Friday, April 30

EVENT CHANGE: 'Relay For Life' Moves Indoors

From Shreveport Times

Expected rainy weather tonight has prompted the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life organizers to change locations.

The Caddo Parish Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday at S’port Port, 424 Ashley Ridge Blvd. in Shreveport (behind Outback Steakhouse on Line Ave).

The Bossier Parish Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday at Airline High School’s gym.

Love and support goes out to my friends TEAM C.A.L.F. who will be participating in the Shreveport relay. And to ALL those participating ... have fun and thank you for helping fight this disease!

For more information on Relay for Life, and the fight against breast cancer, go HERE.

WEEKEND HAPZ: Rain or Shine, You'll Have a Good Time!

The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but there are still a bunch events for you to attend if you're courageous enough to brave the weather :)

Check out what's happening this weekend in the SBC:

The SOUTHERN STUDENT CENTER BOARD and THE DREAM TEAM will bring the Big City fashions to the Port City when they present "FADE TO BLACK: WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE".

The fashion show will feature designs by up and coming designers and will be hosted by Shreveport native turned L.A. favorite JUSTIN JONES.

The best part of the event, besides the fashion is the price! IT'S FREE!!!!

After the show you'll be able to mix & mingle with the the designers and models and other major players in the SBC.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7 pm. Make sure you're there!!! (We will be :)

NOT INTO FASHION? Then you could .... Take kids (or take yourself) to ARTBREAK 2010 ... Enjoy some beautiful music as the BPCC SPRING WINDS CONCERT ... See the comedic play "DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER" at the Shreveport Little Theatre ...

ON SATURDAY .... You can:

Enjoy MUSIC IN THE PARK at Southern Hills Metro Center ... Sip for a good cause at the POOCH AND POUR event ... Go see GSU's Dance Company, ORCHESIS, at the Strand Theatre ... Or for the collegiate crowd, head over to SUSLA where CrowdPleaser Entertainment will host SWAGGER SATURDAY.


Rain or shine, everyone's looking for a job. There are two fairs today you may want to check out ...

10 AM -- Remington College - Shreveport Campus

Remington and NBC Channel 6 will hold a public job fair, which will include employers from the Shreveport area including Harrah's/Horseshoe Casino, US Support Company, Comfort Keepers and the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. Business attire is suggested for job-seekers. The job fair will last until 2 pm. For more information, call (318) 671-4000.

1 PM - SPAR's Job Fair @ Valencia Park

The target market for the job fair is all job seekers, from high school to senior citizens. Spar has corresponded with a variety of employers including casinos, banks, medical centers, grocery stores, Goodwill, FedEx, and the City of Shreveport, among others. The fair will be held at Valencia Park, located at 1800 Viking Drive (Near Magnet High). The fair lasts until 4 pm.


Tuesday, April 27

SBC 411: Drew Brees Raffle, Vitter Town Hall & Cruisin For a Cure

Raffle To Benefit Bloxoms Under Way

A raffle is under way at Tiger Town in Shreveport for a football autographed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with proceeds to assist the family of Justin M. Bloxom, the 12-year-old Stonewall boy who was killed March 30.

Tickets for the football are $10 each. The drawing will be June 4. (BTW: The football retails for $599.99)

Vitter to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bossier City

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, will hold a town hall meeting this Friday, April 30th in Bossier City.

It will be at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Theater at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St. That is in Building C, on the west side of the campus. The topic of his stop is "Forum on Family Safety."

Vitter is running for re-election in the fall.

Cruisin' For a Cure in Minden, Saturday

The seventh annual Cruisin' for a Cure car show, which raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Dorcheat Historical Foundation Museum, will be held rain or shine Saturday, May 1st on the fair grounds in Minden.

The show is open to cars, motorcycles, tractors and anything that rolls, organizer Schelley Brown said. Other activities include a silent auction, raffle items, a $500 drawing and food by Jimmy Hall and Party Express Catering of Minden.

Call Brown at (318) 423-0192 or e-mail for more information.

EVENT PICS: HowURidin B-Ball Tournament

I know I'm late posting this but it's been a busy week for your girl ... Even though another weekend is upon us, people are STILL talking about the amazing b-ball tournament LAST weekend at SUSLA, sponsored by HowURidin Magazine.

Hundreds came out last weekend to see the top ballers in the area. 14 teams competed in a 2-day tournament until there was just one left standing ... and holding the 1st prize trophy.

The winning team: Shreveport's NATURAL TALENT, led by team captains Roderick Bates, Ty Hamilton, and defensive player Gene Baker.

There was also a Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, judged by KMJJ's Young Nisa, Olympian Kendrick "Kenny" Farris, and Next Level Barbershop. The top dunker: Jasaan Roberson.

Check out some pics from the event ....

-- See ALL the pics from the tournament HERE. (Photos by KP Photography)

Friday, April 23

WEEKEND HAPZ: Spring Fest, Earth Day & Other Events

This weekend isn't as busy as last weekend, but there's still stuff to do in the SBC. From festivities at SUSLA to events that will help preserve the Earth, here's what you can expect in the city this weekend:


SUSLA's MLK SPRING FEST continues tonight with the SUSLA's GOT TALENT Show. The show has been moved to the Student Union and is now FREE to all attendees!!!

[For a list of DAY events, check out our Previous Post on the event]

WANT SOMETHING ELSE TO DO? Then you can: See some talented youth at the YAZZY Jazz Concert (at the Strand) ... Get your bowl on at Holiday Lane's INTERGALATIC BOWLING night ... See the stars at Sci-Port's FOURTH FRIDAY ASTRONOMY event ... or go see YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF at the RFC.


The MLK Spring Fest wraps up with the HowURidin Basketball Tournament. Tipoff is at 1 pm. (Click the event title for more information).

ALSO ON SATURDAY ... You can: Enjoy the high-flying stunts at the BARKSDALE AIR SHOW ... Go see NAPOLEON DYNAMITE at the RFC ... Take a ride to Greenwood for the SUMMER MUSICAL in THE PARK ... Buy some beautiful flowers at the ORCHID SHOW and SALE ... Check out some talent at the ARK-LA-TEX TALENT SHOWCASE ... See some more stars at the PARTY at the Observatory ... Celebrate EARTH DAY with the folks at Sci-Port


You can tour the most beautiful homes in the area at the LES TOURS DE JARDIN ... or catch the last day of HOLIDAY IN DIXIE.


Thursday, April 22

EVENT ALERT: MLK Spring Fest 2010

The campus of SUSLA is about to become a hot spot for events, as they present MLK Spring Fest 2010.

The week-long event kicked off this past Saturday with an All-White Affair hosted by Hosea Sanchez ("Malik" on the hit show "The Game"), talent show auditions and on-campuse events just for alumni and students.

Tonight, the big events kick off, starting with a Comedy Show featuring funny-man MICHAEL BLACKSON (Repos, Comic View, Next Friday):

The MICHEAL BLACKSON COMEDY SHOW will take place in SUSLA's Jesse N. Stone Building, starting at 7 pm. General Admission is $10.00, Student Admission is $7.00. Also performing: J. "Scooby" Houston, Nathan Massey and Ms. Peachez.


10 AM - Spring Fest Friday (in front of SUSLA Gym)

A variety of entertainment including: Fashion Show, Freestyle battle, Live DJ, Food, Outdoor Games, and much more.

12 PM - SUSLA Spring Fest Fashion Show (in front of SUSLA Gym)

Models will show off the latest spring trends. Also featured: Musical guests and dancers.

7 PM - SUSLA GOT TALENT [SHOW] @ Jesse N. Stone Bldg.

Talent show featuring the hottest talent in the city. The winner will win a $500 Dollar Grand Prize, Studio Time and Bragging Rights!!!! General Admission: $7.00, Student Admission: $5.00


8 AM: BCM Morning Fellowship @ SUSLA Jesse N. Stone Bldg.

1 PM: 2nd Annual HowURidin Ballers Classic @ SUSLA Gym

Tourney will feature the best ballers in the Ark-La-Tex. 5-on-5, Next Level Dunk Contest, 3-point Shootout, Live Music/DJ, Giveaways, Food, Fun and MORE! Admission is $7. The Classic will continue on Sunday at 1 pm as well. (FMI call 318-572-4064)

** For more information on these events ... please contact the Student Body Hotline at 318-670-6456 or Office of the Student Body President at 318-670-6444 **

PARTY PICS: T-Shemise Celebrates 30 Years of "Fierce"

Fashion came to life at the Bijou this past Saturday as local designer, T-SHEMISE, celebrated her 30th Birthday party and 30 years of keeping it fierce.

The ultra lounge was turned into a diva's dream with T-Shemise designs strategically placed around the building ... Barbie decor adorning the columns and a candy station by the bar. And of course, there was a fashion featuring T-Shemise's latest digs.

In case you missed it ... Here are some shots from the party:

Happy Birthday Tiff!!! and Congrats to T-SHEMISE COUTURE!

Thursday, April 15

SBC 411: Cultural Events for All to Enjoy! :-)

AND THE EVENTS KEEP COMING!!!! :-) Along with the festivals and the fun of nightlife, the SBC is offering a lot of cultural fare this weekend .... Most of which doesn't cost a thing and is open to all ages .... CHECK IT OUT:

LSU EXHIBIT: The LOUISIANA STATE EXHIBIT MUSEUM is hosting the "LSU: Building an American Renaissance" exhibit, now through April 25th. Patrons are invited to view this unique exhibit which assessess the history of LSU's architecture focusing on the campus' 18 original buildings.

Museum hours are: Monday thru Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, noon-4:00 p.m. Call about admission.

SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE: Saturday is the last day to attend the Junior League Market (Formerly known as Trends and Traditions). This one-stop shopping experience features some 100 merchants from across the country with the finest home decor, jewelry, clothing, children's items, gourmet food, and much more. Saturday hours are 10 am to 4 pm and admission is only $5.

BOOK SALE: The 2010 Friends of Shreve Memorial Library Book Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday (April 17th and 18th) in the basement of the Main Library, downtown.

Sale times are: Saturday, April 17: 9:00 a.m. to Noon: members-only sale (you may become a member at the door for $5 annual membership dues) Noon to 5 p.m. The sale is open to the general public. Sunday, April 18: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information call 318-226-4976.

CELEBRATION OF CARING: Community Renewal International will present the Celebration of Caring event Saturday at 10 am. This event will celebrate caring individuals and organizations throughout our community. Entertainment provided via local high school bands and dance lines. Food, refreshments, games, provided by Celebration of Caring sponsor Red Ball Oxygen. Open to the public.

ARTSPACE FAMILY DAY: At Noon Saturday, artspace will host FAMILY DAY with guest artist, Marjorie Kouns. Kouns will teach a "Make and Take" Family Seminar as part of artspace's monthly Family Fun series!

Participating families will make a decorative lampshade for their home. The cost to participate is $25 per family and includes the lampshade and art materials to decorate / paint it.

Marjorie Kouns, a native of Shreveport who currently resides in New York, has become known around the world for the impact her artworks have on communities. SHADES OF SHREVEPORT will turn the 700 block of Texas Street into an illumination of Spring. Whimsical lampshades, 6' to 8' tall, will rise above 20 lightglobes on the lightposts lining the street. The lampshades will reflect the colors of Spring and will include scenes from Shreveport.

GOOD EATS: The Northwest Louisiana Wiley Alumni Club will hold A TASTE OF WILEY at the Union Masonic Temple (5632 Hearne Ave.) Sunday, April 18th, at 2 pm. Admission is $10. Door prizes will be given away. Proceeds will benefit Wiley College.

EVENT ALERTs: Thursday Night Hype

For once, I have some events to post that are going on BEFORE the weekend arrives. Besides being your last chance to file Federal taxes, Thursday night has a few goodies to offer in the form of entertaiment! Check it out:

The CITY BAR (3104 Youree Drive) is hosting ''80s & Ladies'' Night tonight. Admission is FREE for ALL. Ladies enjoy .25 cent Well, Wine, & Frozen Drinks from 10pm-12am. DJ Solo will be in the house playing the best mix of 80s and YOUR Dance Music Requests. Doors Open At 7pm and the party lasts until 2 am.

DOWNTOWN .... The SOUTHSIDE RIDERS are hosting their BIKE NITE at GiGi's Sports Bar at 7 pm. All Bike Clubs are invited to come mix and mingle and everyone is invited to have a good time.


Check out the MUDBUGS in the play-offs ... Go see the MURDER MUSICALS over at BPCC ... Enjoy the culture ride of the TNT EXPRESS ... Get tipsy during the DOWNTOWN PUB CRAWL ... Indulge in some fine cigars at SMOKIN ON THE RED at Phoenix Underground ... (Ladies) Get some live man-tertainment with the THUNDER DOWN UNDER ... Enjoy live entertainment and fun at the Horseshoe's ROOFTOP PARTY ...

Have a safe Thursday everyone!!!

Wednesday, April 14

WEEKEND HAPZ: Holiday In Dixie, Comedy Jam, T-Shemise & More!

There's quite a bit to see and do this weekend in the SBC. From a fun festival to a fashionable fiesta ... there's plenty to chose from if you're looking to get out and about ... CHECK EM OUT:

One of the SBC's first big festivals of the season opens today at Festival Plaza. HOLIDAY IN DIXIE runs through April 25th. Featuring great food, entertainment and that all-important Treasure Hunt, the event is a must-attend for the family. For a list of vendors, times, prices, etc. go to


The Funny Bone isn't the only place you can catch some comedy this weekend. AFTER PARTY ENTERTAINMENT is bringing some up-and-coming comedians to the Capri Theater (620 Milam Street) tonight. Comedian Raymond Grady ("Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up", "Who's Got Jokes," "New Faces of Comedy" and "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza!") will headline the FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY JAM. The event starts at 8 pm. Admission is only $10.

NOT IN THE MOOD FOR JOKES??? Then you can:

Take the family to see ROOKIE OF THE YEAR at Movie & Moonbeams downtown ... or See some playoff action as the MUDBUGs take on the Rapid City Rush ...


Local Fashion Designer TIFFANY WALKER (aka T-Shemise) is having her 30th birthday party, and of course -- a fashion show! :-) She's inviting everyone out to celebrate 30 years of "keeping it Fierce" ....
The Black-Barbie-themed event will take place at the Bijou Ultra Lounge. Admission is $10. Pink attire is encouraged, fashionable digs are a must. The big show kicks off at


Then you can: Enjoy good food, drinks and culture at the ARTINI event ... Go XPRESS YOURSELF at the City Bar's Friday night party ... Or attend the ALL-WHITE AFFAIR at SUSLA (with special Celebrity Guest & Party Host Hosea Chanchez aka "Malik Wright" from the hit show "The Game") .

AND ON SUNDAY, if you're looking for something to do .... You can go see THE WIZARD OF OZ at Riverview Theater ... or check out the HAIR GONE KRAZY Hair Show at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.


SBC 411: Tax Day/Obama Day + Voter's Registration

The day has finally come ... Last chance (unless you filed for an extension) to give the Government what they claim they're due ... I mean, to pay your taxes :-)

The best method is the E-File instead of mailing it, but do what you wish. If you still need forms, they're available at the library or online at

The IRS website also has some GREAT information, including tips for last minute filers (like my parents lol). Here are a few:

1. E-file your return Don’t miss out on the benefits of e-file. Your tax return will get processed quickly if you use e-file. If there is an error on your return, it will typically be identified and can be corrected right away. E-file is available 24 hours a day. If you file electronically and choose to have your tax refund deposited directly into your bank account, you will have your money in as few as 10 days.

2. Double-check your figures Whether you are filing electronically or by paper, review all the amounts you transferred over from your Forms W-2 or 1099.

3. Choose Direct Deposit To receive your refund quicker, select Direct Deposit and the IRS will deposit your refund directly into your bank account. (And if you're a Turbo Tax user like me, you'll get a debit card this year ... that you can add money too all year long :-)

4. People sending a payment should make the check out to "United States Treasury" and should enclose it with, but not attach it to, the tax return or the Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. Write your name, address, SSN, telephone number, tax year and form number on the check or money order. Visit for more information on payment options.

5. File an extension Taxpayers who will not be able to file a return by the April 15 deadline should request an extension of time to file. Remember, the extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.

** For those needing assistance the Queensborough Neighborhood Association has been helping taxpayers for months and, by appointment, may still be able to get you in between 9 am and 5 pm. Call (318) 635-8100 to get more information (and make sure you have all your paperwork and ID ready!).


While most of America is finalizing their tax returns, the haters will be busy with their "Tea Parties" ... which are just huge rallies held by crazy people who didn't get their way the last election and want to make President Obama's life a living hell because they have nothing else to do :-)

To counter these vicious attacks on the President and his policies of CHANGE, Obama supporters are calling for fellow supporters to wear Obama shirts all day Thursday to show the haters we BACK BARACK!!!

Put your shirt on and spread the word ....

ALSO ... For those who aren't registered to vote yet (or for those who know people like them), The Caddo Registrar of Voters office will hold a registration all day Thursday at the Shreve Memorial Library Atkins Branch Library (located at 3704 Greenwood Road). Registration is FREE ... and it's your DUTY to vote ... so get registered!!!


Friday, April 9

WEEKEND HAPZ: Hanging With The Ivy & Other Interesting Events

In case you haven't been out and about lately, the ladies of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA Sorority (Inc.) are painting the SBC pink and green this weekend ... The ladies are holding a convention right here in town and are all over the city making moves for sisterhood.

Tonight and tomorrow night you can mingle with the ladies at the Bijou Ultra Lounge. Tonight they're holding a happy hour from 6 pm to 9 pm and tomorrow night there will be a party starting at 9 pm. The rest of the weekend's events are just for Sorors (lol), but I figured the fellaz might want that 411.

As for the rest of the SBC and what you might want to get into this weekend ... here are some options:

TONIGHT ... you can: Go check out the films of ANG LEE at the RFC ... Take the family to see the Movie & Moonbeams presentation of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" at Riverview Park ... or go XPRESS YOURSELF at the all new City Bar where there is no cover charge!!! :)

SATURDAY NIGHT ... you can: Go see some comedy (maybe even for FREE) at the Funny Bone ... Sample some select wines at the CORK event in Festival Plaza ... Indulge in some culture by viewing French Cinema at the RFC .... Enjoy some jazz at the BPCC Spring Concert ... or Check out some BATTLEWINGS action at the CenturyTel ...

Whatever you do ... be safe!!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Friday, April 2

EVENT ALERTs: Easter Fun in the SBC

10 am: Calvary's Eggfest @ The Boardwalk

Join us the Louisiana Boardwalk for a day filled with fun & games for all children, 10 and under. Over 60,000 eggs to hunt! Fun Egg Hunt, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Prize Give Aways, Inflatables Balloons, Concessions, Face Painting, Puppet Shows, Live Music, And much more! FREE admission.

11 am: Easter Egg-stravaganza @ Sci-Port Discovery Center

Local yolkels can come explore the incredible, edible egg. We'll be scrambling and serving up egg-citement in the form of presentations, hands-on activities and lots of make-and-take fun, all centered on the science of the egg. April 3 will be crackin' good fun. Admission is FREE.

11 am: Great Big Easter Celebration @ LSU-S Athletic Field

The Celebration Church will sponsor a Great Big Easter Celebration. There will be fun, food and door prizes, a mini carnival for the kids, bounce houses, a 10,000 egg Easter Egg Hunt. There will also be a mechanical bull for adults. A free gift to the first 150 people to register. Food includes Chick-fil-A, jambalaya, hot dogs, pizza, fried moon pies, funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and more.

... And of course many local churches will be hosting Easter Egg hunts and celebrations this Saturday including: Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in Shreveport (10 am), Central Assembly of God in Bossier (10 am), and The Hope Community Church of God in Shreveport (2 pm).


- Financial Planning/Home Ownership Workshop presented by Delta Sigma Theta

- "Got Milk" Mustache Tour at the Boardwalk

AND ON EASTER SUNDAY .... Several churches invite you attend their Sunrise and Easter services (Find a list of them HERE). And after service, you may consider attending this special event:

12 pm: Easter Champagne Brunch @ Jayne Marie on Cross Lake

Enjoy a wonderful Easter Sunday at the beautiful lakeside restaurant, Jayne Marie on Cross Lake. A wonderful Champagne Brunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., along with live entertainment performed by Amelia Blake. The brunch includes a beautiful carving station, fresh seafood, signature dishes, dessert station and unlimited champagne. Call 318-631-0919 for more informaiton.


WEEKEND HAPZ: Easter Weekend 2010

I know I haven't posted this in a while, but trust me -- you didn't miss anything. With huge event weekends (and the promoters of those events) tanking, flopping and making the SBC look like poo, there hasn't been much to share with you (though we'll discuss those piss-poor events at a later date lol) ....

But thanks to a 4-day weekend, there's a little to see and do here in the SBC as people celebrate Good Friday and Easter ... Here's what to expect as you plan for your weekend -- CHECK IT OUT:


Tonight's big fare for the wanna-be-seen socialite is THE MARCHE' GROUP MIXER at the Convention Center. Thousands show up to this almost Quarterly affair and at $20-40 pre-sale (meaning it's probably more at the door tonight), I must tell you that RAHEEM DEVAUGHN is expected to perform (his second time in the SBC in less than a month) ... so it MAY actually be worth it! ...

I won't be in attendance, but please, let me know how it goes (and send pics to :)

Not into MIXING at the CC? Then you can enjoy WINE, WINGS & HAPPY HOUR at the Bijou Ultra Lounge ... Hit up the CELEBRITY LOUNGE for some (FREE) live entertainment ... Enjoy some theatre and performance poetry at the NAKED BEAN CAFE .... or join the KMJJ crew for First Fridays @ GiGi's, hosted by YOUNG NISA (they have giveaways!!!)


The two main events are the WHITE LINEN AFFAIR and THE ULTIMATE SATURDAY NIGHT ... Both at Bijou Ultra Lounge. The first begins at 7 pm and then will head across the street to ALLURE (inside El Dorado Casino) and the latter will start at 10 and party all night long! (Click the names of both events to get info on time, costs and attire :)

Not interested?? Then satisfy your inner warrior at the CAGE-FIGHTING MATCH ... Or Collegiates, you can go get your groove on at the AFTERPARTY at the SUSLA Gym.

SUNDAY ... is EASTER and there are many FAMILY events planned this weekend to celebrate the season ... so check back soon to see what you can take the kiddies to this weekend in the SBC.


this blog is published by mahogani media: