Port Polson Players

The Port Polson Players are open their 41st season with "Absurd Person Singular," an adult-oriented British comedy.

Port Polson Players

Friday, April 1

Art

Gallery opening and artist talk with Abbie Miller and her installation, "Exit Strategies," 5-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. At 7 p.m., join Miller for a walk-through her exhibition Exit Strategies. Miller will talk about the process of making her large-scale installations and how she engages the gallery space. If you are interested in volunteering with MAM’s education programs, please come to the training. For more information, contact Renée Taaffe, education curator, 728-0447 Ext. 228 or reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org.

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 nonmembers. Create single- and multi-panel cartoons to be included in "ZACC Comics Volume 2." Emphasis will be placed on character development, inking, environment and storyline, using graphite, ink, tracing paper, watercolor, colored markers, printmaking and more. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

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

Story time for kids ages 3-5, 10:30-11:15 p.m., "Splish Splash Mud Puddle” with library storyteller Tamara Stoker, Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

Student Recital Series, 7:30 p.m., UM Music Recital Hall. UM School of Music presents Mack Gilcrest, composition major, in a recital. Free and open the public. 243-6880, umt.edu/music

Arthur Kostuk spring piano concert, 6 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061. 

Potpourri

MSO Hub/Bicycle Hangar, corner of Higgins and Main: First Friday event, April 1, 5-8 p.m. featuring "Accept ME, Accept Autism," with work by youths with autism, short video clips featuring Missoula families living with autism; raffle. 

An evening with Zach Smith and Skye Bennett featuring the short film screenings of "Balloon to Barcelona" and "Beyond the Table Read" as well as the premiere of "Lester Leaps In," 6 p.m., Roxy Theater. A fundraiser for the feature film "Here We Are In the Present...Again."

Queen Nur, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Center. The interactive performance of the nationally known, award-winning storyteller presents timeless tales from African oral tradition. (406) 293-9643.

Free Cycles Fridays, 12:30-2 p.m., UM Oval. A weekly bike ride that meets at the grizzly bear statue and rides 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, events.umt.edu/#event|free-cycles-friday|1224

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., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org

Theater

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 2

Art

Opening reception, noon-2 p.m., Hangin' Art Gallery and Cafe, Highway 93 N., Arlee. Featuring a selection of works from established and emerging area artists presented by the Killdeer Artisans' Guild. 726-0021.

Dance

Missoula Folklore Society contra dance, 8-11 p.m., Union Hall, 208 E. Main St. Beginner workshop, 7:30 p.m. Music by Skippin’ a Groove; caller Bev Young. Mfs.org

Kids' stuff

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

Potpourri

Missoula Home and Garden Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Adams Center. Admission is free, and nonperishable food or cash donations will be accepted for the Missoula Food Bank and local youth homes. missoulahomeandgardenshow.com.

Roarin’ ’20s Gala, 7-11 p.m., Daly Mansion, 252 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Tickets $35 each. Grab your gangster, flapper and bootlegger friends and dance to the sound of the Ed Norton Stomperz during this fundraiser for the Mansion Preservation Trust. The Prohibition-era evening also includes a no-host bar, silent auction, raffle, games and a chance to win a Daly horse race. 363-6004, Ext. 2.

Hawaiian luau dinner, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 301 16th Ave. E., Polson. $12.50 per person, $6 ages 6-10, available from any church member or call (406) 883-0099.

Dummy Derby and Winter Brewfest, 1-5 p.m., Whitefish Mountain Resort. Tickets $20-$25 for brewfest ($5 for under 21 and designated drivers); free for derby, which starts at 4 p.m. (406) 862-2900, skiwhitefish.com.

Creston Auction and Country Fair, 9 a.m. General merchandise hits the block Saturday, with the RV, marine, auto, farm and equipment sale Sunday. The 50th anniversary of the annual benefit for the Creston Volunteer Fire Department  also offers art and crafts, rummage and bake sales, raffles, and hot food and beverages both days. (406) 250-7396, crestonfire.org.

Computer programming through Minecraft, Makerspace class for ages 8-13, 1-2:30 pm.; Altered Books workshop, 2:30-4:30 p.m.., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

The Met in HD: "Madama Butterfly," 10:55 a.m., Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Second St. Tickets $5-$20. The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning and critically acclaimed series continues with Puccini’s masterpiece, featuring Kristine Opolais as the spurned geisha. (406) 862-1228, whitefishpac.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 3

Kids' stuff

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

Potpourri

Creston Auction and Country Fair, noon. General merchandise hits the block Saturday, with the RV, marine, auto, farm and equipment sale Sunday. The 50th anniversary of the annual benefit for the Creston Volunteer Fire Department  also offers art and crafts, rummage and bake sales, raffles, and hot food and beverages both days. (406) 250-7396, crestonfire.org.

Missoula Home and Garden Show,  10 a.m.-4 p.m., Adams Center. Admission is free, and nonperishable food or cash donations will be accepted for the Missoula Food Bank and local youth homes. missoulahomeandgardenshow.com.

Theater

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 4

Art

Spring Break Morning Art Camp with Barbara Morrison, 9 a.m.-noon, through Friday, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Ages 7-11; $112.50/$125. Enjoy a week of learning art history the fun way. Starting with prehistoric cave paintings and rock carvings and moving through frescoes, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, Chinese brush paintings to European modern abstract and cubist paintings, young artists will spend the week exploring art throughout time. Each morning campers will focus on a different era and medium. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org

"Wildwalk Costume Making," 9 a.m.-noon, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $80 members, $90 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Kids’ stuff

Spring Break Teen Rock Camp for ages 13-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $225 members, $235 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Spring Break Day Camp production of "The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe," through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Register at mctinc.org

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

Music

Pianist Richard Dowling, 6:30 p.m., Noxon School multipurpose room. Featuring works from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Scott Joplin and others. Tickets $8 adults, $5 students, available at First Security Banks in Plains and Thompson Falls, Garden Gift and Floral in Plains and at the door. (406) 826-8585. 

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., University Center Atrium. Open mic is available to the general public and focuses on UM students and local youth performers. To sign up email mtmusicandart@gmail.com.

Potpourri 

Giving Bock, 6 p.m., Missoula Brewing Company, 200 International Drive. Portion of proceeds of pints sold go to Operation Smile. 

Open hours in the MakerSpace, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; computer electronics in the MakerSpace, 3-6 p.m.; "Computer Fundamentals," 6 p.m., registration required; annual Library Peeps show contest opens, 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.

Tuesday, April 5

Art

Tune-Up Tuesdays for ages 8-16, 4-6 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Get out of garage and into the basement! Stop practicing your music all alone in your house or garage and join a group of like-minded young rockers to jam out together, continue making music, and learning more skills from instructors around  Practice, rehearse, continue playing with your Rock Camp Band. $35, $40 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

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.

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.; Frenchtown Branch LEGO Club, 4 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Story time, 10 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St.

Music

Pianist Richard Dowling, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, Plains. Featuring works from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Scott Joplin and others. Tickets $8 adults, $5 students, available at First Security Banks in Plains and Thompson Falls, Garden Gift and Floral in Plains and at the door. (406) 826-8585. 

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

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.

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., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Marjorie Crawford Literature Seminar, 9:30 a.m., featuring lecture on "The End of Days" by Jenny Erpenbeck; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

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

Wednesday, April 6

Books, readings

Montana Book Award reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881. 

Kids' stuff

Taekwondo, 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., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

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

Potpourri

Missoulians On Bicycles presents Ben Weiss, Missoula Bicycle Pedestrian program manager, 7 p.m., Adventure Cycling, 150 E. Pine St. Free. (406) 250-7228.

Artists Along the Bitterroot Spring Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Coefficient of Expansion and Why That Matters” with Amy Knight, noon, Bitterroot College, 103 S. Ninth St., Room 116, Hamilton. Free. 531-0853.

Humanities Montana presents “Chinese in Montana” with Ellen Baumler, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Darby Community Library, 101 S. Marshall St. Free. 243-6022.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 2-6 p.m.; "My iPad" computer class, 12:30 p.m., registration required; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.;  jewelry making workshop,  6-7:30 p.m.; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

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 7

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. Participants will gain experience using their feet to make master works in clay, paint and drawing. $80, $90 nonmembers. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Dance

Country two-step, beginner-intermediate, 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.

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

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

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

John Howard’s comedy night open mic, 9:30 p.m., Union Club, 208 E. Main St. No cover.

Travelers' Rest Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation presents "Following Artist Nicolas Point Through Blackfeet Country" with speaker Sally Thompson, Ph.D., 7 p.m., Lolo Community Center, Highway 93 Lolo. 880-6868. 

Spiritual Living open interactive discussion group, 1 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 370-9909.

Wilderness Speaker Series: “This is the Crown of the Continent, Our Home” with Rick Graetz, 7-8:30 p.m., Flathead Valley Community College Arts and Technology Building, Room 144, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell. Presented by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and Montana Wilderness Association. (406) 284-1747.

Humanities Montana presents “A Jesuit Window on Life in Montana” with Sally Thompson, 7 p.m., Lolo Community Center. Free. 243-6022.

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.

Art calls 

The Missoula Downtown Association is seeking fine art for the art show at the 11th annual River City Roots Festival, slated for Aug. 26-27 in downtown Missoula. Artists can apply online at rivercityrootsfestival.com/fine-art-show and the deadline is Friday, April 1. Booth fees are $150 for the two-day art show on Main Street.

Approximately 40 select artists will be chosen. Artist feedback indicates the Roots Fest Art Show is one of the best in the region due to hospitality services, venue, music selection and weather.

Additional information on Roots Fest can be obtained by contacting the MDA at 543-4238 or info@missouladowntown.com.

  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 which 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 4PM.

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 please visit: http://www.umt.edu/uc/Arts-Entertainment/uc-gallery/exhibit-here.php

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