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Things to do in Missoula: Mar 7-13

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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.

Don’t forget to spring forward on Saturday night at Daylight Savings Time begins.

The big event this weekend is the 2nd Annual Zoo Music Awards presentation at the Wilma at 7 p.m., followed by a raging after-party at Stage 112. Come out and support live and local indie talent.

Tonight is First Friday in Missoula from 5 to 8 p.m. Check out the art and enjoy free wine and snacks at businesses throughout the downtown.

Check out the Bare Bait Dance presentation Kinetoscope: Screedance Film Festival at the Roxy tonight and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. each night.

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 Friday, the Missoula Writing Collaborative presents Words with Wings at Fact and Fiction from 5-7 p.m. On Saturday, Ellen Welcker will read from Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline at Shakespeare and Co. at 11 a.m. and John Hart will read from Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science and Space at Fact and Fiction from 1-3 p.m. On Tuesday, the 406 Poetry Celebration is at Fact and Fiction at 7 p.m. and Molly Worthern presents Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism at the University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Wednesday, don’t miss the 10th annual Citywide Poetry Slam at Stage 112 at 6:30 p.m. Last but not least on Thursday Toby Thompson reads Metroliner at Fact and Fiction at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss the UM’s production of Book of Days in the Masquer Theatre tonight and Saturday and Tuesday through Friday next week at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. In addition, don’t miss the National Theatre Live’s performance of War Horse at the Roxy Theatre at 7:30 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, in the Big D you can catch 300: Rise of an Empire in 3D at 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:45 p.m. or 11:15 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 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m.; 300: Rise of an Empire at 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10:45 p.m. and in 3D at 1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m.; Frozen at 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 5:15 p.m.; Monuments Men at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10 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 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 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 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom at the Wilma at 7 p.m. (except Friday and Saturday) or the Oscar-nominated films Inside Llewyn Davis at 7 p.m. (except Tuesday) and Philomena at 9 p.m. (except Saturday and Tuesday).

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. Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat features an instrument petting zoo and student musicians in honor of UM’s Beethoven Week. Friday also features Christopher Kirkpatrick on clarinet at the UM Music Recital Hall , The Western Union Swing Band at the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m., Band in Motion at the Union Club at 9 p.m., WayWard Too at the Palace with Logan Jensen and Conner Dannis at 9 p.m., Montana Standard Time at the Sunrise Saloon at 9:30 p.m., PigPens Wake, Moonshine Mountain, and Gill and the Spills at Monk’s Bar at 9:30 p.m. and Locksaw Cartel at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. On Saturday, it’s the 18th Annual Salsa Ball with Mudslide Charley at the UNIVersity Center Ballroom at 5:30 p.m., The Zoo Music Awards at the Wilma at 7 p.m., Basses Covered at Draught Works from 6-8 p.m., Bam! Beethoven at the Dennison Theatre, featuring Lisa Smirnova at 7:30 p.m., The Western Union Swing Band at the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m., Lord Dying, Bacon and Egg, Con/sequence and Thee Hounds at ZACC at 8 p.m., Tom Catmull and Radio Static at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Igor and the Red Elvises at the Palace at 9 p.m., the Zoo Music Awards after-party at Stage 112 at 10 p.m., Magpies at Top Hat at 10 p.m. and Ali Satterlee, Pretty Ugly, Lige Newton and Brianda Jackman at the VFW at 10 p.m. The Beans ‘n’ Joe Show, featuring Curtis Rathburn and Teri Llovet. On Sunday, catch Bam! Beethoven at the Dennison Theatre, featuring Lisa Smirnova at 3 p.m., Bassy J at Draught Works from 5-7 p.m., Ed Norton Big Band at the Missoula Winery from 6-8 p.m., Sea Wolf at the Top Hat at 8 p.m., and the Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night with Front Street Jazz at 8 p.m. On Monday, don’t miss Moscow Monday at Montgomery Distillery, Cash for Junkers at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7-10 p.m., Jazz at the Break at Break Espresso at 7:30 p.m. and Open Mic at the VFW at 10 p.m. Tuesday brings us Andy Cameron aqnd Jesse of the Lil’ Smokiesa at the Top Hat at 8 p.m., Eric Barrera at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m. and This Must be the Band (Talking Heads Tribute) at the Badlander at 10 p.m. On Wednesday, Captain Wilson Conspiracy place the Top Hat at 6 p.m., Kraptastic Karoake at the Badlander at 9 p.m. and Milkcrate Mechanic and Co at the Palace at 9 p.m. Last but not least, Thursday brings Tom Catmull to Draught Works from 5-8 p.m., Russ Nasset at the Top Hat dinner show at 6 p.m., Open Mic Night at Sean Kelly’s at 8:30 p.m. and John Adam Smith Band is at Top Hat with The Hasslers 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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