I Fought The Law – July 16, 2016 – 7:30 PM

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The ninth All Y’all live storytelling event, “I Fought the Law,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 in Anderson Auditorium (located in the Hurley Music Building) on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana. The evening will feature six tales of civil disobedience, protest, questionable decision making, crime and struggles for justice. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased here. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A cash bar (with plenty of local beer!) will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical accompaniment will be performed by Highland-based electronic musician Nate Treme.    

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “I Fought the Law”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. You can also reach us through our Facebook page or use the form below.

 



“I Fought the Law” is made possible by the incredible support of All Y’all Title Sponsor Holiday Lanes. Additional partner businesses include Williams Creative Group, Maccentric, Shreveport Magazine, Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Company.

All Y’all live storytelling events feature true stories told live on stage without notes. Some stories may contain adult references or strong language. All Y’all events are recommended for mature audiences.

Brush With Fame: Tom Ayres, “Trying To Make It Work”

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Storyteller Tom Ayres recounts his celebrity encounter during our live event entitled “Brush With Fame.”

Have you ever met an honest-to-goodness celebrity? All Y’all dedicated an entire night of live storytelling to the topic of celebrity encounters at our June 2015 event, “Brush With Fame.” Tom Ayres’s story from that night – a well-told tale of an airport encounter with an embattled sports icon – was one of the hits of the night. It made us think about all sorts of things: the drawbacks of a life spent in the public eye, the value of a shoulder to lean on, and the commonalities of the human experience.


All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” Now Recruiting Storytellers

On Saturday, July 16, 2016, All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” will be held at Anderson Auditorium on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana. We’re seeking six powerful, true stories of civil disobedience, righteous indignation, crime and punishment. Do you have a story that would fit this theme? If so, we’d love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about or contact us through our Facebook page. If you’re excited about “I Fought the Law,” please consider RSVPing to the Facebook event and sharing it with friends. Purchase “I Fought the Law” tickets here.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Holiday Lanes has a special program called Laney’s Club that offers free bowling for kids ages 18 and younger during the summer – all you’ve gotta do is rent the shoes! Sign up for Laney’s Club here or tell a friend about it.

The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group (some of you may recall Judy Williams’s terrific “Brush With Fame” story, which you can stream here), as well as Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

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All You Got to Do is Pull Up: Remembering Bigg Nokey

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Elmer “Bigg Nokey” Henderson’s famous “Nokey Rotel.” Photo by Stan Carpenter.

Like so many people in Shreveport did, I woke up this morning to the terrible news that Elmer “Bigg Nokey” Henderson died on Tuesday night. By 7:15 a.m., a half-dozen friends and loved ones had called to commiserate. My lifelong friend Chris Allen, who was a friend of Nokey’s and occasionally bought lunch at the makeshift restaurant that Nokey operated out of a portable building in his yard, pointed out something that resonated with me: Bigg Nokey was an absolute embodiment of hope and strength. He was a born restaurateur, a gifted chef and, honest to God, the best networker to ever walk the earth. The first time I met Nokey, to interview him for an article that I wrote about him for Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine, I left that meeting feeling as if I were Nokey’s new best friend. I imagine that he made everyone feel that way. To know him was to love him.

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Me and Bigg Nokey in 2014, on the day that I first interviewed him. That’s my first Nokey Burger in the photo.

To remember Nokey by talking about his cooking seems a little reductive – he was a great chef and so much more – but you just can’t talk about him without talking about those incredible smoked “Nokey burgers” and his patented “Nokey Rotel,” a sort of kitchen sink version of Rotel dip that Nokey would customize in different versions that he called “exclusives.” If you never ate a platter of Nokey Rotel, I feel so sorry for you. You never will, either. Only one man could make it, and that man improvised with this dip like Ornette Coleman improvised with a saxophone. Nokey Rotel was seldom served exactly the same way twice, but one bite was all it took to know that this was Nokey Rotel.

If Elmer Henderson had been born into different circumstances, he’d have a multi-unit restaurant franchise by now. Kids would be begging their parents to take them to the neighborhood Nokey Burger after school. Despite his not having the resources to realize that dream of restaurant ownership, Nokey created his own version, right from his yard on Ice Cream Street. He dreamed of feeding the world, but he was proud to feed the Cooper Road neighborhood. And, by God, his community absolutely adored him. If we can measure success in this world by the number of folks who love us – and I figure that’s as good a way to do it as any – then Bigg Nokey left this world a millionaire.

There is so much more that I could say: He was incredibly good at using social media to promote his business. He was the most popular vendor at the annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival in downtown Shreveport, which will never be the same without him. He loved his sons very much.

The memory of Nokey that I will always treasure the most is from the day that my wife, Sara, and I hired Nokey to cater our birthday party in 2014. Nokey brought his grill, which he’d customized with blue LED running lights and named “the Nokey Train,” all the way from Cooper Road to Shreve Island, where 50 of us stood in the driveway listening to Old School, drinking beer and devouring incredible Nokey Burgers. Always in demand, he had to cater another event after our party, and he pulled out of the driveway with the grill still lit. Floating on a cloud of blue LED light, flames roared out of the Nokey Train as he sped to the next stop. That’s how I imagine he just pulled up in the afterlife: Nokey Train hooked up and glowing, windows down, music blaring, Nokey looking for a prime spot to get set up and feed the people.

Rest in peace, Elmer “Bigg Nokey” Henderson.

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Elmer “Bigg Nokey” Henderson at the Let the Good Times Roll Festival in 2014. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

 

Momma and Daddy: Elizabeth Beauvais, “The Chipotle Rebellion”

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Storyteller Elizabeth Beauvais shares her story during All Y’all Live: “Momma” on Friday, March 11, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City.

Jealousy. Epic adventure. Really good burritos. Elizabeth Beauvais’s story of a day in the life of an exasperated mom, told live on the All Y’all stage in March 2016, has it all. When Elizabeth’s eight-year-old daughter runs away from home in an act of defiance, mother and daughter find themselves engaged in an emotionally charged standoff that unfolds on the lawns and sidewalks of South Highlands.

In an All Y’all first, we followed-up on this story by having mother interview daughter about what really happened on the day of the Chipotle Rebellion. Stick around after the live story for one of our favorite pieces of “bonus content” in All Y’all history.

All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” Now Recruiting Storytellers

In July of 2016, All Y’all Live will take the stage at a venue we’ve never been to before with a night of stories on the theme “I Fought the Law.” We’re seeking powerful, true stories of civil disobedience, righteous indignation, crime and punishment. Do you have a story that would fit this theme? If so, we’d love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about or contact us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Holiday Lanes has a special program called Laney’s Club that offers free bowling for kids ages 18 and younger during the summer – all you’ve gotta do is rent the shoes! Sign up for Laney’s Club here or tell a friend about it.

The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, who celebrated 10 years in business on April 7, 2016 (congratulations, Thomas and crew!), as well as Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

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Kate Archer Kent, “Keep Your Hands On the Rope”

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If you live in the Red River Radio listening area, chances are good that you’re familiar with the friendly voice of News Producer Kate Archer Kent. As a morning news host, she is the first voice that many of us hear each day. She’s also the mother of four young children, including a pair of twins.

Kate recently presented an acclaimed sermon on the topic of balancing work, life and motherhood at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport. In this special episode of the All Y’all podcast, we present a recording of Kate reading her touching, funny and challenging sermon. If it doesn’t make you think hard about how American society treats working parents, well, we don’t know what would.

HOLY COW: All Y’all Live: “Momma and Daddy” is Almost Sold-Out. While we were putting together this episode, we sold our last tickets! If tickets become available, they will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the door at the Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, LA 71111. To be put on the waiting list, arrive no later than 6:45PM.

Sponsors Make Our Live Events Possible

This is probably a little bit of “inside baseball,” but our live storytelling events have to sell out in order to break even. We spend money on everything from building rental and insurance to snacks at intermission, musician’s fees and advertising. Honestly, we could not go on doing the live events without the support of sponsors including season sponsor Holiday Lanes, Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Special support for All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” is being provided by John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center.

If you love these live events, please thank our sponsors with your patronage. Oh, and thanks for reading the sponsorship paragraph! :)

Brush With Fame: Brandon Oldenburg, “Michael and Me”

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Storyteller Brandon Oldenburg shares his story at All Y’all Live: “Brush With Fame” in 2015.

As an 8-year-old boy, Brandon Oldenburg was a sponge soaking up all kinds of pop culture. Like just about everyone else on the Planet Earth in 1984, he and his brother were particularly fascinated by Michael Jackson – so much so that they produced their own “Beat It” video. Decades later, Oldenburg would cross paths with the King of Pop at a major turning point in both of their lives.

Brandon Oldenburg is no stranger to the spotlight. A founding partner at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2012 for his work on the film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. In addition to his great story, this podcast also includes an interview with Oldenburg about growing up with a uniquely creative dad.

New Details Regarding All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy,” March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. Tickets are on-sale and we’re announcing new event details daily in the Facebook event.

Storytellers for the “Momma”-themed event on March 11 include Kathy Melancon, Angela Doe, Lido Villaseñor and more. Storytellers for the “Daddy”-themed event on March 12 include Will McGrew, Laura Crawford, Daniel Ukpabi, Luke McClung, Michael Chisum and more. There will be live musical interludes, vegetarian snacks at intermission prepared by Libby Patterson Smith of gogreenly and a cash bar serving wine and Great Raft Brewing products.

Special support for All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” is being provided by John E. Settle, Jr. – Attorney at Law and SandysDance Center.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with your friends!

Ladies Night: Maya Lau, “Technical Skills”

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All Y’all storyteller Maya Lau shares her story at “Ladies Night” in March 2015.

Sometimes the job that you’re assigned to do just isn’t the job that you end up doing.

When journalist Maya Lau was 24 years old, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, envisioning herself taking a hands-on role in improving the lives of others through – as the Peace Corps puts it – “imparting technical expertise abroad.” But, once she arrived in Senegal, language barriers and other difficulties kept Maya from realizing her idealized notion of global citizenship. In “Technical Skills,” a story from the March 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Ladies Night,” Maya tells how she impacted the lives of local women in a way that she’d never expected.

This story contains adult subject matter and listener discretion is advised.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming to East Bank Theatre, March 11-12

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. You can also reach us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsorHoliday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored byMaccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well asShreveportFlag.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

Brush With Fame: Wesley Hall Parker, “How I Wrapped Presents with Annie Leibovitz and We Became Buddies”

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“Brush With Fame” storyteller Wesley Hall Parker takes the stage at Shreveport Little Theatre in June 2015.

We’ve all had our “low points” on the job, moments when we were caught unprepared or off guard and we let our employers – and ourselves – down. Storyteller Wesley Hall Parker, who shared a story during the June 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Brush With Fame,” experienced a Christmas Eve workplace crash-and-burn of epic proportions while working as a gift wrapper at San Francisco’s Green Apple Books. As the title of her story implies, her workplace meltdown included some celebrity cameos.

For this episode, we reached out to Dr. Lisa Nicoletti, professor of art history and visual studies at Centenary College of Louisiana, who provided a bit of cultural context for the story.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about.

Please Support These All Y’all Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as RealShreveport.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

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OMG: Stephen Price, “More Time”

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Storyteller Stephen Price shares his story at All Y’all Live: “OMG” in August 2015.

To hear someone say that they believe in life after death is one thing. To hear someone say that they have experienced life after death is another matter entirely. Stephen Price, who shared his vivid recollections of the afterlife at our August 2015 live storytelling event “O.M.G.,” reminded us just how fragile our lives really are.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming March 11-12, 2016

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about.

Please Support These All Y’all Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned, Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well as RealShreveport.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (makers of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this story, please consider sharing it with your friends.

All Y’all Live – Momma and Daddy – March 11 & 12, 2016 – 7:30 PM

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The seventh and eighth All Y’all live storytelling events, “Momma & Daddy,” will be the first-ever multi-night All Y’all event, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma,” an evening of stories about moms, motherhood and more, will be held on Friday, March 11. “Daddy,” featuring stories from, to and about fathers and fatherhood, will be held on Saturday, March 12.

Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased here. Storytellers for the “Momma”-themed event on March 11 include Kathy Melancon, Angela Doe, Lido Villaseñor and more. Storytellers for the “Daddy”-themed event on March 12 include Will McGrew, Laura Crawford, Daniel Ukpabi, Luke McClung, Michael Chisum and more. There will be live musical interludes, vegetarian snacks at intermission prepared by Libby Patterson Smith of gogreenly and a cash bar serving wine and Great Raft Brewing products. Momma & Daddy” are presented in partnership with the wonderful folks at the Bossier Arts Council.

All Y’all live storytelling events feature true stories told live on stage without notes. Some stories may contain adult references or strong language. All Y’all events are recommended for mature audiences.

“Momma” and “Daddy,” like every live All Y’all event, are made possible by title sponsor Holiday Lanes. Additional sponsors include Maccentric, Shreveport Magazine, Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Company.