Happy New Year folks of Red Riverville! Remember, no bars in Bossier City will be open since the big party night falls on church night (raise your hand if you think this law will change in the near future).
Family and friends in town and you need some place to take them to so they can get a bite of local food? Here's a list of non-chain restaurants recommended by RRBJ correspondent The Phat Girl Eats (yes, that's her real name --- when she's not dining out she's a part-time rap dj).
Asian: Kon Tiki, Nanking Cajun: The Blind Tiger, Bear's Restaurant and Sports Bar or Herbie K's Coffee: Columbia Cafe or Courtyard Coffee Indian: India's Restaurant or Utsave Contemporary Indian Cuisine Mexican: Nicky's, Trejo's or Superior Sandwich/Deli: Eartheral, Fertitta's Delicatessen or The Real Pickle Surf and Turf: The Cub, Don's Seafood or Noble Savage Tavern
Many folks spent their weekend waiting in line to buy Christmas presents. In New York City some folks waited in line 5 hours to viewstreet art. The line was 1/5 of a mile long. Here's video from YouTube that captured the wait to see 11 Spring Street.
Shows in Shreveport worth standing in line for? Clementine Hunter's grandson, James Hunter, has a show at Columbia Cafe. It closes December 31. At Meadows Museum a couple of other folk art shows run a little longer.
By the way if you want the scoop on all the art happenings in our area you've gotta read Robert Trudeau's site. The Shreveport Times thinks so much of Trudeau's work they've now got him on the front page of their website. About the Photo: Street Art in Shreveport at Columbia Park Summer 06.
Didn't make it to Christmas in the Sky or the Bossier Christmas Parade? Is your holiday month whizzing by? You still have time to have fun before Christmas arrives.
The kids will love the dancing fountain at Louisiana Boardwalk. Don't forget to visit Santa and his reindeer (Prancer was there the day RRBJ stopped in). And there's the nightly blizzard by the big Christmas tree.
Want to win a private screening of the film Factory Girl? Enter theirposter contest.
Not sure how to create a movie poster? Don't worry the contest package gives you step by step directions.
When is Factory Girl coming out so we can look for the Shreveport locations? Um, maybe never ifBob Dylan gets his way (look for the headline "Dylan Takes on Factory Girl). Page Six of The New York Post has more of the juicy-juice.
A little bit of New Orleans was wiped out early this morning. A car smashed down three of the posts holding up the second story balcony of the Spring Street Historical Museum on Spring Street.
The building boasts the only remaining example of New Orleans-style cast-iron grill work in Northwest Louisiana. The good news? Shreveport Madam Annie McCune's chair remains safely tucked away on the second floor.
Officers on the scene said the car that knocked down the posts suffered light damage.
(I guess now's not the time to ask the museum to update their website. I say quick add a blog link to the main page.)
Dogs must be on leash but what about foxes? While walking the cockapoo in Betty Virginia Park on Friday night RRBJ discovered an urban fox edging through the trees that line the south side of the park. A pink jacketed jogger said foxes have also been spotted roaming the 40 acres at RW Norton Art Gallery.
Should you be scared if you run into a fox? Albert Hillel, an Englishman who's written a book based on 20 years of observing the urban fox says, "If the fox was a man, I think he would be the kind of man you would like your daughter to marry. He is clever, reliable, a good providers and he doesn't seek a fight."
Your best chance of spotting one of the pointy faced creatures? Late afternoon because foxes are primarily nocturnal. If you get a good picture of one, send it along to RedRiverBlogJam@gmail.com and we'll post it.
For the first time ever RRBJ ventured out to join the masses on Black Friday. We were in search of a 4' pre-lit pink feather Christmas tree we'd spotted at Michael's.
Perhaps it was the glob of fog clinging to everything like congealed turkey gravy that made the morning less crazed. At first it seemed as though we were the only ones at 6 a.m. driving on Youree but then we spotted row after row of cars filling the Target parking lot.
Didn't get out today? You have 31 shopping days this year since Thanksgiving came early.
We didn't get the tree. Instead we settled for a 4' pre-lit silver foil tree purchased at Big!Lots. That plus some shaving cream brought our total to $20.40.
While Henry Miller Shreve didn't come over on the Mayflower, he did build a ship that allowed the westward expansion of America possible... and also cleared up that log jam and made the Red River navigable.
While we're blogging about Shreveport history, this Sunday at Barnes and Noble in Shreveport Gary Joiner will be signing copies of his latest book, Through the Howling Wilderness. Get your copy November 26 from 2-4. While you're there have a Grande Peppermint Mocha, Pilgrim.
RRBJ is grateful to live in an area with a thriving music community.
It's not enough to remind ourselves this is where Elvis got his start. A thriving music scene means new artists are working for their big break. The perfect gift for your musical genius is a membership to Tipitina's in downtown Shreveport.
Our new favorite is Ms Peachez. She's from Shreveport. It looks like she has a blast making silly songs for children. Play this video and make sure to buy her CD when it comes out..."You hear me?!"
Tables will be decorated in autumnal colors this week. Monday afternoon at Kroger's on Youree RRBJ caught Sharon Anderson doing some Thanksgiving shopping.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures say the cost per pound of frozen whole turkey as of December 2005 was $1.07.
Of course cooking your own meal is rather old fashioned. You could modern it up and try Luby's. It's a regionalish cafeteria that started in Texas. But if you really want to be in the digital age this Thanksgiving sip on a Turkey and Gravy soda followed with a little Key Lime Pie. Both are from the folks at Jones Soda.
What would Dr. William Rathje think about what Shreveporters throw away? Quick, somebody nominate us for his Garbology Project at the University of Arizona. By the way, most weeks the trash is picked up on Mondays in Highland.
"I found bliss early. It was reading or thinking in the spread out trunk of a pink flowered mimosa tree in our front yard.
I made my freest art back then. When I was a little kid alone in my room, I danced to music from a tiny record player. I had a built up platform in the bottom of my closet, so I would push the clothes back on either side and dance away in funky costumes I found around the house. Now when I create art, I am seeking to go back to my bliss." Usher May 24, 2010