No doubt about it: The weekend of September 7-9 is going to be one of the busiest weekends that the downtown areas of Shreveport-Bossier have seen in a very, very long time. Here are just a few entertainment highlights from the upcoming weekend:
Margaret Cho at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium – Comedian, actress, author and singer/songwriter Margaret Cho will bring her politically-charged brand of humor to Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Saturday night at 8 p.m., in conjunction with the Fourth Annual North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Cho, who was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest stint portraying Kim Jong Il on 30 Rock, is currently touring with her all-new stand-up show, Mother.
Tickets are $31.15-$36.25, and are available at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, local Wal-Mart locations, and the day of the show at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.
Film Festivals – While the 4th Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival offers a busy line-up of film screenings, panel discussions, filmmaker appearances and more at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, the inaugural Phenom Film Festival in Bossier City will be screening over 130 films including shorts, documentaries and features at three locations: East Bank Theatre, Bossier Civic Center and the Courtyard by Marriott Louisiana Boardwalk. Film lovers looking for printable screening schedules can find them here and here.
Free Fridays featuring The Vidrines and Gashcat at Mojo’s Downtown – If you like rock music driven by powerful, charismatic vocalists, this double-bill is for you. The Vidrines, a Monroe, LA-based five-piece, perform a blend of lounge music and heavy rock, with two sweaty, fist-pumping guys in polyester suits trading off vocal duties. Vidrines shows can feel kind of like tent revivals. Gashcat, who have just released a spectacular album that you can hear for free on Bandcamp, have built a local following based, in part, on the distinctive vocals of lead singer Kyle Craft. Admission is free and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. 21 and up.
Looking for more things to do? Check out the Shreveport-Bossier Fun Guide for a much, much longer list of art openings, live performances, tours and more.
Image of Margaret Cho used courtesy of Ken Phillips Group. Image taken by Miss Missy Photography.