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Things to do in Missoula: Jan 24-31

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

Only five chances left to catch the smash MCT production of 9 to 5 the Musical, with performances tonight at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss it! In addition, the Montana Rep presents The Miracle Worker at the Montana Theatre, opening tonight at 7:30 p.m. and running through February 1, with a matinee at 1 p.m. on February 1 and nightly performances at 7:30 p.m.

The Authentic Illusionist Jay Owenhouse performs at the Dennison Theatre on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. If dance is more your liking, don’t miss Bare Bate Dance Company’s Springboard 2014 at Stage 112 on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

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. The Super Bowl may be next Sunday, but you can still catch the NFL Pro Bowl 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. Dennis R. Wilson will read and sign his book Zion’s Primise at Garden of Readn’n (2621 Brooks) on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Jessie Bier will read and sign his novel Cannibal at Fact and Fiction at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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.; August: Osage County at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Dallas Buyers Club at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Devil’s Due at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Frozen at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; Gravity 3D at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Her at 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; I, Frankenstein at 1 p.m. and in 3D at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Lone Survivor at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Nebraska at 6:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Ride Along at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; 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. and 7 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 12 Years a Slave nightly at 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. (9 p.m. only on Saturday and Thursday); Philomena nightly at 7 p.m. and All is Lost nightly at 9 p.m. (no showing on Saturday or Thursday). In addition, don't miss the great documentaries at the Top Hat every Monday night. This week's showing is Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip at 7:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss episodes 4 and 5 (Season 2) of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday.

Don’t miss the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Wilma at 7 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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.

Here's where you can catch more live music this week: On Friday night, Zeppo MT plays the Union Club at 9 p.m., the Boxcutters and Greenstar play at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., Moon Taxi plays the Palace with Run River North at 9 p.m., The Copper Mountain Band plays at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Magpies, Boys, chemical Lawns and Colin Uriah Johnson plays the VFW at 10 p.m. and Locksaw Cartel plays the Top Hat with Baby and Bukowski at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Wartime Blues is at Draught Works Brewery from 5 to 8 p.m., Moonshine Mountain is at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Beans n’ Joe Show is at the Walking Moustache at 7 p.m., Devil Makes Three with the Brothers Comatose at the Wilma at 8 p.m., Lord Huron at the Top Hat at 8 p.m., The Copper Mountain Band at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Voodoo Horseshoes at Monk’s Bar with Ham Shandy and guests at 9:30 p.m., Band in Motion at the Union Club at 9 p.m. and the Hasslers and Monks and Mothers play the Devil Makes Three after party at the Palace at 10 p.m. Sunday brings us the Grammys and the Toasters at 9 p.m. at the Top Hat. Moving on to Monday, Larry Hirschberg is at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. On Tuesday, False Heather is at the Badlander with Leif Christian and Uncle Sam and the Haliburton Blues Band at 9 p.m., Captain Wilson Conspiracy is at the Holiday Inn from 6 to 9 p.m., J.D. Wilkes and his Dirt Daubers are at the Missoula Winery at 7 .m. and Eric Barrera begins a Tuesday residency at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, don’t miss the Top Hat’s Jazz night at 6 p.m. with Captain Wilson Conspiracy. Last but not least, on Thursday, Three Cornered Jack is at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Shramana, Vera, Boss Fight and False Teeth are at the VFW at 9 p.m., Nappy Roots is at the Palace with Copendendents, Traff the Wiz and Tallest DJ in America at 9 p.m., Julie Bug and Northern Exposure play the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and White Denim plays the Top Hat with Skin Flowers 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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