5 things to do in downtown Shreveport on August 5

See beauty and good through the eyes of Ross Lynn, cheer on your favorite school in a spirited competition, combine a Suckling Pig with colored lights on the Shreveport Riverside, but whatever you do, don’t try to stand still as the divas go to war on the Strand podium. In the meantime, get ready for romance on a special pottery night in our #CoolDowntown.

1. You may have heard of the Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation; now, discover some of the beauty captured in photographs by the foundation’s namesake. The release of a Distant Beauty book will feature lyrics and photography by Ross Lynn, live music by Andrew Powers, light appetizers by Blake Jackson, and artwork by artists from the Andress Center. If the themes of cultivating compassion, nurturing the creative spirit, and living for the greater good speak to you, this book will too. When: Friday, August 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Andress Artist and Entrepreneur Center, 717 Crockett Street. No cost. Info: FB/AAEC

The night of the spirit of the grove

2. Hard to believe, but the school is IN (or almost)! The grove wants you to have a little fun when you get back to class with Back to School Spirit Night. Come in your school colors and enter to win the Most School Spirit. All primary and secondary schools and colleges are welcome! When: Friday, August 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: 107 Spring Street (across from the Convention Center garage). Cost: Free entry. Info: FB/le grove

Dinner with a view

3. Enjoy Dinner with a view at the Shreveport Aquarium on Friday night. The colorful Bakowski LED bridge of lights will dance at GloFest while you enjoy a meal by Chef Jon Ortiz and East Side Fire. Enjoy a DJ, themed cocktails and all the excitement of a night of art-inspired lights and action along the Shreveport River. When: Friday, August 5, 6:30 p.m. Where: RiverView Plaza (behind the aquarium). Cost: $65. Info: www.shreveportaquariumevents.com

War on the catwalks

4. It’s a War on the catwalks at the Grand Strand this weekend! The divas will reign as the world’s most recognized drag queens take to the stage for a night of singing, dancing and exceptional performances. It will be a night you will remember. When: Saturday, August 6, 8 p.m. Where: Strand Theater, 619 Louisiana Ave. Cost: $40 and up. Info: thestrandtheatre.com

Phantom

5. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a movie on Date at the Robinson Film Center and remember why Patrick Swayze was never better than when he was a ghost. The film combines a love story with murderous betrayal and the supernatural, and along the way, it made pottery a famously sexy hobby. When: Tuesday, August 9, 6 p.m. Where: Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St. Cost: $22/$29, meal included. Info: robinsonfilmcenter.org

David H. Henry