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Friday, April 10

Art

Artist LeAnn Boyd presents “A Brief, Fascinating Look at Frescos: History and Techniques,” 5:30 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St. 

Books, readings

Missoula Writing Collaborative fundraising poetry jam for students, writers, public, Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Open mic and silent auction, 5-6 p.m.; Poetry on the Fly, 6-7 p.m. (sign up with your school, receive words in bags and make poems of them); recipe poems, animal poems, haikus, 7-8 p.m. Music by Caroline Keys and Friends; food catered by Carver's Deli. $7 students, $15 adults.
 
"The DreamCatching Show" reading with local authors Josh Wagner, Mackenzie Cole, Debby Florence, Gary Lundy and Juliana Lutz followed by a performance from local band J. Sherri, 8 p.m., Brink Gallery, 111 W. Front St.

Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys delivers a non-fiction reading, 7 p.m., Turner Hall Dell Brown Room, UM.  243-5267, cas.umt.edu/creativewriting

Poetry bash hosted by Dominic Farrenkopf, author of "These Poems Need Homes," 5 p.m., Chapter One Book Store, 252 Main St., Hamilton. 

Dance

Charity dance to benefit Bitterroot Children's Hamilton-Corvallis backpack program, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 125 N. Second St., Hamilton. Tacos and other items will be served, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 363-1113.

Dance, 7-10 p.m., Golden Age Club, 727 S. Fifth St., Hamilton. $3; potluck snacks. 

Kids' stuff

“Hatching Bird Craft,” 11 a.m.; art series, 4 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670. "It's Spring!" with storyteller Gwyn Harrington; Special Families with the Harms Brothers Band, 6 p.m. 

Tiny Tales and family story time, Missoula Public Library, 10:30 a.m., 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Young Artist After-school Program, Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $80 members, $90 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Music

UM Keyboard Festival, 8 a.m., Music Building. The School of Music presents the UM Keyboard Festival, featuring special guest artist Stephen Beus. 243-6490. 

Potpourri

Western Montana Shrine Circus, 3 and 7 p.m., Adams Center, UM. Regular tickets $12, children ages 12 and younger are free. Tickets available at umt.edu/griztix.  

Comedian and juggler Alex Zerbe, 7 p.m., Polson High School Auditorium, 1712 Second St. W. Tickets $12-$14. Zerbe, who calls himself a professional “Zaniac,” offers absurd ideas and odd skills that will delight the whole family. (406) 883-3368, big-productions.net.

Family Fun Night, 6 p.m., Mission Valley Aquatics, Polson. Free swimming, free pizza from the Cove, family games and stay to watch the movie “Toy Story.” Call Mission Valley Aquatics at (406) 883-4567 or St. Joseph Medical Center at (406) 883-8273.

Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Peeps Show building workshop, 2-5 p.m.; Young Adult Writers, 3:30 p.m.; World-Wide Cinema free foreign film "Salvo (Italian)," 7 p.m.,  Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Bigfork Community Players present “Jake’s Women” by Neil Simon, 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children under age 12. A professional writer, Jake writes all the time, even when he’s not actually writing. He’s got an active social life, too – at least in his imagination. There’s his late wife, his wife of late, his young daughter, his older young daughter, his sister, his girlfriend and – as you may have guessed – his psychiatrist. But now, it seems, the time has come for Jake to decide between the joys of reality and those of imagination. And if it takes a catharsis, a miracle or a bolt of lightning to make that happen, then so be it. (406) 837-4885, BigforkCommunityPlayers.com.

“Venus in Fur” Whitefish Theater Company, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20. In David Ives' acclaimed play, Thomas Novachek, a beleaguered playwright, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the sultry tale “Venus in Fur.” Into his empty audition room walks a brash and equally desperate actress – oddly enough, named Vanda. Though seemingly wrong for the sophisticated part, the actress’ masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes and a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Content is appropriate for older students and adults. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Saturday, April 11

Art

Slow Art Day, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, UM. Docent-led tour, 12:30 p.m. in MMAC's Paxson and Meloy galleries. Slow Art Day is an international movement of museums and galleries that encourages people to look at five pieces of artwork for 10 minutes each. Reserve a spot by calling 243-2019.

Saturday Family Art Workshop: “Book Sculpture” with Jolena Ryan, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Using old textbooks to create a 3-D sculpture, you will fold the pages into different patterns and make the books come to life as magical sculptures. Come a few minutes early to be ensured a spot. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

 “Drawing and Painting Exploration” with Bayla Laks, Saturdays through May 2, 1-3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Ages 8-12, $45/$40.50. Students will learn basic observational drawing skills, as well as proper use of watercolor paints. Employing techniques such as blind contour drawing and the use of salt, rubbing alcohol, and plastic wrap with watercolor, students will see how happy accidents make for exciting results. Line, form, texture, color, and value will be explored as students expand their technical and problem-solving skills, and have fun being exposed to new materials and ways of making art. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Dance

Spring Fling, "Puttin' On the Ritz," 7:30-9:30 p.m., pre-rounds, 7 p.m., Lolo Square and Round Dance Center, 2 1/2 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. Caller Adam Christman; cuer Theresa Ray. 529-8633, 273-0652. 

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Glacier Symphony Chorale presents “Orchids in Spring,” 7:30 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets $10-$32. East meets West in a concert that pairs the Vancouver, B.C.-based Orchid Duo with the chamber orchestra in a modern, engaging blend of Chinese and western music traditions. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

Joan Zen Jazz Quintet, 7:30-10 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St. Advance tickets $12 at the playhouse (777-2722), Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula and Chapter One Bookstore in Hamilton; $15 at door. Performing around the Northwest along with local musicians on sax, bass, guitar and drums, Zen was voted best musician in the Ravalli Republic’s annual reader poll nine years in a row. Sponsored by Run Amok Presents, 240-0216.

The Collegiate Singers from Brigham Young University-Idaho, 7 p.m., Missoula Children’s Theatre. Tickets $5, available at missoulaconcert@gmail.com or at the door, proceeds will go to the Missoula Food Bank. Under the direction of Randall Kempton, the group aims to provide a wholesome, fun and heartfelt performance of vocal music that entertains and inspires families and individuals of all ages. 

Country recording star Neal McCoy and comedian Brad Upton, 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. Tickets $36, available at Rockin’ Rudy’s or at the door. 243-2853.

Acoustic Music Song Circle, 2-4 p.m., Mission Valley United Methodist Church, 70715 Highway 93. All musicians, voices and styles welcome. (818) 209-4725. 

Potpourri

Comedian Christopher Titus with opening act Rachel Bradley, doors at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., all ages, $25-$35 at thewilma.com, the Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave.

Archaeology Day, 10 a.m.-noon, Building 322, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Hands-on activities plus a live flint-knapping demonstration. Free. 728-3476.

Boy Scout Troop 115 pancake breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Florence Carlton Community Church. Tickets $5 for ages 5 and over or $20 for a family. 273-6598.

Western Montana Shrine Circus, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Adams Center, UM. Regular tickets $12, children ages 12 and younger are free. Tickets available online at umt.edu/griztix.  

Humane Society’s 18th annual Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award dinner, DoubleTree Hotel. Hosted by Mayor John Engen former HSWM board member. Recipient of the award is David Bostwick, DVM. Tickets $75, available at the Humane Society of Western Montana, 5930 Highway 93 S. or online at myHSWM.org.

"Triumph of the Blue: The 150th Anniversary of the Surrender at Appomattox, April 1865," a Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, noon-5 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. Ken Robison, author of "Confederates in Montana" reads and leads discussion, 3 p.m.; sale books available and Civil War demonstrations and displays throughout the afternoon. 549-5346.

Hellgate Hunters and Anglers hosts its annual “Wild Night for Wildlife,” 6 p.m., Karl Tyler Chevrolet, 3663 N. Reserve St. Tickets are $25/$20, available at hellgatehuntersandanglers.org

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Health Fair, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Libby Memorial Center. (406) 283-7000.

Acoustic Music Song Circle, 2-4 p.m., Mission Valley United Methodist Church, 70715 U.S. Highway 93 (between St. Ignatius and Ronan).  All musicians, voices and styles welcome; acoustic instruments only. (818) 209-4725 or paultatto@accessmontana.com.

Pond Skim, 2:30 p.m., Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3889 Big Mountain Road. End the season with a splash as costume-clad folks ski or snowboard over a custom-built pond for a chance at a $1,000 cash purse. (406) 862-2910, skiwhitefish.com.

Creston Auction and Country Fair, 9 a.m., Creston School, 4495 Montana Highway 35. Free admission. An array of items are up for bid during this 49th annual benefit for the Creston Fire Department. Smaller goods hit the block Saturday, with larger items such as RVs, boats, autos and equipment available Sunday. Arts and crafts, a rummage sale, bake sale and hot food are offered both days. (406) 250-7396, crestonfire.org.

Missoula Winter Public Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 800 S. Third St. W. 

Peeps show building workshop, noon-4 p.m.;  Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Bigfork Community Players present “Jake’s Women” by Neil Simon, 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children under age 12. A professional writer, Jake writes all the time, even when he’s not actually writing. He’s got an active social life, too – at least in his imagination. There’s his late wife, his wife of late, his young daughter, his older young daughter, his sister, his girlfriend and – as you may have guessed – his psychiatrist. But now, it seems, the time has come for Jake to decide between the joys of reality and those of imagination. And if it takes a catharsis, a miracle or a bolt of lightning to make that happen, then so be it. (406) 837-4885, BigforkCommunityPlayers.com.

“Venus in Fur” Whitefish Theater Company, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20. Thomas Novachek, a beleaguered playwright, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the sultry tale “Venus in Fur.” Into his empty audition room walks a brash and equally desperate actress – oddly enough, named Vanda. Though seemingly wrong for the sophisticated part, the actress’ masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes and a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Content is appropriate for older students and adults. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Sunday, April 12

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Glacier Symphony Chorale presents “Orchids in Spring,” 3 p.m., Flathead High School Performance Hall, 644 Fourth Ave. W., Kalispell. Tickets $10-$32. East meets West in a concert that pairs the Vancouver, British Columbia-based Orchid Duo with the chamber orchestra in a modern, engaging blend of Chinese and western music traditions. (406) 407-7000, gscmusic.org.

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

The Ed Norton Big Band, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive. $7.

Student Recital Series, 7:30 p.m., UM Music Recital Hall. The UM School of Music presents Carly Beadle, soprano, performing in her graduate recital. Free and open to the public. 243-6880.

UMCelebrate Piano Series V featuring award-winning pianist Stephen Beus, 3 p.m. Music Recital Hall, UM. Tickets $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, available at griztix.com or UMArts Box office, 243-4581.

Potpourri

Italian Movie Night: “Slow Food Story,”  6:30 p.m., University Center Theater. Free. An environmental documentary in Italian with English subtitles. 243-4102.

Creston Auction and Country Fair, noon, Creston School, 4495 Montana Highway 35. Free admission. An array of items are up for bid during the 49th annual benefit for the Creston Fire Department. Smaller goods hit the block Saturday, with larger items such as RVs, boats, autos and equipment available Sunday. Arts and crafts, a rummage sale, bake sale and hot food are offered both days. (406) 250-7396, crestonfire.org.

Sunday History Series, 1-4 p.m., People’s Center, 53253 U.S. Highway 93, Pablo. Monthly series explores the meaning of each month for Salish and Kootenai people. Crafts and lunch are provided. (406) 675-0160, peoplescenter.org.

23rd annual Run for the Trees races to celebrate Missoula's urban parks and forests. Missoula Parks and Rec and Run Wild Missoula host a 5K, 10K and one-mile fun run. Call 370-0137 or go runwildmissoula.org for registration and packet information.

Theater

Bigfork Community Players present “Jake’s Women” by Neil Simon, 2 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children under age 12. A professional writer, Jake writes all the time, even when he’s not actually writing. He’s got an active social life, too – at least in his imagination. There’s his late wife, his wife of late, his young daughter, his older young daughter, his sister, his girlfriend and – as you may have guessed – his psychiatrist. But now, it seems, the time has come for Jake to decide between the joys of reality and those of imagination. And if it takes a catharsis, a miracle or a bolt of lightning to make that happen, then so be it. (406) 837-4885, BigforkCommunityPlayers.com.

Monday, April 13

Art

Art Guide Training: Andy Warhol photo discussion, 3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Learn about the impact Warhol has had on contemporary art with MAM registrar Ted Hughes. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Young Artist After-school Program, Mondays 3:30-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Music

UM Chamber Chorale presents “As Waves That Seek the Shore,”  7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. The concert highlights music life, love and loss all centered around the metaphor of water and its central importance to our being. Featured works include music by Whitacre, Monteverdi and Elgar and are juxtaposed with the lush poetic imagery of Sara Teasdale. Tickets $11 general, $6 seniors, $5 students, available at umt.edu/music/concerts-events/student-ensemble.php or umt.edu/griztix.

Potpourri

Hamilton Garden Club, 7 p.m., home of Shirley DeZell, 181 Big Corral Road, Hamilton. Program by Kielian DeWitt from the County Extension office on Bitterroot perennials, deer resistant plant choices and tips for using household items in the garden. 

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.  

MakerSpace electronics exploration, 3-5 p.m.;  Scrabble, 6 p.m.; “Beginning Word,” 6 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, April 14

Art

Open figure drawing, uninstructed, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $7/$5. This ongoing session provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live model. Some supplies available for use, and participants must be 18 years or older. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org

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

“Signing for Preschoolers,” 11:30 a.m.; Tale-tivities, 12:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Tiny Tales for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.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

Zoso, live tribute to Led Zeppelin, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8, Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $25 at thewilma.com

Unity Dance and Drum African dance class with Tarn Ream and live musicians, 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 Labor Film Festival, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. The 10th annual festival from Missoula Area Central Labor Council starts at 6 p.m. with “The Hand that Feeds,” in which immigrant coworkers fight abuse conditions at a popular restaurant chain; 7 p.m., “Cesar Chavez,” famed labor organizer and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez is torn between his duty to his family and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Email dl.kafer@yahoo.com.

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

MakerSpace open project development, 3-5 p.m.;  National Library Week: Innovative Outreach, 4 p.m.; System Check! 6:30 p.m.; 2nd Tuesday MPL Book Group discusses "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, 7 p.m., 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.

Wednesday, April 15

Art

Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting, 10 a.m., Missoula Art Museum Education Center, 335 N. Pattee St. Kathi Olson of the City of Missoula Public Art committee will share project details about Missoula artistically decorated traffic signal boxes. Free and open to the public. Call 544-0891.

Teen Artist Workshop: “Moving Images” with Michael Workman, 4-6 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Multimedia artist Michael Workman will discuss contemporary animation techniques and teach the basics of stop-motion animation. As a group you will work together to create your own stop-motion animation out of found objects. You will experiment with different techniques for displaying animations by using a digital projector to project them onto different surfaces. All materials, pizza and snacks are provided. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Artists Along the Bitterroot Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, Art Focus Fine Art & Framing, 217 W. Main St. (second floor), Hamilton. Program: Jean Belangie-Nye on “Collecting Art on a Budget.” 381-7898, artistsalongthebitterroot.com.

Young Artist After-school Program, Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Novelist Sarah Gerard reading and signing for “Binary Star,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.

Dance

Dance, 7-10 p.m., Polson Elks Club, Main Street. $5 at the door, bring snacks.

Kids' stuff

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

Story time, 11 a.m., Seeley Lake Branch Library, 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

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

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

Potpourri

Opening day celebration, St. Mary's Mission, west end of Fourth Street, Stevensville. Mass, 10 a.m.; guided tours, 1 a.m.-4 p.m. 777-5734.

Secret Science Night with the Glacial Lake Missoula chapter, 7 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $4 suggested donation; MNHC and GLM members free. MontanaNaturalist.com.

National Library Week: Bookmobile on the Run, 10:30 a.m.-noon; "EXCEL," 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; "Intro to Email," 6 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.  721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.  

Bingo for Books, 4:30-5:30 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Free; all ages. 777-5061. 

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. 

Theater

“Venus in Fur” Whitefish Theater Company, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20. In David Ives' acclaimed play, Thomas Novachek, a beleaguered playwright, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the sultry tale “Venus in Fur.” Into his empty audition room walks a brash and equally desperate actress – oddly enough, named Vanda. Though seemingly wrong for the sophisticated part, the actress’ masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes and a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Content is appropriate for older students and adults. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Thursday, April 16

Art

Hamilton abstract painter Pam Caughey presents “The Dragon in My Studio: The Importance of Risk Taking,” 5:30 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St.

Visiting artist lecture by Japanese-born, Seattle-based ceramicist Akio Takimori, 5:10 p.m., Social Science Building room 356, UM. 243-2813. umt.edu/art/galleries/gva.

Lecture: “Portraits That You Can’t Mess Up: Andy Warhol’s Big Shot Photographs,” 7 p.m. Free. Join Valerie Hedquist, Ph.D., professor of art history and criticism, for a talk about Warhol’s photographs. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Young Artist After-school Program, Thursdays 2:30-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Young artists learn fundamentals, history, techniques and purposes while experimenting with a variety of fun mediums. $10 per day for members, $12 for nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Art Start, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Developing an artistic eye, mind, and skill is critical to a child’s development. Start your child’s day and education off with Art Start at the ZACC. Work at your own pace with comprehensible directions. All young artists ages 2 and up are welcome. No preregistration necessary. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Billings author Carrie La Seur reads and signs her novel “The Home Place,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881, factandfictionbooks.com.

Missoula author Jeremy Smith reads from his new book “Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients,” 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Dance 

Country two-step, beginning/intermediate level, 7 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave.

Kids' stuff

MiniNaturalists pre-K program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $1 MNHC members, $3 nonmembers. 327-0405, MontanaNaturalist.org.  

Spring butterfly craft, 3:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

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

Potpourri

Peeple's Choice voting begins, tour the Peeps dioramas and vote for your favorite, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

AAUW-PDK Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Orchard Homes Country Life Club, 2637 S. Third St. W. The annual sale, put on by the American Association of University Women and Phi Delta Kappa, continues through Sunday, April 19.

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

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

Theater

“Venus in Fur” Cabaret Theater, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $20. In David Ives' acclaimed play, Thomas Novachek, a beleaguered playwright, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the sultry tale “Venus in Fur.” Into his empty audition room walks a brash and equally desperate actress – oddly enough, named Vanda. Though seemingly wrong for the sophisticated part, the actress’ masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes and a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Content is appropriate for older students and adults. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Call for art

Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery will host the Flathead Lake Festival of Art, a two-day juried, fine art festival in Sacajawea Park in conjunction with fifth annual Blues Festival on Aug. 15 -16. To download application or for more information, visit sandpiperartgallery.com or flatheadlakebluesfestival.com.

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