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Friday, March 19

Books/readings

Poets for Peace and Justice extravaganza, 8-10 p.m., Higgins Alley, 424 N. Higgins Ave. $5 suggested donation. Call 818-1111.

Craig Lancaster signs and reads "600 Hours of Edward," 5-7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881.

Kids' stuff

Tiny Tales for ages birth-36 months, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Preschool storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Music

Neighbor John and Ray Allen, bluegrass, blues, 8-10 p.m., Symes Hot Springs Hotel, Hot Springs.

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Lydia Jessop, soprano, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free. Call 243-6880.

The Alpine Valley Blues Band performs along with The Bottom Feeders, 7:30 p.m., World Theater and Event Center, 2023 S. Higgins Ave. $3 per person, $5 per couple.

Bizzy Bone and Ta Smallz, 9 p.m., Elks Lodge, 112 N. Pattee St. Tickets $17 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP tables $200. Aftershow meet and greet $100. Call 549-0542.

Potpourri

Cheap Date Night, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Visit www.missoulapubliclibrary.org for movies titles. Call 721-2665.

Flathead Building Association's Home and Garden Show, 4-8 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center, Kalispell. Admission $5 per person or $10 per immediate family. Visit www.buildingflathead.com or call (406) 752-2422.

"Flight to Crisis Mission in Haiti," presented by UM adjunct professor Thomas Sullivan, noon, University Center Room 333. Call 243-2288, www.umt.edu/ip/newsevents/events1/internationalweek.html.

Theater

"Tongue of a Bird," 7:30 p.m, Masquer Theatre, University of Montana. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581.

MCT Community Theatre presents "Grease," 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets are $20. Call 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

Hellgate Theatre Company presents "The Beaux' Stratagem," 7:30 p.m., Hellgate High School Theatre. Tickets $6 at the door. A restoration comedy about deceitful lovers, highway robbers and romantic hijinks. Call 728-2400, Ext 6077.

Montana Actors' Theatre presents An Evening of Beckett: "Play" and "Krapp's Last Tape,"

7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $10 Wednesday-Thursday and $15 Friday and Saturday. Purchase tickets in advance at www.mtactors.com.

Saturday, March 20

Art

Creativity For Life - sponsored by Living Art of Montana. Hands-on workshops for people suffering illness or loss, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Featuring flower fairies with Beth Jaffe. No charge, donations appreciated. Registration not required, but appreciated. Call Living Art at 549-5329 or go to www.livingartofmontana.org.

Opening of Killdeer Artisan Guild's exhibit, 2-4 p.m., Hangin Art Gallery, Highway 93, Arlee. Call 726-5005.

Dance

Boots and Calico beginners class, 6-8 p.m., Senior Citizen's Center, 820 N. Fourth St., Hamilton. Lessons $4 per person. Regular club dance follows. Dance will be mainstream with plus tips inserted about every third dance. Round dances will be provided between tips. Caller Barry Bartlette. Call Donna Hicks, 961-0111, or Jeanne Burruss, 961-3468.

Heritage Dance, 7:30-11 p.m., Turner Hall Ballroom. Dancers are encouraged to wear something that suggests their ethnic heritage. Dress is casual. Music by Skippin' a Groove and caller Mark Matthews. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m. Dance 8-11 p.m. $8 general public; $6 with current Griz Card. Call 243-5153, vicki.watson@umontana.edu, www.montanafolk.org.

Swing Dance, Missoula Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. Martha Jane will give a free swing lesson, 8-9 p.m. Dance follows until midnight with the University Swing students. $6. Call 829-1236 or e-mail mjndance@hotmail.com.

Kids' stuff

Family Storytime, 11 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Saturday Kids' Activities featuring "Springtime Eggstravaganza," 2 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For kids 5 years and up. Admission is $2 per child, MNHC members free. Call 327-0405.

Kids grades 4-6 can "Find Something to Do," 4 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Featuring duct tape fun. Call 721-2665.

Kids Vibrations with Matthew Nord and Lynn Talarico of Tangled Tones, 11 a.m.-noon, Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Call 396-3352.

Ready, Set, Read, noon, Children's Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.familiesfirstmontana.org to register.

Music

Neighbor John and Ray Allen, bluegrass, blues, 8-10 p.m., Symes Hot Springs Hotel, Hot Springs.

Absolutely with Kris Moon and Monty Carlo, 9 p.m., The Badlander, 208 Ryman St. Free.

The Klezmatics, 7:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $30/$25, all seats reserved. Call (406) 862-5371 or visit www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association evening of bluegrass music, Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Featuring Baba Ganoush, 8 p.m., and The Bluegrass Coalition, 9 p.m. Tickets $10 general, $8 association members, $6 for students. Call 777-7028 or visit www.mtbluegrass.com.

Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Concert, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre, UM. Featuring music director Darko Butorac and guest artist Suzanne Morales. For tickets and information call 721-3194, go to www.missoulasymphony.org or stop by 320 E. Main St.

Potpourri

Daly History Classes, 10 a.m.-noon, Daly Mansion, Hamilton. Featuring living history. $5, no charge for Daly Mansion volunteers. Early registration required, call 363-6004, Ext. 4.

Flathead Building Association's Home and Garden Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center, Kalispell. Admission $5 per person or $10 per immediate family. Visit www.buildingflathead.com or call (406) 752-2422.

World's Largest Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., parking garage on Campus Drive near Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana. Rain or shine. Visit www.life.umt.edu.umadv or call 243-5874.

Dining in Darkness, 6-8 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madison. Blindfolded diners with be met with delectable aromas emanating from food and drink, tactile encounters with entrees and live music. Tickets $30, available at Rockin' Rudy's. Proceeds will go to Foundation Fighting Blindess.

"Two Gals Gossiping About Early Montana" with Kim Kaufman and Evelyn Widhalm, presented by Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program, 11 a.m., Holt Museum at Traveler's Rest State Park, Lolo. Call 273-4253.

Hellgate Hunters & Anglers fourth annual Wild Night for Wildlife, 5:30 p.m., Fort Missoula's Heritage Hall. Speaker: Bob Ream, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner. Tickets $20 includes admission and Hellgate Hunter & Angler membership. Kids under 16 are free. For tickets call Tim at 543-3144 or e-mail hellgatewildlife@yahoo.com.

Theater

Hellgate Theatre Company presents "The Beaux' Stratagem," 7:30 p.m., Hellgate High School Theatre. Tickets $6 at the door. A restoration comedy about deceitful lovers, highway robbers and romantic hijinks. Call 728-2400, Ext 6077.

"Tongue of a Bird," 7:30 p.m, Masquer Theatre, University of Montana. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581.

Montana Actors' Theatre presents An Evening of Beckett: "Play" and "Krapp's Last Tape," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $10 Wednesday-Thursday and $15 Friday and Saturday. Purchase tickets in advance at www.mtactors.com.

"The Drawer Boy" Black Curtain Staged Reading, 7:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $8 at the door. Appropriate for older students and adults. For details call (406) 862-5371 or visit www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

MCT Community Theatre presents "Grease," 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets $16 matinee, $20 evening. Call 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

Sunday, March 21

Art

Art and Yoga, 1-5 p.m., River's Mist Gallery of Fine Art, 317 Main St., Stevensivlle. Join Amy Kraft, yoga educator and therapist and Gretchen Spiess, costume designer for stage and screen, university educator and gallery owner to explore color and light in art and yoga. $55 donation requested. For reservations call 546-6922.

Books/readings

Second Wind Reading Series featuring Inga Aesoph and Brian Blanchfield, 6:30 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Free.

Kids' stuff

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m., Sears Court, Southgate Mall. Treats, activities, face painting. Reservations required. Call 721-5140.

Music

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Silvia M. Lazo, voice, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free. Call 243-6880.

The University of Montana School of Music presents Student Recital Series featuring Kristen Stout, flute, Katie Hoyrup, saxophone, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free. Call 243-6880.

Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Concert, 3 p.m., University Theatre, UM. Featuring music director Darko Butorac and guest artist Suzanne Morales. For tickets and information, call 721-3194, go to www.missoulasymphony.org or stop by 320 E. Main St.

Montana Old Time Fiddlers, 1-5 p.m., Nine Mile House.

Potpourri

Flathead Building Association's Home and Garden Show, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds Trade Center, Kalispell. Admission $5 per person or $10 per immediate family. Visit www.buildingflathead.com or call (406) 752-2422.

"What's On Your Plate?" presented by The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and the Good Food Store, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Garden City Harvest's annual fundraiser, "Wintergreens," 6 p.m., Welcoma Building, 3108 Clark St. Family style, locally grown supper. Mayor John Engen hosts live pie and cake auction. Call (406) 274-0437.

Cirque Mechanics perform, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. Tickets $30-$35. The Cirque Mechanics Birdhouse Factory brings together circus acrobatics and early 20th century machines to tell the story of laughter, love, flight, loss and birdhouses. Call 363-7946.

Theater

"The Drawer Boy" Black Curtain Staged Reading, 7:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Center, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish. Tickets $8 at the door. Appropriate for older students and adults. For details call (406) 862-5371 or visit www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

MCT Community Theatre presents "Grease," 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets are $16 matinee; $18 adults and $15 children for evening show. Call 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

Monday, March 22

Books/readings

Winter Speaker Series: Glacier National Park Associates, 7-9 p.m., Central Museum, 124 Second Ave. E., Kalispell. John Fraley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will share a program on "Wild River Pioneers."

Kids' stuff

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

Music

DJ Milkcrate Mechanic, 9 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Free.

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Ryan Berkshire, violin, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free. Call 243-6880.

Potpourri

Free French film, "Un Baiser s'il vous plait" (Shall We Kiss?), 7 p.m., UC Theater, UM.

Cooking class, 7 p.m., Blodgett View Christian School, 119 W. Bridge Road, Hamilton. Learn how to cook vegetarian and vegan. Call Joanne, 240-7240.

"Friendship and Other Non-Moral Values" presented by Alexander Nehamas, the Edward N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature, Princeton University, 3:10-

4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Free and open to the public. An event of the President's Lecture Series at UM. Call UM Professor Richard Drake, 243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu, www.umt.edu/president/lectures.

"Salish Women: Power, Place & Story" presented by Salish educator Julie Cajune and Salish poet and author Jennifer Greene. 5 p.m., University Center Room 332-333. An event of Women's History Month at UM. Free and open to the public. Call 243-2584.

"Because It Was He, Because It Was I: The Good of Friendship" presented by Alexander Nehamas, the Edward N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature, Princeton University, 8 p.m., University Theatre. Free and open to the public. An event of the President's Lecture Series at UM. Call UM Professor Richard Drake, 243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu, www.umt.edu/president/lectures.

Tuesday, March 23

Books/readings

Philip Burgess, writer and poet, uses poems and old postcards to tell the story of six young Norwegian sisters moving from a small rural community in Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., Grizzly Peak Retirement Community, 3600 American Way.

Kids' stuff

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

Tiny Tales for ages birth-36 months, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Family Motion: Children's Games Frenzy, 11 a.m., Children's Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.FamiliesFirstMontana.org to register.

Music

SUPJA - DI.JAMERICAN, 9 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Free.

The University of Montana School of Music presents the UM Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre, UM. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Call 243-6880.

The University of Montana School of Music presents Tommy Sands "The Troubles" Program, Irish Studies guest artist, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Tickets $15 general, $10 students, seniors and members of The Friends of Irish Studies. Call 243-6880 or 544-0311.

Potpourri

Mansfield Center Spring 2010 Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon-1 p.m., Mansfield Center Conference Room, Mansfield Library, fourth floor. Featuring "Guns vs. Prayer Wheels: China's Internal Colonization of Tibet," by Teresa Sobiesczyk, associate professor, sociology, UM,Call 243-2988 or visit www.umt.edu/mansfield.

Regional Workshop - Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI), 8-9 p.m., Tangled Tones Studio, 2005 South Ave. All genres welcome. Call 542-9258.

Theater

"Tongue of a Bird," 7:30 p.m, Masquer Theatre, University of Montana. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581.

Wednesday, March 24

Art

Open Figure Drawing, non-instructed, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Participants must be 18 years or older. $5/$7. Call 728-0447.

Art for Homeschoolers with Bev Glueckert, 1-2:30 p.m., four weeks, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $40.50/$45, ages 5-12. Call 728-0447.

Zootown Arts Community Center Community Unite at Kettle House, 5-8 p.m., 313 N. First St. W. Bring a shirt and use our portable screen printing station to make a one of a kind wearable art project, or let inspiration flow with crayons on our table top art paper. Call 549-7555.

Books/readings

Poetry reading by Robert Stubblefield, Destini Vaile and John Holbrook, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Kids' stuff

Toddler Play Group, 11 a.m., Children's Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.familiesfirstmontana.org to register.

Music

Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Badlander, 208 Ryman St.

The University of Montana School of Music presents an Organ Recital featuring Nancy Cooper, 7:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Free. Call 243-6880.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African band, in concert, 8 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets $31 in advance, $33 day of show, available at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA or online at grizitix.com.

Potpourri

Fahima Vorgetts of the organizations, Women for Afghan Women and the Afghan Women's Fund will discuss the contemporary role of women in today's Afghanistan, 7 p.m., Hellgate Auditorium Hellgate High School. Free and open to the public.

Lunafest, 7 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Featuring "Smitten," a film directed by Hasalyn Harris and Logan Modine of Missoula. Tickets $10 general, $5 students. Call the YWCA at 543-6691. For listing of other films shown, visit www.lunafest.org.

Afternoon matinee, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Theater

"Tongue of a Bird," 7:30 p.m, Masquer Theatre, University of Montana. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581.

MCT Community Theatre presents "Grease," 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 children. Call 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

Missoula Actors' Theatre "Cabaret," 8 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $9 at the door. Visit www.mtactors.com.

Thursday, March 25,

Art

The Creative Moment, 6-8 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $10. Call 549-7555.

Kids' stuff

Tiny Tales for ages birth-36 months, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Ready, Set, Read, 11 a.m., Children's Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.familiesfirstmontana.org to register.

Afterschool Adventures: Healthy U, 3 p.m., Children's Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.familiesfirstmontana.org to register.

Music

Dead Hipster with Mike Gill and Chris Baumann, 9 p.m.-midnight, The Badlander, 208 Ryman St. $3.

"Re-creation" concert by Concordia University-Portland Choir, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 400 W. California St., Kalispell; free.

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Faculty and Guest Artist Series Recital featuring Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Call 243-6880.

Sentinel High School Bands Spring Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sentinel High School Margaret Johnson Theater. Call 728-2403, Ext. 7041.

Potpourri

Devotional Singing, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Common Ground, Hamilton. Simple chants and songs from around the world. Call Brian 363-4026.

Peace & Justice Film Series featuring "The Listening Project," 7 p.m. University Center Theater, University of Montana. No charge, donations accepted. Call 243-5153.

Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula's photography workshop with Mark Gorseth, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Call 549-8210 to reserve a spot.

Theater

MCT Community Theatre presents "Grease," 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. Tickets are $20. Call 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

Missoula Actors' Theatre "Cabaret," 8 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $9 at the door. Visit www.mtactors.com.

"Tongue of a Bird," 7:30 p.m, Masquer Theatre, University of Montana. Tickets $14 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581.

ART CALLS

The Dana Gallery in Downtown Missoula extends an invitation to Missoula artists to submit an application for the May exhibition second annual "Celebration of Missoula Artists." Applications may be picked up and returned to the Dana Gallery, 246 N. Higgins Ave. or requested via e-mail at info@danagallery.com. Deadline for submissions is April 1. For inquiries, call 721-3154 .

It's the end of an era, the end of a Missoula landmark, the end of 143 years as the centerpiece of downtown Missoula. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula joins the rest of Missoula in mourning the departure of Macy's, still affectionately known to Missoulians as simply "The Merc." To preserve this tremendously important part of Missoula history, the Historical Museum worked with Macy's to save many of the artifacts, some dating to the 19th century. But beyond that, the Historical Museum is asking the community for its memories, its photographs, its memorabilia, and its stories of "The Merc." Anyone who has been a longtime resident of Missoula either worked at The Merc, The Bon, The Bon-Macy's, or Macy's, or had a family member or friend work there - it was virtually a rite of passage for many Missoulians. If you'd like to share your memories, the Historical Museum will preserve them for generations of Missoulians to come. Please contact Curator of Collections Jason Bain at 728-3476, Ext. 2.

 

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