Friday, November 20

Art

Artist talk, "LuminoCity," by M. Scott Miller, airbrush paintings of the Missoula at night, 6-9 p.m., Gallery 709 at Montana Art and Framing, 709 Ronan St. 541-7100.

45th Bitterroot Arts Guild Christmas Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., First Interstate Building, Hamilton Fairgrounds. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund for local students; bring canned good for Darby Bread Box.

Holiday show opening reception, 5-7 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St. Featuring 73 artists, over 200 small paintings, pastels, photographs and mixed-media pieces. 541-7070, radiusgallery.com

Holiday open house and members event, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Enjoy an evening of food, libations, music and art. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.                            

Annual Christmas show opening, 5-8 p.m., Dana Gallery, 246 N. Higgins Ave. 721-3154, danagallery.com

Kids' stuff

Mandarin starters, 11:30 a.m.; art series, 4 p.m., Missoula Children's Museum, 225 W. Front St., 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids ages 3-5 with Jamie Ogden reading “We’re Thankful We’re Together,” 10:30-11:15 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Tiny Tales and family story time, 10:30 a.m., “Introduction to Programming in Java for Teens (MakerSpace),” 5-5:50 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Florence-Carlton High School Jazz Band 11th annual Jazz Coffee House, 7 p.m., Break Espresso, 432 N. Higgins Ave. 

UM Jazz Program presents "One More Once," a tribute concert to Count Basie, with the Big Bands of UM School of Music, 7:30 p.m., UM's Dennison Theatre. A fundraiser for UM Jazz Program. Tickets $5 students, $6 seniors, $11 general, available at UM Arts Box Office (243-4581), GrizTix or at the door. 

David Finckel and Wu Han in concert, 8 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $40. Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist Finckel and pianist Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. 363-7946, bitterrootperformingarts.org.

Flathead Valley Community College string students concert, 7 p.m., FVCC Theatre, Arts and Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell. Free. (406) 756-4813.

Potpourri

Public planetarium shows, 6:30 and 8 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children, available on eventbrite.com

Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds Event Center, 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. Local artisans and crafters share creations at the 45th annual show. 961-4740.

Champagne gala for Festival of Trees, 5:30 p.m. with live auction at 7 p.m., Bigfork Museum of Art and History, 525 Electric Ave.

"Gingers on Ice," a local two-man comedy show, 7:30 pm., Stensrud Playhouse, 314 N. First St. W. Tickets $12, $9 students (show is best suited for ages 16 and older). Tickets available at stensrudeplayhouse.com or at the door. 

Holiday bazaar, 4-8 p.m., KwaTaqNuk Resort, Highway 93, Polson. 

Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Sentinel High School Drama Department presents "A Piece of My Heart" by Shirley Laura, 7:30 p.m., Margaret Johnson Theatre, Sentinel High School. Tickets $6 at the door. 728-2400 Ext. 7065.

Saturday, November 21

Art

Art Workshop: Monoprinting with Golden Open acrylics and Gelli plate with instructor Nancy Seiler, 1-4 p.m., Nancy Seiler's studio, 330 Brook St. $65 includes all materials. Call 370-1254 to register.

Holiday art walk, 4-7 p.m., downtown Bigfork. Fifteen galleries offer refreshments and door prizes. (406) 837-5429.

45th Bitterroot Arts Guild Christmas Show, 9 a.m.-4 pm., First Interstate Building, Hamilton Fairgrounds. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund for local students; bring canned good for Darby Bread Box.

Books, readings

Annick Smith reads from her memoir,  “Crossing the Plains with Bruno,” Grizzly Claw Trading Co., Seeley Lake.

Dance

Family dance, 5 p.m., Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. Potluck dinner follows. Music by Skippin A Groove; caller Bev Young. $5 adults, children free. 

Missoula Folklore Society contra dance, 8-11 p.m., Union Hall, 208 E. Main St. Beginner workshop, 7:30 p.m. $9, $6 MFS members. Music by Boys in Burlap; caller Amy Letson. missoulafolk.org

Kids' stuff

Family story time, 11 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Glacier Symphony presents “Grand Canyon Suite,” 7:30 p.m., Flathead High School Performance Hall, 644 Fourth Ave. W., Kalispell. Tickets $15-$34 (free for youth through grade 12). Up-and-coming young flutist Sooyun Kim joins the orchestra in Christopher Rouse’s evocative “Flute Concerto.” The repertoire also includes Charles Griffes’ “The White Peacock” and “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofe. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Potpourri

Blue Sky Stewardship holiday edible plant sale, all day, Blue Sky Stewardship Urban Farm2620 Briggs St.  

Zootown Cabaret, 7 and 9 p.m., Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive. The UM School of Music will present this musical theater song-and-dance review. Admission $11, $6 seniors, $5 students. Tickets sold at the door. 243-6880, umt.edu/music.

Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds Event Center, 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. Local artisans and crafters share creations at the 45th annual show. 961-4740.

Holiday bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., KwaTaqNuk, Highway 93, Polson. 

Holiday bazaar/craft fair by city-wide P.E.O.s, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., University Center third floor rooms 330-332, UM. Free admission. 

Missoula Fraternal Order of Eagles 32 holiday craft bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. 207-3761.

Festival of Wreaths, 6-8 p.m., Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Tickets $25. Benefit for the Humane Society features decorated swags, wreaths, centerpieces and antique ornaments; a few special items will be sold by sealed bid. Refreshments and self-guided tours of the mansion are available. 363-5311, daymansion.org.

Bigfork elves decorate for the holidays, 8 a.m., with tree-lighting ceremony, 7 p.m., Bigfork Inn, 604 Electric Ave. (406) 837-5888.

Winter Public Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 800 S. Third St. W. Produce, meat, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 396-0593.

Computer and device drop-in assistance, 10 a.m.-noon, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Sentinel High School Drama Department presents "A Piece of My Heart" by Shirley Laura, 7:30 p.m., Margaret Johnson Theatre, Sentinel High School. Tickets $6 at the door. 728-2400 Ext. 7065.

Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 50 local students present "Aladdin," 7 p.m., Arlee Schools Performing Arts Gym. Tickets $3 per student, $10 per family, at the door. 726-3216 Ext. 1. 

Sunday, November 22

Kids' stuff

Family story time, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Glacier Symphony presents “Grand Canyon Suite,” 3 p.m., Flathead High School Performance Hall, 644 Fourth Ave. W., Kalispell. Tickets $15-$34 (free for youth through grade 12). Up-and-coming young flutist Sooyun Kim joins the orchestra in Christopher Rouse’s evocative Flute Concerto. The repertoire also includes Charles Griffes’ the White Peacock and Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

String Orchestra of the Rockies presents “Dido: Queen of Carthage” featuring Kimberly James, mezzo-soprano and the University of Montana Women’s Chorus, 7 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Tickets available at 493-2990, sormt.org. 

Potpourri

Moscow Ballet, “Great Russian Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. Tickets are available at griztix.com, (406) 243-4051, nutcracker.com

Holiday open house, noon-4 p.m., Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Building 322, 3400 Captain Rawn Way. Holiday themed exhibit featuring festively adorned teddy bears. Story time, 12:30 p.m.; Santa visits, 1:30-3 p.m. 728-3476.

Scandinavian pancake breakfast, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sons of Norway Nordic Pines, south of Missoula on Highway 93. $7. Proceeds benefit the Missoula Family Promise Program. 728-3278. 

"Making Mercy Street: Creating a Civil War Drama," program by professor Anya Jabour, UM Department of History, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-2316, Fort Missoula. Equipment and tactical demonstrations from the 1860s by 1st U.S. volunteers reenactment unit and assistants, 12:30 p.m.; "Mercy Street," 2 p.m.; period firearms demonstration, 4 p.m. plus Civil War food samples, videos, displays. 549-5346, fortmissoula.org.

Screening of "Deep Time" for the Big Sky Film Series, 7 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.

Blue Sky Stewardship holiday edible plant sale, all day, Blue Sky Stewardship Urban Farm, 2620 Briggs St.

Theater

Auditions for "The Drowsy Chaperone," 12:30-4 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Ensemble cast of men and women ages 20-60 (no roles for children). 728-7529, mctinc.org.   

Monday, November 23

Dance

Thanksgiving Dance, 8-9:30 p.m., Lolo Square and Round Dance Center, 2 1/2 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. 273-0141, 239-6732.

Kids’ stuff

Toddler Time, 11 a.m., ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls.

Music

Student Recital Series, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. The Student Chamber Recital. Free and open to the public. 243-6880, griz.music@umontana.edu

Potpourri 

School of Law Information Days, 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., School of Law.  The schedule will include a law school tour, experiencing a law class, lunch, and meeting with the director of admissions. Free with advanced registration. 243-2698.

Panel Discussion: “Montana’s Castle Doctrine,”  noon-1 p.m., Law Building Room 101. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Montana American Constitutional Society Student Chapter. 243-4311.

MakerSpace Electronics Exploration, 3-7 p.m.; "Internet Searching," 6 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. Missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Super Trivia Freakout, 8:30 p.m., the Badlander, 208 Ryman St. Free.

Magic by Evan Disney, 6-8 p.m., Mackenzie River Pizza, Front Street.

Tuesday, November 24

Kids' stuff

Turkey hats, 11 a.m., Missoula Children's Museum, 225 W. Front St., 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m.; Frenchtown Branch LEGO Club, 4 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Story time, 10 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St.

Fall Frenzy Afterschool Camp, Tuesdays through Dec. 1, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $90/$80 for members. Using a variety of artistic mediums, explore the colors, temperatures and traditions that make this season in Missoula special. YAAP artists will experiment in leaf papier-mâché, printmaking and ceramics. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Music

Five Valley Chorus, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, corner of Woody and Pine streets. Join the chorus weekly through Dec. 15 to sing favorite Christmas songs and learn new ones for holiday concert at Southgate Mall. fivevalleysweetadelines.com.

Unity Dance and Drum African dance class with Tarn Ream and live music, 7-8:30 p.m., Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. All levels and ages welcome; drop-in dancers welcome. $10 per class, $35 for four classes. 549-7933, tarn.ream@umontana.edu.

Potpourri

Writers Group with John Robinson, 6:30-8 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Intro to Programming in C and C++ in the MakerSpace for ages 13+, 6-7 p.m., call to register; Community Creative Writing Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; System Check! 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Trivia, 7:30 p.m., VFW, 245 W. Main St.

Trivia night, 6:30 p.m., East Shore Smokehouse, Highway 35, Polson.

Theater

UM School of Theatre and Dance presents "Treasure Island," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 for children under 12, available at umt.edu.theatredance.

Wednesday, November 25

Dance

East Coast swing for beginner to intermediate dancers, free lessons at 7 p.m., dancing at 7:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.

Kids' stuff

Taekwondo, 11 a.m.; free admission, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,  Missoula Children's Museum, 225 W. Front St., 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Toddler and baby story time, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Homework Hour, 2:30-4:30 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St. 777-5061.

Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m. ImagineIF Library, Columbia Falls.

Story time, 10:30 a.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville, northvalleylibrary.org.

Potpourri

Free computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; free matinee class film, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

WOW Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., Vine and Tap, Main Street, Polson. $9. Different wines are showcased each week.

Trivia, 6:340 p.m., Flathead Lake Brewing Pubhouse, Bigfork. 

Trivia, 7 p.m., Broadway Bar, 1609 W. Broadway.

Trivia, 8 p.m., Silver Slipper Lounge, 4063 U.S. Highway 93.

Trivial Beersuit, 8:30 p.m., the Pulse inside the Press Box, 825 E. Broadway.

Thursday, November 26

Potpourri

Trivia, 8 p.m., Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave.

Art calls

Hawthorne Elementary School is looking for vendors for its craft fair to be held Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spaces are available for $40 or $50 with electricity. Download the application at mcpsmt.org/hawthorne. Applications must be returned by Nov. 20. Contact Anne Bowman at 360-3089 or bowmanab.61@gmail.com; or Hawthorne FRC at frchawthorne@mcps.k12.mt.us, 728-2400, Ext. 4271.

Flathead Valley Community College Theatre is accepting entries for its fourth biennial 10-Minute Play Festival. Selected plays will be performed in the college’s Black Box Theatre on May 5-7. Entries must be original, unpublished plays lasting 10 minutes or less in length. Previously performed plays will be accepted; however, adaptations of original works will not be accepted. Submissions should be “blind” and include an email address, phone number and cover sheet excluding the playwright’s name. Each playwright is allowed to submit up to three entries for consideration. There are no submission or reading fees. The deadline for entries is Feb. 15. Each play selected to be performed at the festival will receive a $100 cash prize. Entries can be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format to rhaptonstall@fvcc.edu. Printed entries can be mailed to 10 Min. Plays, c/o Rich Haptonstall, Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901. For more information, call Richard Haptonstall at (406) 756-3962.

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