There are all kinds of great events this weekend in Kiss Country -- from Mardi Gras balls to bull riding to car shows. We’ve got a little something for everyone!

Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Louisiana Shootout

Century Link Center: Saturday, Jan 12th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Not only will you see some of the finest Bull Riding anywhere, but Tuff is going to have one of our local favorites, Frank Foster, doing a concert after the rides!
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Shreveport World of Wheels

Shreveport Convention Center : Friday, Jan 11 5 p.m -10 p.m., Saturday, Jan 12 10 a.m. -10 p.m. and Sunday, Jan 13 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

They’ll have some of the coolest cars and trucks you’ve ever seen. While you’re there you can meet Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty, Lexi from Ant Farm on Disney Channel and Sponge Bob Square Pants! For more info:

Mardi Gras Balls

Krewe of Elders Grand Bal

Friday, January 11 at American Legion Post No. 14
• 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m
• Entertainment provided by Louisiana Crossroads. Dinner buffet, cash bar,50/50 raffle, black tie optional, open to public.

Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal

Friday, January 11 at Krewe of Centaur Den
• 7pm
• Live Music, cash bar, Heavy hors d’oeuvres, black tie.

Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Bal

Saturday, January 12 at Barksdale Air Force Base
• Starts at 7 p.m.
• Music by DJ Extraordinaire, cash bar, formal attire (mask optional)

Krewe of Artemis La Grand Bal

Saturday, January 12 at Springhill Civic Center
• Starts at 6:30 p.m
• Live Band, BYOB, Heavy hors d’oeuvres, formal attire

Troop-support group plans packing

American Climate Controlled Storage: 6721 Pines Road, Shreveport on Saturday, January 12 at 10 a.m.

The local chapter of Operation Support Our Troops plans to get into the new year in a big way this weekend with the first packing of goods to ship to troops serving overseas. Goods packed this weekend will be mailed to boost the morale of men and women in the nation’s uniforms over the Valentine’s Day holiday, so planners hope Girl Scouts can take part of prepare Valentine candy bags.

For more information, visit the group’s website at, call Olivieri-Mathies at (318) 318-219-7488 or (318) 349-9043 or email her at

New Movies

"Gangster Squad" -- Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone, Sean Penn

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. "Gangster Squad" is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time

"A Haunted House" -- Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer

In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life.

"Zero Dark Thirty" -- Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke,  Kyle Chandler

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative (Jessica Chastain) that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. In May 2011, elite Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike against bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, killing him.

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