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Things to do in Missoula: April 25-May 1

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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 ZooTown 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 opening night for the final show of the season at MCT - the Broadway musical Les Miserables. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are going fast so contact the MCT Box Office to buy tickets. The show continues through May 11.

The latest production at the University of Montana, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opens on Tuesday and runs through May 10 with performances at 7:30 p.m. each night. There is a special Talk Back with the cast and crew after the performance on May 2.

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.

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.

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 Brick Mansions at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. In the main theater, you can catch A Haunted House 2 at 1:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Bears at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.; Captain America: Winter Soldier at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Divergent at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Draft Day at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Heaven is for Real at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.; Noah at 4:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.; Oculus at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Rio 2 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.; The Other Woman at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; The Quiet Ones at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. or Transcendence at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. Over at The Wilma, don’t miss The Grand Budapest Hotel nightly at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. or Under the Skin nightly at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. (no showing on Saturday).

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 or check out the Montana Live Music website.

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.

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 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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