THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS: NORTON ART GALLERY PRIVATE TOURS now open to the public on a limited basis. On Thursdays two tours available: 10 a.m., “A Family Tour,” focusing on exploring the museum from a child’s point of view, and at 11:15 a.m., adult tours, visiting a different part of the museum’s permanent collection each week. Also, on Fridays at 11:15 a.m., the adult tours will be offered. Free to the public but you must have a ticket prior to attending, which are available at www.rwnaf.org. For more information, contact R.W. Norton Art Gallery at 318-865- 4201.
THROUGH MAY 22: CRITICAL MASS 9 is on display at artspace. This body of work by over 100 artists was submitted for audience appreciation and critics review. The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) presented the annual conflagration of Northwest Louisiana visual, literary and performance artists. For more information, contact the Shreveport Regional Arts Council or email: Artspaceshreveport.com or shrevearts.org.
THROUGH MAY 29: BOSSIER ARTS COUNCIL presents the artworks of Bonnie Kirkley in the Emerging Artists Gallery. Kirkley is a multi-disciplined artist, often employing techniques and methods acquired in her work as an illustrator and designer. Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City. For more information, contact Michael Byrnes at 318-741-8310.
THROUGH MAY 29: BOSSIER ARTS COUNCIL presents the artwork “She’s Teaching Me” by Deanna Glaze, featuring Shelby Glaze, in the East Bank Artist Gallery. Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City. For more information, contact Michael Byrnes at 318-741-8310.
THROUGH SEPT. 25: BOSSIER ARTS COUNCIL is hosting their popular artists' call for a third time, “Contained Cubed,” the 12” x 12” show. Local artists can submit their works for this exhibition, and all works will be sold for $50. Artwork submitted will be juried by an anonymous gallery panel. $10 submission fee for non-members. Free submission for BAC members/students/military (must provide valid ID). All completed works must be dropped off by Sept. 25 at Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd. Artworks will be on display in the East Bank Gallery from Oct. 1 until Nov. 30. Opening reception Oct. 8. For more information, contact Michael Byrnes at Michael@ bossierarts.org or 318-741-8310.
MAY 15: RAILROAD DAY AT THE MUSEUM. Tours, talks, model railroad demonstrations, photos, live music, The Joanitones from 11:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. and great food. Admission free, family-friendly and leashed, well-behaved pets are invited, too. 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Railroad Museum and Shreveport Water Works Museum. 142 North Common St., Shreveport.
BAYOU THUNDER SALOON: Live music. 1910 Market St., Shreveport. 318-848-7732.
CHIANTI: Dorsey Summerfield Jr., 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday in the Green Room. 6535 Line Ave., Shreveport. 868-8866.
CLARION INN: Winston Hall and Chris Allen, The Three Dons, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays. 4000 Industrial Drive, Bossier City. Call 747-0711.
ERNEST'S ORLEANS: Wednesdays Burgers, Blues and Betty: Featuring Betty Lewis and Don Mason, 5:30-9 p.m. 1601 N. Spring Street, Shreveport. 318-226-1325.
FAT’S OYSTER HOUSE: Live music. 450 Clyde Fant Pkwy. 318-459-1448.
FATTY ARBUCKLE'S: Live music. 450 Clyde Fant Pkwy. 318-459-1448.
FLYING HEART BREWING & PUB: Live music is from 7-9:30 p.m. every Thursday night. 700 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City. Call 584-7039.
FRANK'S PIZZA: Live music: May 6, Jennifer Janet, 6-9 p.m.; May 13, T.D. McMurry, 6-9 p.m.; May 20, Hali Brown, 6-9 p.m.; May 27, Ryn, 6-9 p.m.; June 3, Daniel Goodwill, 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 318-230- 7130. Ask for Jeremy Shows.
FROZEN PIROGUE: Live music: May 7, Mathis Crew; May 8, Seth Bradford. 515 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City. 318-459-6672.
GREAT RAFT BREWING: Live music: May 7, Will Maranto & The Usual Suspects, 5 p.m. Tasting Room 4-8 p.m. Wed. through Fri., 12-8 p.m. Saturday for both in-person service and curbside pickup. 1251 Dalzell, Shreveport. Call 318-734-9881.
PORT CITY BARBQUE: Live music. 784 E. Flournoy Lucas Road, Shreveport. 318-208-8767.
RED RIVER BREWPUB: Live music. 1200 Marshall St., Shreveport. 318-317-4110.
SUPERIOR'S STEAKHOUSE: Live piano music every weekend. The Stilettos, 6-10 p.m. first Friday of every month; every other Friday, Toni Mundy Evans Duo, 6-10 p.m.; first Saturday of the month, Skylar Smith. Every other Saturday, Daniel Ley Duo. 855 Pierremont Road, No. 120, Shreveport. 219-4123.
TACOMANIA: Live music: May 5, Joanie and Kyle of the Joanitones, 6-9 p.m. 641 East Kings Highway. 318-868- 4588.
THE LOT DOWNTOWN: Live music and food trucks: May 5, Cinco De Mayo from 3 to 10 p.m. Admission $5. 400 Crockett St., Shreveport. 318-489-1605.
TWISTED ROOT: Monday night is Trivia Night from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, live music on the patio from 6-9 p.m., Buddy Flett. 8690 Line Ave., Shreveport. 868-6410.
| SPECIAL EVENTS
ONGOING: THE AMERICAN ROSE CENTER’S 47TH BLOOMING SEASON is open to the public. Peak rose bloom is expected between mid-April and mid- May. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport. Admission to the gardens is by donation. For more information, call 318-938-5402 or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americanrosecenter.
THROUGH MAY 25: REMEMBERING 47 YEARS, LIBBEY GLASS OF SHREVEPORT and “Half Way Between Eunice and Mamou” by Julie Glass, sculptor; and Rita Rabalais, author, biography of Minor Vinck. Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Free admission, M-F, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport. 318-632-2020. Sos.la.gov/lsem or www.laexhibitmuseum.org.
EVERY SATURDAY THROUGH NOV. 20: BOSSIER CITY FARMERS’ MARKET. May 8, celebrate “Moms at the Market.” 100+ vendors and food trucks every week. The market has an abundance of fresh veggies and fruits, food trucks, jams, salsa, honey, baked goods, street tacos, jellies, handmade soap, pickles, flowers, bread, pies, tamales, kettle corn, candies, Cajun cuisine, BBQ and much more. Market hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Located at 2950 E. Texas St. on the south side of Pierre Bossier Mall. For more information, www.BossierCityFarmersMarket.com
MAY 6: AUTHOR CHAT SERIES concludes at the Shreve Memorial Library featuring local author and blogger Angela Gatlin Keys. The virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/SMLchat9.
MAY 8: CHALK IS CHEAP. Bossier Arts Council and the East Bank District and Plaza will host the first-ever “Chalk is Cheap: Chalk Art Challenge!” Family event, pet friendly. Teams register at https://forms.gle/ fVnn5gNUZ8LP2xdr5 ($35 per team) and will receive a 10' x 10' spot to create. Chalk will be provided to each registered team or you may bring your own. Teams will have five hours to complete their chalk art masterpieces. 3 p.m. 600 block of Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City. For more information, contact BAC 318-741-8310.
MAY 8: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. Sci-Port Discovery Center collaborates with the Mahogany Ensemble Theater to produce a special onetime Star Wars-themed family experience. Enjoy music and even a special appearance by Darth Vader. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars Jedi or Sith characters and explore the world of STEM. Please visit www.sci-port.org for more information.
MAY 8: REVIN’ WITH REV INAUGURAL CAR SHOW hosted by the LSU Shreveport Alumni Association. The event is situated on LSUS campus and will offer sponsored vendor booths, food trucks and much more. Familyfriendly open admission, COVID protocol. Only preregistration will be offered. No day-of, on-site registrations will be accepted. $20 registration fee at https://forms.gle/3eX4rkdiA9pCDSSZA. Top 10 will be awarded in addition to a Best in Show award and a Chancellor’s Choice award.
MAY 8-9: DEFENDERS OF LIBERTY AIR SHOW at Barksdale Air Force Base returns with new guidelines. Printed tickets correspond with assigned designated parking so visitors will need to acquire before being admitted. Tickets free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ barksdale-defenders-of-liberty-airspace-show-100-years-on-targettickets-145929373685. Printed tickets must be presented at the security gate. Also, what you can and cannot take with you on the base is at the airshow's website: https://www.facebook.com/ barksdaleairshow. Gates open at 9 a.m.
THROUGH MAY 9: STATE FAIR OF LOUISIANA first-ever spring fair with rides, food, entertainment and livestock exhibits. Hours 12 noon - 10 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Gate admission, $12. For more information on special promotions and COVID protocols, go to www.statefairoflouisiana.com or call 318-635-1361.
MAY 9: SUNDAY BRUNCH WASTED. Spend
a Funday celebrating the art of brunch at The Agora Borealis! Guests
will participate in an instructional paint class led by Louisiana
awardwinning artist Karen La Beau, while enjoying delectable eats from
Chef Niema Longstratt, a specialty drink from Champagne Charlie’s Bubble
Bar, jazzy New Orleans vibes by Louisiana songwriter Alan Dyson, and
something sweet from Chef Panderina “PanSou” Soumas. Cost: $65 per
person. Space limited. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 421 Lake St., downtown
MAY 14-15: LOT – A CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. Crawfish for adults $10 and kids, $5 at The Lot, 400 Crockett St., downtown Shreveport. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 16: RUNNING OF THE HOGS COMES TO LIFE ON AZALEA DRIVE. A
street festival and fundraiser with live music such as DG & the
Freetown Sound of Lafayette, and Bayou Gypsies. Mechanical bulls and
street entertainers will dot the landscape. Spanish wines and local
beers will be ready for thirsty patrons. All the food provided will come
from efforts of chefs Blake Jackson, Jordan Ramirez, Dustie Latiolais
and a local barbecue team. For more information, contact Matt Snyder at
318-272-3139 or email email@example.com
MAY 22-23: MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 4 as
you have never heard it before – in a moving and effective reduction
for small ensemble, featuring the internationally award-winning soprano
Janani Sridhar. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. First Baptist
Shreveport, with sociallydistanced audience and streamed online.
Shreveport Symphony, call 318-227-8863.
MAY 26: BEST IN SHEAUX 2021 begins
with a silent auction and dog voting. June 5: Runway Dog Show Airs.
June 12: VIP Awards Show at The Lot from 6-9 p.m. at 400 Crockett St.
Tickets are available to event sponsors. From “pure breeds” to our
beloved mutts, all dogs are welcome to strut their stuff on the Best in
Sheaux runway. Proceeds allow the Robinson’s Rescue to continue with
their mission to provide high-quality, low-cost spay-neuter services to
our community. For more information on how to be a sponsor or enter your
dog, call 318-221-0017 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 28-30: MUDBUG MADNESS. Live
music on two stages. Kids' activities, Cornhole Tournament all three
days. $5 lunch specials on Friday with happy hour $3 drinks until 7 p.m.
Headliners include Sister Hazel, Wayne Toups, Seratones, Willie Jones,
Bag of Donuts, Chubby Carrier, Lost Bayou Ramblers, CJ Chenier and more.
Memorial Day weekend at downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza, 101
Crockett St., Shreveport. For more information, Mudbugmadness.com.
JUNE 7 - AUGUST 13: SCI-PORT SUMMER CAMPS. Register
your child for Sci-Port Discovery Center’s Summer Camps: Offering both
half-day and full-day sessions. Designed for students from kindergarten
through sixth grade. Limited spots available. Please visit www.sci-port.org for complete schedule and costs.
JUNE 10: GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTH LOUISIANA’S Lifting
Up Communities Luncheon Celebrating 95 Years of Service. The luncheon
will feature some outstanding individuals, community partners and staff
who have helped our mission succeed, and concludes Goodwill Month,
annually celebrated in May. For more information, contact Lynn Stevens,
318-629- 5980 or email, email@example.com.
JUNE 12-13: BEETHOVEN & HAYDN. The full orchestra performs two beloved works from Western classical repertoire - Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony. Former Wideman winner Alon Goldstein will take your breath away with his impeccable musicianship. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. First Baptist Shreveport, with socially-distanced audience, and streamed online. Shreveport Symphony, call 318-227- 8863.
JULY 20-24: CHARACTER CREATION CAMP. The Bossier Arts Council has teamed up will local artist Alex Richardson of Dasuq Arts to teach your kiddos the ins and outs of character design. Starting with brainstorming sessions and ending with mini art reception for all campers on Saturday, July 24, at 12 p.m. Each camper will get hands-on instructions in design elements, proportions, facial expressions and more. Camp session will run Tuesday, July 20-Friday, July 23, from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Mini reception will be on Saturday, July 24, from 12-1 p.m. Camp fees include: sketch books, pencils, snacks and a finished framed art work to display at the mini art reception. Ages 5-10. Camp registration required, https://bit.ly/3fNc325 Fee: $250. Space is limited/masks will be required. For more information, contact BAC at 318-741-8310.
MAY 15: AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT, 2021 SUMMER MUSICAL. Shreveport Little Theatre will hold auditions for Stephen Schwartz’s "Children of Eden" to be performed in concert at First Baptist Church Shreveport. SLT is holding hybrid auditions, both in person and digital auditions. Actors and singers can audition via video submission or by reserving an audition time with the SLT box office. 1 p.m. 812 Margaret Place, Shreveport. Videos submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 14. In-person must reserve a slot be calling 318-424-4439. All roles are available. For more information, contact SLT or visit them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 8: LAGER JOGGER 5K AND BEER MILE. Whether you’re a serious 5K competitor or just in it for the beer, sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Shreveport/LagerJogger5kBee. Presented by Great Raft Brewing and
SportSpectrum. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 318-734-9881.
MAY 15: ANNUAL 5K AND HALF MARATHON kick off the Independence Bowl Foundation’s public events. Registration for both races is available online at RadianceTechnologiesIndependence Bowl.com/Kickoff-K/ or at RunSignUp. com/Race/LA/Shreveport/KickoffKs. For more information regarding registration windows and prices, call 318-221-0712.
JUNE 5: UNITED WAY’S #RUN4NWLA VIRTUAL FUN RUN & 5K. Tickets are on sale as part of the 100th year of service celebration. The top three runners with the best times in each age/gender division will be recognized and awarded. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring, please contact Carly Koen at email@example.com.
SAM'S TOWN HOTEL AND CASINO SHREVEPORT: 315 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport. 811-429-0711. www.samstown.com.
Includes four restaurants, luxurious signature spa – spa blu – a
1,500-seat Convention Center, spacious hotel tower and outdoor pool. The
property has a 30,000-square-foot casino with 28 table games including
blackjack-21, roulette, baccarat, craps and more than 1,100 video poker
and slot machines. Additionally, Sam’s Town Shreveport includes the
Shreveport Trading Company Gift Shop and Sam’s Town Live, an intimate
venue featuring local and national musicians. Boyd Gaming has brought
back the iconic Stardust brand in a social casino app (available for
download at the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store). Book a
hotel room or suite and enjoy our award-winning rooms, refreshing pool
and fitness center, and relish in delicious meals at Smokey Joe’s or
William B’s Steakhouse. More information on Sam’s Town Casino Shreveport
can be found at www.samstownshreveport.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.
com/SAMSTOWN), and Twitter (@ stshreveport). Sam’s Town Casino
Shreveport is a property of Boyd Gaming.
HORSESHOE BOSSIER CITY HOTEL AND CASINO: 711 Horseshoe Blvd., Bossier City. 742-0711. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Caesars Rewards members should swipe their cards at Promotions Kiosks for promotions. See Caesars Rewards for details. Mystery Reward Credit Multiplier on Monday and Tuesday. Swipe card for a chance to win up to a 100X Multiplier or a 3X Multiplier for video poker. Asian 3K Drawing on Mondays: Swipe Rewards card to activate your entry into the drawing between 7 and 11:45 p.m. in the Mini Baccarat area. Drawings happen every half-hour starting at 8 p.m. closing at 12 a.m. One winner will be announced to receive promotional chips or Free Slot Play. Play More, Get More: On Wednesday, the more you play, the more you can earn in free play. Earn 100 tier credits each promotional day to participate. May only redeem once per promotional day once finished playing. 1:1 Reward Credits to Free Slot Play: Every Thursday, Rewards members can swipe their card at the Promotions Kiosk and exchange Reward Credits for Free Slot Play at a 1:1 ratio.
HARRAH'S LOUISIANA DOWNS: 8000 E. Texas St., Bossier City. 742-5555. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Caesars Rewards members should swipe their cards at Promotions Kiosks for promotions. See Caesars Rewards for details. Mystery Reward Credit Multiplier on Tuesday. Swipe card for a chance to win up to a 100X Multiplier. 1:1 Reward Credits to Free Slot Play every Wednesday, $1,000 Free Slot Play Cap. Feast on Free Slot Play drawings every Friday and Saturday with a chance to win up to $600 in Free Slot Play. Activation is from 3 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. One free entry upon activation; additional entries are earned based on Tier. Starting at 4 p.m., winners will be announced every hour until 10 p.m. From 4 - 9 p.m., four winners will receive $100 in Free Slot Play. At 10 p.m., one winner will receive $600 in Free Slot Play. Fuddruckers Special: Earn 100 on Friday and Saturday. Caesars Rewards members who earn 100 Tier Credits can receive a complimentary meal voucher for a burger, fries and a drink at Fuddruckers (max value $20) and valid for seven days.