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Things to do in Missoula: Feb 14-20

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival runs February 15-23
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival runs February 15-23www.bigskyfilmfest.org

So we’re back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula. You just might need to clone yourself to get everything done.

Of course, the biggest event in town this week is the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off on Saturday and runs through February 23. The films will be shown at three venues – The Wilma, the Crystal Theatre and the TopHat Lounge. For more info, check out their website here.

Don’t have plans yet for Valentine’s Day? Check out the production of The Legend of Orpheus at MCT, with performances on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Montana Rep’s production of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is at the Downtown Dance Collective on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

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. Valerie Harms presents Your Soul at a Crossroads at Fact and Fiction on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. On Wednesday, don’t miss Buddy Wakefield and friends with an evening of slam poetry at Le Petit Outre 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 The Lego Movie at 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. and Robocop at 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. or 12:30 a.m. In the main theater, you can catch About Last Night at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. or 12:15 a.m.; American Hustle at 4:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Endless Love at 1:30 p.m.., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. or 12:30 a.m.; Frozen at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. or 12:30 a.m.; Labor Day at 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m.; Lone Survivor at 1:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.; Monuments Men at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m. or 12:15 a.m.; Ride Along at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m. or 12:30 a.m.; Robocop at 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.; That Awkward Moment at 1:30 pm., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or midnight; The Lego Movie at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. and in 3D at 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.; Vampire Academy at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or midnight; and Winter’s Tale at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m. or 12:30 a.m.

There are 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. On Friday, catch The Hasslers at the TopHat’s Family Friendly Friday from 6-8 p.m., David Horgan and Beth Lo at Caffe Dolce from 6-9 p.m., Dreadnecks and Helligans at the VFW with Whiskey Hooves, Mahamawaldi and Grunt at 8 p.m., Thunderground with Kris Moon in the basement of Stage 112 at 9 p.m., the Bop Dips at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Baby Tyger and John Adam Smith at the Badlander at 9 p.m., The Hasslers at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m. and Charles Neville at the Top Hat at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, don’t miss David Horgan and Beth Lo at the Ten Spoon Winery from 6-9 p.m., The Harris Brothers at Draught Works Brewery from 6-8 p.m. and Captain Wilson Conspiracy at Finn and Porter from 7-9 p.m. Moving on to Sunda, check out John Floridis at Draught Works from 5-7 p.m., Jazz Martini Night at the Badlander at 8 p.m. and karaoke at the Lucky Strike Casino at 9 p.m. On Monday it’s Masquerade Monday with Famous Raymus at the Palace at 9 p.m. and Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. Tuesday brings us Captain Wilson Conspiracy at Brooks & Browns from 6-9 p.m. and Christian rapper Toby Mac, with Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Matthew West, Matt Maher and Capital Kings at the Adams Center at 7 p.m. On Wednesday don’t miss comedian Tig Notaro at the Wilma with Chris Fairbanks at 8 p.m., Kraptastic Karoake at the Badlander at 9 p.m. and The English Beat at the Top Hat at 9 p.m. Last but not least, on Thursday check out Micah Wyatt at Draught Works Brewery at 8 p.m., Davina and the Vagabonds at Missoula Winery for Rhythm and Wine at 8 p.m. and American Falcon with Copilot Eyedrops and Darshan Pulse at the VFW 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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