American Press: Your Best News And Advertising Source - Scene Features American Press: The Only Local Daily Newspaper In Southwest Louisiana. en-US Copyright (c) May, 2017 American Press. All rights reserved <![CDATA[Fundraiser concert will benefit music museum ]]> By Lisa Addison / American Press

A concert and fundraiser to benefit the Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Sloppy’s Downtown.

Cajun music trio Nee de Traditionne (Born from Tradition) will kick off the concert with a tribute to Iry LeJeune, an accordion pioneer in the late 1940s. Before he died at 26 years old, LeJeune recorded with Eddie Shuler at Goldband Records in Lake Charles.

Entertainment will continue through the evening with the psych-pop of Dorian Phibian, folk-pop singer Brittany Pfantz, the reggae/rock/dub of Inner Gee, banjo player Kory Lambert, and the Sinners, whose influences are deeply rooted in country, soul and rock ’n’ roll.

Paul Dufrene of Platter Playlists will spin classic Louisiana tunes on vinyl during the evening.

Items recovered from the recently demolished Goldband Records building will be on display at the event.

Goldband was located on Church Street and was the first recording company to record Dolly Parton when she did her first single, “Puppy Love,” at the studio in 1959. Goldband was also where Phil Phillips recorded “Sea of Love” in 1959, which was arranged and produced by Shuler. The song became a Top 10 hit and sold more than 10 million copies.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

“Our goal is to help promote the current music scene while also preserving the past musical history,” said Jody Taylor, a volunteer board member of the music museum, a local nonprofit.

For more information, visit Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana on Facebook or email

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<![CDATA[Works of Women: Sulphur exhibit features over 200 works by female artists]]> By Lisa Addison / American Press

An opening reception for the exhibit “Works of Women 2017” will be 5-7 p.m. today, May 25, in the Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth St. in Sulphur.

The exhibit, featuring over 200 works by more than 40 female artists, will run through July 31.

“We’ve put together a really good art show this year that we’re very excited about,” said Eric Manuel, creative director of the Henning Cultural Center. “There are some wonderful and very unique pieces in the show.”

Among them, he said, is a piece on Albert Einstein that weighs about 90 pounds and features metal and gears. It was created by Martha Ward, a former art teacher at Sulphur High.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 527-0357.

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:17:33 CST 13817717 at
<![CDATA[Havens General Store: Fields establishment offers old-fashioned, one-stop shopping and dining experience]]> By Rita LeBleu / American Press

The Beauregard Parish community of Fields isn’t what you’d call a thriving metropolis. The school, Hyatt High School, closed in 2008. The community’s mailing address, once Fields, has been changed to Merryville.

However, in a location that once served as a post office, an after-school stop for kids, a grocery store and a community news source, Russell and Tonya Havens operate Havens General Store. It’s an old-fashioned, one-stop shopping and dining experience.

Of course, this one-stop shopping location is stocked differently from the chain stores in heavily populated areas.

At Havens General Store, shiners and worms are always available. Deer corn is offered during hunting season. PVC joints and other handy hardware items are stacked in the back of the store.

Though it goes fast, there’s also cane syrup, jelly and other preserves, including mayhaw; fresh-ground corn meal; and farm-fresh produce. Local honey — from Bearhead — is sought after as a sweetener and also as a remedy for allergy symptoms.

“We still serve free coffee,” said Tonya Havens. “In the mornings, local men gather here and solve the world’s problems,” she added, grinning.

Some do their best problem-solving over tomato gravy and biscuits, one of the breakfast menu items. But it’s OK to just sit and sip a cup of coffee inside at a table, on the deck in a rocking chair or in the glider at the front of the store.

Russell came up with the hamburger Havens General Store customers rave about. It’s the most-ordered item on the menu — a half-pound of Black Angus beef seasoned a day beforehand and cooked to order.

One day the Havenses served 80 burgers in a restaurant located in a community of about 400 people.

“Customers aren’t just from Fields,” Tonya said. “People drive here from as far as Sulphur and Orange.”

Customers are also from Merryville, Singer, DeQuincy and Starks.

On Friday night, homemade pies are added to the menu, which features mainly short-order type cooking.

Menu items ordered for this food review were the fried catfish dinner, deer sausage on a bun with potato chips and a BLT with fries.

The three filets of catfish were dredged in mostly cornmeal (the way it should be) and served with hush puppies, fries, a few dill pickles and a couple of slices of onion: Traditional, simple, delicious and filling. The cook knew what he was doing.

All sandwiches, including the deer or pork sausage on a bun, are dressed to order and served with chips, fries, potato tots, onion rings or fried okra. Get grilled squash in season.

The BLT was served on perfectly toasted, thick-sliced white bread. Bacon was also thick sliced. It was stacked with just the right amount of bacon, lettuce and tomato. The sandwich didn’t fall apart.

Havens General Store food isn’t fancy. And it’s not diet fare. But it’s good food, prepared in a way that won’t disappoint — and the prices can’t be beat.

The meal for three, including three fountain drinks, — with free refills — was $21.46 before tax and tip.

If there is another place to get a satisfying bite to eat for the price, find a hand-crocheted baby dress with matching hat and booties, lye soap and old ammo boxes, I don’t know about it.

Menu prices range from $4 to $7.50. The burger is $5.50. Add a side for $1. Hot Box, ready-to-go foods and Hunt Brothers Pizza are also available.

Havens General Store is across from the old school, where La. 389 and La. 109 make a “Y.”

It’s south of Merryville and north of DeQuincy and Starks. The address is 6598 La. 109.

Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The place is open until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards]]> By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS— Even on a record-setting night at the Billboard Music Awards, Drake appeared a bit star-struck in meeting fellow Canadian performer Celine Dion backstage.
The rapper posted a picture of himself and his father with Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic" to mark the 20th anniversary of the film.
Video posted by a Drake fan Twitter account shows Drake telling Dion "you're very iconic" and "we love you" during their meeting. He added that he's "like a year away" from getting a tattoo of Dion.
Drake set a new record at the Billboard awards by taking home 13 trophies Sunday night.

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:32:15 CST 13816016 at
<![CDATA[Imagine Dragons to honor to Cornell at Billboard Awards]]> By The American Press

NEW YORK— Imagine Dragons will pay tribute to the late Chris Cornell in words at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for the show's producers, dick clark productions, told The Associated Press on Friday that the rock band will talk about how the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer influenced them before they hit the stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Authorities say Cornell hanged himself early Thursday morning after performing at a concert Wednesday night in Detroit. Cornell's family said that without toxicology test results completed they don't know what caused his death.
Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim. He also found success outside the band with his solo music and the band Temple of the Dog.

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:16:09 CST 13814488 at
<![CDATA[Police: Man in Kylie Jenner crash admits homeless killing]]> By The American Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.— A California man who crashed his car into a gate at TV celebrity Kylie Jenner's house last year walked into a police station and confessed to killing a homeless man, which led investigators to link him to the death of a second transient, authorities said Thursday.
Marvin Magallanes, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the stabbing deaths of the two men last year in Anaheim south of Los Angeles, police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
Investigators studying forensic evidence determined this month that a single suspect was responsible for the killings last year on Jan. 25 and Oct. 27.
"Detectives were working toward identifying the suspect, and then out of the blue he walked in the front door and said, 'I want to confess,'" Wyatt said.
He was taken into custody a day after his May 11 confession and was being held without bail.
Wyatt did not know the name of his court-appointed lawyer. The crash at Jenner's house happened in June of last year but Wyatt and Los Angeles police could not immediately provide the date it happened.
Both homeless men were asleep when they were attacked less than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Magallanes' Anaheim home. Detectives said there's no indication that Magallanes knew the victims or that the victims knew each other.
Magallanes made headlines last year when he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for the crash outside Jenner's house near Los Angeles.
Magallanes is charged with two felony counts of murder with the use of a deadly weapon, according to court records. Prosecutors are also alleging special circumstances, which would qualify Magallanes for the death penalty if he is convicted.
Magallanes was scheduled for his first court appearance on Tuesday, Wednesday and then Thursday, but court records indicated he wasn't brought into the courtroom because he was "hospitalized due to a medical illness or injury," the Orange County Register reported (
Salvador Magallanes told the newspaper that his brother's mental health wavered over the last two years.
"He's been depressed and using pills and alcohol," he said outside the family's home. "He started to imagine things and, like, hallucinate about stuff that wasn't there."
Salvador Magallanes, 28, said his brother's substance abuse and depression were triggered by a breakup with his girlfriend, who is the mother of his young child.
"After that, he wasn't the same," the brother said. "It was downhill."
Court records show that Marvin Magallanes pleaded guilty last year to disturbing the peace and fighting for a 2012 incident. In July 2015, he pleaded guilty to resisting an officer.
Magallanes had imagined a relationship with Jenner after communicating with someone on Instagram he thought was the celebrity, his brother said.
After the arrest at the television star's home and other failed attempts to meet her, Marvin Magallanes' depression worsened, his brother said.
"This isn't the Marvin we know," his brother said.

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:52:30 CST 13814482 at
<![CDATA[Think you've seen this on TV before? You're right]]> By The American Press

NEW YORK— As broadcast networks rolled out their plans for next season this past week, those watching could be forgiven for pulling out phones and checking the calendar.
There's the cast of NBC's "Will & Grace," ready to return. The folks at "Roseanne" are back on the couch. "Dynasty" and "S.W.A.T." are coming back with new actors, the latter settling in to a CBS lineup that already boasts "Hawaii Five-0" and "Macgyver." Just a year after its farewell season, "American Idol" will live again.
With cable and streaming services enticing viewers with bold work like "Game of Thrones," ''Stranger Things" and "The Handmaid's Tale," broadcasters entered a time machine in a quest to find something appealing.
The reboot of "Roseanne," ABC's hit 1988-97 comedy about a working-class family led by Roseanne Barr, was that network's big surprise.
"The Conners' joys and struggles are as relevant and hilarious today as they were then, and there's really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne," ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said.
CW President Mark Pedowitz said it was a "no-brainer" to order a remake of the prime-time soap "Dynasty." Much of the network's target audience hadn't been born when onscreen divas Linda Evans and Joan Collins engaged in catfights, as they were charmingly called back then.
Networks hope the reheated comfort food will appeal to those who remember the original shows as well as newcomers unaware they're not seeing an original concept.
CBS Corp. Chairman Leslie Moonves, who called the "Roseanne" comeback a "stunt" in admiring fashion, suggested too much was being made of the trend. "When you look at the totality of what's out there, it's really a small part," he said.
ABC's decision to revive "American Idol," likely in the mid-season, had other networks rolling out the kind of rationalizations you'd expect to hear from rejected suitors. Producers offered it around widely before ABC bit.
Too expensive and too soon, rival executives said. The discussions were personal at Fox, where "Idol" made its original home. Fox executives said they spent millions of dollars promoting the show's supposed last season just a year ago and that it would feel fraudulent to bring it back so quickly.
"We did not see the fan excitement and enthusiasm for the show to come back that (producers) Fremantle did," said Dana Walden, chairman and CEO of the Fox Television Group. "We just had a different set of facts."
Networks are wading more deeply into sci-fi and fantasy genres, aping the movie model that finds more reliable success with space and superhero sagas than untested themes. "Marvel's Inhumans" will air on ABC. CW is adding "Black Lightning" to a comic book-heavy schedule that already includes "The Flash" and "Supergirl." Fox will air "The Gifted," a drama about children with mutant powers, and comedy "Ghosted," about pals exploring unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles.
There's a military drama trend next season, and it's strictly elite. CBS is enlisting "Seal Team," which explores the personal and professional lives of members of an "elite Navy SEAL team" deployed on missions worldwide. David Boreanaz ("Bones") stars. NBC's "The Brave," with Anne Heche, is billed as a heart-pounding journey into the world of the "elite undercover" U.S. military. "Valor" from CW tracks an "elite unit" of U.S. Army helicopter pilots, the Shadow Raiders, whose secret mission goes awry.
President who? The prime-time broadcast schedules suggest that if you're looking to be reminded of the nation's political drama, you might want to go elsewhere. "I think what the mood of the country has told us is that television is a little bit of an escape," ABC's Dungey said.
Executives probably didn't appreciate Seth MacFarlane's routine as he took the stage at New York's Beacon Theater to talk about his new Fox comedy "The Orville." His target was corporate cousin Fox News Channel. "Now at Fox, our reputation it could use a little bump, 'cause although we've brought you ratings we elected Donald Trump," he sang, backed by an orchestra. Then he introduced a pair of Fox Television Group executives as "the only two people at Fox not being sued" — a reference to harassment and other claims filed against the news channel.
Stephen Colbert came prepared to show why his late-night show has risen to the top of the ratings with a little help from the Trump administration. At CBS' Carnegie Hall gathering, Colbert noted the rush of late-breaking political news happening this week at the time his show tapes. "In the hour I'm on the air I can sound as out of touch about what's going on in the White House as Sean Spicer," he said.
There is originality out there. CBS, formulaic in its dramas, has two comedy newcomers that stand out. "Me, Myself & I" looks at the pivotal moments in a man's life at different times, including age 14 in 1991, 40 in present day and 65 in 2042. The sitcom "By the Book," is about a man who challenges himself to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. It's based on A.J. Jacobs' best-selling book, "The Year of Living Biblically."
NBC's "Rise" stars Josh Radnor as a teacher who turns a high school's theater program into a boost for students and a working-class town. Producer Jason Katims has shown he has the tender touch in "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights."
Television isn't so superficial that relationships are built strictly on numbers, is it?
"If you think that I love Stephen Colbert more now that he is No. 1," Moonves said, "you're right."

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:40:27 CST 13814469 at
<![CDATA[Rapper Travis Scott pleads not guilty to inciting a riot]]> By Associated Press

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A rapper who was charged with inciting a riot after inviting fans onstage during an Arkansas concert has pleaded not guilty.
Police say Travis Scott "encouraged people to rush the stage" during a concert Saturday at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, about 200 miles northwest of Little Rock. Investigators say multiple people were injured, including a concert security employee and a police officer.
Scott's attorney, Drew Ledbetter, tells the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) Scott "only intended to put on a good show." Ledbetter says Scott waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charges, including disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor.
An attorney for the city says she can't comment on the pending case.
Scott, whose legal name is Jacques Webster, is scheduled to perform Friday in Michigan.

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:16:43 CST 13814442 at
<![CDATA[Downtown at Sundown: The Kadillacs kick it off]]> By Lisa Addison / American Press

The 19th annual Downtown at Sundown concert series will get rockin’ with The Kadillacs 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 19, on Ryan Street in front of Historic City Hall and the Calcasieu Parish courthouse.

A Southwest Louisiana cover band, The Kadillacs play 1970s dance music, 1980s rock and punk hits, classic country, ballads and zydeco.

The street-fair-type event, hosted by the city of Lake Charles, runs for four consecutive Fridays at the same time and in the same location.

“We are so excited because this is the first year that we have been voted as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event,” said Denise Fasske, director of cultural affairs for the city.

“The Southeast Tourism Society selects the best of the best events each month from 13 states, and we made the list.”

Along with entertainment, the family-friendly event features food and beverages, tabletop galleries, vendors and activities for kids.

Lawn chairs are welcome; ice chests are prohibited, and no pets are allowed.

In the event of rain, the concert will take place inside the Lake Charles Civic Center.

“Something very special this year is that we’re dedicating our event in memory of DeWayne Simmons, the former lead singer of City Heat who recently passed away,” said Fasske.

“It was really important to us that we honored his memory.”

The lineup for the rest of the concert series includes Boomerang, May 26; Whiskey South, June 2; and Geno Delafose, June 9.


For more information on Downtown at Sundown, call 491-9159 or visit

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:13:15 CST 13812009 at
<![CDATA['PAN': Pages of Art Nouveau periodical on display]]> By Emily Fontenot / American Press

Pages of Pan, a German Art Nouveau periodical that circulated from 1895 to 1900, have been framed and displayed at the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, 1001 Ryan St.

Denise Fasske, director of cultural events at the center, said the exhibit has drawn substantial interest since it opened in April.

Pan was published by a group of German intellectuals and named after the ancient god of shepherds, hunting and rustic music, Fasske said. Pan’s goat-like figure was the logo of the magazine.

“The magazine was very avant-garde,” she said. “It was at a time when artists were coming around to a new style.”

Pan chronicled the Art Nouveau movement, a brief artistic era characterized by the use of natural forms and colors. It was highly stylized compared with the art of the previous century.

Fasske said many will recognize featured artists like Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Signac.

The exhibit consists of 80 works and is put on by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles.

“They have actually taken the magazine pages out of the magazine, framed them and hung them,” Fasske said. “They were done in such a way that the magazine pages are able to be placed back into the magazine by a specialist.”

The city of Lake Charles is hosting the exhibit, “PAN: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900,” which runs through June 24.

Fasske said Jacob Dugas, an art history professor at McNeese State University, will give a lecture on the exhibit Wednesday, June 7. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Also on display is a multi-media collection by the Artisans Gallery, a group comprising local artists whose work includes ceramics, sculptures, jewelry and paintings.

The exhibition will run through May 27, and all works will be available for purchase.

Historic City Hall is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Those who come 8 a.m.-noon Saturday can enjoy the Charlestown Farmers’ Market behind the center.


For more information, call 491-9147 or visit

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:13:14 CST 13812008 at