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Friday, March 20

Art

Artist talk by painter Louise Lamontagne, “From Representation to Abstraction and Back Again,” 5:30 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St. 541-7070, radiusgallery.com

Books, readings

Award-winning fiction writer Antonya Nelson presents a craft lecture on revision, "Strategies Toward Revising a Bullet-Proof Short Story," 12:10-1 p.m., McGill Hall Room 210, UM. She will give a reading at 7 p.m. in Turner Hall's Dell Brown Room, UM. 243-5267. 

Dance 

Live band dance, 7:30-10 p.m., Golden Age Hall, Hamilton. $3. 240-9617.

Salsa and Latin dance night, 8:30 p.m., Kalispell Eagles, 37 First St. W. $5 per person includes beginner lesson. Ages 18 and over. 

Kids' stuff

Art series, 4 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids ages 3-5 featuring “Good Books!” with Jennifer Crawford, 10:30-11:15 a.m., followed by "stay and play time," Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

Electronic dance trio Above & Beyond with 16 Bit Lolitas, 8 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Sold-out.

UM Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Tickets $11 general, $6 seniors and $5 students. 243-6880.

Potpourri

Missoula's HomeGrown Comedy's Comedy Competition, second qualifying Round. Entry fee is $8. Comedians get 5 minutes to show their stuff. They will be judged on: originality, stage presence, overall presentation, and crowd response. The judges are members of the Missoula community. The top three comedians from the first three rounds will compete in the finals on May 8 for cash, medals, and other prizes. To sign up call John Howard at (406) 240-2395. 8 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave.

Knights of Columbus fish fry, 5:30-78 p.m, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 217 Tremont St. 

Spring equinox barbecue, 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. 543-7154, missoulaseniorcenter.org

PRCA Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Valley Arena, 3630 U.S. Highway 93 N., Kalispell. Admission $15-$18 adults, $10-$15 kids. (406) 755-5366, majesticvalleyarena.com.

Law School open house, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., UM Law Building. The public is invited to learn about the UM School of Law by taking a mock class, visiting with current students and receiving information on the application process. 243-2698, lori.freeman@umontana.edu.

Celebrate Academics: Campus Conversation on Future of Online Programs, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Todd Building Rooms 203-204. Opening remarks from UM School of Extended and Lifelong Learning Dean Roger Maclean, Provost Perry Brown and President Royce Engstrom from 12:30 to 1 p.m. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivers the keynote presentation from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. A reception will follow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 243-4689.

Access to Justice Panel, 3-4:15 p.m., Law Building Room 201. The Rural Advocacy League and State Bar of Montana are collaborating to explore ways to address unmet legal needs in rural areas. Panelists include 7th Judicial District Judge Kathy Bidegaray, Fosland Law Firm attorney Benjamin Fosland, Musselshell County Attorney Kent Sipe and 12th Judicial District Judge David Rice. 243-4311.

Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; MakerSpace open project development, 3-6 p.m.; Cheap Date Night, free feature film,  7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Pretty Darn Good Variety Show, 7 p.m., Rex Theater, Thompson Falls. Tickets $15. The benefit for TRACTS animal shelter offers live and silent auctions, adult beverages and finger food. (406) 531-0828.

Stevensville High School presents "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas, adapted by Max Bush, 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Tickets $6 adults, $5 students or $20 for family. 

University of Montana Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music present "Pippin," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. umt.edu/theatredance.

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," 7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $15-$21, available at MCTinc.org, 728-7529 or at the box office. 

“Disney’s Camp Rock,” 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $7-$11. The summer camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown. (406) 837-4885, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Stevensville Playhouse presents “Alice in Wonderland,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 319 Main St. stevensvilleplayhouse.org, 777-2722.

The Port Polson Players present "Born Yesterday," a classic comedy/drama from 1946, 7:30 p.m., Polson Theatre.  Tickets $15 adults, $14 seniors and students. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com

Saturday, March 21

Art

Members’ Saturday coffee with the registrar, 11 a.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free to MAM members. All members are invited to a Saturday morning conversation with MAM Registrar Ted Hughes. Hughes will present a brief slideshow in MAM’s Goldberg Library highlighting the history of MAM’s Permanent Collection and some of the important Montana artists featured in the collection. He will then lead a tour and discussion of the Four Decades of Collecting: Selections from the Permanent Collection exhibition. Following the tour, Hughes will take members down into the secure storage vault for a look around. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Zootown Arts Community Center’s third annual Mini Benefit show, 5:30 p.m., Stage 112, 112 Pattee St. Silent and live auction of selected small artworks and packages; performance by ZACC Girls Rock Camp; mini dessert challenge/auction by local food artisans, photo booth, catered dinner, music and dancing. Tickets $60. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Barbara Brandt signs copies of her cookbook "Your Kids: Cooking!" 1-3 p.m., Costco, 3220 Northern Pacific Ave. 

Dance

Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dance, 8-11 p.m., Union Hall, 208 E. Main St. Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Music by Skippin’ A Groove; caller Bev Young. All ages welcome. $6 MFS members and students, $9 nonmembers. Missoulafolk.org.

Kids' stuff

Montana International Children's Film Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Short international films for children. $5 per event; full access pass $20. Visit mticff.com for schedule.

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

Kids' Vibrations with guest artist Ellie Nuno on fiddled and student artists Aspen Nord on fiddle and Silas Smith on piano, 11 a.m., Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. $3-$10 suggested donation. 396-3352, tangledtones.com. 

Music

UM’s Irish Studies Program and the UM School of Music in partnership with the Friends of Irish Studies present “A Springtime of Irish Music and Song” featuring Liam O Maonlai, whistle, bodhran and song, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Tickets $15 general, $10 for Friends of Irish Studies members, available at Rockin’ Rudy’s or friendsofirishstudies.com

Dolce Canto presents “Journey Home,” 7:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Tickets available at Fact & Fiction, Rockin’ Rudy’s or at Dolce.Canto.info.

Concert in the Dark, a symphonic orchestra concert, 7 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. Emily Graham's senior project raising awareness and funds for degenerative eye disease. Featuring members of the Missoula Youth Symphony, conducted by Ryan Davis. Parts of the concert will be in total darkness. 552-7738, facebook.com/Concertinthedarkmt?_rdr.

Potpourri

Nesting Place Baby Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., first floor lobby, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Polson. There will be information about birthing options, postpartum depression, early childhood development, infant CPR, breastfeeding, pregnancy and postpartum exercise and infant safety. Tours of the Nesting Place will also be available. (406) 883-5680.

PRCA Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Valley Arena, 3630 U.S. Highway 93 N., Kalispell. Admission $15-$18 adults, $10-$15 kids. (406) 755-5366, majesticvalleyarena.com.

Spring Speakers Series, 10 a.m., Daly Mansion, Hamilton. “War Horses to Competitive Trail Horses” with Nancy Smith. 363-6004, dalymansion.org.

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

No Place Like Home Gala, 6 p.m., First Interstate Center, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. Tickets $60. Join the Linda Massa Youth Home to welcome spring in “rustic chic” style with a fully hosted bar, dinner as well as silent and live auction items. 541-1650, lindamassayouthhome.org.

Theater

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," 2 and  7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $15-$21, available at MCTinc.org, 728-7529 or at the box office. 

University of Montana Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music present "Pippin," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. umt.edu/theatredance

“Disney’s Camp Rock,” 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $7-$11. The summer camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown. (406) 837-4885, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

The Port Polson Players present "Born Yesterday," a classic comedy/drama from 1946, 7:30 p.m., Polson Theatre. Tickets $15 adults, $14 seniors and students. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com

Pretty Darn Good Variety Show, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rex Theater, Thompson Falls. Tickets $15. The benefit for TRACTS animal shelter offers live and silent auctions, adult beverages and finger food. (406) 531-0828.

Stevensville High School presents "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas, adapted by Max Bush, 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Tickets $6 adults, $5 students or $20 for family. 

The Met: Live in HD: “La Donna del Lago,” 7 p.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets available at the door (cash or check only): $20 adults, $5 students, $10 college students. Rossini’s showcase of vocal virtuosity is set in the Scottish highlands. (406) 862-7591, whitefishpac.com.

Stevensville Playhouse presents “Alice in Wonderland,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 319 Main St. stevensvilleplayhouse.org, 777-2722.

Sunday, March 22

Books, readings

Jefferson City-area poet Melissa Kwasny reads from her latest collection, “Pictograph,” 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Thirst St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Kids' stuff

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

Montana International Children's Film Festival, 12:3-4:15 p.m., University Center Theater, UM. Short international films for children. $5 per event; full access pass $20.Visit mticff.com for schedule.

Music

Student Recital Series: Torey Learn, 7:30 p.m., UM Music Recital Hall. Torey Learn plays tuba for his senior recital. Free and open to the public. 243-6880.

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.

Potpourri

International Culture and Food Festival, noon-5 p.m., University Center. Featuring a world food bazaar, international culture show, children’s world, ethnic cultural pavilions and a silent auction. 243-6059.

Texas Hold'em poker charity tournament, 1 p.m., Elks Lodge, 112 N. Pattee St. $75 per person, $750 per table and $5 entry fee for spectators. Tickets available at 218 E. Main St., by calling 543-4238. Register at missouladowntown.com/poker. Benefits go to the Missoula Downtown Association.

Theater

Stevensville Playhouse presents “Alice in Wonderland,” 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 319 Main St., stevensvilleplayhouse.org, 777-2722.

The Port Polson Players present "Born Yesterday," a classic comedy/drama from 1946, 2 p.m., Polson Theatre. Tickets $15 adults, $14 seniors and students. (406) 883-9212, portpolsonplayers.com

Stevensville High School presents "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas, adapted by Max Bush, 2 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Tickets $6 adults, $5 students or $20 for family. 

The Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," 2 and 6:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $15-$21, available at MCTinc.org, 728-7529 or at the box office. 

“Disney’s Camp Rock,” 2 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $7-$11. The summer camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown. (406) 837-4885, bigforksummerplayhouse.com.

Monday, March 23

Art

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.

Books, readings

Prose and Poems, 7-9 p.m., University Center Room 326. In partnership with The Oval literary magazine. Any reader can sign up at the event. Free and open to the public. 243-5776, dillon.deffinbaugh@mso.umt.edu.

Music

Student Recital Series: Victoria Havel,  7:30 p.m., UM Music Recital Hall. Victoria Havel plays clarinet in her senior recital. Free and open to the public. 243-6880.

The University of Montana Women's Chorus, University Choir and special guests the Hellgate High School Chamber Choir presents "O Radiant Dawn: Music of Light and Life," 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. The concert music explores the many guises of light in our existence. Featured works include music by James MacMillan, Robert Schumann, Z. Randall Stroppe, Joseph Haydn, Bob Chilcott and others. Tickets $11 general, $6 seniors, $5 students, available at umt.edu/music/concerts-events/student-ensemble.php or umt.edu/griztix.

Potpourri

“The State of the Art and the State of the Union: Do Philosophers as Philosophers Have Social Obligations?” 7:30-9 p.m., Turner Hall, Dell Brown Room. Albert Borgmann, Andrew Feenberg and Carl Mitcham will participate in an engaging roundtable discussion on philosophical considerations in the technological age. Free and open to the public. 243-2988, umt.edu/ethics/events/default.php.

Public Planetarium Show, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center Room 13. Tickets $6 adults and $4 children, available at http://cas.umt.edu/physics/Outreach/PublicShows.php.

“Technology and Human Finitude,” 12:10-1 p.m., University Center Room 330. Presented by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Free and open to the public. 243-2988.

Open mic night, 7-11 p.m., University Center, first floor north atrium. Students, staff and community members showcase their talents. Free and open to the public. 243-6029.  

Lecture: “Differences in Philosophy and Differences They Can Make,” 3:10-4:30 p.m., Law Building Pope Room. Carl Mitcham, professor of liberal arts and international studies at the Colorado School of Mines. Free and open to the public. (406) 243-2988, umt.edu/ethics/events/default.php.

Kristen Walser from the Bozeman chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby presents "Carbon Free and Dividend: The Best Climate Solution You've Never Heard Of," 4 p.m., Room 330 University Center, UM and 7:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library large meeting room, 301 E. Main St. 551-0388 or Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org

Big Sky Film Series: "The Bus," a documentary on the classic Volkswagen vehicle by Missoula filmmaker Damon Ristau plus clips from his follow-up film on the VW Bug. 7:30 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Free; all ages. 

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.  

Maker Space: electronics exploration, 3:30-6 p.m.; Scrabble, 6 p.m.; “Internet Searching,” 6 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, March 24

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

"Artifacts and History for Kids!" for children and teens ages 8 and up,  4:30-5:30 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Register at 777-5061.  

Clouds and rain, 11 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, 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

Songwriter showcase with John Floridis (Missoula), Beth Wood (Northwest), and Sarah Sample (Utah), 7:30 p.m. Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $12 advance at Rockin Rudy's and brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. For more information, call 406-203-2242.

Bluegrass/folk band Trampled by Turtles with special guests Fruition, 8 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Tickets $32.50, available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, 866-468-7624, ticketweb.com or knittingfactory.com.

Potpourri

Socrates Café, 7-9 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

“JET to Japan!: Working in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program” with Matthew Niemi, JET program coordinator, consulate general of Japan in Seattle, 3-4 p.m., University Center Room 326, UM. 243-2988.

MakerSpace open project development, 3-5 p.m.; Humanities Speakers Bureau program "The Life and Times of Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music," with Ed and John Kemmick, 4 p.m.;  System Check! 6:30 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.

Theater

University of Montana Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music present "Pippin," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. umt.edu/theatredance

Wednesday, March 25

Art

Reception and exhibit, 6-9 p.m., Missoula Food Bank. Featuring "Work Through My Lens: Photos and stories, voices from the poverty line." Photo viewing and reception, 6 p.m.; photographers share their stories, 7 p.m.; community dialogue, 7 p.m.; social, 8 p.m. 239-2224. 

Bob Ross Night, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Bring on your Bob Ross wigs, impressions, and appreciation for the ZACC's monthly Bob Ross Night. Participants will be inspired to paint happy little trees as we watch a Bob Ross video and follow along while drinking wine and having fun in our gallery. $25 covers all your materials, supplies, and canvas. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

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.

Dance

West Coast swing level 1, 7 p.m, Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand Ave. 

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

Kids' stuff

Bean-bag toss, 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. 

Music

Yonder Mountain String Band, 7 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of show, available at ticketweb.com.

Flathead Valley Community Band spring concert, "A Celebration of Americana," 7:30 p.m, Flathead High School auditorium, 544 Fourth Ave. W., Kalispell. Free. fvcband.org

Potpourri

"How to Roll Sushi" with sous chef Nansu Roddy, 7 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. 363-1670. 

“Latino America, Latino Montana,” 6 p.m., Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co., 206 Mineral Ave., Libby. Bridget Kevane offers this Humanities Montana talk. (406) 243-6022.

Artists Along the Bitterroot Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, Art Focus Fine Art & Framing, 217 W. Main St. (second floor), Hamilton. Program: Heidi Zielinski on “Layers of Design – Fiber Art.” 381-7898, artistsalongthebitterroot.com.

“My Android Tablet," 12:30 p.m., registration required; free matinee, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; "Internet Searching," 6 p.m., registration required, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Silver Blades, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Glacier Ice Rink. Public skating and social hour for adults 50 and older.

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

University of Montana Schools of Theater and Dance and Music present "Pippin," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. umt.edu/theatredance.

“Little Women,” 1 p.m., Mission Valley Christian Academy, Polson. Tickets $15. (406) 883-6858.

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," 7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $15-$21, available at mctinc.org, 728-7529 or at the box office. 

Thursday, March 26

Art

Painter Barb Schwarz Karst presents "Inspiration in Montana's Industrial Salvage Yards," 5:30 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St.

Opening reception, 5-6:30 p.m., Clark Fork Valley Hospital, Plains. Featuring "Art on the Walls"  spring exhibition. Music by composer and pianist Rudi Boukal. Jewelry designer Matt Feliksa will share his work and demonstrate his processes. Artists for the spring exhibit include Sandy Berish, Valerie Curtiss, Andrew Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Judy Horton, Arlene Littlefield, Jina McHargue, Dane McNabb, Barbara Mullins and Lora Yates.

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

Novelist Megan Kruse, a UM MFA graduate, reads and signs her new novel, “Call Me Home” (Hawthorne), 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881. 

Dance 

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

Kids' stuff

Family yoga, 11 a.m.; face painting, 3:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St, 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m.; Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton, 363-1670.

MiniNaturalist pre-K program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory st. $1 MNHC members, $3 nonmembers. 327-0405, montananaturalist.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.

Music

Mud Bay Jugglers and Tune Stranglers, 7 p.m., Lincoln County High School auditorium, 312 Ninth St. E., Eureka. The troupe weaves in theater, dance, physical comedy and juggling into a creative and infectious entertainment experience. The Tune Stranglers entertain with a smorgasbord of stringed instruments, washboard and clarinet. (406) 297-0197.

Potpourri

Brown Bag It! book discussion group to discuss “The Underground Girls” by Jenny Nordberg, noon; Lego Club, 3:30-5 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

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

Theater

University of Montana Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music present "Pippin," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM. Tickets $20 general, $16 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. umt.edu/theatredance.

“Little Women,”  7 p.m., Mission Valley Christian Academy, Polson. Tickets $15. (406) 883-6858.

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," 7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $15-$21, available online at www.MCTinc.org,  by phone, 728-7529 or at the box office. 

Hellgate Drama 2 and 3 present a completely student -roduced original play, "Take Some Tea" written by junior Chase Koenig, directed by senior Morgan Solonar, 7:30 p.m., Hellgate High School auditorium. Tickets $5, proceeds will to to the creation of a scholarship fund for Hellgate Drama students to attend the Montana State Thespian Convention. "Take Some Tea" was awarded Best Student Written Play and Outstanding Vocal Work for Hudson Therriault's portrayal of Alex at the 2015 Montana State Thespian Convention. Call 529-9789. 

Art calls

The City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Montana to apply for a public art project to create art for Pineview Park in Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood. Artwork should reflect one or more of the following characteristics of Pineview Park: 

  • Natural surroundings: Native plants and animals found in the Rattlesnake.
  • Recreational activities: Ice skating, hiking along the creek, children's play ground, dog play.
  • Historically significant use of the land the park now occupies: Native American use, and previous use such as the the Poor Farm and cemetery.
  • The committee is willing to consider two possibilities: A proposal for the purchase of an existing artwork that also meets those goals; or a detailed proposal for a new work designed by the artist that does the same.

For complete application information, visit ci.missoula.mt.us/Bids.aspx?bidID=338. The deadline is Friday, March 20, by 5 p.m.

The Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour and Sale will take place June 5-7. The organization of artists representing a variety of mediums collectively offer this annual spring tour, opening their studios and galleries to the public. For more information,call Barbara Michelman at 381-7898 or visit artistsalongthebitterroot.com to download the application. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 14.

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