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Podcast Exclusive: Derek Wayne Johnson, “Friends with the Cobra Kai”

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Promotional artwork for the film John Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, a new documentary directed by Derek Wayne Johnson.

Derek Wayne Johnson was born in Carthage, Texas, about an hours’ drive southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. He fell in love with cinema at an early age, developing a special affinity for the films Rocky and The Karate Kid. Those films were directed by Academy Award-winner John G. Avildsen. Through an unbelievable series of events, Johnson wound up not only meeting his filmmaking hero, but directing a documentary film about his life.

Robinson Film Center and Maccentric will present a screening of that film, John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Grab tickets to the film or RSVP to the Facebook event.

Here’s the All Y’all interview with Derek Wayne Johnson about growing up in the Ark-La-Tex, meeting your heroes and what it’s like to interview Burt Freakin’ Reynolds.

Check out the trailer for the film here:

All Y’all Live: The Skin I’m In Tickets Now Available
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, The Skin I’m In. All Y’all is looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for The Skin I’m In, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message. If you’d like to join us for The Skin I’m Inpurchase tickets here.

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The Skin I’m In – August 26, 2017 – 7:30 P.M.

All Y'all Live – The Skin I'm In
Is your body ready? The 12th All Y’all live storytelling event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The 12th All Y’all live storytelling event, “The Skin I’m In”, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the historic Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. The event will feature six true tales of the human body, the search for identity, and what happens when the world gets under our skin. Admission is $15 and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets here. A high-quality cash bar will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical interludes will be performed by Highland-based electronic musician Nate Treme.

Storytellers for “The Skin I’m In” include Anwar Fikri, Coleen McKechnie, Kyle Denton, Roxann Johnson and Dr. Navdeep Samra. One or two more storytellers may be announced prior to the show – follow the official Facebook event for more updates

Like all All Y’all live events, “The Skin I’m In” is made possible with the incredible support of our presenting sponsor, Holiday Lanes, as well as additional support from Maccentric and Williams Creative Group. Please consider supporting these businesses, which have proven time and again that they care deeply about their community.  

RSVP to the Facebook event for “The Skin I’m In.”

Please consider sharing our event with your friends on Facebook – a share helps more than you could possibly know!

All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

Striking a Chord: Our Thoughts on Stories of the Strings

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Joel Boultinghouse shows off his guitar during the first Stories of the Strings event. Photo by Casey Jones.

Bobby Roth was a heavy metal fan. His music grated on his mom’s nerves and irritated their neighbors in Broadmoor, but that didn’t matter to Bobby. He and his friends would hang out in the garage and play Slayer and Pantera covers until a patrol car inevitably slipped into the driveway. His dog was named Dimebag. His band was called Epitaph. Bobby Roth died suddenly on November 13, 2007. He was 34.

Michelle Honeycutt and Joy Roth, Bobby’s sister and mother, took the stage at Stories of the Strings – the storytelling event series that All Y’all has been hosting in partnership with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council – on Wednesday, June 21. Flanked by Bobby’s guitars, they shared their favorite memories of Bobby and his love for music. The most unforgettable moment of the night came when Michelle shared the story of Bobby meeting several members of Slayer while he was – get this – waiting in line to ride the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas.

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Gary Paul Bertrand displays two of his Al Collinsworth guitars during Stories of the Strings.

The previous week, on June 14, Gary Paul Bertrand told the audience about Al Collinsworth, a master luthier who built immaculately crafted electric guitars – one instrument at a time, often from single pieces of wood – in his shed in Cedar Grove. Collinsworth, who retired from Bewley’s Furniture, also repaired guitars that others considered unfixable. But his real love was building guitars. Gary Paul brought three beautifully crafted Collinsworth guitars and played them live for a small but appreciative crowd.

What we loved most about the story of Al Collinsworth was its incredible localness. Ask a guitar player anywhere else in the world if they know about Al Collinsworth, and you’ll likely be met with a blank stare. Ask any veteran Shreveport guitarist and they may just smile knowingly, lean in, and say something like: “How on earth do you know about Al?”

That’s the kind of stuff that you’ve been missing at Stories of the Strings. These evenings are intimate, personal, moving and musical. They’re happening every Wednesday night in June and July beginning at 6 p.m. at Artspace. Upcoming events will include guitar tales from friends of All Y’all like Grant Nuckolls (July 19) and the wonderful Buddy Flett (July 26).

We’d love to see more All Y’all supporters at these events. These nights aren’t about famous people’s backstage anecdotes or wealthy collectors showing off the guitars that they never play. They’re about memories and love. They’re about Bobby Roth’s blistering power chords echoing through Broadmoor and Al Collinsworth slipping out to the shed, late at night, and turning on the light.

RSVP to an upcoming Stories of the Strings event.

Haunted: Steven Abney, “Personal Demons”

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Storyteller Steven Abney, photographed on the porch of his home in Shreveport’s South Highlands neighborhood.

Ghost stories can be a lot of things: visceral, frightening, unnerving. But very seldom do they drift into territory that could be described as intimate or personal. Storyteller Steven Abney took the stage at our Nov. 12, 2016 live event, “Haunted”, and delivered a ghost story that was as equally suited for Ghost Hunters as it was for Dr. Phil. This spine-tingling tale of a haunted house and one man’s struggle to shake loose of his demons continues to be one of the most unique All Y’all stories told to date.

Coming Soon: All Y’all Live, “The Skin I’m In”
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, “The Skin I’m In”. We are looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for “The Skin I’m In”, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.

“Stories of the Strings”
If you’re reading this post during the summer of 2017, check out our upcoming “Stories of the Strings” nights. Chris and Sara from All Y’all host these “show and tell”-style evenings featuring guitar players and collectors discussing their most treasured instruments. Events will be held at Artspace Shreveport every Wednesday night in June and July. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Join us!

Help Us Say “Thanks”…
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off. Please consider thanking our sponsors with your patronage.

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I Just Work Here: Amy Lynn Treme, “Monty”

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Amy Lynn Treme shares her story at All Y’all Live: “I Just Work Here.”

Some folks are just natural born storytellers. Amy Lynn Treme, a pre-K teacher who lives in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhoood, is one of those folks. When All Y’all announced that we’d be presenting a night of stories about work (“I Just Work Here” was held at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport in April 2017), Amy was the first person to reach out with a story pitch. And, wow, it was a doozy.

Amy’s story — a side-splittingly funny tale of a simple task gone terribly wrong during her employment at a pet store in Bossier City — is one of the most outrageous and downright entertaining stories ever told on the All Y’all stage.


Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off. Please consider thanking our sponsors with your patronage.

Coming Soon: Wild Card Night
This Summer, All Y’all will be trying something new: our first-ever Wild Card Night. For this live event, we won’t be booking storytellers in advance. We’ll ask that anyone who would like to try their hand at live storytelling drop their name in a hat, and we’ll draw six names to tell a story live onstage. It’s an experiment in spontaneity, community and “working without a net.” Watch for details to be announced soon.

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I Just Work Here – April 1, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.

The 11th All Y’all live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here”, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the historic Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. The event will feature six true tales of working for a living, living to work and the misadventures and magic that can transpire while you’re “on the clock.” Storytellers will include Ashlie Daigle, Julian Gutierrez, Pam Brown, Amy Lynn Treme, Luther Cox and Julie Gustafson. Admission is $15 and tickets are available now. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. A cash bar will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical interludes will be performed by Nate Treme. Purchase tickets here.

RSVP to the Facebook event for “I Just Work Here” – and please consider inviting your friends! It helps us more than you know.

This live storytelling event, like all All Y’all events and podcasts, is made possible by our title sponsor Holiday Lanes. This event is also made possible by the generous support of live event sponsors Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.

All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

All New Stuffed & Busted for Y’all

In addition to hosting our last live storytelling event in November, we’ve been hard at work building a new show for All Y’all. It’s called Stuffed & Busted, a podcast that takes an irreverent look at food in Shreveport and Bossier City as well as the fascinating folks who grow, cook and serve it.

We wanted to share the first segment from our second Stuffed & Busted episode, a hilarious and baudy interview with Robert “Bozz” Baucum, head chef and owner of Marilynn’s Place. We hope you like it and if you do, please listen to the full 45-minute long episode and subscribe by searching for Stuffed & Busted in your podcast app of choice or at stuffedandbusted.com.

What is the Fidnto Award?

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Photo Credit: Stan Carpenter

When we began All Y’all three years ago (!!!), our friends and community came out of the woodwork to support our events. As a small way to give back, we decided to donate the proceeds of one live storytelling event each year to an organization doing remarkable work in our local community.

In 2014, Chris and I experienced the highs of finding our All Y’all audience and the lows that come along with a family member who struggles with addiction. We were very lucky in that year to have our family benefit from the services of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, an organization who we felt did not receive enough recognition for the remarkable services they provide, often free of charge to people with no other hope. There was no question that CADA would be the recipient of our first annual gift.

In the audience that night were two of our friends, Patrick and Nancy Long, attending their first All Y’all live event. I first met Patrick through my day job at Moonbot Studios, where we collaborated on behind-the-scenes content for our films, apps and books. Patrick was a brilliant storyteller and one of my deepest regrets is that he won’t be able to share one of his incredible stories with our audience. This summer, he passed away after a brave battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which robbed him early on of his voice; but, thankfully, not of his sharp wit and profound advice.

Both Patrick and Nancy have been tremendous in their support of All Y’all since their attendance at our first fundraising event, so we asked them to help us name our annual award. We wanted a way to remember Patrick when he was gone and also the way he and Nancy made us feel invincible; that our work with All Y’all mattered in a big way. Because he couldn’t speak, Patrick texted me his thoughts:

I have been thinking. You are wise to think I wouldn’t want to call it the Trump Grant. Today’s thought.

Fidnto.

translation: shreveportese for fixing to; about to; getting ready to.

Fixing = fidning

And so, thanks to him, our annual gift now has a name: The Fidnto Award. It is the perfect fit because each organization that receives the Fidnto Award really is fidnto do something great.

Please help us keep Patrick’s legacy of storytelling alive by attending our next Fidnto Award event, Haunted, benefitting the Louisiana Association for the Blind. Through the kindness of our sponsors (see those folks in the side bar) and our event space host, Remington Suite Hotel, we will be able to donate every dollar from ticket sales to this amazing organization that is working to improve the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired.

Thank you for supporting live storytelling.

Sara Hebert
Producer, All Y’all

Haunted – November 12, 2016 – 7:30 PM

A promotional graphic for the tenth All Y'all event, "Haunted"
Save the date! The 10th All Y’all live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. The evening will feature six true tales of haunted spaces, otherworldly encounters and things that follow us. Confirmed storytellers to date include Cristal Wilcox, Clay Walker, Christopher Louis Wilson, Steven Abney, Phillip Bowman and Kathryn Usher. Admission is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to the Louisiana Association for the Blind in the form of All Y’alls annual Fidnto Award. There will be live musical interludes by Highland-based electronic musician Nate Treme and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are currently on sale.

This live storytelling event, like all All Y’all events and podcast episodes, is made possible by the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Additional live event sponsors include Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. This event would not be possible without the generous support of Remington Suite Hotel & Spa.

If you have a great, true story that would fit the theme of “Haunted,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. Also, you can message us through our Facebook page and we’ll follow up as soon as we can!

RSVP to the Facebook event for “Haunted.”

Thank you for supporting live storytelling in Shreveport and Bossier City!

 

Momma and Daddy: Daniel Ukpabi, “This Is America”

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Storyteller Daniel Ukpabi shared the story of his journey to America at All Y’all Live: “Momma and Daddy” on March 12, 2016.

We first met Daniel Ukpabi on an unseasonably cold October morning at Shreveport Farmers’ Market, where he was ladling out steaming bowls of spicy Nigerian stew and telling anyone who’d stop to listen about his fledgling not-for-profit organization, The Pacemakers. At the time, we were just beginning to plan All Y’all Live: “Momma and Daddy,” and we walked away thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great if he had a story about his parents?”

It turns out, he did. Daniel took the stage on Saturday, March 12 at Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre and charmed the crowd with memories of his youth in Nigeria, a bumpy road to America and a father who wouldn’t give up.

All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” Update

The next All Y’all Live storytelling event, “I Fought the Law,” will be held on Saturday, July 16 at Anderson Auditorium on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana. We’ve begun to announce storytellers in the Facebook event and tickets are available for purchase. The evening will include live musical interludes by Highland-based musician Nate Treme, a cash bar by Wine Country Bistro and six riveting true stories told live without notes.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our season sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Holiday Lanes has a special program called Laney’s Club that offers a staggering $1,530 worth of free bowling for kids ages 18 and under! Sign up for Laney’s Club here or tell a friend about it.

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The show can’t go on until Chris has eaten a TABASCO brownie…or four. Thanks, Judy.

The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group, 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.

Thanks for the Brownies, Judy!

If you’ve ever been to an All Y’all live event, chances are good that you’ve eaten a TABASCO-spiked brownie during intermission. Those brownies are baked and donated by All Y’all mentor and supporter Judy Williams, who shows up with two heaping trays of the spicy treats before each and every show. Thank you, Judy!

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