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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Shreveport's first contemporary art museum displays nature big and bold

Stephane Lusk, with her mother, painter Marlene Yu, stand in front of Yu's paintings in the main exhibit hall featuring works more than 36 feet tall.

The Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation open Thursday in a rehabbed former 1950s-era YWCA building in downtown Shreveport.

The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an expansive main gallery that can accommodate Marlene Yu’s sprawling abstract paintings of nature. They drench the walls with color almost touching floor to ceiling.

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Red River Radio
8:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

LSU Shreveport explores charter school options

LSU Shreveport chancellor Larry Clark hopes a K-8 charter school could become a reality on campus.

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 11:12 am

LSU Shreveport is preparing to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes sense for the university to open a charter school.

Chancellor Larry Clark says it’s not the first time this idea has been tossed around. But now the LSUS Foundation is putting up funding for a consultant to formally explore the idea of creating a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school on campus.

Clark says it would serve the community and not be exclusive to high-achieving students.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:12 am

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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Red River Radio
10:07 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cirque de Shreve benefit honors Shreveport's circus ties

Attendees of a benefit for the Meadows Museum in Shreveport will see a historical display of artifacts connected to the Mighty Haag Circus.

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:29 pm

Plans for a Shreveport museum’s fundraiser will rekindle a rich part of the city’s history: the Mighty Haag Circus.

The Algur Meadows Museum of Art benefit is called 

Cirque de Shreve. The affair will be held on the grounds of the winter home of a circus that traveled the countryside in the U.S. and Canada for 40 years ending its run in 1938.

Benefit co-organizer Sherry Kerr’s landmark home, Pine Wold Manor, sits on the property that once belonged to circus owner, banker and real estate mogul Ernest Haag.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Whole Foods Market makes it official in Shreveport

Whole Foods Market is building a 32,000 square-foot grocery store in Shreveport at East 70th Street and Fern Avenue.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 12:47 pm

Construction on a Whole Foods Market is officially underway in Shreveport.

It marks the sixth grocery store in Louisiana for the Austin, Texas-based chain that specializes in natural and organic products, and prepared foods.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, the company’s executive marketing coordinator for the southwest region Laura Zappi reassured Shreveporters who have pined for Whole Foods that the attraction was always mutual.

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Red River Radio
9:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Italian food and frames among seven businesses to pop up in Shreveport

Megan Davis Taylor Fine Art turns pictures of family pets into paintings. Her store will be in the Pop UP running Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

Seven new businesses open today in downtown Shreveport as part of the second Pop UP Project, organized by Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority to spark interest in downtown retail development. The emerging businesses receive free rent for two weeks as way for them to try out their venture in a brick and mortar storefront.

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Red River Radio
9:13 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Shreveport-based Pandabit collects e-waste for fundraising

A Shreveport-based electronics recycling business has created a fundraising model for organizations to make money from e-waste deposited in recycling receptacles.

Pandabit CEO John-Scott Thompson says his “feed the panda” campaigns are catching on. He has five employees who are running two campaigns a week. Thompson splits proceeds with an organization 50-50.

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Red River Radio
11:32 am
Thu September 4, 2014

'Dr. Blood' returns to his Shreveport haunts

No bother the summer-like heat, artspace in downtown Shreveport is preparing for Halloween and bone-chilling artscare events with a new exhibition featuring the return home of Dr. Blood.

The handiwork of Shreveport native Drew Hunter, Dr. Blood debuted at the Louisiana State Fair in 1975 as the host of a haunted house that had a 10-year run at the fair.

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Red River Radio
9:12 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Downtown Shreveport developers seek retailers for rent-free storefront program

The two-story Zodiag building under renovation in downtown Shreveport will be part of the city's next Pop UP Project.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:53 pm

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority is gearing up for a second Pop UP project.

This time, a vacant, turn-of-the-century building in the central business district will be filled with 6,000 square-feet of retailers that currently don’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront.

Business owners apply to get a rent-free space in the Pop UP. If chosen, they will operate their venture out of the Zodiag building for two weeks, according to Liz Swaine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

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Red River Radio
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison has ushered ArtBreak through 30 years of promoting arts education in schools.

A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend.

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