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Things to do in Missoula: March 21-27

Lend me a Tenor opens Friday night at MCT
Lend me a Tenor opens Friday night at MCT

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 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.

Among the plethora of local events, check out Big Sky High School’s annual Science Circus on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Moonrisers Productions variety show The Material Child at the ZACC on Saturday at 8 p.m. and the ISCSM’s Disney Drag Show at the Palace at 9 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, check out the 97th annual Forester’s Ball at the Adams Center from 7 to midnight on Friday and Saturday, the Women’s Fair at the University Center Ballroom on Saturday at 11 a.m. or the Missoula Hellgate Rollergirls’ annual Sip It: A Black Eye Affair at the Garden City Funeral Home at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Last but not least, don’t miss the Great Rockies Sportshow at the Adams Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Lots of theater happenings this week. Check out the Adventures of Electra & Agamemmon, a puppet show at the Brink Gallery at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Importance of Being Earnest is at the Crystal Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The UM’s School of Dance production Dance in Concert is at the Montana Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the Sentinel High School production of The Laramie Project is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

In addition, don’t miss the MCT production of Lend me a Tenor at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Ballet Arts Academy production of Masquerade at the Downtown Dance Collective at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

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. Sherwin Bitsui reads at the Dell Brown Room in Turner Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday. Bryan Gruley presents Confessions of a Dinosaur: All that Matters is the Story for the Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture Series at the University Center Theater at 7 p.m. on Monday, while Peter Stark reads from Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival at Shakespeare and Co. at 7 p.m. Judy Wicks talks about Beautiful Business: New Models for Local Living Economies with a book signing to follow at the UM Gallagher Business Building, Room 106 from 6:15 to 8: p.m. on Thursday, while Janisse Ray reads from The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to save Food at Fact and Fiction at 7 p.m.

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 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and in 3D at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10 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 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.; Mr. Peabody & Sherman at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. and in 3D at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 9:45 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 1:15 or 7:15 p.m. and in 3D at 4:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m., Non-Stop at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 9:45 and The Lego Movie at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. In addition, don’t miss the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom at the Wilma at 7 p.m. nightly (except Thursday) and at 1 p.m. on Saturday or 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 and 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m. Also don’t miss the Montana International Children’s Film Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Roxy Theater and on Sunday at the University Center Theater.

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 Andrea Harsell and friends, UM Symphony Orchestra at the Dennison Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Triple Sec at the Missoula Winery from 7:30-10 p.m., Micah Swanson’s Wild Militia and John Adam Smith at Sean Kelly’s at 9 p.m., The Mighty Flick at the Dark Horse at 9:30 p.m. and the Lil’ Smokies at the Top Hat with Swing 13 at 10 p.m. On Saturday, check out the Lil’ Smokies at 6 p.m., Britchy at Ten Spoon Winery from 6-9 p.m., Heather Barnes and Jennifer Bewerse at the UM Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wild Coyote Band at the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m., Sister Soul and the Medicine at the Union Club at 9 p.m., Downlink and Dieselboy at Stage 112 at 9 p.m., Montana Hip-Hop Alliance at the VFW with Codependents, Traff the Wiz, David Dalla G, Rude Max, Mic-B and Tonsoffun at 9 p.m., The Mighty Flick at the dark Horse at 8:30 p.m., and Cold Hard Cash at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. On Suday, don’t miss Marian Call at the Zootown Brew at 5:30 p.m., Western Union at the Missoula Winery at 6 p.m., and The Adama at the Palace with Confidence Man at 9 p.m. Moving on to Monday, catch the Acousticals at the Red Bird Wine Bar from 7-10 p.m. and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children at the Palace with Catamount at 9 p.m. Tuesday brings Old Wounds and Hollow Earth to the VFW at 10 p.m., Eric Barrera at the Sunrise Saloon at 9 p.m., Papadosio at the Top Hat at 9 p.m., Oliver Trolley at the Badlander at 9 p.m. and Stranger and Coral Theief are at the Palace at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, the Emancipator Live Band is at the Palace with Slow Magic and Nym at 9 p.m., Wilbur Rehmann Quintet at Top Hat for Wednesday Jazz Night at 6 p.m., Granger Smith is at Stage 112 at 7 p.m. and Hot Buttered Rum is at the Top Hat at 9 p.m. Last but not least, don’t miss Cyril Nevill Funk Fest, featuring Andrew Gromiller & the Organically Grown at the Wilma at 8 p.m., Barefoot Band at Ear Candy at 4 p.m., Kristi Neumann at Draught Works at 6 p.m., The Kanes with Boston Tea Party, Crooked Cops and Confidence Man at 9 p.m. at the Palace, Steel Pulse and Muzikata at the Top Hat at 10 p.m. and Atlantic Thrills and Battlestations at the ZACC at 8 p.m.

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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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