I love the Shreve Memorial Library, I truly do, but honestly I love this town even more. That is why I realize that our library system is only a tiny piece of a city that is steeped in local culture and arts. In the mood to watch a good independent movie? Done. Live music more your bag? Easy. Yearning to see something a little different and stray off the beaten path? Go get weird, we got that too. The arts are alive and well here in the 318 and all you have to do is to know where to look. For that, hopefully I may be able to be of some assistance. These are a few of my personal favorites.
If you are looking to have a fun night out and listen to some great music, then you really can’t beat Bears on Fairfield. This tavern has some phenomenal live shows. Add trivia nights, stand-up comedians, and a great atmosphere and the choice becomes clear. If you are looking for a more outdoor venue, then try hitting up Fatty Arbuckles located under the Texas St. bridge in the Red River District. If you are looking to drink deep from the waters of the Shreveport night life and really take it all in, this is a good place to start. If you want a place where everyone knows your name, you can’t do much better than the Tiki Bar and Grill. This pub perfectly shows how diverse Shreveport is. Whether you are there to bang your head on Metal Monday, dance the night away to some Bayou Raggae courtesy of the Stiff Necked Fools on Tiki Thursday, or just relax and hang out with good people who remember your name, remember the Tiki Bar and Grill.
Wanting to catch a movie, maybe something you can’t see at Tinseltown or Regal Cinemas? Check out the Robinson Film Center. Seriously, the best movies come here. I can’t put it much simpler than that. Independent releases, local productions, classics, and cult hits are just a few of the areas that the Robinson dabbles in. For some extra fun, keep on the lookout for the next “Friday Night Freak-Out”, where they devote a night to fan favorites and cult classics peppered with fun contests and often costume encouraged. Also, take a trip upstairs to Abbey’s Bistro for another delicious selection of food. (Chicken and waffles people, need I say more?)
There are three things you can count on in Shreveport in the fall: 90 degree weather, Pumpkin Spice flavored cappuccino at Circle K, and the Red River Revel. If you are a long time resident or a visitor from out of town, chances are you have heard of it. This is one of our town’s biggest gatherings and celebrates our unique culture in a fun and family encouraged environment. It is also the precursor to another much anticipated event, the State Fair of Louisiana! (If you aren’t excited about this then you should consider talking to a doctor to help remedy the problem. I mean, people wait all year for the turkey legs alone.)
Speaking of things to do during the fall, the Fifth Annual Shreveport Zombie Walk will be shambling downtown on October 27th. This event is sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank in an effort to gather canned food donations for their cause (2010’s walk closed with 900 lbs.!). It’s a romp that is fun for the whole undead family. Participants are encouraged to put on their most gruesome makeup and rotten attire and join the horde with their buddies in tow. This also features a costume contest, live music, and a “Little Zombie” area for the tiniest among us to have fun too. Don’t let the subject matter fool you, this is a blast that is fun for the whole family. With over 600 attendees last year alone this is fast becoming a fun and wacky new tradition.
Well I do say my time is up and I must be off. Yeah this is a short list that barely scratches the surface of things to do around town, but that is where a little personal research comes in. Just think of it as embracing the spirit of adventure! Hopefully, this should get you started in yours. This is going to be a great month for Shreveport and if you let it, the town will prove that to you. Keep an eye out for me at one or more of these places and events (except for the Zombie Walk. L I shall be out of town so I’m looking to you the people to shamble on for me). I’ll be the guy with the face and the hair and such so I’ll be easy to spot.