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Things to do in Missoula: Jan 10-16

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So we’re back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula.

Finally landed a part-time job, and started working this past Monday for J.R. Associates, the parent company for MyMusicFolders.com and MyChoirRobes.com. It is such a trip to work with long-time professional musicians. Loving it!

If you’re waiting on my First Night Missoula report, it’s in the works – it’s been a little hectic with the new job and crewing for the upcoming production of 9 to 5, but I promise it will be published shortly.

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.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week. Don't miss all the great NFL playoff action this weekend. Catch it, as well as your favorite NBA and NHL action at my favorite sports bar, Hooters.

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. Check out Keith McCafferty at Fact and Fiction from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. the publication party for Bryce Andrews’ new book Badluck Way at the Top Hat on Tuesday at 6 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Second Wednesday Book Group meeting at the Missoula Public Library to discuss Julian Barnes’ book The Sense of an Ending at 7 p.m. on Wednesday

It's never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend at the Carmike 12, catch American Hustle at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; August: Osage County at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Frozen at 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Her at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and in 3D at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Legend of Hercules at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Paranormal Activity: Marked One at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Saving Mr. Banks at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at 1 p.m. and Wolf of Wall Street at 9 p.m. Lone Survivor is playing in the Big D at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. In addition, don't miss the great documentaries at the Top Hat every Monday night. This week's showing is You’re Gonna Miss Me at 7:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss episodes 24 and 25 of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday. The Roxy will run two episodes each week until February 10.

Julie Cajune stars in Belief at the Dennison Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while Spank! The Fifth Shades Parody is at the Wilma at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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.

Here's where you can catch more live music this week: On Friday night, check out Secret Powers, Ham Shandy, Skin Flowers and Red Carpet Devils at the Top Hat at 10 p.m., Leon Young at the Top Hat for Family Friendly Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Salem at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Tom Catmull’s Radio Static at the Union Club at 9 p.m., the Boxcutters and Black Mountain Moan at the Badlander at 9 p.m., No Fancy, All Hail and Arrows to the sun at the Palace at 9 p.m., Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails with Ticket sauce Brigade at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., and the Tomcats at the Dark Horse at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, Coral Thief is at the Draught Works Brewery from 6 to 8 p.m., Lil Smokies at the Biter Root Brewery in Hamilty from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cash for Junkers at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Saturday Night Jive at the Palace with Mark Myriad, Dr. Kinetic, Over EZ and C Gerb at 9 p.m., the Tomcats at the Dark Horse at 9:30 p.m. and Patterson Hood at the Top Hat at 9:30 p.m. Sunday brings the Ed Norton Big Band to the Missoula Winery from 6 to 8 p.m., Blue Dream at the Draught Works Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m., Reel Big Fish with Suburban Legends, Mighty Mongo and the Maxies at the Wilma at 7:30 p.m., Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night from 7:30 p.m. to midnight and the Reverend Horton Heat at the Top Hat with Kekromantix and Old Man Markley at 8 p.m. On Monday, Tom Catmull will be at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. Then on Tuesday, John Adam Smith will play the Badlander at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, check out the weekly Jazz Night at the Top Hat with the Basement Boyz at 6 p.m., Breaks Night at the Palace with Milkcrate Mechanic and Michael Kirkpatrick at the Top Hat at 9 p.m. Finally, Thursday night jams at Sunrise Saloon with the Soul City Cowboys at 9 p.m., Jordan Lane at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Russ Nasset at the Draught Works Brewery from 6 to 8 p.m., Tom Catmull and Radio Static at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Open Mic Night at Sean Kelly’s at 8:30 p.m., Cryptochrome, Triple 3, MC, 3 DHR, Dulfresh and Rockstocki at the Palace at 9 p.m., Shramana with Total Combined Weight, Arctodus and Future Users: Beta at the VFW at 9 p.m. and Cash for Junkers at the Top Hat at 9:30 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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