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Insomniacs in Kalispell

Listening to the Insomniacs, it's easy to think you fell asleep and woke up in a 50s juke-joint. It's not just the music they play, but what they play it on: A vintage 1951 Fender electric guitar, a '64 Framus Star Bass, a gut-string upright, and some of the finest tube amplifiers of yore. This sunny, shuffling four-piece band channels the organ-driven, upbeat blues-rock of a bygone era, with the youthful energy that comes naturally to a band of West Coast 20-somethings.

With a nomination for Best New Artist from the Blues Foundation, a Muddy Award from the Cascade Blues Association, and press raves from pretty much every blues magazine in current circulation, the Insomniacs are fast becoming one of the most heralded blues acts west of the Mississippi. "The Insomniacs could become legendary," asserted Blues Revue Magazine.

Hear for yourself when the band appears at the Kalispell Eagles Hall this Friday, June 27. Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door), available from the Eagles, Montana Coffee Traders in Kalispell and Columbia Falls, and Sportsman Ski Haus outlets. Call (406) 887-2376 for more information.

Opera house theatre

Summer theater kicks off in earnest on Thursday as the Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg begins its season.

In keeping with tradition, the opera house opens with local flavor. Montana playwright David Mills-Low's original play, "King of the Coyotes," kicks things off on Thursday night. That performance is followed the next evening by Jonn Jorgensen's "The Sweeter the Rose, the Sharper the Thorn."

Both plays begin at 7 p.m. in the opera house. Tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for children all summer. For reservations, call (406) 859-0013 or visit www.operahousetheatre.com.

Next week, the Entertainer will have a preview of summer stock theater around western Montana.

JUNIE B. JONES

Here's a name sure to send your young child into delirium: Junie B. Jones.

The first-grader for life, the central figure in the highly popular book series by Barbara Park, is coming to Missoula on Friday as part of her Super Smelly Bus Tour, a theatrical adaptation of her high jinks.

More than 44 million copies of Junie B. Jones books, which tell the tales of a precocious young girl, have been sold to date.

The Smelly Bus Tour features an original script and is suitable for children ages 5 and older.

The tour stops at Hastings, 2501 Brooks St., on Friday at 6 p.m., in its trademark hot-pink bus, with Mr. Woo at the wheel.

The event is free and open to the public.

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