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Friday, March 6

Books, readings

Helena author Brian D’Ambrosio reads and signs “Warrior in the Ring,” a biography of boxing champion Marvin Camel, 5:30 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881. 

Dance 

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

Dance New Works: Program II, 7:30 p.m., the Open Space, PAR/TV Center. UM dance students will present their spring showcase. Tickets $9 general, $6 students. 243-2682.

Kids' stuff

Art series, 4 p.m.; face painting, 5:30 p.m., Children's Museum Missoula, 225 W. Front St. 541-7529, childrensmuseummissoula.org.

Story time for kids ages 3-5 featuring “Ten” with Sally Blevins, 10:30 a.m.; Pete the Cat Family Night, 5 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Tiny Tales and preschool story time, Missoula Public Library, 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

Music trivia and sing-along with Ron Bissell, 6:30-7:45 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061.

UM Percussion Ensemble and “Islanders” Steel Drum Band spring concert, 7:30 p.m., Dennison Theatre. Featuring the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny along with an eclectic mix of percussion music on a variety of instruments from marimbas to tin cans and brake drums. Tickets $11 general, $6 seniors and $5 students. 243-4819. 

Master class on Indian classical music,  4 p.m., Music Building Room 1. Presented by Alam Khan and Javad Butah. Free and open to the public. 243-2837.

UM Faculty and Guest Artist Series featuring Steven Hesla and friends, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Tickets $12 general, $8 students and seniors. 243-6880.

Potpourri

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

FVCC’s Got Talent, 7-9 p.m., Flathead Valley Community College Arts and Technology Building, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell. Tickets $5. Students and employees showcase their talents as they compete for cash prizes. (406) 756-3814, fvcc.edu.

Talent Show, 6 p.m., Salish Kootenai College Theater, Pablo. Tickets $5-$7. The fifth annual event includes acting, singing, dancing and juggling. (406) 274-7695.

First Friday art show and silent auction with Spirit at Play, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Downtown Dance Collective and The Loft, 121 W. Main St. Featuring artwork by local artists and children, live music, auction and more.  

18th annual Women’s Law Caucus silent auction, 6-8:30 p.m., Missoula Children’s Theatre, 200 N. Adams. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Free admission. Proceeds benefit YWCA Missoula’s Pathways Program, which provides domestic violence and sexual assault services and runs the battered women’s shelter. 396-4460 or paige.griffith@umontana.edu.

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

Theater

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

"Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $10 at the door or at brownpapertickets.com. Missoula performers Nick Pavelich and Sam Williams play every role in this Shakespeare classic. 

Saturday, March 7

Art

Pottery sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Books, readings

Kim Zupan reads from his novel “The Ploughmen,” 7 p.m., Grizzly Claw Trading Co., Seeley Lake. (406) 754-0034, alpineartisans.org.

Theo Ellsworth book signing, 1-3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., featuring  the Missoula graphic novelist's titles “The Understanding Monster”  Book One and Two as well as volumes of “Capacity.” 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.

Dance

Dance New Works: Program II,  7:30 p.m., the Open Space, PAR/TV Center. UM dance students will present their spring showcase. Tickets are $9 general, $6 students. 243-2682.

Missoula Folklore Society Contra Dance, 8-11 p.m., Union Hall, 208 E. Main St. Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Music by Celtic Knots; caller Janet Grove. All ages welcome. $6 MFS members and students, $9 nonmembers. Missoulafolk.org.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Indian Classical Music Concert featuring sarod master Alam Khan and tabla master Javad Butah, 2 p.m., Masquer Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio-Television Building. 243-2837.

“A Springtime of Irish Music and Song” featuring James Kelly on fiddle,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. Presented by UM’s Irish Studies Program, School of Music and the Friends of Irish Studies present 

Okaidja and Shokoto in concert, 7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $28. Shokoto, a Portland-based African music trio, blends traditional Ghanaian music and dance with rhythms and movements of the African diaspora, including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, American blues, jazz and tap. (406) 862-5371, whitefishtheatreco.org.

U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Academy Winds concert, 4 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free tickets available at Adams Center Box Office, 32 Campus Drive. Doors open to ticketholders at 3:15 p.m., general public 3:45 p.m., no reserved seats. 243-4051

African dance and drum workshop, Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. Featuring Alseny Yansane, teacher and 14-year performing artist with Ballets Africains of Guinea. Drum, 6-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 per class. Sponsored by Unity Dance & Drum. (541)232-5471, westafricanculturalartsinstitute.org

Potpourri

Libby Irish Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Center, 111 E. Lincoln Boulevard. The 20th annual arts and crafts fair offers some 40 vendors, entertainment and food. A jam session opens an evening of live music by Shaughnessy Hill at 6 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase. (406) 293-3950 or 293-3950.

Family Treasure Hunt Days: “Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” 1-3 p.m., Performing Arts and Radio-Television Center Lobby. Free and open to the public. 243-2019, umt.edu/montanamuseum.

Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development, Inc.’s Many of Faces of Women 2015, 1960/70s second annual “Wave of Feminism” themed auction and fundraiser, 6 p.m., Florence Hotel. MC’d by Bernie Kneefe; auction hosted by Sara Reynolds and featuring the Finn Carroll Trio. Tickets $50 and includes dinner. Wordinc.org. 

Eighth annual Women's Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., UC Ballroom, UM. Featuring over 70 exhibitors from essentials to little luxuries. Entertainment throughout the day. CASA of Missoula and the Zootown Arts Community Center will be spotlighted to raise awareness of their cause. missoulawomensfair.com.  

Spring Speakers Series, 10 a.m., Daly Mansion, Hamilton. Program: “Alcohol, Corsets and the Vote: A Conversation with Mary Long Alderson” with Anne Foster. 363-6004, dalymansion.org.

Missoula Winter Public Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 800 S. Third St. W. Produce, meats, dairy eggs, baked goods, fruit preserves, hot prepared food, coffee, hygiene products and arts and crafts. 531-6749.

Rootbeer Classic Dogsled Races, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Polebridge Mercantile. Sled dogs and mushers convene in the North Fork for two days of races; 12-dog teams race 15 miles, with shorter distances for teams with fewer dogs. (406) 888-5105, polebridgemerc.com.

Crab Crack, 5 p.m., Polson Elks, Main Street. Tickets $35, available at the Elks Lodge. 

Spam-O-Rama, 2 p.m., Garden Bar, Bigfork, before the Brewfest. Bring tools and two cans of Spam; prizes will be awarded.

Sixth annual Bigfork Brewfest, 3-7 p.m., Brookie’s Cookies, downtown Bigfork. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Glacier Sotheby’s on Electric Avenue and Shepard’s Glass in Kalispell are two locations for advanced purchases.

Moonlight Dine and Ski, 5:30 p.m., Summit House, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Tickets $49.95 adults, $24.95 children ages 5-12. Dine almost 7,000 feet high in the moonlit sky while overlooking the snowcapped peaks of Glacier National Park. Start your voyage with a ride to the summit on a chairlift, eat dinner, then ride the lift down or follow experienced ski instructors. (406) 862-2910, skiwhitefish.com.

Shake Your Tail Gala, 5:30 p.m., Cooper’s Steakhouse, 115 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $100. A night of dancing, dining and silent and live auctions will raise funds to support homeless dogs and cats in Flathead County. The second annual gala includes a smorgasbord, wines and locally brewed beer. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Montana and its Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center. (406) 752-PAWS, shakeyourtailgala.com.

Theater

"Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $10 at the door or at brownpapertickets.com. Missoula performers Nick Pavelich and Sam Williams  play every role in this Shakespeare classic. 

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 8

Kids' stuff

Family storytime and Dr. Seuss party,  2-4 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Music

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

Appraisal fair, an "Antiques Roadshow"-style fundraiser for the Friends of Missoula Public Library, 1-4 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665 or visit missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Rootbeer Classic Dogsled Races, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Polebridge Mercantile. Sled dogs and mushers convene in the North Fork for two days of races; 12-dog teams race 15 miles, with shorter distances for teams with fewer dogs. (406) 888-5105, polebridgemerc.com.

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

Theater

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

Monday, March 9

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.

Potpourri

Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture: “The Competition for Eyeballs and Clicks in the Digital World” by Steve Lipin, 7 p.m., Law Building Room 201. Lipin, a former WSJ financial editor, currently is senior partner at Brunswick Group LLC, a communications advisory firm based in New York. He counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and crisis situations. Free and open to the public. Presented by the UM School of Journalism.

Documentary, “Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Free. Sponsored by Transition Missoula. Discussion follows. 

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

Theater

Stevensville Playhouse auditions for "Welcome to Dear Old Butte, RM. Bryan," 7-9 p.m., 319 Main St., Stevensville. "Butte” is an original musical written by members of the Stevensville community and will be directed by Gretchen Spiess. The play tells the story of a newspaperman who has come to Butte to cover the arrival of Mr. Bryan, the first presidential candidate ever to visit Montana. The cast consists of 17 men, 9 women and 9 kids. You will need to read a small piece of the play and sing. Rehearsals will begin March 23 and the play will be performed on May 1-3, 8-9, 10, and 15-17. Rehearsals will be light for most characters and schedules can be worked around till April 20, then everyone must be at all rehearsals till opening. Scripts can be checked out at the theatre or at North Valley Public Library. For more information, scripts and rehearsal schedules please call Gretchen Spiess at 777-0520. 

Tuesday, March 10

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

Five-week screen printing class, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.:  his dynamic five-week class is the perfect introduction and further discovery into the world of screen-printing. Learn the fundamentals of screening on paper and fabric. All inks, photo emulsion, and some paper included in materials fee. $105 members, $115 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.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

Face painting, 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

"La Primavera, Flamenco en Vivo," a show by Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes featuring cantaora (female flamenco singer) Kina Mendez of Spain and guitarist Gerardo Alcala. 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $35 VIP, $23 general, $12 student and $7 children, available at brownpapertickets.com.

Potpourri

Marjorie Crawford literature seminar with Shawn Wathen discussing “The Armies” by Evelio Rosero, 9:30 a.m.; Socrates Café, 7-9 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

Rocky Mountaineers, 7 pm., Trail Head, 221 E. Front St. Featuring Daryl Greaser presenting on last summer’s survey of “Tears of the Turtle Cave” in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, currently the nation’s deepest limestone cave at 1,629 feet below the surface. rockymountaineers.com

MakerSpace open project development, 3-5 p.m.; Teen volunteer orientation, 3:30 p.m.;  MakerSpace intro to creating printed circuit boards, 6-7 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 Linux Users Group, 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.

Theater

Stevensville Playhouse auditions for "Welcome to Dear Old Butte, RM. Bryan," 7-9 p.m., 319 Main St., Stevensville. "Butte” is an original musical written by members of the Stevensville community and will be directed by Gretchen Spiess. The play tells the story of a newspaper man who has come to Butte to cover the arrival of Mr. Bryan, the first presidential candidate ever to visit Montana.  The cast consists of 17 men, 9 women and 9 kids.  You will need to read a small piece of the play and sing.  Rehearsals will begin March 23 and the play will be performed on May 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. Rehearsals will be light for most characters and schedules can be worked around till April 20, then everyone must be at all rehearsals till opening.  Scripts can be checked out at the theater or at North Valley Public Library. For more information, scripts and rehearsal schedules call Spiess at 777-0520. 

Wednesday, March 11

Art

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.

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

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, Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

Potpourri

“How to Fold a Thousand Cranes” with Vivian Yang, 7 p.m., pre-register, Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

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

“Deep in the Delta: Studying Climate Change in Vietnam,” Nicky Phear, UM Climate Change Studies instructor and program coordinator, and Mara Menahan, UM study abroad student participant, 12:10 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 450, UM. 243-2988.

Artists Along the Bitterroot Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, Art Focus Fine Art & Framing, 217 W. Main St. (second floor), Hamilton. Program: Barbara Michelman on “The Art in Photography.” 381-7898, artistsalongthebitterroot.com.

“Windows 8 Basics," 12:30 p.m., registration required; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; “Beginning Word,” 6 p.m.; 2nd Wednesday Book Group discusses "The Book of Ruth" by Jane Hamilton. 7 p.m., 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 night, 7-9 p.m., Village Roost Bar and Grill, Bigfork.

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

Thursday, March 12

Art

“After School Art Adventure II” with Janaina Vieira-Marques, Thursdays through April 9, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Ages 7-11, $50/$45. No class during spring break. “Casting Thoughts for the Future” is the theme for this session. Young artists will create plaster casts of body parts, hands, feet, and noses and these will be the start of a larger sculpture. Kids will also look at the work of Theo Ellsworth and use his art as inspiration, creating stories by sketching and cartooning. 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 

"Thinking Its Presence," UM Creative Writing Program's second conference on race, creative writing and literary study, kicks off at multiple venues around Missoula. The conference features Claudia Rankine, a National Book Award nominee, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Marilyn Chin, Thomas Sayers Ellis, William S. YellowRobe and Ofelia Zepeda, among many others. General registration for the three-day conference costs $60 for the public and $30 for non-UM students. The registration fee is waived for UM-affiliated faculty, students, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at cas.umt.edu/tip/raceandcreativewriting/default.php. One-day tickets will be available to attend individual keynote events.

Dance 

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

Kids' stuff

Family yoga, 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, 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. Call 721-2665 or visit missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Music

Strum and Drum concert to benefit new guitar program at Salish and Kootenai College, 7-9 p.m,. Johnny Arlee/Victor charlo Theatre, SKC Campus, Pablo. Presented by the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the Salish Kootenai College Foundation. Tickets $20 adults, $5 students. (406)275-4983. cocguitarfoundation.org.

Potpourri

Fellowship Club discussing “The Recalibration of Humanity: 2013 and Beyond” by Lee Carroll, 6-7:30 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Hamilton. 363-1670.

“Meet Herman Schnitzmeyer,” 6:30 p.m., Miracle of America Museum, Polson. Dennis Kellog’s presentation explores the equipment and life story of this noted early-day area photographer. (406) 883-6804, miracleofamerica.org.

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

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

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