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Friday, April 23

Art

2010 Spring Art Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., first floor of the University Center, UM. Call 243-5714 or visit www.umt.edu/uc/artfairs.

Books/readings

Poet Peter Richards reads from his recent work, 7 p.m., Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM. Call 243-5267.

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

Tom & The Tomatoes, old rock, country, 8-10 p.m., Symes Hot Springs Hotel, Hot Springs.

The University of Montana School of Music presents the Student Recital Series featuring Royce McIntosh, baritone, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Free. Call 243-6880.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. Features pianist Shelly Berg; saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger Grace Kelly; also saxopohonist and composer Lee Konitz and trumpet player Terell Stafford. Tickets $24 general, $18 students and seniors. Special two-night price of $42 general, $30 students and seniors. Tickets available at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA or online at www.griztix.com.

Potpourri

Annual AAUW Used Book Sale presented by the Missoula Branch of the American Association of University Women, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Orchard Homes Country Life Club, 2537 S. Third St. W. Call 829-3898.

Red Hat merchandise sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn.

35th annual Head Start Powwow, 1 p.m., Ronan Events Center. Call (406) 676-4509 or e-mail headstart@cskt.org.

32nd annual Rendezvous Days, Eureka. Features fun activities for the whole family to celebrate the end of winter and coming of spring. The event kicks off with a Friday night concert and Taste of Rendezvous at Lincoln County High School. Call (406) 889-4636.

Mustashio Bashio, 9:30 p.m., Central Bar & Grill, Palace Hotel, 143 W. Broadway. University of Montana Entertainment Management students don mustaches and display their karaoke vocal talents to support YMusic. Features DJ Hase, Karoake Roulette competition. Ages 21+. $5 at the door, $3 if costume is worn. Call 546-1614 or 239-7129.

"History and Memory in Glacier National Park's Centennial Year," Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. A two-day symposium April 23-24. Symposium events begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday with welcoming remarks by Chas Cartwright, superintendent of Glacier National Park. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24. All events are free and open to the public. Information: O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, 243-7700, rocky@crmw.org, www.crmw.org.

"Kazakhstan: The Birth of a New Regional Power," 9-10 a.m., University Center Theater. An event of the eighth annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference. Free and open to the public. Information: 243-2299, www.umt.edu/cap.

"Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood & the Gulen Movement in Turkey," 10 a.m.-noon, University Center Theater. An event of the eighth annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference. Free and open to the public. Information: 243-2299, www.umt.edu/cap.

"Failure of Democracy in Afghanistan," 1-3 p.m., University Center Theater. An event of the eighth annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference. Free and open to the public. Information: 243-2299, www.umt.edu/cap.

"Georgia: Regional Geopolitics and State-Building," 3.-5 p.m., University Center Theater. An event of the eighth annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference. Free and open to the public. Information: 243-2299, www.umt.edu/cap.

"Torture, Extraordinary Rendition, Extreme Interrogation Techniques," 6:30-9:30 p.m., School of Law Castles Center. "Legal, Ethical & Moral Issues." An event of the International Terrorism Law Seminar Series. Presenter: University of Utah law Professor Amos Guiora, one of the world's leading counterterrorism experts. Series seminars will be held April 19-23. Free and open to the public. Information: David Aronofsky, UM legal counsel, 243-4668, aronofskyd@mso.umt.edu.

"Religion and the State in Central Asia," 7-9 p.m., University Center Theater. The final keynote presentation of the eighth annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference. Free and open to the public. Information: 243-2299, www.umt.edu/cap.

Theater

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, UM. This musical tells the story of six quirky teens on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crowd. Call 243-4581.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Montana Actors' Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $15 Student rush tickets available at the door for half price with valid student ID. Visit www.mtactors.com.

FVCC Theatre presents "Evil Dead," 7 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the FVCC Bookstore or by calling (406) 756-3814.

Homeschool Theater Club presents "Oliver Twist," 7 p.m., New Covenant Fellowship, 436 Birch Grove Road, Kalispell. Admission is free.

The Hamilton Players present "I Hate Hamlet," a comedy by Paul Rudnick, 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton. Call 375-9050.

Saturday, April 24

Art

2010 Spring Art Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., first floor of the University Center, UM. Call 243-5714 or visit www.umt.edu/uc/artfairs.

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 connecting with your nature with Hobie Hare. No charge, donations appreciated. Registration not required, but appreciated. Call Living Art at 549-5329 or go to www.livingartofmontana.org.

Stop Motion Animation for Teens with Michael Parker, 12:30-3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $60/$54, ages 13-18. Learn basic techniques in stop motion and old school animation for film shorts and music videos. You will have the chance to create your own animation or work with a team to create a larger moving picture. No art experience necessary to participate in the action-packed animation class. Call 728-0447.

Books/readings

Those Literary Kids book club for teens meets to discuss "Little Brother," 3 p.m. Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Amos Guiora will sign a selection of publications on international terrorism, 10:30 a.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

Dance

Dances of Universal Peace, 7:30-9:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. $3 donation requested. Call 546-5344.

Round Belly Boogie, 10:30-11:30 p.m., Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., $12 drop-ins, $10 DDC members. Pre- and post-natal belly dance spiced with yoga. Call 880-4442.

Boots N' Calico Square Dance Club, fiesta theme dance, Senior Citizens Center, 820 N. Fourth St., Hamilton. Mainstream instructions, 6-8 p.m. Dance level will be mainstream with plus tips inserted about every third dance. Round dances will be provided between tips. Club members will provide finger-food treats. Caller Ray Dunbar. Call Donna Hicks at 961-0111, or Jeanne Burruss at 961-3468.

Kids' stuff

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

Meet Peter Rabbit at storytime, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St. Call 721-1117.

Saturday Kids' Activity: Beautiful Beetles with live beetles, 2 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Join UM Insect Lab Manager (and beetle expert) Annika Johns for an up-close look at several species of big, beautiful beetles! $2 per child, MNHC members are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 327-0405.

Music

John Patrick Williams, 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.

Glacier Symphony presents "Masterwork 6: Passion Poetics," 7:30 p.m., Flathead High School Auditorium, Kalispell. Tickets $10-$30. The symphony's Masterworks program features music by Gabrielle Faure, Chopin and Saint-Saens with guest pianist Gustavo Romero. Visit www.glaciersymphonychorale.org or call (406) 257-3241.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. Features pianist Shelly Berg; saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger Grace Kelly; also saxopohonist and composer Lee Konitz and trumpet player Terell Stafford. Tickets $24 general, $18 students and seniors. Special two-night price of $42 general, $30 students and seniors. Tickets available at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA or online at www.griztix.com.

Potpourri

Writing for Children workshop presented by Valerie Harms, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., UM Conference Center Room 205. Participants learn how to adapt ideas to the popular genres of today, write query letters or proposals, select appropriate magazine and book markets, and manage time and inspiration. $75. Call (406) 587-3356 or e-mail valerie@valerieharms.com to register.

The Palestinian hip-hop group Dam performs, 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom, UM. $10 suggested donation. Call (406) 672-3028.

Acrotainment, a performing arts showcase presented by Bitterroot Gymnastics, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Hellgate High School Theater. Features guest performers from community and professional acrobatic artists Russ Stark and Sita Acevedo. For tickets, call 728-4258. Visit www.bittgym.com.

The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust hosts a free seminar by Dan Thyer entitled "Living History Programs In Your Museum," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. This seminar is sponsored by the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and The National Endowment For the Humanities with partial funding provided by Montana's Cultural Trust. Call 363-6004, Ext. 3, to register.

The Kiwanis Club of Missoula's 51st annual pancake breakfast, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Anthony's Parish Life Center, 217 Tremont St. $4 includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, milk, juice and coffee. Children under 5 free. University of Montana athletes will arrive hour for autograph signings and photos sessions. Purchase tickets at the door, or get them in advance from any member of the Missoula Kiwanis Club or call Heather Harp at 550-0786.

Red Hat merchandise sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn.

Festival of Cycles, noon-4 p.m., Bonner Park. Build a bike, donate a bike, learn skills and more.

Annual AAUW Used Book Sale presented by the Missoula Branch of the American Association of University Women, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Orchard Homes Country Life Club, 2537 S. Third St. W. Call 829-3898.

Missoula Area Red Hatters host the state 2010 Red Hat Convergence, Hilton Garden Inn. Theme is "Rocky Mountain Red Hat Birthday Bash." $165, includes three meals, entertainment, door prizes and more. Visit www.orgsites.com/mt/redhatters or call Carma Gilligan, 549-8055.

Bitterroot School's annual spring picnic festival with Dances of Universal Peace, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Homestead Organic Farm, 175 Skalkaho Highway, Hamilton. Features dancing, music, crafts, silent auction, raffle. Bring a dish to share, free-will offering. Call 369-0213 or 961-5458.

Daly Mansion Preservation Trust hosts a seminar by Dan Thyer "Living History Programs in Your Museum," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daly Mansion, Hamilton. Free. Call 363-6004, Ext. 3.

Forestry Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Features collegiate and professional lumberjack competitions, array of historic forestry and logging equipment, hands-on opportunities for all, displays of crafts, vendors and more. $3 adults, $2 seniors nad $1 students, children under 6 and members of the Friends of the Historical Museum free. Call 728-3476.

YMCA Riverbank Run, 9 a.m., UM Oval and Campus Drive. Cost $13 youth, $20 adult, $29 Trifecta. Information: 721-9622, jshearer@ymcamissoula.org, www.ymcamissoula.org.

Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center, third-floor meeting rooms. All events are free and open to the public, but those who plan to attend are asked to register online at www.life.umt.edu/grad/Grad_Research_Conference so organizers can plan for meals and space requirements. Child care will be available with preregistration. Oral presentations from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Poster sessions from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Roundtable discussion "Research on Global Health Issues: Hazards and Hopes" from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Awards ceremony from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information: UM Associate Professor Kari Harris, conference co-organizer, 243-4685, kari.harris@umontana.edu, www.life.umt.edu/grad/Grad_Research_Conference.

32nd annual Rendezvous Days, Eureka. The annual spring festival features fun activities for the whole family to celebrate the end of winter and coming of spring. Activities include the Village Vendors Art and Craft Show, Mud Bog, parade, antique and classic car show, Dutch oven cook-off, flea market, quilt show, Kids' Gold Rush at Glacier Bank and the David Thompson Mountain Man Camp and Black Powder Shoot. Call (406) 889-4636.

Trade Fair and Business Expo, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Polson High School. Vendors from around western Montana showcase their merchandise with items from furniture makers, retail, construction and service businesses. Contact Anderson Broadcasting at (406) 883-5255 or 1-800-750-KERR. for more information.

Flatiron Quilt Show: "Big Sky Attitude," 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Falls High School gym. More than 200 entries will be on display including some for sale. There will a merchant mall, demonstrations, workshops and a tearoom.

YMusic's Middle-School Mash-Up presents an open mic benefit for Watson Children's Center, 7 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 617 S. Higgins Ave. All ages welcome. $5 fee to participate. Admission to event free. Sign up between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Annual Dahlia tuber sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of Ace Hardware in Tremper's Shopping Center. Also available will be gladiolus corms, calendars and information. Call 728-7130.

The Missoula Assocation for the Education of Young Children presents "Movement, Music and Muscles," an interactive discovery and exploration of movement in early chidhood education classrooms, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Head Start Buidling, Worden and Phillips streets. Facilitated by Robert and Sharon DiBrito, Health Enhancement and Early Childhood specialists. Bring sack lunch and beverage. Call 369-0406.

Theater

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, UM. This musical tells the story of six quirky teens on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crows. Call 243-4581.

FVCC Theatre presents "Evil Dead," 7 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. Tickets re $20 general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the FVCC Bookstore or by calling (405) 756-3814.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Montana Actors' Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $15 Student rush tickets available at the door for half price with valid student ID. Visit www.mtactors.com.

Homeschool Theater Club presents "Oliver Twist," 4 p.m., New Covenant Fellowship, 436 Birch Grove Road, Kalispell. Admission is free.

The Hamilton Players present "I Hate Hamlet," a comedy by Paul Rudnick, 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton. Call 375-9050.

Sunday, April 25

Art

Opening of exhibit "Let Wonderland Tell Its Story: William Henry Jackson's 1871 Yellowstone Alberttypes," 1-4 p.m., Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. As part of the opening exhibit designer Lee Silliman, will give a free program at 2 p.m., "William Henry Jackson: Yellowstone's Pioneer Photographer." Call 728-3476.

Books/readings

Second Wind Reading Series featuring Keetje Kuipers and Carrie Ojanen, 6:30 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway.

Poet Keetje Kuipers reads from "Beautiful in the Mouth," 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Call 549-9010.

Dance

Spring Ball (slow waltz, foxtrot, tango), Missoula Senior Citizens Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. $6. Free lesson, 7:30-

8:30 p.m. Contact Martha Jane at mjndance@hotmail.com or 829-1236.

Music

Glacier Symphony presents "Masterwork 6: Passion Poetics," 3 p.m., Flathead High School Auditorium, Kalispell. Tickets $10-$30. The symphony's Masterworks program features music by Gabrielle Faure, Chopin and Saint-Saens with guest pianist Gustavo Romero. Visit www.glaciersymphonychorale.org or call (406) 257-3241.

Dolce Canto performs "Poetic Paths," musical reflections on the human experience, 3 p.m., University of Montana Music Recital Hall. Dolce Canto will be joined by the Frenchtown High School Choir conducted by Troy Bashor. Donation of $15 adults, $8 students requested. Call 544-4923 or Peter@DolceCanto.info.

Potpourri

32nd annual Rendezvous Days, Eureka. The annual spring festival features fun activities for the whole family to celebrate the end of winter and coming of spring. Sand drags, quilt show, antique car clinic and the black powder shoot. Call (406) 889-4636.

Flatiron Quilt Show: "Big Sky Attitude," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thompson Falls High School gym. More than 200 entries will be on display, including some for sale. There will a merchant mall, demonstrations, workshops and a tearoom.

Taste of Bigfork, 2-5 p.m., downtown Bigfork. The cost is $40 per person and includes food, wine and beer from some 20 participants. Call (406) 837-5888.

Missoula Area Red Hatters host the state 2010 Red Hat Convergence, Hilton Garden Inn. Theme is "Rocky Mountain Red Hat Birthday Bash." $165, includes three meals, entertainment, door prizes and more. Visit www.orgsites.com/mt/redhatters or call Carma Gilligan, 549-8055.

Annual AAUW Used Book Sale presented by the Missoula Branch of the American Association of University Women, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Orchard Homes Country Life Club, 2537 S. Third St. W. Call 829-3898.

Red Hat merchandise sale, 8 a.m.-noon, Hilton Garden Inn.

Andy Smetanka hosts a night of Missouliana in scratchy old home movie form, featuring an 80-minute program of live-action, time-lapse, pixellation and scenic treatments, 8:30 p.m., The Stensrud, 314 N. First St. $8.

Theater

FVCC Theatre presents "Evil Dead," 2 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. Tickets ae $20 general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the FVCC Bookstore or by calling (405) 756-3814.

Teen Challenge Montana Women's Residential Center performs, "It's Not Too Late," about the Columbine tragedy, Wilma Theatre. Tickets available for the sponsored youth matinee at 1 p.m. and dinner theater at 5:30 p.m. ($25 for dinner theater). Tickets available at Teen Challenge Thrift Store, Higher Ground Espresso or call 543-1912.

"Leaps & Bounds," one woman theatrical production by artist Tevyn East, 7 p.m., St. Anthony's Church, 251 Tremont St. About how faith speaks to our deepening ecological and economic crisis. Free-will offering. Call 544-9026.

The Hamilton Players present "I Hate Hamlet," a comedy by Paul Rudnick, 2 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton. Call 375-9050.

Monday, April 26

Books/readings

Mark Gibbons with Michel Valentin read (in English and French) and sign "Mauvaises Herbes," 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 H. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

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

UM Women's Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 243-6880, griz.music@umontana.edu.

Potpourri

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Archaeology: Fort Missoula's Lost Excavations," 7-8 p.m., University Center Room 331. Presenter Jackson Mueller, UM master's degree student. An event of Montana Archaeology Month. Free and open to the public. Information: christopher.merritt@umconnect.umt.edu.

Tuesday, April 27

Art

High School Art Show opens at Southgate Mall. Participating schools include Hellgate High School, Big Sky High School, Sentinel High School, Willard Alternative High School, Seeley-Swan High School, Alberton School, Valley Christian High School, Florence Carlton High School, Drummond High School, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Darby High School.

Preschool Art Start: Spring at last with Allie DePuy, 1-2:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., Tuesdays, six weeks, $49.50/$55, ages 3 1/2-5. Pay for full session or $10 drop-in fee. This class offers a fun and creative introduction to art through a variety of media. Ever tried painting with shaving cream? Or sculpting with cornstarch? Children will create art in a friendly, inspiring class setting. Call 728-0447.

After School Art Adventure with Bev Glueckert, 4-5:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Tuesdays, six weeks, $49.50/$55, ages 7-11. Students will work on projects inspired by current exhibitions at MAM. Among projects that will be explored are ceramic heads, painted portraits, silhouette figures, shoe-box dioramas, and Styrofoam prints. Call 728-0447.

Books/readings

The Award-Winning Book Club meets to discuss "My Name is Red," by Orhan Pamuk, 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St. Call 721-1117.

Presentation by artist and teacher Michael deMeng, author of "Secrets of Rusty Things" and "Dusty Diablos: Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, OLE!" 7 p.m., Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Call 549-9010.

Dance

University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance Spring Dance Showcase Program, 7:30 p.m., The Open Space, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus. Tickets$8. This concert represents the most recent work from students in the University's dance program and ranges in style from contemporary dance to ballet to dance improvisation. Call 243-4581.

Kids' stuff

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

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

Music

University of Montana School of Music presents the Student Recital Series featuring Thomas Baty, baritone and Liza Shpileyko, soprano, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free admission. Call 243-6880.

University of Montana School of Music presents UM Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets required. Call 243-4382.

Potpourri

Regional Workshop - Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI). Tangled Tones Studio, 7-9 p.m., 2005 South Ave. All genres welcome. Call 542-9258.

Mansfield Center Spring 2010 Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon-1 p.m., Mansfield Center Conference Room, Mansfield Library, fourth floor. Featuring "Teaching English in Inner Mongolia," by Christopher Marlow, ESL (English Second Language) instructor. Call 243-2988 or visit www.umt.edu/mansfield.

Theater

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, UM. This musical tells the story of six quirky teens on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crowd. Call 243-4581.

Wednesday, April 28

Art

High School Art Show at Southgate Mall. Participating schools include Hellgate High School, Big Sky High School, Sentinel High School, Willard Alternative High School, Seeley-Swan High School, Alberton School, Valley Christian High School, Florence Carlton High School, Drummond High School, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Darby High School.

Open Figure Drawing, non-instructed, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $5/$7. This ongoing drop-in session provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live model in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants must be 18 years or older. Call 728-0447.

Little Artist Program featuring painted rock magnets, 2-3 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $15. Visit www.zootownarts.org.

Dance

University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance Spring Dance Showcase Program II, 7:30 p.m., The Open Space, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus. Tickets$8. This concert represents the most recent work from students in the University's dance program and ranges in style from contemporary dance to ballet to dance improvisation. Call 243-4581.

Kids' stuff

Bilingual story time in celebration of "El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros," 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.

Music

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

The Used with Far, 8 p.m., Wilma Theatre. Tickets $24.50 in advance, $26 day of show, available at Rockin Rudy's, by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX or online at www.ticketfly.com or www.knittingfactory.com.

An evening with award winning songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn, 8 p.m, University Theatre. Tickets available at all Griz Tix Outlets including the Adams Center Box Office, The Source in the UC, Worden's Market and Southgate Mall

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

Theater

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, UM. This musical tells the story of six quirky teens on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crowd. Call 243-4581.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Montana Actors' Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $15 Student rush tickets available at the door for half price with valid student ID. Visit www.mtactors.com.

Thursday, April 29

Art

High School Art Show at Southgate Mall. Participating schools include Hellgate High School, Big Sky High School, Sentinel High School, Willard Alternative High School, Seeley-Swan High School, Alberton School, Valley Christian High School, Florence Carlton High School, Drummond High School, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Darby High School.

Books/readings

Bitterroot Public Library Brown Bag It Book Club meets to discuss "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson, noon-1 p.m., Bitteroot Public Library, Hamilton. Call 363-1670.

Dance

University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance Spring Dance Showcase Program, 7:30 p.m., The Open Space, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus. Tickets$8. This concert represents the most recent work from students in the University's dance program and ranges in style from contemporary dance to ballet to dance improvisation. Call 243-4581.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

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

Blacklight party with The New Boyz, 10 p.m., ElksLodge, 112 N. Pattee St. Hip-hop with New Boyz plus music by DJ 4PLAY. Wear white. Tickets $25, available at Rockin Rudy's. Call (406) 599-5877.

Wartime Blues, Zeppo, Kung-Fu Kongress and Javi presented by Rotaract, the student-run Rotary club at the University of Montana presents, 8 p.m., The Top Hat 134 W. Front St. Benefit concert for Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute. Tickets $8 per person or $15 per couple. Call (406) 581-9763 or e-mail nicdavisjr@gmail.com.

University of Montana School of Music presents the Student Recital Series featuring Joseph J. Licitra, tenor, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, UM. Free admission. Call 243-6880.

Potpourri

Lecture "Recent Archaeological Adventures in Egypt's Valley of the Kings" by Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D., Division of Humanities of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., 7 p.m., Masquer Theatre, UM. Call 243-2019.

Peace & Justice Film Series featuring "Oil + Water," 7 p.m., UC Theater, UM. Admission by donation.

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

Foreign film series featuring "Fraulein," 7 p.m., Bitteroot Public Library, Hamilton. Call 363-1670.

Second annual Musical Chairs hosted by the University of Montana Entertainment Management program, noon-1 p.m., UM Oval. Call 243-6661.

Friends of the Historical Museum 2010 annual meeting, Grant Creek Inn. Social hour, 5:30 p.m.; "schoolhouse social dinner," 6:30 p.m. Program features schoolmarms, demonstrations, history test competition and more. Meeting is celebrating the Grant Creek Schoolhouse being placed on the National Schoolhouse Register. $25 per person. For reservations, call 728-3476.

Andrew J. Nathan, one of the world's foremost experts on China, will give the final installment of the 2009-10 President's Lecture Series at UM. Nathan will present "Does the Rise of China Threaten American Interests?" 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the University Theatre. From 3:40 to 5 p.m., he will give a seminar titled "China's Human Rights and Why It Matters to Us" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.

Jonathan Cambry Haitian Relief Benefit, 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom, UM. Free, donations accepted. Visit www.jonathancambry.com.

Theater

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 7:30 p.m., Montana Theatre, UM. This musical tells the story of six quirky teens on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crowd. Call 243-4581.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Montana Actor's Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets $15 Student rush tickets available at the door for half price with valid student ID. Visit www.mtactors.com.

ART CALLS

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 is working 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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