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Things to do in Missoula: Jan 3-9

Check out The Imagined Adventures of Edwin Hubble at The Dark Room tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with artist Nikki Rossignol
Check out The Imagined Adventures of Edwin Hubble at The Dark Room tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with artist Nikki RossignolNikki Rossignol

So we’re back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula. Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I thoroughly enjoyed my first First Night Missoula – hats off to the incredible crew at MissoulaCultural.org for organizing this amazing night of talent and community involvement. I’ll have a full report in the next few days – needless to say I was thoroughly impressed.

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.

Tonight is First Friday here in Missoula, and it should be a great one. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. If you enjoyed the KECI coverage of the recent Jordan Graham trial, then you should already be familiar with one of the feature presentations for tonight. Local artist Nikki Rossignol, who did all the drawings for KECI’s coverage, will be presenting her original work at The Dark Room from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Entitled The Imagined Adventures of Edwin Hubble, it promises to be a spectacular display of artistic design. I can’t wait.

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.

For all you thespians out there, MCT will be having auditions for its next show, Lend me a Tenor, on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This is NOT a musical, but a fast moving farce with parts available for four men and four women.

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 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 on Mullan, catch 47 Ronin at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and in 3D at 4:15 and 10:15 p.m.; 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.; Frozen at 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Grudge Match at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and in 3D at 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 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 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Walking with Dinosaurs at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Wolf of Wall Street at 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 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 22 and 23 of Twin Peaks at The Roxy this Monday. The Roxy will run two episodes each week until February 10. You can also catch the Met’s live in HD presentation of Falstaff on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.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.

Here's where you can catch more live music this week: On Friday night, check out The Frederico Brothers at the Top Hat for Family Friendly Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Fishbowl Friday: Champagne Facial Edition with BassFace Krew at the Badlander at 7 p.m., Wild Coyote Band at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Idle Ranch Hands at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Lavoy at Stage 112 at 9 p.m., A Midnight Drive with Confidence Man and Arctodus at the Palance at 9 p.m., Candy’s River House and Three Eared Dog at Sean Kellys at 9 p.m. and Full Grown Men at the Top Hat at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, don’t miss Paydirt at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Gil and the Spills at Draught Works Brewery from 6 to 8 p.m., Andrea Harsell at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Zeppo MT at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Kimberlee Carlson Jazz Trio at Finn and Porter from 7 to 9 p.m., Joan Zen at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Lavoy at the Palace at 9 p.m. and Strat and Mouse at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. Sunday brings more great music when Hartwell Littlejohn, the All-Hail, Ryan Bunday and Joey Running Crane play the VFW at 9 p.m., Kayla Hutchins is at Draught Works from 5 to 7 p.m., In This Moment with Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail the Yeti at the Wilma at 7, Western Union at the Top Hat from 7 to 9 p.m. and Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night starting at 8 p.m. On Monday Cash for Junkers will play the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. and the VFW will host an open mic at 10 p.m. Moving on to Tuesday, check out Pinegrass at the Top Hat at 8:30 p.m., Eric Barrera at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and Dixie Riddle at the Badlander’s Live and Local night at 10 p.m. Wednesday brings us the Kimberlee Carlson Jazz Trio at the Top Hat from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., as well as Kraptastic Karoake with Reid Reimers at the Badlander at 9 p.m. and Stage 112’s Solo Cup Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Last but not least, on Thursday don’t miss Dan Dubuque at the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton from 6 to 8:30 p.m., John Adam Smith Band at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Open Mic Night at Sean Kellys at 8:30 p.m., Broadway Inn’s Open Mic Night Big Sky Pool Party in the Cabana at 9 p.m., Shramana, Zebulon Kosted, Darshan Pulse and Modality at the VFW at 9 p.m., The Hasslers at the Palace at 9 p.m., Dark HORse Country Band at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and Salem at the Top Hat at 11 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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