Back again with this week's "Things to Do" article for Missoula. It's been a busy week working and rehearsing for the Missoula Community Theatre's upcoming production of Spamalot, which opens on November 8. Here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week.
It's Homecoming weekend. Our very own University of Montana Grizzlies will play host to Portland State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Prior to that, don't miss the Griz Parade, starting at 10 a.m. You might see me on the MCT float. Check events.umt.edu for the full schedule.
In addition, don't miss all the great NFL action this weekend. I'll be at Hooters on Sunday to catch my Dolphins take on the Ravens at 11 a.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; Shakespere & 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 on Mullan, catch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 and in 3D at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Despicable Me 2 at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; Don Jon at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Gravity 3D at 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Insidious: Chapter 2 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Prisoners at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Riddick at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Runner Runner at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Rush at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; The Family at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; and We're the Millers at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Over at the Carmike 6 on South Reserve, catch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Elysium at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Gravity 3d at 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Insidious: Chapter 2 at 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Monsters University at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.; Runner Runner at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Don't forget today is First Friday. Check out all the music and art going on downtown, starting at 5 p.m.
There are also great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Don't miss these great shows this week:
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.
Here's where you can catch more live music this week: On Friday night, check out the Zoograss Music Festival at Monk's Bar, featuring Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails, The Workers, cash for Junkers and Kitchen Dwellers, starting at 5:30 p.m.; Mudslide Charly at the Old Post parking lot at 7 p.m.; Judy Fjell at the Quaker Meeting Hall at 7:30 p.m.; Ugly Pony at the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m.; Sean Kelly's Ladies Night, featuring Teri Lovett, Kristi Neumann, Andrea Harsell and Joie Rainbeau at 9 p.m.; Panther Car, Buddy Jackson, Confidence Man and Arrows to the Sun at the Palace at 9 p.m.; and the Magpies at the Top Hat Lounge at 10 p.m. On Saturday, the Zoograss Music Festival moves over to the Top Hat Lounge, beginning from 5-8 p.m.; John Floridis at Draught Works Brewery from 6-8 p.m.; Fox Street and Wes Urbaniak at Stage 112 at 9 p.m.; Lord Dying, Shramana, Mahamawaldi and Undun at the Palace at 9 p.m.; and Rose Windows, The Magpies and Boston Tea Party at the VFW On Sunday night, check out Way Cool Music at Draught Works Brewery from 5-7 p.m.; and Jay Arner at the VFW at 10 p.m. Then on Thursday, the Top Hat Lounge hosts KOffin Kats at 10 p.m.; Aaron Williams plays an acoustic set with Foster With Adam Cole at 9 p.m. and the Wild Coyote Band plays the Sunrise Saloon from 9-9:30 p.m.
In addition, don't miss the award-winning Avenue Q, presented by theUM Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance at the Montana Theatre at 7:30 p.m. all week. Tickets available at the UM Arts Box Office.
Don't forget iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube - be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent - then share it with us all.
For all your fresh food lovers, check out the Farmers Market in Hamilton from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (Third and Bedford Streets) and at the Target Range School parking lot on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Have a great week, enjoy Missoula and we'll catch you soon with an update. Please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com 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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