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Things to do in Missoula: Mar 28 - Apr 3

Zoo Town Fringe Festival holds its first Town Hall meeting on Saturday
Zoo Town Fringe Festival holds its first Town Hall meeting on Saturday

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.

If you’re interested in participating in this year’s Zoo Town Fringe Festival, registration is just around the corner. Come to a Town Hall meeting on Saturday at Mach Central (127 E. Main Street, Suite 314) at 1 p.m. to learn everything you need to know to be ready to register on April 1.

Don’t miss the 34th annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival this weekend at the Dennison Theatre and UM Music Building. Click the link for more info.

Check out the interactive multimedia mystery feature Crumley & Vaughn Private Investigators at the Brink Gallery, with a closing reception on Friday.

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.

Don’t miss the closing weekend performances of MCT’s production of Lend me a Tenor at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. on Sunday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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 Divergent at 1 p.m., 4 p.m, 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. In the main theater, you can catch 300: Rise of an Empire at 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m.; Bad Words at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Divergent at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Gods Not Dead at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m.; Mr. Peabody & Sherman at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.; Muppets Most Wanted at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Need for Speed at 4:15 or 10:15 p.m.; Noah at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Non-Stop at 1:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.; Sabotage at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and The Lego Movie at 1:15 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Oscar-nominated film Inside Llewyn Davis at 9 p.m. nightly (except Thursday) and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Gloria nightly at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. or Enemy nightly at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Finally, check out The Filth and the Fury at the Top Hat at 7:30 p.m.

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. with Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails, Spring Break Throwdown with Hunter and the Gatherers and Taste at Stage 112 at 9 p.m., Soul City Cowboys at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Dust Alive at the Dark Horse at 9 p.m., Tom Catmull’s radio Static and Ryan Bundy at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., Tacos, Mordecai, Buddy “Butty” Jackson and Shahs at VFW at 10 p.m., 406 Band at Sunrise Saloon from 9:30 p.m. to close and Mike Dillon Band at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. On Saturday, come to the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival after-party at the Top Hat at 10 p.m., Tom Catmull at the Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery from 6-9 p.m., Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails at Draught Works from 6-8 p.m., Cash for Junkers at Union Club at 9 p.m., Mike Munson and Jake Ilika at the Palace at 9 p.m. and 406 Band at Sunrise Saloon from 9:30 p.m. to close. On Sunday, Fred Boner and the Walk of Shame at Draught Works from 5-7 p.m., Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night with Front Street Jazz at 8 p.m. and Crash Kings and King Washington at the Top Hat at 8 p.m. Monday brings Caroline Keys to the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7-10 p.m. and Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. On Tuesday, don’t miss the Howlin Brothers at the Missoula Winery at 8 p.m., Jacob Cummings and Paul Monk at the Badlander at 9 p.m. or the weekly showcase sponsored by Montana Musicians and Artists Coalition at Monk’s at 9 p.m. Moving on to Wednesday, check out Ellen Jewell at the Top Hat at 8 p.m. or join in with Kraptastic Karoake at the Badlander at 9 p.m. Last but not least on Thursday, it’s Ten Skip Stone at Draught Works from 6-8 p.m., Paradiso at the Wilma at 7 p.m., Open Mic Night at Sean Kely’s at 8:30 p.m. or Warning: Danger! At the VFW with No Fancy 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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