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Things to do in Missoula: Dec 13-19

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Back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula.
Musicians - don't miss the opportunity to win a Zoo Music Awards. TODAY is the last day for submitting (by 11:59 p.m.). You can win $500 if you’re judged the best in one of 13 categories. Awards will be handed out on March 8, 2014 at the Wilma Theatre – sign up here.
If you love a good tuba concert, don’t miss the Sentinel High School Band’s TubaChristmas show at the Southgate Mall in the Center Clock Court from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight.
There are lots of craft fairs going on this week as we get closer to Christmas. On Saturday, don't miss the Holiday Craft fair at Chief Charlo Elementary School (5600 Longview Drive) with 65 local vendors, chilli, pizza, hot cocoa and apple cider from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will also be there from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also check out the Hip Holiday Market at Lowell School (1200 Sherwood) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a cover charge of $1. For foodies, check out the Holiday Grek Pastry Sale at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (301 S. Sixth Street West) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over at the Montana Natural History Center (120 Hickory Street), check out the Holiday Party with Animal Wonders from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission fee is $5. For your fresh food lovers, check out the Heirloom Winter Farmers Market at the Western Montana Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last but not least, the Clay Studio (1106 A Hawthorne Street) will host a Holiday Open House from 3 to 7 p.m.
Also check out the Community Pint Night at the Northside Kettlehouse from 5 to 8 p.m. to benefit the ZACC.
For all your theatre lovers, pack up your appetite and head over to Missoula Community Theatre for their production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, which opens tonight and runs through December 22.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week. Don't miss all the great NFL action this weekend. Catch all the college, NFL and NBA action at my favorite sports bar, Hooters. Looking forward to the Dolphins-Patriots game on Sunday, especially after that awesome victory over the Steelers last Sunday . Meet me there!
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; Shakespere & 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. On Friday, stop in at Fact and Fiction as the High Desert Journal launches its 18th issue with a party featuring readings by Robert Stubblefield, Mary Jane Nealon and Melissa Mylchreest from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Rod Overholt will reach from his children’s book I’m Lost: Which is the Right Path? At Garden of Readin’ (2621 Brooks Street) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the International Choral Festival Salute, there will be readings starting at 11 a.m. from Donna Love, Gary Glynn, Seabring Davis, Sneed B. Collard III, Margo Mowbray, Alice Finnegan and Alan Leftfidge at Fact and Fiction. Last but not least on Wednesday, the Muslim Journeys Book discussion will focus on Dreams of Trespass, the memoir of Fatima Mesmissi at the Missoula Public Library at 6 p.m.
It's never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend at the Carmike 12 on Mullan, catch Delivery Man at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Frozen at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. and in 3D at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Out of the Furnace at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Philomena at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and in 3D at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Thor: The Dark World at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. Over at the Carmike 6 on South Reserve, it’s all about The Hobbit, with showings at 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and in 3D at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. In addition, don't miss the great documentaries at the Top Hat every Monday night. This week's showing is Anvil: The Story of Anvil at 7:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss episodes 16 and 17 of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday. The Roxy will run two episodes each week until February 10. The Roxy will also air The Met: Live in HD’s production of Falstaff at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
For theater lovers, besides the MCT production of Willy Wonka, check out the 29th Annual Garden City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. matinees each day. On Saturday, don’t miss Puccini’s classic Gloria at the Missoula Community Chorus and Chamber Chorale’s annual holiday concert at St. Anthony’s Church (217 Tremont Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. or The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Frenchtown High School at 8 p.m. on Friday, preceded by the Christmas Dessert Extravaganza. Also on Saturday is the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre’s Christmas Ballet Cabaret at the Top Hat at 2 p.m. Last but not least, it’s the ISCSM Holiday Show featuring local drag queens at
There are also 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 Montana Live Music.
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.
Here's where you can catch more live music this week: On Friday night, check out Pickled Okra at the Top Hat for Family Friendly Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Captain Wilson Conspiracy at Brooks and Browns from 6 to 9 p.m., The Cold Hard Cash Show and Cigarette Girls Burlesque at the Wilma Theatre at 8, a chamber music concert at the Missoula Art Museum with Lydia Brown and Robin Scott at 7 p.m., Muzikata at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Bass Science with the Enzymes, Kris Moon and Tygerlily at the Palace at 9 p.m., Vodoo Horshoes and Marvin at the Badlander at 9 p.m., Gentleman’s Night with Richie Reinholdt, Josh Farmer, Travis Yost and Jacob Straw at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., Jamulation at the Dark Horse at 9 p.m., Band in Motion at the Eagles at 8 p.m. and The O’Connells at the Sunrise Saloon from 9:30 p.m. to cose. On Saturday, Blue Moon is at Draught Works from 6 to 8 p.m., Misoula Food Bank benefit at Sean Kelly’s with The Hasslers, Off in the Woods and Muzikata at 8 p.m., Jamulation at the Dark Horse at 9 p.m., Band in Motion at the Eagles at 8 p.m., Cash for Junkers at the Union Club at 9 p.m., The O’Connells at the Sunrise Saloon and Bob Wire and Chip Witson, with Baby and Bukowski and the Off Whites Christmas Band at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. Then on Sunday, check out The Hasslers at Draught Works from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night at 8 p.m. Monday brings us Larry Hirshberg at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. and the Sentinel High School Bands holiday concert in the Sentinel High Margaret Johnson Theater at 7:30 p.m. Moving on to Tuesday, The Whiskey Hooves and Monk and the Mothers are at the Badlander at 9 p.m., The Acousticals are at the Top Hat at 8 p.m. and Eric Barera is at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. Rounding out the week on Wednesday, don’t miss Andy Frasco and the UN at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. Last but not least on Thursday, Tom Catmull is at the Draught Works from 5 to 8 p.m., Tyler Decker plays the Top Hat at 6 p.m., Captain Wilson Conspiracy is at Montgomery Distillery from 6 to 8 p.m., Julie Bug and Northern Exposure are at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and Jerry Joseph and Jackmormons are at the Top Hap at 10 p.m.
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