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Things to do in Missoula: Jan 17-23

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

Missoula Community Theatre opens their production of 9 to 5 the Musical on Friday night. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sunday night at 6:30 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.

Here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week. Don't miss all the great NFL Conference 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. Wendy Ervin will sign her books at Hastings from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Gary Lundy will read from his new chapbook at Shakespeare and Company at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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 9:15 p.m.; August: Osage County at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Devil’s Due at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and midnight; Frozen at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.; Gravity 3D at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Her at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight (Big D); Lone Survivor at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Nebraska at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Ride Along at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. 10:15 p.m. and midnight; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at 9 p.m.; The Legend of Hercules 3D at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and The Nut Job at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Over at the Wilma, catch The Big Lebowski on Friday at 8 p.m.; 12 Years a Slave nightly at 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.; Philomena nightly at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. (no showing on Friday) and All is Lost nightly at 9 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. (no showing on Friday). In addition, don't miss the great documentaries at the Top Hat every Monday night. This week's showing is Conan O’Brian Can’t Stop at 7:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss episodes 2 and 3 (Season 2) of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday. The Roxy will run two episodes each week until February 10.

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, Miller Creek at the Wilma (after The Big Lebowski) at 8 p.m.; Russ Nasset and the Revelators at the Union Club at 9 p.m.; Drake, Jackson and Parr at the Dark Horse at 9 p.m.;Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band with James Hunnicutt and the Whiskey Hooves at the VFW at 9 p.m. and Steven Roth at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. On Saturday, check out The Ruins and Ted Ness & The Rusty Nails at the Palace at 10 p.m.; Triple Sec at the Missoula Winery from 8 to 10 p.m.; Band in Motion at Westside Lanes at 9 p.m.; Tibetan opera singer Tsering Lodoe at the Roxy Theater at 5 and 8 p.m.; Mudslide Charley at Draught Works Brewery from 5 to 8 p.m.; Nothing Evers at the Top Hat at 6 p.m.; Joan Zen at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Captain Wilson Conspiracy at Finnand Porter from 7 to 9 p.m.; Wild Coyote Band at the American Legion Hall from 7 to 11 p.m.; Josh Farmer Band at the Union Club at 9 p.m. and Shakewell and Cure for the Common at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. Sunday brings El 3-Oh! to Draught Works Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m.; Tribal Seeds at the Top Hat at 8 p.m. and don’t miss Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night at 8 p.m. On Monday check out Fresh Off the Vine at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7 to 10 p.m.; Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. and Masquerade Monday at the Palace at 9 p.m. On Tuesday, Fresh Off the Vine moves to the Badlander at 9 p.m. and Anthony B and DJ Natty Herbman are at the Top Hat at 9 p.m. Wednesday brings us our weekly dose of jazz at the Top Hat at 6 p.m., followed by country music with Nashville 406 at 9:30 p.m. Last but not least, Thursday brings Ice Hockey, Pancakes, Confidence Man and the Whoopass Girls to the ZACC at 8 p.m.; Kristi Neumann at the Top Hat at 6 p.m.; Rick and Phil at the Draught Works Brewery from 6 to 8 p.m.; Luke Dowler at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Crooks on Tape at Stage 112 at 7 p.m.; Archeron Thodol, Grunt and Mahamawaldi at the VFW at 9 p.m. and Futurebirds at the Top Hat at 10 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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