I awoke early one Saturday morning, ate a banana and had a glass of orange juice, and headed out the door in search of top notch competition barbecue. This quest had me going to Huntsville for the Shotgun Fred’s BBQ Showdown. It is the closest Kansas City BBQ Society event of the year, and I was happy it was only a two-hour drive from home. I arrived at 10 a.m. for the judges’ meeting and just in time to judge the first side dish – beans.

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Now that 2015 movies are moving aside for the 2016 slate, there are some that shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle. Most of these received very little attention or screen time, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be seen.

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Donnie Darko

Classic Movie Night continues with the 2001 fantasy film Donnie Darko on Friday, March 18, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal, a troubled teen who see visions of a rabbit who tells him the world will soon end and manipulates him into doing crime. The film is 1:53 in length and Rated R. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Lamar Institute of Technology will host its ninth annual LIT Foundation Shoot-Out on Saturday, April 2, at the 1-in-100 Gun Club (1228 FM 421) in Lumberton. The event raises money for scholarships for students at Lamar Institute of Technology. Teams of four shooters will traverse the course, trying their skills at shooting clays and flights will begin at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded by the Lewis System, which gives any shooter an opportunity to be a winner. Individual cost to participate is $175.

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James McMurtry

Courville’s welcomes James McMurtry on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Big Rich’s famous buffet dinner. McMurtry, 53, is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. James, who impressed fellow musician John Cougar Mellencamp during his early years, has released more than a dozen albums with his last, Complicated Game, coming in 2015. It charted in several Billboard Top 10s and received high praise from critics. For tickets, call (409) 860-9811.

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