haunted Hayride. There will be a non-scary hayride held from 5 p.m. til dark. All proceeds will go to Benton High School baseball. Cost is $5. Call (318) 752-4526 for more information. Benton PAR is located on Red River Street in Benton.

9 pm: The Philadelphia Center's 2008 Monster Bal & Haunted House @ Municipal Auditorium

  • Live entertainment, food, costume contest, and cash bar. The Haunted Basement of the Municipal will be available to all Bal guests for the first time in history.
  • This event is a fund-raiser for the Philadelphia Center. The Haunted House will be open to the general public Oct. 29-31 from 7 p.m.-midnight.
  • Bal tickets: $25, with costume; $30, without costume. Call (318) 222-6633 for more information.


5 pm: Asbury Trunk or Treat & Ark Fall Fest @ Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun and not-so-scary alternative to going door-to-door with the kids.
  • Face painting, bobbing for apples, family friendly hayride, decorated car trunks with treats, and more. Bring flashlights, blankets, and treat bags. Prizes will be given to the best decorated cars and best costumes for children and adults.
  • The church is located at 3200 Airline Drive in Bossier. Call (318) 746-5349 for more information.

5 pm: October Fall Fest @ Christ United Methodist Church
  • Celebrating the Fall season with programs and events designed to encourage and strengthen your family. Dinner is at 5 p.m., classes at 6 p.m. Basic Bible led by The Rev. Tom Howe, A Study of Methodism led by The Rev. Joseph Robideaux, Scrapbooking 101 led by Tina Hughes, Teens vs Parents led by Sara Lafortune, Wild West Fall Fest (children preschool-fifth grade) led by The Rev. Caroline Wilkinson.
  • Call (318) 686-2553 for more info. The church is located at 1204 Crabapple Drive in Shreveport.


Spooky Science Week - Monday, October 27 through Thursday, October 30
  • Come watch as our mad scientists bring to life the eerie Frankenhand.
  • See Glow Slime, learn the science behind strange spectacles in our CheMystery production and get your face painted like a ghost or goblin. Learn about the phases of the moon at our wacky La Luna planetarium production, make your own Itsy-Bitsy Spider or Edible Blood, and learn nighttime safety tips just in time for Halloween!
  • Cost: $12; Free under 2 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport Riverfront at 2 pm. each day. Call 318-424-3466 to order> official website


Here are a few events happening on Hallow's eve:


Minden Halloween parade and costume contest:
  • The Fall Kindergarten/Preschool Parade and Costume Contest will be in downtown Minden at 10 a.m. Oct. 31.
  • Children kindergarten age or younger can participate. The parade will go down Main Street, where businesses throughout downtown will be giving out treats. After the parade, cookies and punch will be given to each child. Costume contest awards will then be presented.
  • Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the First United Methodist Church. For more information, call Main Street Project Manager Judy Thompson at (318) 371-4258.

Friday Night Freak-Out!: October 31
  • The Friday Night Freak-Out! returns Halloween Night (Friday, October 31) with the cult classic Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Come in costume to compete for Halloween-themed prizes in Frank the Bunny's Costume Contest, hosted by Frank the Bunny himself. Tickets are now on sale.
  • The film will be screened from a 35mm film print in the Willis Knighton Health System Theater at 10:00 PM and in high definition in the Kennedy Theater at 10:10 PM.

** And don't forget about the Maize (haunted and otherwise) ... for a list of events, hours, prices, etc ... go to

EVENT RECAP: Byrd Hosts Fall Open House

Thursday night, C. E. Byrd High School held the 2nd of two informational sessions geared toward 8th graders in Caddo Parish.

The “Meet the Jackets” meetings were a way of introducing future high school freshman to the City of Byrd by showing them the school, giving them insight on what it is to be a Yellow Jacket and telling them what Byrd offers that no other school in the parish offers (like the most extra curricular activities and clubs).

During the first half of the meeting, attendees were greeted by Principal Gerry Badgley (a former student Byrd student and teacher).

Then, after a clever media presentation in the auditorium, the class of 2013 (and their family members) were invited to walk around the school, stop by one of the many club tables set up in the main building, and participate in a pep rally (below) that featured all 3 of the school’s cheerleading squads, the band and the danceline.

It was a late homecoming celebration for me. As a Byrd high alum, I was excited to bring my 8th grader (my niece) to the school and show off my alma mater (as well as sing it during the pep rally).

A product of a mother who graduated from Captain Shreve, she's die-hard about going to Shreveport, but I wanted her to know there were other (better) options.

And even though I may not have changed her mind, I was happy to know that the spirit of the City of Byrd was still alive – as shown in the attitudes, excitement and faces of the many students who took time out of their schedules to help with the events.

I also learned that K-BYRD, the station that started my interest in journalism, is back in operation; and the school had added clubs we never had, like the Nature Club, and the Tech Club (which designs and operates Byrd website).

Byrd really has a lot to offer, and -- as you can see -- they breed some dedicated alumni!!! (just like LSU lol -- GEAUX TIGERS!)

This is not the last of the information meetings. Byrd will host a larger one (for 8th graders, transfers, etc) on February 8, 2009. Applications to Byrd’s Math/Science program will be available at that meeting.

Learn more about Byrd High School academics, clubs and admissions policies by going to

{p.s. the pic above is the only billboard left standing after some controversy a few weeks ago, click here for the story.}

Monday, October 20

SBC 411: Early Voting, and LEAP Night in Keithville + Fighting Hunger and Fight Cancer


Early voting for the Nov. 4 presidential election starts Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 28 in the Registrar of Voters offices in each parish.

Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

According to Caddo Parish Registrar Ernie Roberson, aside from the presidential race, the Caddo ballot Nov. 4 will include seven state constitutional amendments, a dozen parish charter amendments, plus the U.S. Senate race, and for some voters Congressional , judges, Ward 6 constable and a Town of Ida proposition. Voters can skip voting for some issues if they wish.

The deadline to register to vote for the Presidential election was Oct. 6, so it is too late to register to vote for president or any other races on that ballot, including the major party runoffs, if you have not already done so.

But people can still register to vote for the Dec. 6 Congressional general election. The deadline for that is Nov. 5.

  • For more information about early voting, go HERE. For voters outside of the SBC (or Louisiana), go HERE.


Keithville Elementary Middle School will host its LEAP Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday (10/21).

LEAP Night is an event to help parents and guardians prepare their children for the standardized tests taken in April.

Light refreshments will be served, and the class with the highest percentage of parent and guardian participation will receive a nacho party.


Several area Wal-Mart stores are teaming up to fight holiday hunger in conjunction with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.

Through Nov. 15, nine area Wal-Mart stores will participate in a food collection drive just before the rush of the Thanksgiving holiday. All stores operate 24/7, and donations are accepted anytime.

The Wal-Mart stores in Minden and Springhill as well as the store on East Bert Kouns in Shreveport will be first in the fight against hunger. Drop-off points will be located near the front doors through Saturday (10/25).

Following suit will be the stores in Vivian and Pines Road in Shreveport, with collections scheduled between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1.

Week three will be the stores on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and Airline Drive, and week four will be the Mansfield store on state Highway 509 and the Mansfield Road Wal-Mart in Shreveport.

For more information, call Coleman Robison at 675-2400 ext. 115 or e-mail


Feist-Weiller Cancer Center will offer a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27.

The event is an observance of October as Breast Health Awareness Month. Lunch is free, but people must make a reservation for one of the luncheon topics.

Speakers are Dr. Gary V. Burton — Breast Cancer; Jerry W. McLarty — Cancer screening on the Move (the FWCC Mobile Bus and What it Does); Mary Lowery-Nordberg and Mary E. Futch — It Just Might be in the Genes; and Tony Giordano — On the Road to New Drugs.

Free parking is available at the cancer center. For more information or to make a reservation, call (318) 813-1056.


HEADLINES: Stories Of Interest

I said I was going to start doing this a long time ago but never got around to it ... Here are some Stories of Interest (SOI) you may want to check out ... pulled from the pages of

  • A Little Rock anchorwoman was found beaten and stabbed in her home. Check out the story HERE.
  • Some Shreveport Police Officers are circulating a petition asking Mayor Glover to veto the police pay raise recently apporoved by the city. Check out the story HERE.
  • Are old termites threatening to weaken the new levees in the Crescent City? Read this article to find out about a new study.
  • The NFL is filling up with Shreveport natives. Check out the list of Port City Pros HERE.
  • Wanna dress up like a zombie to help the local food bank? Find out about the upcoming Zombie Walk HERE.
  • Sci-Port Discovery Center is hosting workshops for teachers who are interested in bringing uniques science-based learning into their classrooms. Click HERE for more information.
  • This is National Save For Retirement Week ... Find out how to plan for your financial future HERE.

There are more Stories of Interest to come so keep checking back .... Til next time!!! - m

ALL ABOUT MOVIES: Casting Calls, Box Office Numbers & Indie Showings

Calling all aspiring actors/actresses! There are a couple of casting calls for SBC thespians (and plain ol' spotlight hogs lol). Check them out (courtesy of the Louisiana Movies Blog):

Year One' reshoot still needs extras

"The Year One"
is back in Sibley, La. through Oct. 29th for reshoots. The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera.

Extras -- anyone 18 or older -- are needed for all dates. These are paid positions.

For more info: and click "get into the scene."

Documentary holding open auditions

Jim McCullough Jr., who's been making movies in Shreveport before Hollywood did, is hosting auditions for a new TV pilot.

It is "based on the sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always empowering process of learning to write (and read) more effectively."

If you think you fit the bill, call (318) 218-3456 to arrange audition. No acting experience necessary.

Speaking of movies made in the SBC ....

(the biopic about our current prez, directed by Oliver Stone), debuted this past weekend. Apparently the film was popular, because it made the Top 10 at the Box Office, coming in at #4 and bringing in a little over $10 million:

1. Max Payne - $18 million
2. Beverly Hills Chihuahua - $11.2 million
3. The Secret Life of Bees - $11 million
4. W. - $10.5 million
5. Eagle Eye - $7.3 million
6. Body of Lies - $6.8 million
7. Quarantine - $6.3 million
8. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - $3.9 million
9. Sex Drive - $3.56 million
10. Nights in Rodanthe - $2.68 million

A homegirl of mine who's from Shreveport but now lives in Florida was excited to see the movie and says there are lot of familiar places and faces that will appeal to Shreveporters ..

BUT she also said the movie makes you question Dubya even more than you probably did before.

Check out Times reporter Alexandyr Kent's review

I haven't see "W" or the other movie of interest, The Secret Life of Bees (starring J-Hud, Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah).

It also made the Top 10, beating "W" by a little under a million dollars and bringing in $11 million.

I'd also like to see Quarantine (I love scary movies) and this week's new release Saw V.

Whoo! Someone needs to take me to the movies!!! This may get expensive!!! LOL

If you're into independent film, check out the Robinson Film Center:

They are currently showing a documentary called I.O.U.S.A. (a film about the current recession and the downfall and future of the American economy). I plan to go see it this week.

Go to for more information and showtimes.

Also, later this week at the RFC, another indie film by a local director called "Raised on Rice & Gravy" is showing.

Learn more about the movie
HERE and go to the RFC website for showtimes.

- m

Tuesday, October 14

SBC 411: School Spirit Goes Commercial + Byrd Hosts 8th Grade Open House

School Spirit has gone commercial! Lots of retailers in the SBC now have shelves and racks full of high school and middle school paraphernalia.

I found these shirts (above and below) at the Wal-Mart in Shreve City (on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway).

They had t-shirts for Southwood, Captain Shreve and Byrd high schools for just under $8 in sizes Small to Xtra Large.

This sighting was a couple of weeks ago so I don't know how many are still available, but it's a great idea for students and family members to have and support their schools!

Walgreens stores are also supplying t-shirts and other goodies for students and families to show their spirit.

These Captain Shreve tees (above) were available at the Walgreens on Youree Drive (at Southfield). I believe they were $10. There were also t-shirts for A.C. Steere Elementary (below).

At that same Walgreens on Youree, I found a shelf FULL of Youree Drive stuff -- including bears, bags, water bottles and umbrellas bearing the school's name and colors.

(I picked up a water bottles and drawstring backpack for my niece and nephew ... Go Spartans!)

This surge in School Spirit - Retail Style ... may have been sparked by CVS (though Wal-Mart used to carry stadium seats and blankets a few years back).

CVS's all over the city started carrying the same bears (shown above and below) a few years ago. I bought several in anticipation of my 10-year high school reunion.

CVS stores usually carry stuff for the school(s) nearest to that particular location. I found these bears at the one on the corner of Kings and Youree.

Now, as you can see, Walgreens is following the same pattern. For example, across the street from Byrd High (on Line Ave at Kings Hwy.) carries t-shirts, sweatshirts and more.

I mean maybe the schools aren't providing enough memorabilia to their students and now retail is making a killing off of it. Either way, it's a great idea ... so check YOUR local CVS, Walgreens or Wal-Mart and ...


And speaking of school spirit ....

Did you hear about the billboards Byrd High Seniors put up along Youree Drive that were taken down by Lamar Advertising because Captain Shreve students/faculty/parents complained about ads?
  • (Check the story out HERE).
Byrd and Shreve have had a rivalry for DECADES but I saw the billboards and it wasn't a snub against Shreve, the school was giving a shout-out to their Seniors and were showing their pride.

I hope they got their money back because that was just plain stupid they had to remove the ads because of "hatin'" ...


Speaking of Byrd, the Math/Science Magnet high school is holding it's 8th Grade Open House next week.

"Meet the Jackets" informational meetings for eighth-graders and their parents will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

The program will begin in the auditorium and will showcase academics and extracurricular programs offered at Byrd.

Early arrivals may meet with teachers and counselors in the Purple and Gold Room. All Caddo eighth-graders are invited.

til next - m

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