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.
Contemporary playwright Charles L. Mee's Big Love is a provocative study of sexuality, gender equality, and love. The play, a dramatic retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Danaids, follows the story of 50 brides as they try to escape their arranged marriages by running away to Italy. The plot is thickened with a healthy helping of humor, romance, and murder as the conflict between the brides and grooms culminates in a climactic battle even more epic than Henry VIII's famous lawn-darts match with Anne Boleyn.
The friendly staff at Martha's Hallmark equips visitors to disperse season's greetings to friends and families with a rotating collection of heartwarming cards, thoughtful gifts, and LSU-themed merchandise. Their treasure trove of greeting cards takes on a variety of motifs inspired by the holidays and life's momentous occasions, such as high-school graduation or the first time successfully licking one's own elbow.
Since 1984, Shreveport has paid tribute to a cherished Louisiana tradition—the crawfish boil—with its annual Mudbug Madness Festival. As many as 56,000 people flock each day to what has blossomed into one of the state’s most popular Cajun festivals, where they nosh on succulent seafood and compete in crawfish-eating contests that encourage participants to test their stomach size and sabotage their opponents by sneaking lobsters into their bowls. “One year, we had a man eat 42 pounds of crawfish in 30 minutes,” marvels festival coordinator Melanie. “We’ve cut it down to 15 minutes since then.” In addition to eating crustaceans, attendees can also lure them across the stage during crawdad-calling contests. “It gets really lively,” Melanie says, describing how the sirens-in-training are allowed to do nearly anything they can think of to entice the crawfish into their reach.
Cajun, zydeco, and jazz tunes waft through the air during the festivities, emanating from three stages helmed by headliners such as Wayne Toups, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Super Water Sympathy, and Windstorm. The rhythms reach the ears of shoppers browsing original artwork and handmade jewelry in the arts area, expanded after previous years' success. On Thursday, local athletes can work up an appetite in the 5K race. Children of all ages burn off energy in the kids' area, where they can somersault in the bounce house, tackle art projects, or plop down in front of a stage where magicians and storytellers keep their young minds off the uncertain fate of lollipop futures.