Parkour Jumper to Show Off Martial Arts and Chef Felan Reveals one of Six Courses

 Joel Matlock trains often to keep himself in top form.

Joel Matlock trains often to keep himself in top form.

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – Local parkour jumper Joel Matlock is to debut his martial arts style All Angles Martial Arts and Chef Anthony Felan reveals one of his six courses for his themed, plated dinner at Marlene Yu's 80th Birthday Gala. The event will be on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to benefit the Marlene Yu Museum at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.

According to dictonary.com, “parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” It requires an immense amount of strength and adaptability.

 Joel Matlock stretches in his backyard after training.

Joel Matlock stretches in his backyard after training.

 Chef Anthony Felan's oyster dish presented on marble and pink stones inspired by Marlene Yu's Pink Marble paintings.

Chef Anthony Felan's oyster dish presented on marble and pink stones inspired by Marlene Yu's Pink Marble paintings.

Succulent, raw oysters will be bedded under a blanket of seaweed and bathed in colorful wasabi tobiko. The dish is to be served with sour yuzu mignonette sauce, atop pink and marbleized rocks inspired by Yu's art.

Gala tickets are available at http://www.marleneyumuseum.org/gala/ and (318) 717-9111, and include full open bar, 6-course dinner, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Marlene Yu Museum. RSVP by September 16 for two free raffle tickets.

About Joel Matlock:

Joel Matlock began martial arts training at approximately five years old, beginning with karate. He was introduced to taekwondo and kung fu in his teenage years. Matlock's love of parkour developed at the age of 10 when he watched the World Parkour Championship for the first time. The next day he started his long journey into the world of parkour. His ambition with All Angles Martial Arts is to create a style that is diverse and perpetually changing, drawing from parkour's adaptive and reactive nature and combining it with his martial arts foundation. Matlock's goal is to one day make a living from his talents and be like Bruce Lee.

About Anthony Felan:

Chef Anthony Felan is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco, and returned with his wife and son to their Northwest Louisianan roots for family and in 2010 as Sous Chef at Wine Country Bistro, where he quickly moved up to Executive Chef. He recently made a long-time dream a reality by creating the underground 2nd Act Supper Club as his side project. Members commit to dinner without knowing the location or menu beforehand, encouraging them to try new foods and be in the company of new people who share their passion for creative food in historically significant buildings.

About Marlene Yu:

Marlene Tseng Yu is a world-renowned abstract expressionist of nature in large-scale paintings and a pioneer in the environmental green movement in art. As of April 2016, she has had 80 solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and her art has been reviewed in 9 languages in more than 200 publications, by numerous art magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio shows, such as ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art News, World Journal, and Barbara Walters’ Today Show. To find other artists who share their love of nature through art, she founded the Rainforest Art Foundation, which is headquartered in Shreveport, and has branches in New York City, Zurich, and soon Frankfurt. While Marlene’s paintings are included in over 1000 public and private collections, the recent establishment of her own museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Marlene Yu Museum, showcases the historical relevance of her life's work and over 4000 paintings across 35-plus series. She is able to do commission work according to requirements of architectural projects as large as 54 feet.