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It’s been a walloping weird week in downtown Shreveport, just like we like it. Where else could you find bikers, nuns and zombies all chilled out, watching the movie ‘Wild Hogs’ in the middle of Texas Street and tossing back a beer? I’m telling you, folks, only here. It just makes us smile.
It was a week with a great big bow on it...
for downtown’s own Mollie Corbett. Mollie, a local photographer who happens to have a space at CoHabitat, 620 Commerce Street, was asked to sing “God Bless America” during Game 5 of the World Series Monday night.  As Billy Crystal used to say on Fernando’s Hideaway, she looked mah-velous. Sounded mah-velous, too.
 
And rounding off our news with a twist,
who knew that being a chef could be so dangerous? Chef Scott at the fun-and-funky little Sevendipity restaurant, 420 Marshall, apparently got a little TOO aggressive with a dish o’ something and broke his wrist. Again.  We’ve heard of people sacrificing their bodies for the game, but holy smokes…

Put on your best spiked heels… your weekend is full of Halloween thrills. Trick or Treat

 
THURSDAY
It’s Spooky Science Week at SciPort Science Center. Drop by through October 30 at 3 and 4 pm to learn how to make edible blood, guts and slime, glowing gloop, edible compost and marvelous mucus. Truly, when have you heard ‘marvelous’ and ‘mucus’ used in the same sentence? We are so very proud to be the first. Spooky Science Week
 
 

Are there ghosts downtown? Skeptics and believers alike are invited to the scary Haunted Tour of the Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley, tonight at 6pm. Much like the famous scene in the “Blair Witch Project”, marvelous mucus may flow as you witness something not-quite-explainable. Are you scared yet? You should be. Make sure your will is up to date. Tickets are $10 each.
 
Detach a limb and let the grossness flow tonight at The Boot, 211 Texas Street, for the all-night zombie party.
 Zombies need no sleep nor do they need a job, but apparently they do need jello!  All the ‘sexy’ zombies will be rolling around in the flavorful gelatin dessert at midnight for a chance to win $150 cash and the adoration of the undead crowd.  
 
Come face to face with your primal instincts this weekend at the Ultimate Fear Haunted House, 1035 Texas Avenue. Hours are 7-11pm tonight, 7-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10 Sunday and 7-11 on Halloween night. Shreveport ghosts and legends haunt this chilling warehouse space, which is guaranteed to make you wish you were somewhere else, doubletime. Tickets are $16 per.

FRIDAY
 
Our MetroPCS Lunch on the Lawn continues! This week, join us at the Caddo Parish Courthouse lawn for live music with Airheart from noon-1pm.  Purchase hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and more from on-site vendors.  Brown bag lunches are available at Sevendipity (420 Marshall), 4J’s Java and More (605 Texas) and artspace (710 Texas).  Remember that one lucky business card gets drawn each week for a FREE catered lunch for 10 on the lawn.  Support free live music downtown to keep it coming back! MetroPCS Lunch on the Lawn
 
artscare Marilyn.  Michael.  Elizabeth.  Steven.  Amy.  All dead celebs that will come back to life for a brief time Friday night at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s quirky Dead Celeb Ball.  Go as your favorite dead celeb or dress to die for.  The artscare kicks off in the middle of the street at 710 Texas at 7:30pm Friday night Food, fun, drinks, live music, dead people, a live and dead auction, what more could a ghoul want?  Tix are $25 and some are left, but get there early and party like there’s no tomorrow.

Wander up the street to Robinson Film Center after your artscare to catch our favorite spooky comedy, Young Frankenstein.  The Freak-Out film starts at 10pm, 617 Texas Street, and will include a Halloween pre-show and an Abby Normal drink special.  Pack your darts and your wooden arm and make a night of it.  Mozart’s Sister and the new thriller Drive round out Robinson’s thrilling, chilling weekend. 
 
What?!  Too spooked to be sleepy?  Then join us for still more Halloween madness downtown Friday night.  After artscare and Young Frankenstein, it’s time to disco!
 Zombie Disco II kicks off at 10pm at Phoenix Underground.  $300 Zombie costume contest and all zombies get in free.  600 Market Street.
 
Around the corner at Fatty Arbuckles in the Red River District,
enjoy the cross-dressing Moulin Dudes and Dylan the Astronaut.  The show starts at midnight-ish.
 
Christian Artist
Chris Tomlin with special guest Louie Giglio and Christy Nockels will be in the house at Municipal Auditorium Friday beginning at 7pm Friday.  Get information here  but get it fast.  There are only 500 tickets left!
 
Music, music and more music… Riverside Warehouse, 630 Commerce Street, is pulling out all the stops Friday night for their “Warehouse Halloween Party.”
 Join Rehab as they sing their famous song, Bartender.  Not ringing a bell?  “Bartender, I really did it this time, broke my parole to have a good time.”  The Riverside Warehouse party starts early and ends early… the next morning.  ●  Lake Street Dance Hall, 425 Lake Street, features Bayou Boogie from 7-11pm.  ●  Hanna jams with an acoustic set at The Noble Savage, 417 Texas Street, beginning at 9pm.  ●  The Celebrity Lounge at Eldorado features Starving for Gravity Friday and Saturday at 10pm.  With 3.3 million views on myspace, this is a band on the rise, ‘cause not even their mammas can click that many times!

SATURDAY
The Fall Farmer’s Market returns to Festival Plaza from 8am-noon Saturday.  Join local artist Nadine Charity for a pumpkin carving seminar and groove to the Wampus Cats, part of the homegrown music series.  Don’t forget the real reason you’re there…fresh fall vegetables, homemade jellies and pies, gourds, punkins, homemade peanut butter granola and more.  We and more  our Farmer’s Market.  Click here to see a list of vendors.
 
After the market, walk over to the Barnwell Garden and Art Center to help out with the annual
conservatory and grounds clean up.  7:30am for coffee and cinnamon rolls, 7:45am - the clean-up begins.  Prune, pick-up, put away… all for a great cause, to keep our beautiful Barnwell looking nice.
 
In the market for a rat scatterer?  
Pick up an H & R Ultra Varmint at Riverview Hall, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, during this weekend’s Gun & Knife Show show.  You can buy, sell, trade or just look.  Lots of interesting things if you’re into this type of heavy metal!  Doors open at 9am Saturday, 10am Sunday.
 
Shreveport Opera Join the Shreveport Opera and The Merry Widow Saturday night at Riverview Theatre beginning at 7:30pm.  When Clarice Tuckus learns her philandering husband Bo won the lottery before passing away from generalized irritability, things become merry indeed, with a regular Tuckus Ruckus.  That is so seriously NOT what this opera is about, so please do not say you heard that here.  It has more to do with high notes, great vocalists, wonderful costumes and a community in the hunt to find a rich widow a husband. 

If you mention this eblast, you will get 10% off the cost of your tickets, the least expensive of which is just $15!  Immediately following The Merry Widow, join your friends for some into-the-night merry-making at the Eldorado Casino & Hotel for the After-the-Opera party!  Meet the cast, enjoy a great buffet and cash bar.  Only $20 per person for the after-event.  RSVP at 227-9503.

Bring your little ghost or ghoul to Sci-Port Saturday night from 6-9pm for a safe, fun Tricks & Treats Night sponsored in part by Chesapeake Energy and the Shreveport Convention Center.  Loads of children’s activities plus a Vampire Buffet and Recycled Dance Moves. $7 members, $9 non-members.

The lovely Logan Mansion, 725 Austin Place (across from the Municipal Auditorium) will be hosting Halloween Candlelight Tours on Saturday night from 6-8pm.  Come anytime between those hours and for $10 you’ll receive a tour of this 1897 Queen Anne beauty and hear about the strange paranormal experiences that have occurred there.  In addition, a rarely-seen Victorian Mourning (as in death) Exhibit will have clothing, curiosities, customs and superstitions observed after the death of a loved one.  Call 459-2285 for more information.
 
You ready for some
football?  Join your friends in Eldorado’s Celebrity Lounge to watch all the college matchups on the really big screen.  Join them 11am-6pm on Saturday for all the college tilts, 11am-9pm on Sunday for the pro dustups, and Mondays from 7pm-11pm for Monday Night Football.  Game specials on wings, hot dogs, nachos, beverages and more.
 
Your Saturday night MUZAK roundup!  Eldorado
unleashes Saturday Neon Nights this week at midnight with black lights, lasers and tons of other special effects.  DJ Shortee will get the party going with a Rave-style scene until 3am.  ●  Next door at Sam’s Town Live, enjoy the get-your-move-on sounds of Avery Michaels and Ambush.  ●  The Korner Lounge, 800 Louisiana, starts its Halloween bash at 8pm.  A cash costume contest happens at midnight, and there are drink specials all night.  ●  Phoenix Underground, 600 Market, invites you to party with other creatures of the night on Saturday.  A lucrative ($1000 to winner!) costume contest and music until 6am.  ●  Chicky’s Boom Boom Room, 205 Texas Street, features one of our favorite groups, Bushrod Jenkins.  The crew will kick it off at 10pm with ALL treats, no tricks!  ●  See Fiddlin Tim & Em at Lake Street Dance Hall from 7-11pm.  ●   Dearmond will be playing ‘bluesy rock’ at The Noble Savage, 417 Texas.  ●  The Boot, 211 Texas Street, features a haunted karaoke contest with a $250 first prize.  You know how mail chimp feels about karaoke…it pretty much haunts our dreams already.
 
If drinking and dancing aren’t your thing, make your way instead to the 800 block of Texas Avenue for the newest minicine? offering.  It’s the Dia de los Muertos 2011 Art and Music Fiesta and Costume PartyDia de los Muertos, “the Day of the Dead” is a tradition in Mexico, a three-day festival to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed away.  It’s also a huge party, filled with song, food, stories and skeletons sitting around the kitchen table.   The minicine? event features all of the above + 35 artists from around the world displaying and selling wares. 7-11:30pm Dia de los Muertos

SUNDAY
Leave it to The Bassment (that fish thing again) at the Sandbar to come up with the most creative contest theme this weekend with the White Trash Bash.  Sunday night, join them for the White Trash Costume Contest.  Win you some Skoal and $200 big ones by dressing up in yore best Daisy Dukes and overhauls.  Git ‘er done!
 
You can Bunco for Breast Cancer on Sunday at the Barnwell Art Center, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway.  The event goes from 2-6pm with proceeds going to breast cancer research.  Prizes, raffles and loads of fun!

MONDAY... HALLOWEEN!
After a full weekend of Halloween, it’s hard to remember that Monday actually IS Halloween!  CoHabitat, 610 Commerce Street, is hosting a family-friendly trick or treat event.  Trick or CoHabiTreat goes from 6-8pm with crafts for kiddos, light refreshments, plus plenty of candy.  $20-$30 (depending on group size) will also purchase you a professional photo of your trick-or-treating crew. 
 
Remember that our fun little neighborhood bistro,
Sevendipity, is now open until 6:30pm Monday-Friday.  Drop in and pick up an item to go after work, or stop by for a nice relaxing meal before heading home.  In addition, full breakfasts are available at 6:30am.  Fun menu additions include fish and chips, BBQ sandwiches, new desserts and more.  Check them out at 420 Marshall Street, right behind Government Plaza.   

Monsour’s, 830 Fannin, is now open from 4pm-6:30pm for happy hour drinks and eats.

WEDNESDAY

Got some “Ideas Worth Spreading?” Join CoHabitat, Robinson Film Center, and Moonbot Studios for the first of the TEDx Red River Series on Wednesday, Nov.  2, 6pm-7:30pm at Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas.  TED, short for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a movement happening world-wide.  The Nov.  2 kickoff features a talk by Moonbot’s Brandon Oldenburg and will lead into a series of TED talks Jan-May.  TEDx
 
 

For more events, check out our calendar at www.downtownshreveport.com.
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BLAST!

Friday, Nov. 11
8pm
Strand Theatre
An EXPLOSION of Music & Theater!

Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair

Saturday, Nov. 5
At the Triangle

Corner of Common & Texas Ave
10am-5pm

 Boo!  Boo!  Boo!  Seriously.
Boo!
Well.  This is just ridiculous.


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