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Things to do in Missoula: Mar 14-20

St. Patrick's Day brings out the Irish in us all
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So we’re back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you’ll be able to get out and do a few of them.

For all you Monty Python fans: Come and support the Big Sky Renaissance Faire and watch Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail on the big screen at the Roxy Theatre. Showings are at 7:15 and 9:15 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and all proceeds go to help pay the expenses of the Big Sky Renaissance Faire so that all of their proceeds from the Faire (June 27-29, 2014) can be donated to a local charity.

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. On Tuesday, Walter Kim will read from his new book Blood Will Out at Shakespeare and Co. at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss the UM’s production of Book of Days in the Masquer Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m and Saturday at 2 p.m. In addition, check out The Importance of Being Earnest at the Crystal Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The annual Odyssey of the Stars honoring Dean Peterson and John Schuberg will be at the Dennison Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Check out the U’s School of Dance production Dance in Concert at the Montana Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Sentinel High School production of The Laramie Project at 7:30 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, in the Big D you can catch Need for Speed at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. and in 3D at 4 p.m. or 10 p.m. In the main theater, you can catch 12 Years a Slave at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.; 3 Days to Kill at 4:15 p.m. or 10 p.m.; 300: Rise of an Empire at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and in 3D at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Frozen at 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 5:15 p.m.; Monuments Men at 7:45 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Mr. Peabody & Sherman at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and in 3D at 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Non-Stop at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Ride Along at 1:15 or 7:15 p.m.; Son of God at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.; and The Lego Movie at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom at the Wilma at 7 p.m. nightly and at 1 p.m. on Saturday (except Wednesday) or the Oscar-nominated film Inside Llewyn Davis at 7 p.m. nightly and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, The Art of the Steal at 9 p.m. nightly and Saturday at 3 p.m. and The Past at 9 p.m. nightly and Saturday at 3 pm. (except Wednesday).

There are many 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

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.

You can catch great indie music all over town. Start with Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat from 6-8 p.m., pianist Deborah Dewey at UM Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.,, Chamberlin Rain Jam at Caras Park at 4 p.m., Big E and Friends with Gil and the spills at 8:30 p.m. at Stage 112, Russ Nasset and the Revelators at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Miller Creek, The Boxcutters and The Hasslers at the Badlander at 9 p.m., Rum Rebellion and the Whiskey Hooves at the Palace at 9 p.m., The Workers and Frederico Brothers at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., Martin Sexton at the Top Hat at 9 p.m. and ShoDown at the Sunrise Saloon at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, catch George Carlton at Ten Spoon Winery at 6 p.m., Irish Criacers at the Top Hat at 6 p.m., Russ Nasset at Draught Works Brewery from 6-8 p.m., Wild Coyote Band at the American Legion Hall from 7-11 p.m., Kristi Neumann, Shakewell and Muzikata at the Top Hat at 8:45 p.m., Josh Farmer Band at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Mark Duboise and Crossroads at Sunrise Saloon at 9:30 p.m. and The Weekenders at Stage 112 at 10 p.m. On Sunday don’t miss Montana Fiddlers at the Sunrise Saloon at 12:30 p.m., Malarkey at Draught Works from 5-7 p.m. or Jazz Martine Night at the Badlander with Front St. Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Moving on to Monday (which just happens to be St. Patrick’s Day), don’t miss the party at the Badlander with Monks and the Mothers, Patty Hearse and Jacob Osborne, starting at 7 p.m., Cootehill, Off in the Woods and the Hasslers at Sean Kelly’s at 3 p.m., Celtic Dragon bagpipers, Bob Misleic on accordion and Irish dancers at Draught Works from 4-8 p.m., Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. and Sad Horse, Sun Blood Stories, The All-Hail and Boys at the VFW. Tuesday brings Couches, Mountain Shark and Arrows to the Sun to the VFW at 10 p.m., Shpongle at the Wilma at 8 p.m., Pinegrass at the Top Hat at 8 p.m., Eric Barrera at Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Sidewalk Chalk at the Badlander with Three-Eared Dog at 9 p.m., Shpongle After-Party at the Palace with Mr. Wizard, Logisticalone and Layln Tang at 10 p.m. Then on Wednesday it’s Jazz at the Top Hat with Captain Wilson Conspiracy at 6 p.m., New Old Future, Kayla Hutchin and Gil and the Spills at Stage 112 at 8 p.m., Kraptastic Karoake at the Badlander at 9 p.m. and Magic Beans at the Top Hat with Kitchen Dwellers at 10 p.m. Last but not least, on Thursday don’t miss Nathan Eyre at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Karoline Keys at Draught Works with Jeff Turman at 8 p.m., Lems Alee, Abe Coley, wamp Ritual and Chemical Lawns at the ZACC at 8 p.m., Open Mic at Sean Kelly’s at 8:30 p.m., Julie Bug and Northern Exposure at Sunrise Saloon and Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons 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 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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