This is my first weekly "Things to Do" article for my new home, Missoula. We've been in town for two weeks and are finally getting a grip on the goings on here. Found a job which I started last Thursday, and found time to audition for and be cast in 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.
Our very own University of Montana Grizzlies are on the road in Flagstaff, Arizona as they take on Northern Arizona in a league match-up at 7 p.m. Catch the game at your local sports bar. My choice is Hooters, where you'll normally find me on any given Sunday, watching my Miami Dolphins. This week, however, the Fins take on the Saints in a Monday Night Football game that is sure to be a classic match-up of two 3-0 teams.
For all you sports fans out there, MLB heads towards the playoffs and the World Series, while the NBA and NFL are almost ready for the new season - can you believe the first game of the season was last night? Check out what our hometown teams (Angels and Dodgers) have created to get you into their stadiums. Where do you like to catch the action, when you're not at the ballpark? Don't forget all the great sports bar in our area, including my favorite, Hooters in Burbank.
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 Battle of the Year at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. (3D), 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. (3D); 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., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Don Jon at 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 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., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Riddick at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 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 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 9:50 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.; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters at 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. and This is the End at 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:50 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 Sean Kelly's for High Voltage and Erin & the Project. On Sunday night, the Wilma Theatre plays host to Dark Star Orchestra. Then on Tuesday, don't miss Natural Vibrations and B-Side Players at the Top Hat Lounge. On Wednesday night, the Wilma Theatre hosts Prozak, Stevie Stone, Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaiko, while the Sunrise Saloon has Lexington Field. Finally on Thursday night, check out Pinata Protest and Agent Orange at the Top Hat Lounge.
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 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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