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Out & About: The week in arts and entertainment

Out & About: The week in arts and entertainment

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Friday, March 25

Art

Last Friday, 5-8 p.m., Bigfork. Galleries and businesses open late.

Books/readings

"Telling True Stories," nonfiction craft lecture by Susan Orlean, 12:10-1 p.m., University of Montana, McGill Hall, Room 210. An event of the 2011 Spring Reading Series hosted by UM's Creative Writing Program. Orlean is a staff writer at the New York Times and an author. Call Karin Schalm at 243-5267, email karin.schalm@mso.umt.edu or go to www.cas.umt.edu/english/creative_writing.

Susan Orlean nonfiction reading, 7 p.m., University of Montana, Turner Hall, Dell Brown Room. An event of the 2011 Spring Reading Series hosted by UM's Creative Writing Program. Call Karin Schalm at 243-5267, email karin.schalm@mso.umt.edu or go to www.cas.umt.edu/english/creative_writing.

Dance

Dances of Universal Peace, 7-8:30 p.m., 378 Winkler Lane, Hamilton. No experience necessary. Suggested donation is $3. Call Star, 546-5344.

University of Montana Dance Program students present "The Main Attraction," a pop dance spectacular, 8 p.m., The Open Space in UM's PAR/TV Building. Call director/choreographer Steve Teran, (208) 597-6285.

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

The Infamous Stringdusters perform, 8-10 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. Tickets are $22.50-$27.50. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove-friendly and mind-expanding - not your granddaddy's bluegrass. For tickets and more information, go to www.hamiltonpac.org.

The University of Montana School of Music presents the UM Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., UM, University Theatre. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students/seniors. Call 243-6880.

America's Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord present the Fightin' 56th Army Band with "A Night of Music" with guest musicians from Missoula County Public Schools, 6 p.m., University of Montana, University Theatre.

Live music, 8-10 p.m., Symes Hot Springs Hotel, Hot Springs.

Karaoke, Sitting Duck, Woods Bay, Bigfork.

DJ MVP, 9 p.m., The Dark Horse Bar, 1805 Regent St.

Potpourri

Thanks for the Snow Party, North Shore Nordic Club end-of-season fundraiser, Garden Bar, Bigfork. Social, 6 p.m.; chili feed, 6:30 p.m.; music by the Bad Larry's, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (406) 837-0783.

Swan River Hall 10th annual pie auction, 7 p.m., Swan River Community Hall, intersection of Echo Lake/Swan River Road and Montana Highway 83. Admission is $5 or one pie per family. Call Linda, (406) 837-5407.

Annual Libby Rotary Wine Tasting, 6 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center. Cost is $35 per person. Includes silent auction as well as live auction, plus raffles. Call Gary Huntsberger, (406) 293-5363.

Northwest Montana Arms Collectors Spring Gun Show, noon-6 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Large display of modern and antique guns and accessories for sale. Also, custom Western jewelry, knives and art. Call (406) 755-9169.

Theater

LivingRooms presents the world premiere of "Pitch," 7:30 p.m. The location of the play, in a basement near downtown Missoula, will be emailed to patrons after they purchase tickets. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students. Call (406) 282-1888 or go to pitchmt.blogspot.com. "Pitch," written and performed by Ezra LeBank, and directed by Pete Betcher, is a wicked satire about a guy who sets out on a road trip to persuade people in every corner of the country to join an underground coalition that will indelibly change America.

The University of Montana School of Music in collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance present a production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You," 7:30 p.m., UM, Montana Theatre. Musical about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students/seniors, and $10 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581 for more information.

Sentinel High School Drama Department presents "The Curious Savage" by John Patrick, 7:30 p.m., Sentinel High School, Margaret Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $5 students and seniors, and $6 adults. Call 7628-2400, Ext. 7065.

"Arsenic & Old Lace," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $15; student rush is half price. Written by Jossph Kesselring and directed by Reid Reimers. Cast includes Margaret Johnson and Alicia Bullock-Muth. Call 239-8627.

Neil Simon's comedy/drama, "Lost in Yonkers," 8 p.m., John Dowdall Theatre, Polson. Tickets are $13 adults, and $12 seniors and students. Call (406) 883-9212 or visit portpolsonplayers@centurytell.net.

Saturday, March 26

Art

"Abstract Painting on Paper" with Phoebe Toland, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Cost is $81/$90. Exhibiting artist Toland has many years of experience teaching and creating masterful abstract paintings. She will begin this class with a brief slideshow of abstract images and a tour of her exhibition at MAM. Participants will then design and create a small painting based on line, shape and color using acrylic paint. The following day, students will cut up the small painting to use as collage material for the foundation of a larger painting. All materials will be provided. Call 728-0447.

"Learning and Making: Art Moments and Movements" with Henrietta Cockrell, 1-2:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Cost is $27/$30. For ages 7-12. Ever wonder who came up with the dynamic portraits of the past, paintings of wild abstractions, or glittering colorful landscapes? Come to this dynamic and exploratory class to learn some of the ideas that inspired artists from past art eras: Renaissance, Impressionism and Modernism. Learn some of the motivations for the great art discoveries of the time, become familiar with key artists and create your own artwork based on those ideas. Call 728-0447.

Art classes offered by VSA Montana and the Families First Children's Museum, 10-11 a.m., 225 W. Front St. Taught by art teacher Michelle Weber. In celebration of Disability Awareness Month. For ages 4-12 of all abilities and their grownups. Pre-registration required. Call 541-PLAY.

Creativity For Life, hands-on workshops for people suffering illness or loss, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, lower level, 301 E. Main St. Sponsored by Living Art of Montana. Featuring nature works with Hobie Hare. Donations appreciated. Registration not required, but appreciated. Call Living Art at 549-5329 or go to www.livingartofmontana.org.

Portrait Zine class, noon-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Cost is $35 members and $40 nonmembers. Open to all skill levels and taught by Ladypajama. Call 549-7555 or go to www.zootownarts.org.

Books/readings

Poets Cedar Brant, Roger Dunsmore and Jenni Fellein read poetry from "the Montana Poets Series," 7 pm., Grizzly Claw Trading Co., Seeley Lake.

Dance

Plus workshop, 7-8 p.m., Hamilton Senior Citizen's Center, 820 N. Fourth St., Hamilton. Followed by a regular dance until 9:30 p.m. Dance level will be mainstream with plus tips inserted every third dance. Caller Eddie Fields. Call 961-0111 or 961-3468.

University of Montana Dance Program students present "The Main Attraction," a pop dance spectacular, 8 p.m., The Open Space in UM's PAR/TV Building. Call director/choreographer Steve Teran, (208) 597-6285.

Tango night with Patrick Marsolek and Grace Hodges of Tango Helena, 7-11 p.m., Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Beginning tango, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate tango, 8-9 p.m.; Milonga, 9-11 p.m. Cost is $15 entire evening, $7 per class or $5 Milonga only. Call 541-7240.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Ceri Hofferber, flute and Addie Frasier, alto saxophone, 7:30 p.m., UM, Music Recital Hall. Call 243-6880.

State Radio in concert, 8:30 p.m., Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $18 plus fees, available at Rockin Rudy's, Ear Candy, The Source in the University Center and www.brownpaperticketing.com. The group is a Boston-based trio led by singer and primary songwriter Chicoree Stokes along with Chuck Fay and Mike Najarian.

Joyful Noise Music Festival, 6:30 p.m., Valley Christian School, auditorium, 2526 Sunset Lane. Featuring local musicans. Donations accepted and will help raise scholarship money for Friends of Valley Christian.

Karaoke and DJ by Kalidescope, High Spirits, Florence.

Live music, 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.

Potpourri

Escape to Ten Spoon Vineyard to sip wine and support Garden City Harvest, 5-9 p.m., 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. Portion of each purchase donated to Garden City Harvest. Call 549-8703 or go to www.tenspoon.com.

Winter Storytelling Series presents a panel discussion of traditions across cultures with Josiah Pinkham, Vernon Finley and others, 11 a.m., Travelers' Rest State Park, Holt Museum and Visitor Center, west of Lolo on U.S. Highway 12. For more information, go to www.travelersrest.org.

The Imperial Sovereign Court of the State of Montana honors 24 years of Montana's Gay Pageants, 9 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Emcees Eunice Kennedy Smith and Gabrielle de la Luna. Performances by current and past members of the Court plus DJ stylings of Dead Hipster. Cost is $5/$10.

Skiesta, 10 a.m., Lost Trail Powder Mountain. The end-of-the season bash, with activities, entertainment and a barbecue. For more information, go to www.losttrail.com

Northwest Montana Arms Collectors Spring Gun Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Large display of modern and antique guns and accessories for sale. Also, custom Western jewelry, knives and art. Call (406) 755-9169.

Help restore the Old Courthouse Courtroom at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton. Afterward, enjoy a champagne cocktail and light repast prepared by At the Table. Call 464-3338 or go to www.brvhsmuseum.org.

Tree pruning workshop, 1-4 p.m., Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, 629 Phillips St. Do you have a fruit tree that looks like a snarl of yarn? Are low branches on your spruce trees poking you in the neck every time you walk under them? Join Mark Vander Meer of Vander Meer's Wildland Conservation Services for this hands-on workshop. Cost is $10 MUD members and $20 nonmembers. To register, call MUD at 721-7513, email info@mudproject.org, or go to www.mudproject.org/page/workshop-preregistration.

Saturday Discovery Day featuring "Snow Geese Migration at Freezeout Lake," 7 a.m.-6 p.m., meet at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Spend an inspiring day watching thousands of migrating snow geese (and other birds) at Freezeout Lake. Trip will be hosted by snow goose expert and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks volunteer Mike Schwitters. Three OPI credits available for educators. Cost is $30 MNHC members and $40 nonmembers. Registration required. Call 327-0405.

Family Fun Day, noon-3 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Activities for kids, including a live animal presentation by Animal Wonders at 1 p.m. Visit www.montananaturalist.org.

"A Night to Remember," Missoula Community Chorus' 10th anniverary gala wine and beer tasting and auction benefit, 6-9 p.m., The Keep, 102 Ben Hogan Drive. Tickets are $50, avaialable at The Keep, Rockin Rudy's and www.missoulachorus.org.

Pantry Drive sponsored by the Missoula AIDS Council, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Orange Street Food Farm, 701 S. Orange St. The pantry drive benefits individuals living with HIV in and around Missoula. MAC will be accepting a variety of nonperishable items. Head to the Food Farm to get a handbill when tending to your grocery shopping or go to www.missoulaaidscouncil.org to get a list of the items needed in the pantry. Also, if you donate items to the drive you can bring documents to be shredded by Tear It Up LLC.

Theater

Sentinel High School Drama Department presents "The Curious Savage" by John Patrick, 7:30 p.m., Sentinel High School, Margaret Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $5 students and seniors, and $6 adults. Call 7628-2400, Ext. 7065.

LivingRooms presents the world premiere of "Pitch," 7:30 p.m. The location of the play, in a basement near downtown Missoula, will be emailed to patrons after they purchase tickets. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students. Call (406) 282-1888 or go to pitchmt.blogspot.com. "Pitch," written and performed by Ezra LeBank, and directed by Pete Betcher, is a wicked satire about a guy who sets out on a road trip to persuade people in every corner of the country to join an underground coalition that will indelibly change America.

The University of Montana School of Music in collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance present a production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You," 7:30 p.m., UM, Montana Theatre. Musical about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students/seniors, and $10 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581 for more information.

"Arsenic & Old Lace," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $15; student rush is half price. Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Reid Reimers. Cast includes Margaret Johnson and Alicia Bullock-Muth. Call 239-8627.

Neil Simon's comedy/drama, "Lost in Yonkers," 8 p.m., John Dowdall Theatre, Polson. Tickets are $13 adults, and $12 seniors and students. Call (406) 883-9212 or visit portpolsonplayers@centurytell.net.

Sunday, March 27

Books/readings

Second Wind Reading, 6:30 p.m., The Top Hat, 124 W. Front St.

Dance

Swing and salsa dance, 7-10 p.m., Martha Jane's Uptown Dance, 1008 Burlington Ave., Suite D. Cost is $7. Includes free lesson from6:50-8 p.m. Call 640-3262 or 829-1236, email mjndance@hotmail.com or go to Martha Jane's Swing Ballroom on Facebook.

Music

The Five Valley Accordion Association jam/dance session, 1-4 p.m., Joker's Wild, 4829 N. Reserve St. Admission is $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers and free for performing musicians. Live music is provided by accordions, guitars, banjo bass and drums. Call Mike Jones, 642-9693.

Dolce Canto presents its spring concert "Northern Lights," 3 p.m., University of Montana, Music Recital Hall. Featuring guest artists Ola Gjeilo, Giselle Wyers and Emily Murdock. For more information, go to www.dolcecanto.info or email info@dolcecanto.info.

"Over the Moon and Out of This World" concert, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St. Featuring Thomas Baty, John Floridis, Rhanda Johnson, Bruce Allen, Alyssa Baty, The Billi annig Trio, Heather Adams Torma and Tony Beltramo. Tickets are $10 and children under 12 free, available at Rockin Rudy's and First United Methodist Church. Proceeds will beneft the Heifer Ark Project.

Acoustic music jam session, 2-4 p.m., Rocky Mountian Grange Hall, 1436 S. First St., Hamilton. If you play guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, bass, banjo, Dobro or similar acoustic instrument you are invited, or just come to listen. Call 961-4949.

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Harry David's, 2700 Paxson St.

Potpourri

20th International Culture and Food Festival, noon-5 p.m., University of Montana, University Center. Food, dances, children's games, displays and more. Admission is $5 general and $3 ages 3-12. Call 243-2226.

Missoula International Friendship program silent auction at the International Festival, noon-4 p.m., University of Montana, University Center. Auction items include international arts, crafts, ethnic cooking classes and dinners. visit www.mifp.org.

International Wildlife Film Festival Sneak Peek Preview Party, 7 p.m., Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $25. Preview screening of this year's Best of Festival film selection. Call 728-9380. Those who purchase tickets also can meet the final judges at Hunting & Gathering at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.wildlifefilms.org.

Spring Skating Spectacular featuring solo, duet and group performances by members of the Missoula Figure Skating Club Learn to Skate Basic Skills programs, 4 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds, Glacier Ice Rink. Donations accepted. Go to www.missoulafsc.org

Northwest Montana Arms Collectors Spring Gun Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell. Large display of modern and antique guns and accessories for sale. Also, custom Western jewelry, knives and art. Call (406) 755-9169.

Inaugural Winter Cinema, 6-9 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Call 549-7555.

Movie night, 9 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway.

Street Fighter II HD Remix tournament, 8 p.m., the Palace, 147 W. Broadway. For ages 18 and older. Entry fee is $5; free to spectators.

Theater

"Arsenic & Old Lace," 2 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $12; student rush is half price. Written by Jossph Kesselring and directed by Reid Reimers. Cast includes Margaret Johnson and Alicia Bullock-Muth. Call 239-8627.

Neil Simon's comedy/drama, "Lost in Yonkers," 2 p.m., John Dowdall Theatre, Polson. Tickets are $13 adults, and $12 seniors and students. Call (406) 883-9212 or visit portpolsonplayers@centurytell.net.

Monday, March 28

Music

Missoula Community Concert Band weekly practice session, 7 p.m., Sentinel High School, band room, 3100 South Ave. W. Two-hour rehearsals conducted by Kevin Griggs, includes reading of new music and rehearsing for April 11 concert. Open to all adults. Encourages woodwind, brass and percussion players of all abilities. Call 542-7664.

Milkcrate Monday with DJ Milkcrate Mechanic, Mikee Sev, Logisticalone and Sona Luxx, The Palace, 147 W. Broadway.

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Harry Davidís, 2700 Paxson St.

Potpourri

Service Industry Night, 9 p.m., The Badlander, 208 Ryman St.

University of Montana President's Lecture Series feautring Amelie Oksenberg Rorty, an expert on morality presenting "The Use and Abuse of Morality," 8 p.m., UM, University Theatre. Rorty will give a seminar titled "On the Other Hand: The Ethics of Ambivalence" from 3:10-4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Buildng, Room 123. Call 243-2981.

International Week Kickoff, noon, University Center Atrium. Unity Dance and Drum and members of the UM African dance class will perform. Speakers include UM Associate Provost for International Programs Mehrdad Kia, Foreign Student and Scholar Services director Effie Koehn and International Student Association President Alina Calianu. Call 243-2288 or go to www.umt.edu/ip.

Wii Super Smash Bros. Gaming Tournament, 7 p.m., University of Montana, University Center, Game Room. Cost is $3 with Griz Card and $5 without Griz Card. Call Mary Lester at 243-2733 or email mary.lester@mso.umt.edu.

Tuesday, March 29

Art

"After School Art Adventure" with Bev Glueckert, 4-5:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum. Cost is $49.50/$55. Six weeks. For ages 6-11. With her everyday exuberance and creativity, Glueckert will inspire and instruct students as they create a variety of projects inspired by MAM's array of exciting exhibitions. Projects will include wire sculpture, two- and three-dimensional abstract art, printmaking, weather drawing, silhouette environments and more. Call 728-0447.

Books/readings

Mark Tredinnick reads and signs "The Blue Plateau," 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881.

Spring Book Fair, 8-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Corvallis Primary School, library. Call 961-3261, Ext. 307.

Book discussion, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Cafe, 2640 N. Reserve St. Discuss the American classic "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson.

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

Hamilton Middle School Choir concert, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. For tickets and more information, go to www.hamiltonpac.org.

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Faculty and Guest Artist Series featuring Paul Grove, guitar, 7:20 p.m., Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 general and $5 student/seniors. Call 243-6880.

Legendary guitarist Johnny Winter performs, 8 p.m., Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $29 in advance and $31 day of show, available at Rockin Rudy's or www.skytics.com.

Blues jam night, Harry David's, 2700 Paxson St.

Solid Sound Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1805 Regent St.

Royal Reggae Night, 9 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway.

Potpourri

Missoula Moth, 6 p.m., The Badlander, 208 Ryman St. Open mic storytelling. Email missoualmoth@gmail.com.

Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series featuring "The United States Institute of Peace: An Insider's Perspective" by Mansfield Center associate director Otto Koester, noon-1 p.m., University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Mansfield Conference Room. Call 243-2988.

Blackfoot River Brewery Co. tasting, 5-8 p.m., Caffe Dolce, 500 Brooks St. Cost is $20. Reservations required. Call (406) 830-3055.

Theater

The University of Montana School of Music in collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance present a production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You," 7:30 p.m., UM, Montana Theatre. Musical about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students/seniors, and $10 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581 for more information.

Wednesday, March 30

Art

"Art Start" with Allie DePuy, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Cost is $45.50 MAM members, $50 nonmembers and $10 drop-in fee. For ages 3-5. This class offers a fun and creative introduction to art through a variety of mediums. Each session will follow a different theme. Parents are encouraged to stay with children under age 4. Call 728-0447.

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

Books/readings

Ruth McLaughlin reads and signs "Bound Like Grass," 7 p.m., Chapter One Bookstore, 252 Main St., Hamilton.

Spring Book Fair, 8-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Corvallis Primary School, library. Call 961-3261, Ext. 307.

Kids' stuff

Family storytime, 6:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.

Music

Montana Skies performs, 7:30 p.m., Ronan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, available from Fiddle Sticks School of Music or Shannon Nunlist Physical Therapy in Polson, or from Hanson and Granley True Value Hardware in Ronan. A duo with the full spectrum of an orchestra crossed with the energy of a rock band. Jennifer and Jonathan Adams create a "new acoustic" sound with their pairing of cello, six-string electric cello, Spanish/classical guitar and steel string guitar. Call 1-800-823 4386 or email cmc@usana.com.

Aaron Traylor, "The Tallest DJ in America," from 107.5 Zoo FM, Harry David's, 2700 Paxson St.

DJ MVP, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1100 Strand Ave.

Karaoke with Bob Starkel, Smokehouse, Polson.

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

Potpourri

Evan Disney presents music from local artists, comedy and magic, 7-9 p.m., Deano's, 5318 W. Harrier Drive. Cost is $7 and $12 for ages 18-20; includes entertainment and appetizers.

"Lessons of Our Land: The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Speaker Series," 4 p.m., Room 105 of UM's Payne Family Native American Center. Featuring Julie Cajune, executive director of the Center for american Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College, discussing the Indian land tenure curriculum. A speaker reception follows in the Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place. Call Jodi Rave, 396-8537.

Theater

"Arsenic & Old Lace," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $12; student rush is half price. Written by Jossph Kesselring and directed by Reid Reimers. Cast includes Margaret Johnson and Alicia Bullock-Muth. Call 239-8627.

The University of Montana School of Music in collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance present a production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You," 7:30 p.m., UM, Montana Theatre. Musical about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students/seniors, and $10 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581 for more information.

Thursday, March 31

Books/readings

Ruth McLaughlin reads and signs "Bound Like Grass," 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881.

Spring Book Fair, 8-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., Corvallis Primary School, library. Call 961-3261, Ext. 307.

Kids' stuff

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

Music

The University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Agustus Azure, saxophone, and Meghan Peck, horn, 7:30 p.m., UM, Music Recital Hall. Call 243-6880.

Hip-hop with RegMachine, Pallas Athena, Frodi, Overime and Dice, The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Cost is $5. For ages 21 and older.

Hamilton High School Band Festival Concert, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road. For tickets and more information, go to www.hamiltonpac.org.

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

DJ MVP, The Dark Horse Bar, 1805 Regent St. Top 40 dance hits.

Potpourri

Peace and Justice Film Series featuring "Hearts & Minds," University of Montana, University Center Theater. For more information, go to www.peaceandjusticefilms.org.

William Shutkin, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute presents "Collapse, Collective Action, Conundrum: Pursuing Sustainable Communities in the Age of Ideology," noon-1 p.m., University of Montana, Law School, Castles Center. Call the Center for Natural Resources and Environemntal Policy at 546-7979.

Theater

The University of Montana School of Music in collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance present a production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You," 7:30 p.m., UM, Montana Theatre. Musical about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Tickets are $20 general, $16 students/seniors, and $10 children 12 and under. Call 243-4581 for more information.

"Arsenic & Old Lace," 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $12; student rush is half price. Written by Jossph Kesselring and directed by Reid Reimers. Cast includes Margaret Johnson and Alicia Bullock-Muth. Call 239-8627.

ART CALLS

Partnership Health Center's third annual Native Women for Breast Health T-shirt Design Contest. Create a design for a T-shirt that will be inspiring to women and encourage them to receive breast health screenings. Winning design will be used to create T-shirts that will be given to women who receive breast health screenings through Partnership Health Center's cancer screening program. Winning entry will be showcased in a First Friday art display on June 3 at J. Elaine's Boutique and the winner will receive a framed commemorative poster. Entries accepted on paper, CDs and slides. Original work will be returned if requested. Submit design by May 6 to Alta Pruyn, Partnership Health Center, 323 W. Alder St., Missoula, MT 59802. Call Pruyn at 258-4168.

The City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signalboxes as "canvases." The Traffic Signal Box Art Project-Phase 4 is designed to enhance the city by adding works of art to streetscape on surfaces that are often targeted by graffiti vandals. Artwork on traffic signal boxes functions as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a safe, inclusive and interesting environment. Successful proposals will foster pride and convey the sense of community. When designing your artwork, think of the relevance of the image to the project site and its users (pedestrians, commuters and neighborhood residents). Consider what makes Missoula unique - the arts, history, music, community events, recreational opportunities and special attractions. For an application and more information, go to http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/Bids.aspx?BidID=110. Submission deadline is April 1.

Trilllium Productions is forming a Baroque music ensemble and needs musicians. The group seeks trumpets, French horns, trombone, tuba, oboe, bassoon, flute, strings, tympani and piano/harpsichord. If successful in forming, the group will perform at various venues in Missoula and in the Bitterroot Valley. Elliott Oppenheim, a well-known classical trumpeter, is the producer. Oppenheim seeks a French horn player and a trombonist for the Trilllium Brass Trio, which will play "classy music for classy occasions." He seeks a classical pianist, as well. If interested, contact Oppenheim at 777-3738 or trillliumbrass@aol.com

The Artists Shop, an artist-run gallery in downtown Missoula featuring high-quality local and regional art is currently accepting applications for membership. Send letters of inquiry to artistsshop@gmail.com

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 museum is working with Macy's to save many of the artifacts, some dating to the 19th century. But beyond that, the museum is asking the community for its memories, photographs, memorabilia and stories of The Merc. Anyone who has been a longtime resident of Missoula; who worked at The Merc, The Bon, The Bon-Macy's or Macy's; or who had a family member or friend work there should contribute. It was virtually a rite of passage for many Missoulians. The museum will preserve memories for generations of Missoulians to come. Call curator of collections Jason Bain at 728-3476, Ext. 2.

 

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