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Vendor Registration Opens for Fall 2012 Texas Avenue Makers Fair

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 20:38 by Chris Jay

Biannual event will return to downtown Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, November 10

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA –
The Texas Avenue Community Association (TACA) is pleased to announce that vendor registration for the Fall 2012 Texas Avenue Makers Fair, taking place in Shreveport, Louisiana on November 10, 2012, is now open. Registration will close at midnight on October 31. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended. To register, or for more information, visit www.texasavemakersfair.com.

The event, described by organizers as “not your momma’s craft fair,” will take place in the 800 block of Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport. Admission is free. The Texas Avenue Makers Fair invites non-traditional crafters, or "makers," to offer their handmade and re-purposed items for sale to the public. Original artwork, hand crafted furniture, clothing and accessories, limited edition graphics, and made-from-scratch food are only a few of the items offered by participating vendors at past events.

TACA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the mission of which is to organize and promote community and community interest along the historic Texas Avenue corridor and its adjacent neighborhoods. For more information on TACA, visit www.texasave.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kelly McSwain, Texas Avenue Makers Fair Organizer
(949) 412-5225 or kmcswain at shreve-lib dot org  

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Louisiana Film Prize Announces Finalists for $50,000 Grand Prize

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 14:35 by Chris Jay

Winner to be Awarded at the Inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend, October 5-7, 2012

Shreveport, LA – In front of a live audience of 300 and online audience of more than 200 from across the U.S., Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg and Festival Director Chris Lyon announced the 20 finalists for the inaugural Louisiana Film Prize. The films will be shown at the The Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend (www.LAFilmPrize.com) October 5-7, 2012 in Shreveport, LA. The winner will take home a $50,000 cash grand prize, one of the world’s largest cash prizes for a short film. The Louisiana Film Prize invites filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition – it must be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

The grand prize winner will be chosen based on the votes of a panel of expert judges and the festival audience. Finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family and the public to heighten their chances of winning. The complete list of filmmakers and their films is below.

“This is setting up to be an incredible festival weekend for the Louisiana Film Prize,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder of the Louisiana Film Prize. “To win the $50,000 prize, these filmmakers have to shout about their films from every rooftop. It’s going to be part Sundance, part Lollapalooza.”

This year’s jury includes journalist/author Hank Stuever (Washington Post), journalist James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly), Tara McPherson (USC School of Cinema),  Steve Beckman (Cinetic), Brandon Oldenberg, (Academy Award Winning producer of the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) and Alyssa Kantrow (Production Supervisor, Brad Pitt’s upcoming "12 Years of Slavery"), with additional jurors to be announced.
 
“The national response to the Louisiana Film Prize has been pretty amazing," Kallenberg added. "It has been incredibly inspiring to see the amount of talent that went into all these films. Choosing the Top 20 out of the submissions was incredibly difficult, but we think we have a great group jockeying for the Grand Prize.”

The Louisiana Film Prize received more than 80 submissions. The participating films utilized more than 650 people in cast and crew. Also, the participating films injected over $450,000 into the economy of Shreveport-Bossier through the payment of cast, crew, food, lodging and equipment rentals.

“The icing on the cake has been the residual effect of the Louisiana Film Prize,” said Kallenberg. “This area woke up and found itself to be a viable indie film capital. People in the area really took part in this. They acted, they worked on set, and they made films. On top of that, the out-of-town filmmakers all seemed really impressed with pool of talent here and the welcoming, uber-friendly filmmaking environment. I believe that the Louisiana Film Prize has already accomplished some great things. The cool part is that we’re just getting started. We still have a festival weekend to put on.”
 
Visit www.lafilmprize.com to learn more about the Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival.

2012 LOUISIANA FILM PRIZE FINALISTS:

528 Hz (Jeremy Enis)
A deaf girl falls for a musician upon a random meeting at a bar. A drunken miscommunication nearly thwarts the relationship before it can begin.

The Adventures of Captain Oliver (Bryan and Claira McManus)

Captain Oliver is a friend like no other, complete with button eyes, a proper felt mustache, and five funky tentacles. He is the loyal sidekick and trusted shipmate of the lovely Anna Claire. These two are inseparable, through calm and rough seas- but all of this changes in the blink of a button. Tossed overboard, Captain Oliver and Anna Claire find themselves apart as the brave Captain goes on an unlikely adventure to far out places filled with exotic characters where his only hope is to go with the flow.

Biggo (Josh Smith)
Biggo is a six year old boy who was born with a pair of unusually oversized hands. Either teased or simply ignored by everyone at his school because of his abnormality, Biggo struggles to find his place. The pain of his solitude is magnified by the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day.

Devil Has My Ear (Jamie Ryan and Scott Brooks)
Lost in the landscape of his mind, Gabriel (Matthew JC) battles the demons of his past as the devil (Marc Colombo) shows him the monster he has become. His gambling addiction has forced deadly loan sharks (PJ Abbott and Kyle Kosier) to collect a debt that threatens Gabriel’s life and family. To avoid losing everything he loves, Gabriel must overcome his ego and stand face-to-face with a world destroyed by his own hand.

Home Fires (Christy Ward)
Home Fires” is an action packed comedy. Erica Braun has retired from her super secret elite assassins military unit and has come home to the family pecan farm of her youth. During her return to civilian life she receives a prototype vacuum, the iQ Cleaning System, from an old Soviet double spy, but it seems Constantine hasn't quite worked out all the bugs. It's side-splitting action and edge-of-your-seat comedy as this man v machine thriller takes you through its paces! Pecans! Karate! Fire! Vacuums! You won't be able to look away from “Home Fires”!

I’m Sorry For… (Mindy Bledsoe)
Eddy lives a boring life where routine is everything. His life quickly changes when he finds his controlling wife, dead on the floor. He decides it’s time to apologize to everyone for her wrongdoings, which brings his son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Gina, into an uncomfortable position. Eddy’s new freedom may be his undoing.

Killing Time (L. Elizabeth Powers)
What if the boss you always wished would drop dead, suddenly did? What if it was your fault? In this short dark comedy, three work friends: Neecey, Nick & Sam are faced with that very dilemma. When their boss, Mr. Keller suddenly dies, their office adversary, Dean, is out to frame them for murder unless they can find a way to stop him. Killing Time is a short film written and directed by L. Elizabeth Powers and produced by Teri Kerr. It stars Taylor Coffman as Neecey, Bradley Silman as Nick, Ariane Perideaux as Sam, Paul Belcher as Mr. Keller and Dusty Emerson as Dean. It also features Kaci Ledbetter and Kara Rainer with appearances by Clint McCommon, Andie Knowles, Thomas Reich and Hugh Kerr.

Lay Me in the River (Ashley Bonn and Allison Morton)

Scarlett Calhoun has lived under the iron fist of her father’s religious extremism since the death of her mother, Danielle. In her small Southern town, Preacher Lyle Calhoun’s word is law and it focuses on preventing the sins of women. Until now, Scarlett has never questioned her father’s word, but his new interest in her best friend, Rebecca, has her worried. As Scarlett watches the darkness within her father start to leak out, she must find her independence and strength to stand up the only family that remains in her life.

The Legend of Luther Anderson (Thomas Woodruff, Noah Scruggs, Chris Armand)

Throughout history there have been many stories of legendary men and events from the old west. Most are well known, but there are a few that have fallen through the cracks of time. Legend speaks of such events that folks say are just a myth or absolute doo doo. Believers say the one responsible is a man who could not be killed, and no woman could satisfy his lustful appetite. This is the Legend of Luther Anderson.

Light (Cole Prine and Ethan Coop)
A man discovers a strange object that soon consumes his focus, his desire, his life.

A Man of Limited Emotional Means (Alejandra Valera)
How much does your upbringing affect who you will become as a parent? Nine-year-old Bell adores his unreliable father, Jackson. When his parents divorce, Bell must become Jackson's friend, cohort and at times caregiver -- often with disappointing results. Set in the late 1970s in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana A MAN OF LIMITED EMOTIONAL MEANS examines family relationships and all of their complexities.

Melody of Choice (Vera Mulyani)
The Melody of Choice is a fiction for children about the hope of a child to realize his dream. Teo is a genius kid who can hear the sound we all cannot; the rain drop, dripping tears, crawling dust, pecking insects, his hair growing! He composes them into a melody in his mind. But Teo struggles as a can collector, too poor to go to school, his father is ill, his brother forces him to join the drug dealer. Teo meets Jonathan Batiste, a Jazz musician, and is inspired to transform his thousands of cans into a giant music instrument on an isolated island where all voices of nature become the melody we can hear from across the lake.

A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism (Ashley Brett Chipman)
The year is 1923; the moon has fallen out of the sky and crashed into the ocean, instantly killing half the Earth's population and knocking the planet off its orbit. Our world becomes a rock hurtling uncontrollably through the darkness on a doomed trajectory to smash itself to tiny atoms within the next few years. As the human race stares down its collective death sentence, scores of competing psychic mediums rise to power as they attempt to save the world's future.  A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism follows two rival mediums involved in a love triangle with a ghost, and Houdini, as he stages a competition to debunk and ruin the hordes of charlatan mediums preying upon the weak and vulnerable, while secretly hoping to find his dead mother through the search.

New Era (Zachary K Taylor and Erica Silverman)
When Era, a young girl from a small rural town, isn’t spending her days taking care her elderly friend Helen, she daydreams about exploring the rest of the world. Era has an adventurous heart, but bills, her job and other expectations keep her from her ambitions. As the parallels between their lives unfold, Helen begins to share her life lessons, mistakes and deepest regrets, so that Era may live fearlessly.

Papillion (John Goddard)
Eugenie “Papillon” Theriault’s world was music … before Ben Pinkerton arrived.  The serene world of the opera company pianist is shattered when the handsome, charismatic opera singer, Ben Pinkerton notices the quiet pianist.  She falls in love with Ben and, with their child Trouble, awaits his return from his itinerant schedule of singing in opera companies around the world. Papillon is a modern tale based on the original 1898 short story “Madame Butterfly” written by John Luther Long.

Secret Agent Jones Takes a Lover  (Calvin O'Neal, Jr.)
After sharing some happy times together, Nick & Alice have hit a cross roads in their relationship. When it comes to dating each other, Nick is carefree and content. Alice on the other hand, feels its time to move on, and one night she finally decides to break up with Nick. Distraught and a little confused, Nick goes to his only source of hope: His dexterous, cartoon watching, slacker friend, Jones. For some reason he is the only one who can save Nick & Alice's relationship. Nick is determined to do what ever it takes to get Alice back. Jones’ mysterious techniques and intuition gives Nick the tools he needs to get Alice back. But will Nick’s journey to get his girlfriend back lead him down a path of reconciliation or will it answer more questions he never asked for?

Sock Monkey (Robert Montgomery)
For Chris it's just another night run to the laundromat down the street.  Blank faces, lonely middle-aged women washing...dolls? One sock stuck in the back of the machine. Yep, just another night.  Then Chris tried to take back the sock that is rightfully his, only to find someone (or something) else had already laid claim.  Struggling over the seized stocking, Chris loses his grip.  Confused, angry, and lower on clean socks than usual he climbs into the dryer to see where the sock could have ended up, Chris finds the dryer larger than expected.  Much larger.  Maybe he's fallen behind the machine?  Or maybe, just maybe, he's not even in the laundromat any more.  Now, pitted against the shadowy insidious forces bent on committing grand theft garment, Chris may pay the ultimate price to find the answer to one of Mankind's most troubling questions; Where do lost socks go?

Super Day (Christopher Wade)
Our hero is overworked and stressed out. There are no vacation days when your job is saving the world. There's also no lunch break. When our hero has to skip his lunch to change into his outfit so he can help a woman in need, his secret identity is revealed - and revealing! And when a precocious teenager snaps some naughty pictures of him, he must find a way to convince the kid not to sell his wardrobe malfunction to the tabloids.

This is a Microphone (Phillip Jordan Brooks)
The traditional idea of a crook is exploited and challenged in this intense drama that faces off a downtrodden ex-loan officer with the CEO of his former employer, Republic Bank and Trust, in an unflinching examination into the faults and failures that created the American mortgage crisis.   

THE: Total Human Experience (Evan Falbaum)
What if you could record your life experiences? What you hear, what you see, what you smell, what you feel. What if you could take that information and share it with other people? You could experience virtually anything from the comfort of your own home. The Total Human Experience is the experience of your lifetime. It’s a new social network where you can share and purchase other people’s experiences. What would you share?

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Steve Beeman/Michelle DiMartino--Falco Ink.
StevenMBeeman@falcoink.com, MichelleDiMartino@falcoink.com, (212) 445-7100

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DigiFest South Extends Career Fair Deadline to August 15

Thursday, 9 August, 2012 12:07 by Chris Jay

Inaugural Digital Arts Festival and Career Fair Will be Held September 7-9 at Bossier Civic Center

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – DigiFest South, a new digital arts festival and career fair being organized by the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, Louisiana, has extended the deadline to participate in the career fair portion of the event to Wednesday, Aug. 15. The DigiFest South Career Fair is set to take place 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Bossier Civic Center. Companies interested in participating in the career fair may register to do so by visiting www.bossierarts.org and clicking the DigiFest South icon. 

“Area colleges and universities such as Louisiana Tech, Centenary College of Louisiana and LSU Shreveport are bringing groups of students to attend DigiFest South during the career fair,” said Bossier Arts Council Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers. “We’ve extended the deadline in order to make one final push to encourage area employers to take advantage of this opportunity to get in front of a large number of high-quality prospective employees.”

DigiFest South is an annual digital arts festival and technology career fair that celebrates how digital technology has combined with artistic creativity to shape modern society. The event includes a digital art exhibition and a career fair featuring cutting-edge companies and educational institutions. DigiFest South organizers seek to convey the message that art education is more than a school elective; it is a powerful vocational element.

For more information on DigiFest South, contact the Bossier Arts Council at (318) 741-8307 or visit www.bossierarts.org.

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Louisiana Film Prize to Announce Finalists at August 9 Press Conference

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012 8:37 by Chris Jay

Shreveport-Bossier, La. - Please join Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director of the Louisiana Film Prize, for the announcement of the 20 finalists who will compete for a $50,000 grand prize at the inaugural Louisiana Film Prize Contest and Festival, October 5-7, 2012 in Shreveport. The finalists will be announced during a public press conference at Robinson Film Center, 6 p.m., Thursday, August 9. Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport.  

The winner will take home a $50,000 cash grand prize. The Louisiana Film Prize invites filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition – it must be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

The grand prize winner will be chosen based on the votes of a panel of expert judges (50 %) and the festival audience (50%). Finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family and the public to heighten their chances of winning. 
 
Visit www.lafilmprize.com for festival and ticket information (available following the announcement on August 9) or to learn more about the Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival.

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Louisiana Film Prize organizers at (318) 213-6437 or info@lafilmprize.com.

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Region’s Tourism Industry to Unveil Holiday Plans at Media Luncheon

Monday, 23 July, 2012 8:25 by Chris Jay

Event will be held at Barnwell Garden and Art Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, July 24

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Representatives of five regional destination marketing organizations – Alexandria-Pineville, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches, and Shreveport-Bossier City – will unveil a new lighted holiday set piece and details of a Louisiana Bicentennial Celebration presented by the Holiday Trail of Lights. Representatives will also announce holiday-themed celebrations, attractions, and activities planned for 2012 at a media luncheon being held at the Barnwell Garden and Art Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. The Barnwell Garden and Art Center is located at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. While the event is free and open to the public, RSVP is required. To RSVP, call (318) 222-9391 or e-mail ldavis@sbctb.org.

The luncheon will provide representatives of the media and the public at large with a first opportunity to learn about new and returning events and activities planned for the five destinations represented by the Holiday Trail of Lights. The luncheon will feature a festive atmosphere including “snow” falling outside of the Barnwell Garden and Art Center, a special performance by the Minden Community Chorus, appearances by holiday beauty queens from throughout the region, and more.

FOR INTERVIEWS: Members of the media seeking interviews with organizers, please contact Sarah McKinney-Williams at (318) 286-4252 (cell) for on-site assistance, if needed.     
                                                 
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Shreveport-Bossier to Host 4th Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival

Thursday, 19 July, 2012 9:53 by Chris Jay

Team registration now open for September 15 event

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Rotary Club of Shreveport will present the 4th Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 15 at Riverview Plaza on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Dragon boat races will begin immediately following an opening ceremony. Registration is now open to dragon boat teams interested in participating in the event. 

This year, organizers have opened registration to youth teams ages 14-18, with parental consent. In addition to racing, the day-long event will also include food vendors and music. Patrol boats from the Caddo and Bossier Parish Sheriff departments, as well as the Louisiana Wildfire and Fisheries, will be on standby throughout the day.

Since its inception in 2008, the Red River Dragon Boat Festival has grown in popularity. Last year’s festival drew 29 teams, including teams from the Shreveport-Bossier, Lafayette, Dallas and Houston regions.

“It’s like coming and having a picnic with a thousand of your friends on the river because you can come out, watch the races, and watch the kids dancing. It’s just a great way to get out on a September weekend and have free fun,” festival co-chair Charlotta Nordyke said.

Admission is free for spectators. Registration is $900 per team. Each team must consist of 20 paddlers and a drummer. The registration fee includes a practice session on the Red River, festival t-shirt for each team member, a team tent at Riverview Plaza and a minimum of three races on festival day.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rotary Club of Shreveport’s outreach projects in education, social services and community. Call (318) 221-3053 or (318) 286-1274 or email at shreveportrotary@gmail.com for registration and additional information.

For more information on Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side, including information on area hotels, restaurants and attractions, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org.  

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Louisiana is gearing up for the celebration of the century as the state marks its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2012. Involving both education and celebration, Bicentennial events are being planned in every corner of the state. For a statewide calendar of Louisiana events or information on planning a memorable visit to Louisiana, visit www.louisianatravel.com.

Blast into the 4th of July holiday with the 28th annual Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K

Thursday, 28 June, 2012 13:18 by Chris Jay

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Over 3,000 people will kick off the Fourth of July holiday with the 28th annual Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K sponsored by Ark-La-Tex Cardiology in Shreveport, Louisiana. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th with the kids’ half-mile fun run. At 8 a.m., the 5K and Healthwalk will begin. All the fun begins in the parking lot behind Sears at Mall St. Vincent, located at 1133 St. Vincent Avenue in Shreveport. The run will make its way through the historic and beautiful Highland neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

“This is a great, healthy way to start the Fourth of July holiday,” states Matt Brown, race management. “Over the years, the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K has become a great tradition and a fun family event for the community.”

The first 101 males and 60 females to finish the race will receive a commemorative glass race mug. Every pre-registered participant will receive a 2012 Firecracker 5K shirt. Woody Nesbitt will provide patriotic music before and during the race. Local rock band The Bluebirds will perform at the huge post-race party starting at 9:30 a.m., complete with traditional Independence Day treats: hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream, Ozarka water and Michelob Ultra Beer.

Entries will be accepted up to race day. Entry fees are $20 through July 3 and $25 on race day. Entries are accepted at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Avenue or online at www.sportspectrumusa.com.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Wilburn, Race Coordinator
Sportspectrum
(318) 798-1241


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Acclaimed Comedian Margaret Cho to Headline North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 10:03 by Chris Jay

Fourth Annual Event Will Take Place September 7-13 in Shreveport, Louisiana

The North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NLGLFF) is pleased to announce that acclaimed comedian, actress, author and singer-songwriter, Margaret Cho, will be this year’s guest celebrity, performing her non-conformist brand of comedy at a one-night show, Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone 800-745-3000, the CenturyLink Center box office in Bossier City, local Wal-Mart locations, and the day of the show at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Ticket prices are $27.00 for reserved seating on the floor and orchestra or $22.00 for general admission balcony seating. 

Margaret Cho is a Korean-American comedian best known for her stand-up routines, through which she addresses social and political issues, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. Cho has especially endeared herself to LGBT audiences for her stands on homophobia, school bullying and anti-gay politics, and has received awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians and the LGBT communities.

In addition to her comedy routines, Cho’s illustrious career spans nearly 20 years including the ABC sitcom, All American Girl; the 1999 one-woman Broadway Show, I’m The One That I Want, which resulted in a best-selling book and film of the same name; a stint on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars; and currently a starring role on the Lifetime series, Drop Dead Diva

The Fourth Annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is presented by P.A.C.E. (People Acting for Change and Equality) and will be held September 7 – 13, 2012, at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. The festival will feature nationally acclaimed movies, short-films and documentaries geared at bringing awareness to the social and political issues facing the LGBT communities today.  The festival will also feature an opening night event on Friday, September 7. For more information on NLGLFF, P.A.C.E. and Margaret Cho’s appearance, please visit www.nlglff.org or contact Film Festival Chairman, Pamela Brown, at (318) 564-7170 or communications chairman, Terri Mathews, at (318) 455-2001.

FOR MORE INFORMATION                               
Contact:  Pamela Brown, P.A.C.E.
(318) 564-7170 or thaipamela@yahoo.com

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Journalists Sought for "Night of the Living Travel Writers" Media Tour, October 25-28

Monday, 25 June, 2012 7:56 by Chris Jay

Four-day media trip will celebrate all things weird in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA -
Ever walked with a horde of 500 zombies? Eaten frog legs or “Gator n’ Taters” at the State Fair of Louisiana? Met a professional voodoo doll maker and toured her front yard art gallery? Journalists who participate in the upcoming “Night of the Living Travel Writers” media tour of Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, will do all of these things, and more, October 25-28, 2012.

Since long before Shreveport was a backdrop for HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” northwest Louisiana has embodied the same love for all things bizarre and unusual that is commonly associated with the city of New Orleans. Every attraction that we visit, every restaurant where we dine, every stop along the way – they’ll all be weird.

At the center of this experience will be the 5th Annual Shreveport Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 27. This event is believed to be the largest annual zombie walk in the southern United States. Please note that journalists participating in this tour will be transformed by a professional make-up artist into zombies in order to participate in the Shreveport Zombie Walk.    

Tour participants will arrive on the afternoon of Thursday, October 25 and depart on the afternoon of Sunday, October 28. All travel and meal costs will be covered for accepted journalists. This tour will be limited in size to five participants.

Interested? For more information, contact trip organizer Chris Jay at cjay@sbctb.org or (318) 429-0658.


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Just a few of the more than 500 zombies you'll walk - err, shamble - with during the "Night of the Living Travel Writers" Media Tour, Oct. 25-28. Photo by Douglas Opbroek.

Bossier Arts Council to Announce Details of Inaugural DigiFest South at May 22 Press Conference

Thursday, 17 May, 2012 11:48 by Chris Jay

Digital arts festival will be held September 6-9, 2012

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Bossier Arts Council (BAC) will unveil details of DigiFest South, a new digital arts festival and career fair, during a press conference at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the Cyber Innovation Center, 6300 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

Joined by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, BAC will introduce DigiFest South, a digital arts festival and career fair, to be held Sept. 6-9 at the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier City. DigiFest South will include a career fair, digital arts and vendor exhibitions and presentations by TEDx Red River featuring experts from Twin Engine Labs, CoHabitat Shreveport, Blade Studios, Fairfield Studios and more.

Due to Cyber Innovation Center’s security restrictions, those attending the press conference must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license. RSVPs are required for non-media attendees. Guests are asked to park in the visitor parking section, located to the right of the center aisle, and to avoid reserved and marked parking spaces.

To RSVP or for more information on DigiFest South, contact Clint McCommon at (318) 780-5924 or clint@fairfieldstudios.com.


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