Now in its 63rd season, Shreveport Opera delights theatergoers with classic operas rendered in sumptuous visual and euphonic hues. The Merry Widow weaves a tale of frustrated love and political intrigue in fin de siècle Paris. The plot follows the diplomats of a tiny European principality as they strive to convince a wealthy widow to keep her fortune in the country by marrying one of their own. Adulterous flirtations and farcical misunderstandings spice up mercenary machinations, all set to a catchy score by Austrian composer Franz Lehár. Balcony-level seating ensures unobstructedly elevated sightlines and prevents distraction from cheapskate rabbits trying to burrow in without a ticket.
Peter Pan Players is a local theater company made up of passionate, young thespians yearning to express their boundless imagination through theater. With this deal, you’ll catch the troupes’ production of Annie, the story of a little red-headed orphan yearning to find her parents, featuring timeless tunes “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” Annie, like all of Peter Pan Players’ performances, will engage audiences of all ages with its intricate set designs, realistic costumes, knockout vocal talent, and cameos from various members of the Finnish Parliament.
The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, named as a tribute to the military presence in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, pits pigskin players from the Atlantic Coast Conference against their Mountain West Conference counterparts in a hard-hitting college football matchup. For this year's game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6) will take on the Air Force Falcons (8-4) in a battle between the two of the nation's best rushing attacks. Watch elusive Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen try to outgain Air Force running back Asher Clark, who's been equipped by the military with helicopter blades to glide over Georgia Tech's linebackers. With a south end-zone seat, you'll watch the game from the quarterback’s perspective, without having the responsibility of leading offensive plays or maneuvering gracefully in shoulder pads.
The kitchen at Abby Singer's Bistro serves up mouthwatering platters of American pub fare, with an upscale twist, on the second floor of the nonprofit Robinson Film Center. Midday noshing can begin with one of the lunch menu's southern-style favorites such as chicken and waffles drizzled with maple syrup ($9.50) or sautéed shrimp and fried green tomatoes that inhabit a pool of rémoulade sauce ($11). Limber rigid chomping muscles for an evening meal from the dinner menu by warming up with appetizers such as crabmeat-stuffed avocado ($12) or cheeseboard, which touts a mighty triumvirate of gourmet cheeses accompanied by an entourage of crackers and seasonal fruit ($14). Silence boisterous stomachs with a seared duck breast sidled up to a serving of veggies and a choice of sweet or regular mashed potatoes, or goat cheese new potatoes ($22). Or, pair an 8-ounce turkey burger stuffed into a sourdough bun ($11) with a glass of Chilean malbec ($8), which, like professional soccer, was imported to the United States from South America in 2008.
Strange Days in the District sends guests meandering through the Red River District amid a carnival-inspired art and music extravaganza, enjoying local art, street performances, and live music and burlesque acts. Stretch spectator-legs at The New Orleans Bingo! Show, a multimedia musical game-show cabaret featuring dancers, aerialists, clowns, audience interaction, and a Brechtian cabaret band; indulge eyes in peripatetic aesthetics by visiting local artists' exhibits. Shenanigans continue with performances from Dirtfoot, an auditory conglomeration of gypsy, punk, and country music, plus the burlesque spectacles of the troupes Fleur De Tease and Bon Temps Burlesque. A rain or shine event, Strange Days in the District takes place entirely outdoors, so those attending best memorize the Farmer's Almanac moon record beforehand and pack a parasol if rain is prophesized.