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Friday, January 8

Art

44th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition Opening and Artists’ Reception, 5-8 p.m. Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Preview 35 live and 45 silent auction pieces and meet the dynamic artists who created these exceptional contemporary artworks. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres by the Good Food Store and enjoy a cash bar. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Art guide training, 3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Walk through the 44th Benefit Auction Exhibition with associate curator John Calsbeek and get a peek at some of Montana’s finest emerging and established artists. If you are interested in volunteering with MAM’s education programs, come to the training. For more information contact Renée Taaffe, education curator, 728-0447 Ext. 228 or reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org.

Silk-screening night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Free; bring a blank shirt, tote bag or scarf. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Kids' stuff

Story time for kids, 10:30 a.m.; Special Families, 6 p.m., call Jess at 210-2937 for details; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Tiny tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; Family storytime, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

"Coming in from the Cold," 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St. Tickets $15. Singer/songwriters Tom Catmull, Jenn Adams and Chris Cunningham of Storyhill share the stage, telling stories, singing and jamming. 777-2722, stevensvilleplayhouse.org.

Potpourri

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival's sneak peek membership party, 7:30 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-noon; Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for grades 9-12. 3:30 p.m.; Introduction to programming in Java for Teens ages 13-18, 50-5:50 p.m.; World Wide Cinema free foreign film, "The Lesson," Bulgaria, 7 p.m.   

Saturday, January 9

Art

Open figure drawing, non-instructed, 3-5 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $8/$10. Sessions will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month through May 14. These sessions provide artists an opportunity to draw from a live model. Some supplies (newsprint and charcoal) are available for use. Participants must be 18 years or older. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org 

Dance

View a work-in-progress with University of Montana guest artist Gesel Mason, artistic director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects and assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, 4 p.m., PAR/TV Center open space, UM campus. Free. Contact Nicole Bradley Browning, 243-2682.  

Kids' stuff

Saturday kids activity: "Make Art with Madeline," 2-3 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Free with admission. Best for ages 5 and older. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org. 

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

Music

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Jack Gladstone performs "Blackfeet Legends of Glacier National Park," 7 p.m., Rex Theatre, Thompson Falls. Free admission; seating limited.  

Potpourri

Winter Storytelling Series: "Great-grandfather's Montana Journey" by Philip Burgess, 11 a.m., Travelers' Rest State Park, 6717 Highway 12 W., Lolo. $5 for adults. Free Trekker Kids program available. 273-4253.

Sunday, January 10 

Kids' stuff

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

Music

"Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon" with John Dunnigan, 2 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $10 in advance at Electric Avenue Gifts and Great Northern Gourmet. The show benefits the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork and ImagineIF Libraries. (406) 837-4885, bigforkcenter.org.

Five Valleys Accordion dance and jam, 1-4 p.m., Lolo Community Center. $3 members, $4 public. 

Theater

Parsons Dance, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $31.50-$43.50. Founded in 1985 by David Parsons, one of the great movers of modern dance, the internationally renowned company has thrilled audiences across five continents. Their uplifting family-friendly performances feature captivating collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time. 363-7946, bitterrootperformingarts.org.

Auditions for Bigfork Community Players production of "Dearly Departed," 2 p.m., Marina Cay Resort, Bigfork. Performance dates are April 8-10. Rose Shannon, roseshan7@gmail.com.

Monday, January 11

Dance

VIBE: Vienna International Ballet Experience, USA. Gluhwein and Schnitzel welcome event at Doubletree Hotel, 7:30 p.m. 549-5155, rmbt.org.

Kids’ stuff

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

Potpourri 

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Electronics Exploration, 3-6 p.m.; "Beginning WORD," 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.

Theater

Auditions for “Working,” 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St. Roles available for eight men, eight or more women and one young part. The musical, based on the book by Studs Terkel, celebrates different career choices. Performances are March 4-20. Call Gretchen Spiess, 777-0520.

Auditions for Bigfork Community Players production of "Dearly Departed," 7 p.m., Marina Cay Resort, Bigfork. Performance dates are April 8-10. Rose Shannon, roseshan7@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 12

Art

After School Art Adventure I, Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $45/$50; ages 7-11. Explore and be inspired by MAM exhibitions with Bev Glueckert. Young artists will create art based on their experiences viewing art in the MAM galleries. Glueckert offers another series of unique hands-on multimedia projects inspired by MAM’s exhibitions, including papier-mâché sculpture, tile mosaics, and large oil pastel/collage drawings. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Dance

VIBE: Vienna International Ballet Experience, USA. Dance: Orientation for dancers, 10-11 a.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. Dance: Open Category Dance Challenge, noon-5 p.m., Dennison Theatre, all dance forms welcome, open to the public. Dance: Orientation for dancers, 2-2:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Event: Governor Bullock's VIBE USA welcome ceremony (featuring Salish Kootenai dancers), 2 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Dance: Auditions for the Salt Lake City Ballet West School and Company, 3:30 p.m., PAR/TV Building Room 035, UM. Education: Missoula County Public Schools performances with the Vancouver Dance Company and Ming Yan Cui, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., throughout MCPS Schools. Film series: "The Monkey King" sponsored by Suhan Chen and the Confucius Institute, 4:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library. Film series doubleheader: "40 North Selects" and "Looking at the Stars," 6:30 p.m., The Silver. 549-5155, rmbt.org.

Kids' stuff

Tea Talks, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Elephant Toothpaste fun science experiment, 11-11:30 a.m.; Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529. 

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., 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

ZACCercise, 12:15-1 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $5 suggested donation. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

"Love and Logic," 6-8 p.m., Paxson Elementary. Class helps parents teach children self-control, a sense of values, good judgment and self-discipline. Free child care. Register at missoulaclasses.com or call 721-7690. 

Adult coloring, 10 a.m.; open computer and iPad lab, 10 a.m.; Socrates Café, 7 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Community Creative Writing Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; System Check! 6:30 p.m.; 2nd Tuesday MPL Book Group discusses "The Boys in the Boat" by James Daniel Brown, 7 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.

Wednesday, January 13

Art

Glass fusing orientation class, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $20, $15 members plus cost of glass. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

"Sip and Sketch" with artist-in-residence Madeline Mikolon, 7-9 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $15, $10 members, all materials provided. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org. 

Books, readings

Author Marty Essen of Victor presents a slideshow, talk and book signing on "Endandered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades and Puerto Rico," 7 p.m., Shakepseare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Dance

VIBE: Vienna International Ballet Experience, USA. Dance: Contemporary Dance Challenge, noon-3 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Open VIBE dance classes at Downtown Dance Collective, noon-6 p.m. “Cultures of the Silk Road” hosted by Mehrdad Kia and the Central and Southwest Asia Studies Center at UM. Events: Film: "Passion of Nureyev" with introduction by Michel Valentin, 2 p.m., the Roxy. Film: "Dancing in Jaffa" with introduction by Samir Bitar, 5:30 p.m., the Roxy. Film: "Desert Dancer" with introduction by Mehrdad Kia, 8 p.m., the Roxy. Education: Austrian Poet with German Club, Hellgate High School. MCPS journaling event with Writing Collaborative, Big Sky High School. Education: “How to Get Published” with Laurie Horowitz, 5 p.m., Fact & Fiction. 549-5155, rmbt.org.

Kids' stuff

Taekwondo, 11-11:30 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529. 

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

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.

Music

2nd Wednesday Sound, Soup and Sanctuary: Backyard Recorder Consort featuring Lawrence Duncan, Jo Ella Hug, Nancy Seldin, Katherine Skinner and Sarah Weber, 12:10 p.m., University Congregational Church, 405 University Ave. Free-will offering. Music of Renaissance composers including Dowland, Palestrina and Byrd; homemade soup and bread luncheon follows at 12:30 p.m. 543-6952.

Mission Valley Live presents Vince and Mindi, 7 p.m., Ronan Performing Arts Center, 421 Andrew St. N.W. Tickets $15 at the door, $13 in advance at R&R Healthcare, Ronan True Value, First Interstate and Vine & Tap. Free admission for kids 18 and younger. The musical duet performs Western and American roots music, drawing from swing, cowboy, bluegrass and old-time along with original material. (406) 887-2739.

Potpourri

Missoula Quilters Guild, 7 p.m., Guest House Inn, 3803 Brooks St.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:20-6 p.m.; "Discovering MPL Databases," 12:30 p.m.; Be Upcycled, noon-1 p.m.; Afternoon Matinee at Main, free film, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; Big Sky Afternoon Matinee, 3:30 p.m., Big Sky High School Branch; open jewelry studio, 6-7:30 p.m.; 2nd Wednesday Book Group discusses "The Oysters of Locmariaquer" by Eleanor Clark, 7 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, 6:30 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.

Theater

Auditions for “Working,” 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St. Roles available for eight men, eight or more women and one young part. The musical, based on the book by Studs Terkel, celebrates different career choices. Performances are March 4-20. Call Gretchen Spiess, 777-0520.

Thursday, January 14

Books, readings

Author Marty Essen of Victor presents a slideshow, talk and signing of his new book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rice, the Everglades and Puerto Rico,” 6 p.m., Chapter One Book Store, 252 W. Main St., Hamilton.

Dance

VIBE: Vienna International Ballet Experience, USA. Dance: Ballet Dance Challenge, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Education: "The Art of Welcome: Talking with Strangers," a collaboration with Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 5:30 p.m., The Silver. Education: Global Dance Initiative with director Teresa Taylor, time 3-5 p.m., The Silver. Education/Dance: "Hip Hop and Conflict Resolution Through Dance," throughout Missoula County Public Schools. Film series: "Saving Grace," evening, The Silver. Film Series: "Capturing Grace" Silver, 7 p.m., Q&A. 549-5155, rmbt.org.  

Bare Bait Dance will present "Solo/Solo," an evening of six collaborative works between eight choreographers and dancers, Thursday-Friday, Jan. 14-15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Performances take place in the Open Space of the PAR/TV Building at the University of Montana. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. To purchase, go to barebaitdance.org or call (406) 214-0097.

Kids' stuff

Family yoga, 11-11:30 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529.

Mininaturalist pre-K program, 10-11 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $3, $1 members. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org. 

Tiny Tales for ages birth-3, 10:30 a.m.; Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

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

Potpourri

Lego Club, 3:30 p.m.; Fellowship Club discussing “Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation” by Shakti Gawain, 6 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Watercolor painting for all skill levels, noon-2 p.m.; Electronics Exploration, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

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

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

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