Shakespeare in the Parks

Erika Haaland, Torsten Johnson and Sarah Dunnavant star in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has given the play a wild west flavor.

Winslow Studio and Gallery

Friday, August 28

Art

Art reception: “Fire Within Us,” 5-7 p.m., Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, 306 Main St., Polson. Through Oct. 3, Susan Evans, Joe Girsch, Jane Goffe, Brigitte Howard, Karla Martinsen and Rachel Phelps offer a mixed-media show that includes mobiles, calligraphy, photography, textiles and paintings. (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

Art walk opening reception, 4-8 p.m., Collage Gallery of Fine Art, 5783 Electric Ave., Bigfork. Featuring "Collage, Assemblage, Collections," with works by Inez Storer, Sheila Miles, Terry Karson, Susan Carlson, Sarah Eisenlohr and Jason Mergenthaler. The show will be on display through October. (406) 837-0866, collagebigfork.com

Kids' stuff

Story time for kids ages 3-5 with Karen Fields reading “Fruits and Veggies,” 10:30 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Tiny Tales and family story time, 10:30 a.m.; Kids Eat Free at Kids Table, noon-1 p.m.,  Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

Music

10th annual River City Roots Fest, West Main and Ryman streets. A multi-faceted showcase of art, music, recreation, family play and local food and beverages. See article on Page E1.

The Drum Brothers' End-of-Summer Gathering through Sunday, Cane Ridge West Center, east of Lincoln. Featuring morning song circles, West African hand-drumming classes for all levels, drum-making, African dance, and evening celebration circles around the fire with drumming, dancing and singing). Saturday afternoon features free time to relax, hike, or take a dip in the Blackfoot River. Drum-makers will be building a 12-by-24 Ashiko drum. This dynamic hand drum is ideal for playing a variety of world rhythms. Extra drums will be available for new drummers. The circle begins with an evening meal at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The gathering will continue until 3 p.m. Sunday. 531-8109, matthew@drumbrothers.com.

Potpourri

State of the University address, 10 a.m., Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center Montana Theatre. UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual address and introduce new faculty members and administrators. Coffee served from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the PAR/TV Center lobby. Free and open to the public. 243-2311, umt.edu/president/stream/sotu.

Public planetarium shows, 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center, UM. The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows. For directions to the star-gazing room and a link to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/1QIKQXx. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children.  

Lincoln County Fair, Eureka, through Sunday. This year’s theme is “Country Pride, County Wide.” Friday is family day with bucket rides, games in the rodeo arena at 7 p.m. and a dance in the pavilion. The karaoke challenge is noon-3 p.m. Saturday followed by the annual “Bull Thing” at 7 p.m. during which bull riders try their hand at riding a mechanical bull. Other events include the rendezvous flea market and quilt show, Friends of the NRA Banquet, Ksanka Kruise-in car show, Tobacco Valley Rodeo, holiday craft bazaar and Fiberfest. lincolncountymt.us/lc_fair.

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

Farmers market, 4-7 p.m., Pow Wow Junction Shops, 34306 Pow Wow Road, Arlee. 241-1390.

Farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Third Avenue West, Polson. 675-0177. 

Theater

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Cyrano de Bergerac,” 6 p.m., Double Arrow Lodge, Seeley Lake. Free and open to the public; bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Shakespeareintheparks.org

Port Polson Players present “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” 8 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Highway 93, Polson. The comedy is a light, frothy fun evening featuring the Players’ original zany cast. Tickets $17-$18. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Hamilton Players present “The Odd Couple,” 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Tickets $15. In this comedy classic by Neil Simon, uptight, super-tidy Felix has to move in with the laid-back, slovenly Oscar, putting their friendship to a hilarious test. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

"Vaudeville Variety Show," 2 p.m.; "The Nerd," 7 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406) 859-0013operahousetheatre.com.  

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents "Hits From the '50s, '60s, and 70s," 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Saturday, August 29

Books, readings

Skylar Browning and Jeremy Watterson read and sign “Montana Baseball History,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2880, factandfictionbooks.com

Dance

Community barn dance, 5:30-9:30 pm., Historic Big Arm School. Plus silent auction and dinner. Cash donations accepted. (406) 849-5064. 

Kids' stuff

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

Music

10th annual River City Roots Fest, West Main and Ryman streets. A multi-faceted showcase of art, music, recreation, family play and local food and beverages. See article on Page E1.

Potpourri

Festival of Peace, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, 34756 White Coyote Road, Arlee. The 11th annual event begins at 10 a.m. with a "walk-a-mile for peace." Guest speakers, musicians, food and market vendors, demonstrations, art and crafts, dancing and more promote peace in a sacred setting. (406) 726-0217.

Missoula Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., north end of Higgins Avenue, missoulafarmersmarket.com. 

Clark Fork Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Riverside parking lot, just east of Caras Park. Live music, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Hamilton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bedford Street. Locally grown produce and fruit, locally baked goods and sandwiches, and handmade art and crafts. 961-0004, hamiltonfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Theater

Port Polson Players present “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” 8 p.m.,Theatre on the Lake, Highway 93, Polson. The comedy is a light, frothy fun evening featuring the Players’ original zany cast. Tickets $17-$18. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Hamilton Players present “The Odd Couple,” 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Tickets $15. In this comedy classic by Neil Simon, uptight, super-tidy Felix has to move in with the laid back, slovenly Oscar, putting their friendship to a hilarious test. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

"First Things First," 2 p.m. and "Vaudeville Variety Show," 7 p.m, Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406) 859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents Hits From the '50s, '60s and '70s," 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30. (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Sunday, August 30

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Riverbend Concert Series with Halladay Quist, 7 p.m., Sliter Park, Bigfork.

Crown Guitar Festival, 7 p.m. nightly through Sept. 5, Flathead Lake Lodge, 150 Flathead Lodge Road, Bigfork. Tickets $35 per concert. Billed as “Seven Nights of Guitars and Stars,” Montana’s biggest guitar festival features performances by the masters of guitar who will be teaching during the Crown Guitar Workshop. The festival kicks off Sunday with the L.A. Guitar Quartet and blues prodigy “King” Solomon Hicks. Monday brings Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington and friends, with sultry songstress Madeleine Peyroux; jazz legend Lee Ritenour and friends join Oscar-winning composer/pianist Dave Grusin on Tuesday’s bill; and “Wild Child” Brett Dennen and friends perform Wednesday with Texas bluesman David Grissom opening the show. On Thursday, Dweezil Zappa pays homage to his famous father in Zappa Plays Zappa; Brazilian jazz great Romero Lubambo opens. Students offer a free concert Friday, and gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, for the concert finale extravaganza. 855-855-5900, crownguitarfest.org.

Knoxville Americana/Appalachian act Black Lilies, 8 p.m., Rex Theatre, Thompson Falls. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at D&D Liquor in Thompson Falls or call (406) 827-4810.  Proceeds go to benefit the Cancer Network of Sanders County.

Acoustic jam session, 2-4 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes, corner of 10th and River streets, Hamilton. Bring your guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, bass, banjo, Dobro or similar acoustic instrument or just come to listen. 381-2483.

Potpourri

"Summertime High Tea" with the Clay Studio of Missoula. This fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. features high tea-themed snacks and desserts from baker Margaret Ambrose-Barton, local teas from Lake Missoula Tea Company and coffee and wine. Ceramic artists from the Clay Studio will provide guests with one handmade cup and plate to take home. Tickets are $55 per person, $5 discount for members. Tickets are limited and must be reserved and purchased prior to the event. Proceeds go to the Clay Studio's artist-in-residence programs. For location and more information, go to theclaystudioofmissoula.org/pages/fieldtoplate.html, or call (406) 543-0509 or email at info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org.

Ice cream social, noon-3 p.m., Victor Heritage Museum. 642-3997.

Target Range Community Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., east parking lot of Target Range School, 4001 South Ave. W. 

Theater

Open auditions for Missoula Community Theatre's production of the musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," 12:30-4:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Roles for 25 adults, ages 18 and over. 728-1911, MCTinc.org.

Hamilton Players present “The Odd Couple,” 8 p.m., 2 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Tickets $15. In this comedy classic by Neil Simon, uptight, super-tidy Felix has to move in with the laid back, slovenly Oscar, putting their friendship to a hilarious test. 375-9050, hamiltonplayers.com.

"The Nerd," 4 p.m., Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg. (406)859-0013, operahousetheatre.com.  

Port Polson Players present “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Dramatic Society Murder Mystery,” 2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Highway 93, Polson. The comedy is a light, frothy fun evening featuring the Players’ original zany cast. Tickets $17-$18. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com.

Monday, August 31

Potpourri

UM seminar series, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, noon-1 p.m., Skaggs Building Room 117 or 169. A glimpse into the human health research conducted by UM graduate students, faculty and visiting faculty on biomedical health topics, including inflammation, toxicology, pharmacology, genetics and neuroscience. Free and open to the public. 243-4092, health.umt.edu/biomed/newsevents/seminarschedule/default.php.

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.  

Electronics exploration, 3-5 p.m.; Scrabble, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “The Taming of the Shrew,” 6 p.m., University of Montana Oval. Free and open to the public; bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Shakespeareintheparks.org.

Tuesday, September 1

Dance

Flamenco A ongoing class in technique and castanets with Flamenco Montana/Victoria Lenihan Dance, 6:30-8 p.m., Rocky Mountain Ballet School. 542-9270, flamencomt.com.

Kids' stuff

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. 

Music

Unity Dance and Drum African dance class with Tarn Ream and live music, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 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

Missoula Farmers Market, 5:30-7 p.m., north end of Higgins Avenue. 

Writer's Group, 6:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1670. 

Farmers Market, 4:30-7 p.m., Third Avenue West, Polson. 675-0177.

System Check! 6:30 p.m.; Writers Anonymous, 6 p.m.; MPL's September Trail 103.3 Book Club begins reading today: "The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival" by John Vaillant, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Communication class, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., 210 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 207. $65 for one, $120 for two. This class is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication. To register, call 443-3439, email info@patrickmarsolek.com go to innerworkingsresources.com/communicationmissoula.

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

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

Theater

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Cyrano de Bergerac,” 6 p.m., University of Montana Oval. Free and open to the public; bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Shakespeareintheparks.org.

Wednesday, September 2

Books, readings

Martin Clark reads and signs his legal thriller, “The Jezebel Remedy,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.  

Dance

Dance with country and western instructor, 7-10 p.m., Polson Elks, Main Street. $5. 

West Coast swing basics, 7-8 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand. 

Kids' stuff

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

Potpourri

Ravalli County Fair and Rodeo, fairgrounds through Sunday. This year’s theme is “Sew It, Grow It, Show It.” In addition to carnival rides, food vendors and exhibits, the rodeo will take place Friday and Saturday. 363-3411.

"My Android Tablet," 12:30 p.m., registration required; free matinee, classic film, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m. Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

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

Trivia, 8 p.m., Flathead Lake Brewing Co., 424 N. Higgins Ave.

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

Trivia, 7-9 p.m., Village Roost Bar and Grill, Bigfork.

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

Thursday, September 3

Art

Art reception: "I Can Do Anything I Want Without Fearing the Consequences," by Garrett Bryant, University Center Gallery, 2nd floor of the UC, UM campus, 4-6 p.m. This work will feature large pieces of steel penetrated by brute force, in order to explore concepts of male privilege and feminism. Bryant says his goal is simple, “to physically alter the steel with power and leave a history of aggressive, masculine marks.”

Whitefish Gallery Night, 6-9 p.m., downtown Whitefish. Take a walking tour of 15 galleries and businesses, which offer art, food and beverages. (406) 862-3501, whitefishgallerynights.org.

Dance

Country waltz, easy patterns, 7-8:30  p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.

Kids' stuff

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and under, 10:30 a.m., Kids Eat Free at Kids Table, noon-1 p.m.; READ Dogs, 3 p.m.; Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Djebe Bara group offers African Dance class to live drumming every Thursday, 6-7 p.m., The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third St. W. $5 suggested. Drummers welcome; dancers wanted. 529-2322. 

Potpourri

IPad Users Group, 3:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1670. 

Open time in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Downtown Tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m,. Caras Park. Music by Red Elvises; children's activities provided by Childbloom Guitar. 543-4238, missouladowntown.com

Ronan Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Main Street, Ronan. 

Trivia, 7 p.m., Brooks and Browns Bar, 200 S. Pattee St.

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

Theater

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Cyrano de Bergerac,” 6 p.m., Old Prison Grounds, Deer Lodge. Free and open to the public; bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Shakespeareintheparks.org

Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents “Hits From the '50s, '60s, and '70s,” 8 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $17-$30.   (406) 837-4886, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Art Calls

The Daly Mansion is seeking crafters and artisans for the annual “Holly Jolly Artisan Show and Sale." The show, scheduled for Nov. 6-8., hosts to over 900 guests with vendors on all three floors of the Daly Mansion. The house is decorated for the season and lunch is offered in “Hattie’s Kitchen." This is a juried show and applications must include photos of the applicant’s work. Space is available for approximately 35 vendors. The deadline to apply is Sept 14. Notifications will be sent out the following week on acceptance status.  Booth Fees range from $65 to $85.

Applications are available at the mansion gift shop daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by calling 363-6004 Ext. 2. You may also request an application via email at suzanne.casteel@dalymansion.org

The Missoula Art Museum is now accepting submissions for the annual juried Benefit Art Auction and exhibition.

Proceeds from the auction help keep admission free and pay for educational programming at the MAM, which has shown work by more than 250 local and regional artists in the past exhibition year.

The full auction prospectus and submission form are available at mam.submittable.com/submit. The deadline is Oct. 18 at midnight Mountain Time.

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