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Things to do in Missoula: Apr 4-10

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So we’re back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you’ll be able to get out and do a few of them.

If you’re interested in participating in this year’s Zoo Town Fringe Festival, registration is now open. Visit the website and sign-up. Registration is just $35 for the month of April, but goes up to $50 on May 1 and $75 on June 1. Registration closes on July 15. This year’s Festival will happen August 13-17 at venues around downtown.

It’s First Friday once again in downtown Misoula. If you want to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and get a great meal, head to Dickey’s BBQ, where a portion of your dinner purchase will go to help this most worthy cause.

For all you fresh fruit and vegetable lovers, don’t miss the Heirloom Winter Farmers Market every Saturday at the Western Montana Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the plethora of local events, check out DalyJazz with Donny McCaslin (240 Daly Avenue) on Friday and Saturday, the Adjudicated Concerts I-IV at the Montana Theatre on Friday at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m., the CoMotion Dance Project at Masquer Theatre at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, Community NonProfit Day at the Southgate Mall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Missoula ZooGrass Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and evening performances featuring Josh Clinger, Jed Nusbaum, Ten Skip Stone, Tony Furtado and Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails at Stage 112, 1NO (UM Senior Project of Popular Culture) at Downtown Dance Collective at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, modern dance company Taylor 2 at the Dennison Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and UM anthropology professor Doug MacDonald will speak on Archaeology of the Snake and Lewis Wild and Scenic Rivers at the UC, room 332 at7 p.m. on Monday.

For theatre fans, check out A Thousand Faces rock opera at the Wilma at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and the 10-Minute Play Festival at the UM PARTV Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Reading is always a great escape, and we have four great local bookstores: Fact & Fiction, located at 200 N. Higgins and in the University Center; The Book Exchange, located at 2335 Brooks Street; Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers, located at 1035 S. Third Street W and Bird's Nest Books, located at 217 N. Higgins. Take some time and enjoy these jewels of Missoula, where you can catch up on some great reads and do some shopping. Laura Timblo and Linda Glammons-Eggers will read from Goodnight Missoula at Fact and Fiction on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Craig Lancaster will read from Edward Adrift at Shakespeare and Co. on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

It's never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend at the Carmike 12, in the Big D you can catch Captain America: Winter Soldier in 3d at 12:50 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:05 p.m. or 10:10 p.m. In the main theater, you can catch 300: Rise of an Empire at 1:15 p.m. or 6:45 p.m.; Bad Words at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Captain America: Winter Soldier at 12 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:20 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. and in 3D at 2 p.m. or 9:20 p.m.; Divergent at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Gods Not Dead at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Mr. Peabody & Sherman at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Muppets Most Wanted at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Noah at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and Sabotage at 4:15 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Oscar-nominated film Inside Llewyn Davis at 9 p.m. nightly (except Wednesday) and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, The Grand Budapest Hotel nightly at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. or Enemy nightly at 7 p.m. (except Wednesday) and Sunday at 1 p.m. Finally, check out The Great Hip Hop Hoax at the Top Hat at 7:30 p.m on Monday.

There are many great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Check out the 8 Days a Week column in the Missoula Independent and online at MontanaLiveMusic.com.

For something different, stop by Wheat Montana at Third & Reserve every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for some great bluegrass music with the Black Mountain Boys. The food is divine and the music sublime - it's a can't miss combination.

You can catch great indie music all over town. Start with Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat from 6-8 p.m., Andrew Cromiller Band at the Crystal Theater from 7-10 p.m., Nashville 406 at Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Charlie Parr at Top Hat at 9 p.m., Gladiators Eat Fire with Shramana, Bos Fight and Tsaritsa at the Palace at 9 p.m., Lil’Trio at Sean Kelly’s with Cara Schulz at 9 p.m., Joan Zen Band at Union Club at 9:30 p.m. and The Tomcats at Dark Horse at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, Andrew Cromiller Band at the Crystal Theater from 7-10 p.m., The Hasslers at Draught Works from 6-8 p.m., John Kelley at Symes Hotel from 8-10 p.m., Tom Catmull and Radio Static at Union Club at 9:30 p.m., Soap (Pink Floyd tribute) with Baby Tyger at the Palace at 9 p.m., Bop A Dips at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and The Tomcats at Dark Horse at 9:30 p.m. Moving on to Sunday, check out the Carla Green Trio at Draught Works from 5-7 p.m., Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night with Front Street Jazz at 8 p.m. and WhiskeyDick and Saint Christopher at the VFW with Aran Buzzas and the Whiskey Hooves at 9 p.m. On Monday, the Kathy Kallick Band kicks off the Ruby Jewel Jamboree at Ruby’s Inn, Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. and David Horgan and Beth Lo at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7-10 p.m. On Tuesday, don’t miss the Wheeler Brothers and Mandolin Orange at Missoula Winery at 7 p.m., G Love and Special Sauce at the Top Hat at 7:30 p.m., The Lowest Pair, and Dead Pigeons at the weekly Montana Musicians and Artists Coalition showcase at Monk’s Bar at 8:30 p.m., Eric Barrera at Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., and The Bottom Dollars at Badlander at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, check out Trio Noir at the Top Hat’s weekly Jazz Night at 6 p.m.,Kraptastic Karoake at the Badlander at 9 p.m., The MarchFourth Marching Band at the Top Hat at 9:P30 p.m., and New Old Future at Stage 112 with Confidence Man at 9:30 p.m. Last but not least on Thursday, don’t miss Porter Creek at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Yabba Griffiths at Draught Works from 6-8 p.m., Open Mic Night at Sean Kelly’s at 8:30 p.m., White Buffalo and Chuck Ragan at the Top Hat at 9 p.m., Cash for Junkers, Skin Flowers and Ryan Bundy at the Palace at 9 p.m., Wild Coyote band at the Sunrise Saloon from 9 p.m. to close and Band in Motion at Tamarack Brewing Company at 9 p.m.

Don't forget iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube - be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent - then share it with us all.

Have a great week, enjoy Missoula and we'll catch you soon with an update. Please feel free to drop me a line at lamusiccritic@yahoo.com with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you'd like to promote. I'm happy to spread the word for you.

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