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Friday, April 8

Art

Reception: “Who’s Teaching Whom?,” 5-7 p.m., Sandpiper Art & Gift Gallery, 306 Main St., Polson. Multi-media show featuring the artwork of students from local schools and their teachers. (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

Reception: “Wilderness Connection,” Bigfork Arts and Cultural Center, 525 Electric Ave. (406) 837-6927.

Reception, 6-8 p.m., the Starving Artist Cafe and Art Gallery, 3020 S. Reserve St. Suite A. Featuring painter Bobbe Almer and students from Big Sky High School teacher Dustin Hoon's art classes. 541-7472. 

Kids' stuff

Comic Club after-school program, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Fridays through April 1, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Ages 6-11; $160 members, $150 non-members. Create single- and multi-panel cartoons to be included in "ZACC Comics Volume 2." Emphasis will be placed on character development, inking, environment and story line, using graphite, ink, tracing paper, watercolor, colored markers, printmaking and more. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

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

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

Live tarantula feedings, 4 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211.

Music

Bob Packwood, piano, and MJ Williams, vocals and trombone, perform, 6-8 p.m., Radius Gallery, 114 Main St. Plus exhibit of jazz portraits by wood engraving artist James G. Todd Jr. Tickets $10, limited seating. RSVP to 541-7070 or lisa.simon@radiusgallery.com.

Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter performing on Celtic harps and other instruments, 7:30 p.m., University Congregational Church, 405 University Ave. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors. 273-6653.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $33.50-$43.50. Wrapping up the season in grand style, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to bring down the house with their infectious energy and high-powered horns. 363-7946, bitterrootperformingarts.org.

Potpourri

Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition presents “Perspectives on Islam” with University of Montana professor Samir Bitar, 12:30 p.m. at North Lake County Public Library, Polson, and 6 p.m. at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, 70715 U.S. Highway 93 just south of Ninepipes (potluck precedes presentation at 5:30 p.m.). (406) 745-4259 or 745-3303.

Free Cycles Fridays, 12:30-2 p.m., UM Oval. A weekly bike ride that meets at the grizzly bear statue and heads to the community bike shop, Free Cycles, where participants can enjoy each other’s company, work on their bike or take the Bike Well class. 243-4599

Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Watercolor painting class, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for grades 9-12. 3:30 p.m., Intro to Java Programming for teens, 5 p.m.; World-Wide Cinema, free foreign film, "Secrets of War (Netherlands)," 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Bigfork Community Players present "Dearly Departed," 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $5-$15. The Turpin family in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt puts the “fun” in dysfunctional and funeral. (406) 837-4885, bigforkcommunityplayers.com.

Stevensville High School presents Thornton wilder's "The Matchmaker," 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Entertaining show full of romance and comedy. Tickets $5 students, $6 adults, $20 for family of four. For reservations, call 777-5481 Ext. 109. 

The Port Polson Players present "Absurd Person Singular," a British adult comedy by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. The story focuses on three married, middle class couples, who’s rise and fall of economic and social positions all take place in three separate kitchens. Tickets  $15 adults, $14 senior citizens. (406) 883-9212, Portpolsonplayers.com.

Saturday, April 9

Art

Saturday family art workshop: “Handmade Books” with Amy Friedman, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Explore a variety of simple bookmaking techniques to create your own unique, handmade books. From simple cereal box books to more complex accordion-style books, there will be several choices for the entire family to work with and get lost in the creative process. The whole family is invited to make art together. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Open figure drawing, non-instructed, 3-5 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $8/$10. 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

James Bond-themed Tango Night at the Brick Room, Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Beginner's lesson, 8 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m.-midnight. $10 per person, $8 students. 541-7240, tangomissoula.com

Spring Fling sock hop, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Lolo Square and Round Dance Center, 2 1/2 miles west of Lolo on Highway 12. Pre-rounds, 7 p.m. Caller Adam Christman; cuer Laurie Lane. 239-6732, 273-0652.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in concert, 7:30 p.m. Glacier Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1515 Trumble Creek Road, Kalispell. Tickets $12-$15, available at brownpapertickets.com. The multi-instrumentalist duo from San Francisco performs on Celtic harps, the Swedish nyckelharpa, Ukrainian bandura, bouzouki, cittern and more. (406) 755-9255.

Glacier Fiddle Festival, Smith Valley Grange, 9:30 a.m. U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell. Free. (406) 387-5282.

Potpourri

​Orvis "Down the Hatch" fishing film festival, featuring films from around the world. Proceeds go to the nonprofit Clark Fork Coalition. Ticket includes free entry into a raffle to win Orvis equipment, Down the Hatch gear and a grand prize trip to an "undisclosed tropical location." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. All ages. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Top Hat, thewilma.com or 877-987-6487. Free afterparty with music by Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts follows at the Top Hat at 10 p.m.

Ravalli Republic Ultimate Garage Sale and Swap Meet, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. Admission $1 or a canned food donation. 363-3300.

Pond skimming, 2:30 p.m., Whitefish Mountain Resort. (406) 862-2900, skiwhitefish.com.

Annual Wilderness Gathering and Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m., Hamilton City Hall Community Room, 223 S. Second St. Speaker Kylie Paul presents “Citizen Scientists and their Quest for the Holy Hair: Collecting Data on the Wildest Critters in the Bitterroot.” This open house supporting the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation also includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer and a silent auction featuring guided fly-fishing and rafting trips, a Doug Cox saddle, and local handmade items and services. 396-3607.

Computer programming through Minecraft, Makerspace class for ages 8-13, 1-2:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Stevensville High School presents Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," 7 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Entertaining show full of romance and comedy. Tickets $5 students, $6 adults, $20 for family of four. For reservations, call 777-5481 Ext. 109. 

Bigfork Community Players present "Dearly Departed," 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $5-$15. The Turpin family in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt puts the “fun” in dysfunctional and funeral. (406) 837-4885, bigforkcommunityplayers.com.

The Port Polson Players present "Absurd Person Singular," a British adult comedy by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. The story focuses on three married, middle class couples, who’s rise and fall of economic and social positions all take place in three separate kitchens. Tickets  $15 adults, $14  senior citizens. (406) 883-9212, Portpolsonplayers.com.

Sunday, April 10

Kids' stuff

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

Potpourri

Friends of Missoula Public Library Appraisal Fair, 1-4 p.m., expert appraisers will evaluate the price of your antiques and collectibles for $10 per item or $15 for two items, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Literary trivia, 6:30-9 p.m., Zootown Brew, 121 W. Broadway. 721-2665. 

Theater

Bigfork Community Players present “Dearly Departed,”  2 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $5-$15. The Turpin family in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt puts the “fun” in dysfunctional and funeral. (406) 837-4885, bigforkcommunityplayers.com.

Stevensville High School presents Thornton wilder's "The Matchmaker," 2 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. Entertaining show full of romance and comedy. Tickets $5 students, $6 adults, $20 for family of four. For reservations, call 777-5481 Ext. 109. 

The Port Polson Players present "Absurd Person Singular," a British adult comedy by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, 2 p.m., Theatre on the Lake, Polson. The story focuses on three married, middle class couples, who’s rise and fall of economic and social positions all take place in three separate kitchens. Tickets  $15 adults, $14 senior citizens. (406) 883-9212, Portpolsonplayers.com.

Monday, April 11

Kids’ stuff

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

Potpourri 

Moscow Monday, noon-8 p.m., Montgomery Distillery, 129 W. Front St. A portion of all proceeds from every drink sold will go to Montana Natural History Center. 

Giving Bock, 6 p.m., Missoula Brewing Company, 200 International Drive. Portion of proceeds donated to Montana Youth Tennis Foundation.

Open hours in the MakerSpace, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Brown Bag Book Club, noon; computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m.; "Beginning Word," 6 p.m., registration required; Eat Your Worlds with Poems from Scratch, poetry workshop with poet and cooking school instructor Emily Walter, 6:30-8:30 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.

Bingo, 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St.

Tuesday, April 12

Art

After-school Art Adventure III, Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $45/$50; ages 7-11. Explore memories though printmaking with Janaina Marques-Vieira. Thinking about the place we live and its relationship to people’s tradition, students will create prints using collagraph techniques as an art form. With hands-on printing, creative thinking, and visual learning strategies, students will embark on an adventure to explore memories. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org

Paint N' Pour, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Learn how to pint your own personal masterpiece and enjoy a glass of wine. $20, $25 non-members. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

Books, readings

Virginia Reeves reads and signs "Work Like any Other," 7 p.m, Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881. 

Art Talk series with University of Montana photographer and art professor Matt Hamon and MFA candidate Sarah Moore, also a photographer. The two will give presentations on their work and then participate in an open discussion, 6-7:30 p.m., Shakespeare and Co., 103 S. Third St. W.

Kids' stuff

"Bugs and Brews: Monarchs," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211. 

Paper sculptures, 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.; Frenchtown Branch LEGO Club, 4 p.m.; Lolo Branch Reading Activity, 4:15-5 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

Screening of the PBS film "America's Diplomats," 6 p.m., Crystal Theater, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Retired Ambassador Mark Johnson will introduce the film and answer audience questions regarding diplomacy. Sponsored by the Montana World Affairs Council. 728-3328, montanaworldaffairs.org.

Biogeochemist William Schlesinger presents "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," 7 p.m., University Center Theatre. Free. 243-5122, montanajoe.org/events

Tea Talks, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea for 30 minutes while your child explores the museum with qualified caregiver; visit with parent education director. Call 541-7529 to sign up for 30 minute slot.

Book mending, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; open technology lab, 10 a.m.-noon, adult coloring, 10 a.m.-noon; Genealogy Group, 2-3:30 p.m.; Writer's Group, 6:3-8 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau Program "The Art of Glacier National Park" with Rafael Chacon, 6:30 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061.

Mansfield Conference, Innovation and Imagination in Global Health 9 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center Ballroom, UM. Free and open to the public. Register at mansfieldconference.org.  

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

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 "Thunderstruck and Other Stories" by Elizabeth McCracken, 7 p.m., 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, 777-5061. Free and intended for families and children ages 5 and up. 

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

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

Wednesday, April 13

Art

Adult workshop: “Porcelain Totems” with Julie Christopher, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, $95. (406) 883-5956, sandpiperartgallery.com.

Books, readings

Marc Beaudin promotes his poetic travel memoirs, “Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals,” 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881. 

Dance

East Coast swing, beginner-intermediate level, 7 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand. 

Kids' stuff

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

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

Toddler and baby story time, 10:30 a.m.; Read to Cats and Dogs, 3:45-4:30 p.m.,  Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

Music

Second Wednesday: Sound, Soup and Sanctuary: Don Kiely and Friends; featuring Don Kiely on harmonica; Jane Smith, piano: Erik Sand, guitar; Garon Smith and Ted Christian, bass guitar; Daniel Kiely, drums; Rebecca Collins and Clare Robertson, vocals; swing tunes, love songs and blues; music at 12:10 p.m., followed by soup and bread luncheon at 12:30; free-will offering; University Congregational Church, 405 University Ave. 543-6952.

Potpourri

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

Emma's House fundraiser, 5-9 p.m., Backroad Cider, 98 Marcus St., Hamilton. Cider, snacks, eco-friendly handbags from Purses for People.

President’s Lecture Series, 8 p.m., Dennison Theatre, UM. Featuring “Civil Liberties in America Today” by Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Umt.edu/president/events/lectures.

Artists Along the Bitterroot Spring Brown Bag Lecture Series: “The Process: From Inspiration to Creation” with Cynthie Fisher, noon, Bitterroot College, 103 S Ninth St., Room 116, Hamilton. Free. 531-0853.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 2-6 p.m.; "Android Smartphones" computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; Afternoon matinee at Missoula Main, free film, 2 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; jewelry-making workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; Second Wednesday Book Group discusses "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

"Circle of Security," 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Families First offices , 227 1/2 W. Front St. Designed for parents of newborns through 5-year-olds. Free. 721-7690. 

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.

Thursday, April 14

Art

Feet-Tastic Art, Young Artist After-School program, Tuesdays, 2:15-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Research the talents of many artists that do not use their hands to paint, sculpt, draw or perform. Through this we will gain experience in using our feet to make master work. In this unit we will explore clay, paint and drawing. $80, $90 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Dance

Country waltz, beginner level, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

Music Makers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Interactive singing, dancing, rhymes and music. 777-5061, northvalleylibrary.org.

Fizzy painting, 11 a.m.; bubble painting, 11 a.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

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

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.

Mininaturalists Pre-K Program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $3, $1 members. 327-0405, montananaturalist.org.

Live tarantula feedings, 3:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211.

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

Men's Geritol UM Golf League organization meeting, 9 a.m., UM Golf Course, in the restaurant.  Sign up for  2016 league; men 55+. League play begins in mid-May. 777-3948.

Cribbage Club, 5:30-7 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

"Native Bugs on Native Flowers" hosted by the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant society and the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 7 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Free. MontanaNaturalist.org.

Screening of "Paper Tigers," 6:30-9 p.m., University Center Theater, UM. The documentary deals with new approaches in working with teenagers who have experienced trauma. Register at conta.cc/1Ubm8Wq.

Annual AAUW-PDK used book sale hosted by the Missoula Branches of American Association of University Women and Phi Delta Kappa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Orchard Homes Country Life Club, 2537 S. Third St. W. Donations can be dropped off April 11-12 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 543-5975, 549-3538.

Computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 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.

Theater

Whitefish Theatre Co. presents “Tribes,” 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $8-18, $10 Thursday for preview night. As the only deaf member of his sharp-tongued family, Billy has spent much of his life feeling out of place. But when he falls for Sylvia, a woman on the brink of deafness, tensions reach an all-time high in this provocative and touching play about membership in your tribe and what it means to finally be understood. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

Art calls

The University Center Gallery is accepting submissions to exhibit for the 2016-2017 school year. The UC Gallery exhibits eight shows from September through May that typically run for one month. A $10 application fee is required for all students, faculty, and staff, and a $15 fee for the general public. A printed copy of the application, artist statement, eight photographed examples of work on a CD or USB, application fee, resume (if desired), and any additional relevant information is due in the gallery on April 22 by 4 p.m. The UC Gallery is a student-run, not-for-profit program available through University Center Student Involvement. Applications and other information are available at the gallery and on our website. For information, go to bit.ly/1ozEOAR.

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