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Things to do in Missoula: Feb 7-13

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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.

Only two chances left to catch the Montana Rep production of The Miracle Worker at the Montana Theatre, which runs tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight is first Friday in Missoula, featuring incredible works of art in various venues throughout town. If you like Western Art, don’t miss Chip Jones’ bronze work at the Prudential Real Estate office.

The highlight of the weekend, of course, is the Zoo Music Awards showcases, featuring music at multiple venues tonight and tomorrow night. Each artist will perform a 45 minute set. You can ride the Gypsy Ghetto Bus to travel from venue to venue between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Tickets are available here. You can either purchase a single day pass ($7 for Under 18 or $10 for the rest) or a weekend pass ($10 for Under 18 or $15 for the rest). Here's the weekend schedule:

Friday: Bluegrass at the Top Hat Lounge, starting at 9:30 p.m. with The Workers, The Whiskey Hooves, The Lil’ Smokies and Ted Ness & The Rusty Nails; Electronic at Stage 112 starting at 8:15 p.m. with DJ Hyze, Wolf Trap, Sex Brothers, A-Dubbin and DJ Nicholas Minaj; Rock at the Palace starting at 8:05 p.m. with Corporate Defiance, Modern Sams, Mabel’s Rage, Omnithex and Rd Carpet Devils; Psychaedelic at Monk’s starting at 8 p.m. with The Point Blanks, Baby Tyger, Miller Creek, Voodo Horshoes and The Steady Changes; Indie & Pop at Sean Kelly’s starting at 7:45 p.m. with Wrinkles, RomLeo, Confidence Man, Catamount and Mendelsohn; Jazz at Brooks and Browns starting at 6:45 p.m. with Jenn Adams, Mary Place & Blue Moon, Stephen Jackman, Captain Wilson Conspiracy and Front St. Jazz Group; and Under 18 at the Roxy starting at 5 p.m. with 64 Tune, The Chords, Ashley’s Hundred, Maiah Wynne and Karissa Pfantz.

Saturday: Funk & Reggae at the Top Hat Lounge starting at 9:30 p.m. with Andrew Gramiller & The Organically Grown, Off in the Woods, Muzikata and Shakewell; Country & Folk at Stage 112 starting at 7:45 p.m. with Good Old Fashioned, Lost Sols, Monk & The Mothers, Bottom Feeders and The Hasslers; Metal & Punk at the Palace starting at 8:05 p.m. with Unicorn Connery, Time to Kill, Carlton, Darshan Pulse and Universal Choke Sign; Hip Hop & Spoken Word at Monk’s starting at 8 p.m. with Beeznest, Mr. Soap, Hemingway, LA Music Critic Award winner Frodie and Lyrical Motion; Singer/Songwriter at Sean Kelly’s starting at 8:15 p.m. with Luke Dowler, Kappa Oie, Taylor McCarl, Rashelle Myra and Kristi Neumann; Blues at Brooks and Browns starting at 6 p.m. with Ryan Johnson & The Dreams, Mike Bader Band, Ryan Bundy, Three-Eared Dog and Black Mountain Moan; and Under 18 at the Roxy starting at 5 p.m. with Funk Master, The Earthbound, Zordie, Playful Youth and Show for No Body.

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 The Lego Movie at 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. and Monuments Men at 7 p.m. or 9:45. In the main theater, you can catch American Hustle at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Dallas Buyers Club at 6:45 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.; Frozen at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.; Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug at 6:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Labor Day at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Lone Survivor at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Monuments Men at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. ; Ride Along at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; That Awkward Moment at 1:30 pm., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., The Lego Movie at 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and in 3D at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.; The Nut Job at 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. and Vampire Academy at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss the final episodes of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday.

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. Don’t forget the Grammys are on Sunday night on CBS. 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 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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