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Things to do in Missoula: May 10-16

ZooFest 2014 is a full day of music and art at Caras Park on May 10
ZooFest 2014 is a full day of music and art at Caras Park on May 10
photo courtesy of Leif Christian, used by permission

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 ZooTown Fringe Festival, registration is now open. Visit the website and sign-up. Registration is currently $50, but goes up to $75 on June 1. Registration closes on July 15. This year’s Festival will happen August 13-17 at venues around downtown. Come check out our table at ZooFest 2014 on Saturday in Caras Park from 1-10:30 p.m.

The musical highlight this weekend is ZooFest 2014, a free day of music and art at Caras Park. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and features the music of several prominent bands, including our very own Shakewell, winner of the ZooMusicAward for best funk/reggae. The show is headlined by Cure for the Common. Come support Montana music and art.

It’s closing weekend for the final show of the season at MCT - the Broadway musical Les Miserables. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are going fast so contact the MCT Box Office to buy tickets. The show closes on Mothers Day.

The latest production at the University of Montana, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, runs through Saturday with performances at 7:30 p.m. each night.

For all you fresh fruit and vegetable lovers, don’t miss the Missoula Farmers Market, which opens for the season on Saturday at the far end of Higgins Street near the XXX’s from 8 a.m. to 12:30 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.

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 The Amazing Spiderman 2 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:15 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. In the main theater, you can catch The Amazing Spiderman 2 at 2:45 p.m., 6 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. and in 3D at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.; Bears at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. or 6 p.m.; Brick Mansions at 9 p.m.; Captain America: Winter Soldier at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Divergent at 4:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.; Draft Day at 1:15 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Heaven is for Real at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.; Legends of Oz at 1:15 p.m., 7:15 or 9:30 p.m. and in 3D at 4:15 p.m.; Mom’s Night Out at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 p.m.; Neighbors at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 9:45 p.m.; Rio 2 at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. or The Other Woman at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 10:15 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.

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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