What’s new and red, green, pink, orange, and blue? It’s Holi-dazed! at Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. This new holiday pop-up installation and special event concept will transform Robinson Film Center’s Abby Singer’s Bistro into a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holiday season debuting November 26.
Conceived by Downtown Shreveport Unlimited/Mudbug Madness, C&C Mercantile and Lighting, and Apex Communications and Events as a way to promote downtown as the fun place to come during the holiday season, this special six-week event also helps support Louisiana’s only independent art-house movie theater. Decorated from top to bottom in RFC’s lobby and upstairs in Abby Singer’s Bistro, this special event will feature hundreds of strands of multi-colored lights along with specialty oversized holiday props and fixtures created by Derek Simmons and Lauren Ross Simmons of C&C Mercantile and Lighting.
RFC’s Chef Tootie Morrison has created a specialty menu of hand-crafted cocktails and delicious appetizers that will include some holiday-favorite flavors. Guests can choose to sip on the Christmas Wreath with Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red grapefruit vodka, rosemary simple syrup and triple sec garnished with a grapefruit slice and fresh rosemary; the Poinsettia with Bread and Butter Prosecco, Cointreau and cranberry juice garnished with fresh cranberry and a twist of orange; or the Lady Bailey with Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee liqueur and half and half, topped with whipped cream, fresh nutmeg and a lady finger cookie.
Perfectly complementing the cocktails are the Holi-dazed! appetizers featuring Marinated Crab Claws, jumbo crab claws marinated in house marinade garnished with lemon slices and smoked paprika; Cranberry-Glazed Meatballs, turkey meatballs with cranberry glaze and ground sage served with crostini; and Filet Focaccia, grilled filet with horseradish cream sauce over fresh baked rosemary focaccia garnished with roasted cherry tomatoes and a rosemary sprig.
Downtown Shreveport Unlimited/Mudbug Madness executive director Mary Helen Marrs said, “We wanted to do something different in downtown Shreveport this year. We had seen this concept in other cities and decided to create our own version using local talent and resources. It is a family-friendly environment that also doubles as a great place for adults at night.”
A slew of popular holiday movies will be shown at RFC during this season including White Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Lethal Weapon (yes, it’s a holiday movie!).
“Each holiday season we love to bring the best movies and delicious food and drink to our audience, and this year, we’re very excited to add stunning visual art to our offerings,” said RFC executive director Meghan Avallone. “You won’t find a more festive place to celebrate with your friends and family this year.”
Visitors to downtown Shreveport will be able to see and enjoy the exterior decorations on RFC’s balcony as they drive down Texas Street. One may even see a familiar iconic holiday figure sitting atop the balcony railing. Inside and outside, Holi-dazed! at RFC will certainly help make spirits bright.