Friday, February 12

Art

Silk screening night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. Free, donations appreciated. Come in with a blank shirt, tote bag, or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Second Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. Featuring  “Love is Respect” and Art Activism Group Show. In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Missoula City-County Relationship Violence Services is hosting a group art exhibition that aims to educate the community about teen dating violence, healthy relationships, and consent. the Art Activism Group Art Show that will be kicking off the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Artworks take on a number of political, cultural, social and environmental issues that are pertinent to the conversation today. Enjoy an evening of thought-provoking art, ideas and conversation. 549-7555, zootownarts.org

Second Friday reception, 5-7 p.m., Starving Artist Cafe and Art Gallery, 3020 S. Reserve St. Suite A. Featuring "The Late Bloomer" featuring watercolorists Viginia DeLand, Dave Diggs, Vicki Withey, Chris Jorgenson, John T Browne, Kathrin Wills, Greta Williams, Karen McEneaney, and Christine Jorgensen and a retrospective for Barb Morris. 541-7472, missoulastarvingartist.com

Reception, 4:30-7 p.m., lower level of the Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. Featuring ceramic artist Troy Case. 

Books, readings

Tyler Knott Gregson of Helena reads from his new book, “All the Words Are Yours: Haiku on Love,” 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.

Dance

Valentine dance to benefit the Bitterroot Children's Backpack Program, 7:20-11:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, Hamilton. Music by Russ Nasset & The Revelators, $7 donation. 

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 storyline, using graphite, ink, tracing paper, watercolor, colored markers, printmaking and more. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

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

Story Time for Kids ages 3-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m., “Hearts and Hands” with storytellers Tamara Stoker and Sally Blevins; Special Families, 6p.m., watch a movie, enjoy friends and pizza. All families with children who have disabilities are welcome. Call Jess for details. 210-2937. Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

Tiny tales for ages birth-3 and preschool storytime 10:30 a.m.; Teddy Bear Sleepover, 4:30-5:30 p.m., bring stuffed animal, leave over night and pick it up on Saturday and design a valentine during craft time, 2-4 p.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

Songwriters in the Round with singer-songwriters Caroline Keys, Tom Catmull and Larry Hirshberg, 8 p.m., The Loft, 119 E. Main St.

“Harmony of Rock: A Tribute to Three Dog Night and the Early '70s,” 7:30 p.m., Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Ave. Tickets $29. The cast recreates the memorable music of one of the biggest hit makers of the early '70s. The show also features countless one-hit-wonder chart-busters as well as a few classic greats from such groups as the Doobie Brothers, Badfinger and Grass Roots. (406) 837-4885, bigforkcenter.org.

Student Ensemble Series: Mountain Computer Music Festival, 5 p.m., UM Music Recital Hall. This concert features new computer music by guest composers and students in the composition program. $11 general, $6 seniors and $5 students. 243-6880, umt.edu/music/concerts-events/student-ensemble.php.

Potpourri

Lenten Fish Fry sponsored by St. Anthony Parish and the Knights of Columbus, 6 p.m., St. Anthony Parish Activity Center, 217 Tremont.  Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m. and Mass at 5:30 p.m. precede the fish fry. $9 adults, $5 children ages 5-12 and free for under 5; $30 families; $6 Campus Ministry students 

"The Dude Abides," a free screening of "The Big Lebowski" in partnership with the Roxy Theater's Coen brothers retrospective. Featuring a costume contest, raffles and White Russians for those 21 and up. Wilma Theatre, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. screening, free, all ages.

Celebrate Winter Bike-to-Work Day, 5-8 p.m., Imagine Nation Brewing, 1151 W. Broadway.  Bike videos and snacks in the community room provided by Women Bike Missoula (MizzBs)  and BWAM.

Spring Speakers Series featuring “Mrs. Woody’s Trunk of Memories” with Jenni Pak and “Mary Gleim Madam of Missoula” with Kim Kaufman, 10 a.m., Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Free. 363-6004, Ext. 3.

Public planetarium shows, 6:30 and 8 p.m., Payne Family Native American Building star-gazing room. $6 adults and $4 children, available at hs.umt.edu/physics/Outreach/default.php. 

Beading circle, 2-4 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center Student Lounge, Room 210. Students can join American Indian Student Services and Native American Studies to learn a new technique or practice something they already know. All supplies provided. 243-6306, umt.edu/aiss.

Bitterroot Cowboy Ball, 6 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. The Ravalli County Fairgrounds Rodeo Committee’s fundraiser includes a barbecue, calf pie bingo, live auction, raffle drawings and live music. 363-3411.

Backcountry Film Festival, 6:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $5-$10. Now in its 11th year, the festival brings together nine short films that center around human-powered winter recreation. (406) 284-1747.

Cabin Fever Days and World Famous Barstool Ski Race, Hungry Horse, Martin City and Coram. $3 Cabin Fever button required. Food and craft vendors, sled races, pool tourney and kid's carnival. (406) 212-4326.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-noon; Yarns at the Library, noon-2 p.m.; Young Adult Writers for grades 9-12. 3:30 p.m.; Introduction to programming in Java for Teens ages 13-18, 5-5:50 p.m.; World-Wide Cinema, free foreign film, "Amour Fou," 7 p.m. 

Theater

Missoula Community Theatre presents “The Gondoliers,” MCT Center for the performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts. The Gondoliers was the last great success of the writing team of Gilbert and Sullivan, who are known for their satirical wit — especially regarding class distinctions, and that signature humor is key to this whimsical story. Tickets available at mctinc.org, by calling 728-7529 or at MCT’s Box Office. 

Flathead Valley Community College presents "Strange Snow," 7 p.m., FVCC Theatre, Arts and Technology Building. Tickets $10-$20, free for veterans, available at bookstore or fvcc.edu.

Saturday, February 13

Art

Saturday family art workshop: "Valentine 'Hat Trick' Card" with Donna Flanery, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. The “hat trick” folded paper card involves attaching two pieces of folded paper and cutting a window. The single accordion fold allows for two images, one when open and another when closed, creating a fantastic unique valentine for your loved one. 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. Sessions will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month through May 14. 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.

Art on Tap, 6-9 p.m., Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. 549-8703, tenspoon.com.

Nature Journaling Series: "Skies" with instructor Nancy Seiler, 1-4 p.m., 330 Brooks St. Classes limited to 10. $50 (materials list provided with registration). To sign up, email nancy@nancyseiler.com or call 370-1254.

Alternative Date Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $50 per couple. You’ll be spending the evening working with your sweetheart on a project that is unique to you. This is experiential art that focuses on the process, rather than the outcome (even though we promise a firework worthy finale!) Your artwork will add “color” to your relationship.  549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Barnes and Noble Fundraiser for Zootown Arts Community Center, 2-5 p.m. 15 percent of all sales go to the ZACC.

Books, readings

Richard Fifield of Missoula signs his new novel “The Flood Girls,” 2-5 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 2740 N. Reserve St. All day on Saturday, 15 percent of all sales will be donated to the Zootown Arts Community Center if you specify you'd like to help.

Dance

Red Roses Tango at the Winery, Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. All levels dance lesson, 8 p.m.; Milonga, 9 p.m.-midnight;  teacher performances, 10:30 p.m. $10 per person, $8 students. (406) 443-3439, tangomissoula.com.

Kids' stuff

Family story time, 11 a.m.; Make and Take craft time, 2-4 p.m.,  Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org. 

Saturday Kids' Activity: Glow in the Dark party, 2-3 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Free with admission to Center. MontanaNaturalist.org

Live tarantula feedings, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $4 admission for ages 4 and older. 317-1211. 

Potpourri

Off the Rack, Blue Mountain Clinic's annual fundraiser and condom-adorned costume show. This year's theme is "Let's Talk About Sex," featuring costumes by local artists, choreography by the Downtown Dance Collective and emcees Mark Heyka and Bernie Kneefe. Wilma Theatre, tickets are $25 to $75 in advance at thewilma.com, the Top Hat or Rockin' Rudy's. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show, all ages.

Learn how to care for your orchid, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Caras Nursery, 2727 S. Third St. W. 1 p.m., turn an aquarium into an orchid 'jungle,' 2 p.m. what should my orchid be potted in? Bring an orchid for free repotting.

Alpha Phi’s annual Red Dress Gala, 7-9 p.m., The Ranch Club, 8501 Ranch Club Road. This semi-formal event will feature food and beverages, a silent auction, entertainment and more. All proceeds will go to the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women’s heart health. $35 per person or $60 per couple. $15 students, available at eventbrite.com/e/chi-chapter-red-dress-gala-tickets-20707423461 or at the door.

Cabin Fever Days and world-famous barstool ski race, Hungry Horse, Martin City and Coram. $3 Cabin Fever button required. Food and craft vendors, sled races, pool tourney and kid's carnival. (406) 212-4326.

The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, which combines music, theater and dessert, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Tickets available at tophatlounge.com; information at dirtysexychocolateshow.com

Fireworks and torchlight parade, 6:15 p.m., Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3889 Big Mountain Road. Watch as a glowing group of skiers descend the slope followed by fireworks. (406) 862-2900, skiwhitefish.com.

Spring Speakers Series featuring “Mrs. Woody’s Trunk of Memories” with Jenni Pak and “Mary Gleim Madam of Missoula” with Kim Kaufman, 10 a.m., Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Free. 363-6004, Ext. 3.

Bitterroot Cowboy Ball, 6 p.m., Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. The Ravalli County Fairgrounds Rodeo Committee’s fundraiser includes a barbecue, calf pie bingo, live auction, raffle drawings and live music. 363-3411.

Winter Storytelling Series: "Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: the Life of Mary Cooper Russell" by Mary Jane Bradbury, 11 a.m., Travelers' Rest State Park, 6717 Highway 12 W., Lolo. $5 for adults. Free Trekker Kids program available. 273-4253.

Take Your Child to the Library Day: Story time, 11 a.m.; Five Valleys Seed Swap, 1-5 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Theater

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Gondoliers," 2 and 7:30 p.m., MCT Center for the performing Arts. Tickets available at MCTinc.org, by calling 728-7529 or at MCT’s box office. 

Flathead Valley Community College presents "Strange Snow," 7 p.m., FVCC Theatre, Arts and Technology Building. Tickets $10-$20, free for veterans, available at bookstore or fvcc.edu.

Sunday, February 14

Kids' stuff

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

Music

Kronos Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $28.50-$37.50. For 40 years, the quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. 363-7946, bitterrootperformingarts.org.

Potpourri

Cabin Fever Days and world-famous barstool ski race, Hungry Horse, Martin City and Coram. $3 Cabin Fever button required. Food and craft vendors, sled races, pool tourney and kid's carnival. (406) 212-4326.

The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, featuring music, theater, comedy and dessert, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Tickets available at tophatlounge.com; information at dirtysexychocolateshow.com

Theater

Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Gondoliers," 2 p.m., MCT Center for the performing Arts. Tickets available at MCTinc.org, by calling 728-7529 or at MCT’s Box Office. 

Monday, February 15

Kids’ stuff

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

Potpourri 

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, February 16

Art

Open studio, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nancy Seiler, 330 Brooks St. Seiler provides the space and help plus demonstrates an acrylic technique; no experience necessary. $25 with your materials (materials provided for additional $30). nancy@nancyseiler.com, 370-1254.

After School Art Adventure I, Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15 p.m.,Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $45/$50; ages 7-11. Explore and be inspired by MAM exhibitions with Bev Glueckert. Young artists will create art based on their experiences viewing art in the MAM galleries. Glueckert offers another series of unique hands-on multimedia projects inspired by MAM’s exhibitions, including papier-mâché sculpture, tile mosaics, and large oil pastel/collage drawings. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org.  

Kids' stuff

Bugs and Brews, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. $5 admission includes two drink tickets, exploration inside the Insectarium and entry into the talk in giant sea spiders given by Art Woods and Bret Tobalski of UM. 317-1211.

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

Valinor Quartet, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Event Center. Slava Tolstoy from the International String Trio and Sergei Teleshev from Trio Voronezh team up with two other international musicians on this Montana tour. (406) 293-9643.

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

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

Open Technology Lab, 10 a.m.-noon; Adult Coloring, 10 a.m.-noon, materials are provided; Writer’s Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton, 363-1670.

Wilderness Lecture Series, 7:10 p.m., University of Montana Gallagher Business Building, Room 122. Speaker: Terry Anderson, William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former president and executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center; John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 243-5361.

John Axline's presentation "History  by the Highways" Montana's Historical Highway Markers," 6:30 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. 777-5061.

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Young Adult Volunteer orientation, 3:30 p.m.; Community Creative Writing Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m.; System Check! 6:30 p.m.;Community Game Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665. missoulapubliclibrary.org.

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

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

Wednesday, February  17

Art

Dana Gallery birthday bash, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Dana Gallery, 246 N. Higgins Ave. The gallery marks its 20th anniversary year and owner Dudley Dana's 70th birthday with a 20-year retrospective of his photographs and mixed-media work. With food, refreshments and music by Barnaby Wild.

Paint N’ Pour, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $25 /$20 for members, registration required. Allow us to pour you a glass of wine, load up your pallet, and instruct you on how to paint your own personal masterpiece. Our instructor will present easy step-by-step directions with plenty of opportunity for the creative juices to flow and diverge so each piece is unique to the creator. No painting experience required. Canvases, paint, wine provided. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Art Associates of Missoula, 10 a.m.-noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Featuring “Observation Through Nature Journaling” with Nancy Seiler. 544-0891.

Teen artist workshop: “Mixed Media Mania” with Lady Pajama, 4-6 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free, all materials, pizzas and snacks provided. Make a mixed-media collage background with scraps of paper, tape, and other various items to paint or draw over for a multi-textured and multi-meaningful artwork. Words can be added as final touch. 728-0447, missoulaartmuseum.org

"Inspire. Connect. Create,” 2-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. $5 for members. Drop-in art class for individuals to come and work on their own unique projects. 549-7555, zootownarts.org.

Monoprinting Basics with open acrylics and Gelli Plate, with instructor Nancy Seiler, 1-4 p.m., 330 Brooks St. Classes limited to 10. $40 plus $25 materials fee. To sign up, email nancy@nancyseiler.com or call 370-1254.

Dance

West Coast Swing, beginning-intermediate, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

Lil' Bugs Early Childhood program, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. Free with admission to Insectarium. 317-1211.

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

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

Music

The Infamous Stringdusters' "Ladies & Gentlemen Tour" with special guest Nikki Bluhm, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 at the door (tophatlounge.com), ages 18 and over, the Wilma, 131 S. Higgins Ave. (Moved from the Top Hat Lounge.)

Potpourri

Open time in the MakerSpace, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:20-6 p.m.; Be Upcycled, DIY wine bottles into drinking glasses; "Easy Steps to eBooks," 12:30 p.m.; Middle School Writers, 3:30 p.m.; open jewelry studio, 6-7:30 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, February 18

Art

Free-form painting with fluid acrylics with instructor Nancy Seiler, 1-4 p.m., 330 Brooks St. Classes limited to 10. $40 plus $25 materials fee. To sign up, email nancy@nancyseiler.com or call 370-1254.

Books, readings

Flathead Valley Community College Book Group discusses "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman, 6:30 p.m., Room 208, Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. 

Dance

Country two-step, beginner-intermediate, 7-8:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1101 Strand.

Kids' stuff

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.

Lil' Bugs Early Childhood program, 12:15-1:!5 p.m.,  Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, 218 E. Front St. Free with admission to Insectarium.  317-1211.

Music

Railroad Earth with special guest Scott Pemberton Trio, Wilma Theatre. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. available at the Top Hat, Rockin’ Rudy’s and thewilma.com, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, all ages.

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

Lecture: "Starting with Huffman: Photographers of Montana's High Plains," 6:30 p.m., Ravalli County Museum 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. Free. 363-3338.

Watercolor painting for all skill levels, noon-2 p.m.; Electronics Exploration, 3-6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. 721-2665, missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Story Box Workshops, 10:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. Parents and caregivers can create three activities to retell stories. Call 363-1670 or sign up at the information desk and specify which session. If you need to bring your child, let us know ahead of time. Cribbage Club, 5:30-7 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 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.

Art calls

The Hive community center is seeking submissions for a spring exhibition under the theme, "Into the 21st Century." Contact the Hive, 800 S. Third W. Artists who portray the modern scene and are currently without an outlet. Email photos of recent work to Julie at mozaicmt@gmail.com. For more information, call 396-2663.

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