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How we met “Oscar”

Shreveport can be pretty cool sometimes (yeah, I said it).

You might remember that back in 2012 at the Academy Awards, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, two Shreveport locals of Moonbot Studios, won the Oscar for “Best Animated Short Film” for their film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Well, a few months ago, we were lucky to be invited to a tres chic martini party by good friends of ours. It was hosted by Moonbot’s Lampton Enoch and Brandon Oldenburg, with a special guest appearance by that very “Oscar.” It was a ton of fun, and we were so grateful to be included in such a unique evening. What a treat! (p.s. it’s a lot heavier than it looks!)





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The Golden Age: My 27th Birthday

Yesterday I turned 27 on the 27th. I think this means good luck despite the fact that I had a fleeting moment where I felt like an ancient relic.

We celebrated with a low-key celebration and of course, a slice of some southern chocolate pie from the very famous Strawn’s Eat Shop (in 2009 it was featured in Southern Living as one of the top diners in the South).

P.S. Strawn’s is famous for their Strawberry Pie but I am a firm believer that if a dessert is filled with fruit, then it is not a dessert.

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Celebrity Sighting in Shreveport: Benjamin Bratt

I’m pretty sure we saw him at dinner last night. While walking out of Wine Country (my favorite) a friend pointed him out. I was oblivious but a second look and a quick Google search confirmed that Benjamin Bratt is in town for the movie Snitch, which I wrote about last week.

This guy…

…is in Shreveport.

I know. I can hardly believe it myself.

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Filming on location in Shreveport

Last week rumors were swirling that The Rock had been spotted working out at my gym with a slew of bodyguards. I completely forgot about it until my afternoon plans were interrupted by a road closure while a camera crew filmed a scene for a movie.

That’s right! A movie is being filmed in Shreveport! It’s called Snitch and it’s an action-thriller with Susan Sarandon and Dwayne Johnson. Apparently, it’s based on a Frontline documentary. You can read about it here.

I desperately tried to get a photo but I was unsuccessful for several reasons: 1) I didn’t have my camera with me and I have a phone that is reminiscent of something from the Reagan era 2) The police were moving cars along the road quickly and discouraged stopping.

This is all I could get:

So basically I didn’t get anything and you probably think I’m lying and/or had a hallucination.

But if you look really really close (or just use your imagination), you will see a red truck at the end of the bridge and that’s what was being filmed. I have no idea who was in the truck.

And if you still don’t believe me, this website confirms that the  Snitch cast is on-site in Shreveport for about another week.

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‘Caged’ airs on MTV

Remember when I signed up for a cross-fit class and accidentally completed a workout with these guys? The MMA fighters from the MTV reality show, Caged (full story here)?

photo from the Shreveport Times (article here)

The season preview aired on Thursday night and of course, I watched the first episode. It flips between the towns of Minden and Shreveport and I would say it’s like any MTV reality show, so if you want some sweet camera shots of reality life in Shreveport, then it’s worth tuning in.

Plus, if they air the episode of the guys working out at Peak Physiques, you may see some girl struggling to keep up in the background and that girl might be me.

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The Princess and the Frog… and Shreveport

A friend recently brought it to my attention that Shreveport gets a shout-out in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. It makes sense since the movie is set in New Orleans. I haven’t seen the cartoon (yet) but in this clip the Frog Prince meets a Cajun lightening bug from the bayou named Ray. When the Frog mentions he’s from a land far, far away, Cajun Ray quips, “Oh, are you from Shreveport!?”

Hilarious. Even the creators at Disney understand the remoteness of Shreveport.

Enjoy for yourself.

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Sheryl Crow visits Shreveport

Every once in awhile I’m grateful that Shreveport and Bossier City have the casinos. This isn’t because I enjoy gambling (I just don’t get it), but because everyone so often the casinos bring in worthwhile entertainment. The latest pop star to grace this town with her presence was Sheryl Crow.

With the band in boots and cowboy hats, something about the performance felt more authentic than if I had seen her in say, New York City. I went on a whim and am glad I did (even though my attendance brought the average age of the audience members down about 20 years) because even though it’s clear that Shreveport/Bossier City isn’t exactly my dream city, I was reminded that “it’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”

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