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Smokey Joe's Cafe

Billings Studio Theatre is staging Smokey Joe's Cafe, starring from left Sophie Barthel, Wendy Carlin, Rachel Bonner, and Alyssa Melder. The musical review showcases 30 popular standards including such hits as “ Hound Dog,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Stand By Me.” Performances take place through May 25 and tickets are limited, available at www.billingsstudiotheatre.com or by phone at 248-1141.

Friday, 5/17

ARTS

Ben Steele

Drawings done by prisoner of war Ben Steele will be on display at the Western Heritage Center through October.

Exhibit “Prisoner of War: Ben Steele’s Personal Chronicle from Bataan to Hiroshima”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. Through Oct. 5. 256-6809, ywhc.org.

COMMUNITY

Hoof It With a Historian walking tour "Bars, Brothels, and Bok Choy": 10 a.m. Starts at Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. $10. Reserve tickets at ywhc.org.

Community historian Elisabeth DeGrenier

Community historian Elisabeth DeGrenier of the Western Heritage Center talks about the 2700 block of Minnesota Avenue during a tour titled "Bars, Brothels and Bok Choy: Exploring Minnesota Avenue" in 2017. Throughout summer, the WHC will offer the popular Hoof it with a Historian walking tour again, starting Friday.

Legion Against Cancer bingo: 6-9 p.m. American Legion Post 4, 1540 Broadwater Ave. American Legion Baseball hosts fundraiser benefiting Kelker’s Kids and Piggy Bank funds. Bingo cards cost $20 for 10. Food and drinks available for purchase.

MSUB Wine & Food Festival’s Wine Pairings Under the Grand Tent: 6 p.m. MSUB campus, 1500 University Drive. Samples of wine, food and craft brews from all around the region and beyond. $85 per person. Benefits MSUB scholarship programs. Tickets at msubfoundation.com/shop.

MSU Billings Foundation Food and Wine Festival

The MSU Billings Wine and Food Festival event "The Fine Finish" will take place on Saturday. The evening will feature food and beverage samples, live and silent auctions, and an on-site wine store. Proceeds from the annual event benefit MSU Billings Foundation's scholarship programs.

Syttende Mai celebration: Noon-2 p.m. Public library. Authentic Norwegian dancing, music, needlework, folk arts, in honor of Norwegian Constitution Day. Presented by Billings Sons of Norway Jotunheiman Lodge. Free.

MUSIC

Skyview Jazz Dance: Skyview High commons. Swing dance lessons (included with price of admission) 6:30 p.m. Annual community dance with live music by local professional and Skyview musicians 7:30-9:30 p.m. All ages. $5 at door.

STAGE

Dance recital, “Steps on Stage”: 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Center Auditorium, 415 N. 30th St. The School of Classical Ballet performs with guest Motion Arts Dance Company. $15 adults, $12 ages 4-18. Tickets: 27938.recitalticketing.com and 706-550-1416.

School of Classical Ballet

Dancers (back row, from left) Emily Point, Katrina Dringman, Emilee Brown, Eliana Davila, and (front row) Marissa Nuberg, Madelynn Host and Marlee O'Toole are some of the dancers from the School of Classical Ballet performing a spring recital on Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Center Auditorium. 

Musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $22 adults; $20 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Emily Skiles

Emily Skiles is the director of the Rocky Mountain Community Church Drama production of “Little Women,” which will be performed at the church on Friday and Saturday night. The play, based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, was adapted by Jacqueline Goldfinger.

Play "Little Women": 7 p.m. Rocky Mountain Community Church, 2832 Broadwater Ave. Performance by RMCC Drama, directed by Emily Skiles. $5.

Registration open, summer theater camps: NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. Acting, movement, voice, opera, improve for grades kindergarten through 12th, June through August. $125-$325. Summer assistantships also available. Details, registration at novabillings.org. 591-9535.

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ARTS

Big Timber: Opening reception. 5-7 p.m. Two Rivers Gallery. Group show of Montana artists features flowers, birds, landscapes. Free. 406-932-4009, info@tworiversgallery.net.

Cody, Wyo.: Exhibit, Switchback Ranch Award Collection of Western Functional Art. By Western Hands Design Museum. Collection of western furniture, ironwork, leather work, and couture created between the years of 1994 and 2009. 307-586-1755, bywesternhands.org.

Red Lodge: Opening reception. 5-7 p.m. Red Lodge Clay Center. "Spring Fever" exhibit by Chandra DeBuse, Rain Harris, Kristen Kieffer, Jessica Knapp, Heesoo Lee, Tim Ludwig and exhibit by Advanced Student Project Network residents Lillian Babcock, Jon Green, Catherine Mills, Katie Pack, Derek Reynoso through June 1. 446-3993, redlodgeclaycenter.com.

MUSIC

Norris: Nathan North. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Red Lodge: Al Cooper. 6:30 p.m. The Pollard Pub.

STAGE

Livingston: Musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. The Dulcie Theatre at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. Park County High production. $18 adults; $14 seniors, students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Saturday, 5/18

ARTS

International Museum Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St. Free admission for all visitors. 256-6804, artmuseum.org.

YAM art loan

"Femme de Pêcheur Venant de Baigner Ses Enfants" by Virginie Demont-Breton is on display at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

COMMUNITY

Open house: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. Explore grounds with free borrowed knapsack with field guide and binoculars, rent canoe ($10 per hour, free for members), talk with naturalist. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

Showcase of Homes: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 ages 13 and older, free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets available at each home during tour hours. Map available at billingsparadeofhomes.com.

Weekend Wonders family program “Leave No Trace for Families”: 9:30-11 a.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. $5 per person, free for members. Registration recommended. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

Wine & Food Festival's "The Fine Finish": 5:30 p.m. MSUB campus, under the Grand Tent. Food and beverage samples, live and silent auctions, on-site wine store. $125. Benefits MSUB Foundation's scholarship programs. Tickets at msubfoundation.com/shop.

Youth Bicycle Rodeo

In its 21st year, the Youth Bicycle Rodeo will take place at Castle Rock Park on Saturday. In addition to bicycle tune-ups, the rodeo offers bicycle safety instruction, refreshments and an obstacle course, as well as free bicycles and helmets for families in need. Last year, the event gave away nearly 100 bicycles.

Youth Bicycle Rodeo: 10-11:45 a.m. Castle Rock Park. Registration forms May 1-16 at Heights elementary schools, The Bike Shop, The Spoke Shop, Collin's Bike Shop, YMCA, Billings Parks and Recreation office. 245-8051, 252-0174.

MUSIC

Opera "Blodwen": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 seniors and military, $10 students. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

Annika Bennion

Violinist Annika Bennion will perform at First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St., on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. 

Violin Celebration of Classical Music. 3 p.m. First English Lutheran Church, 1243 North 31st St. Sibling violinists Annika Bennion, Bronte Bennion and Tarquin Bennion, accompanied by pianist Lee Hancock. Refreshments follow. Free.

STAGE

Dance recital “Steps on Stage”: 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Center Auditorium, 415 N. 30th St. The School of Classical Ballet performs with guest Motion Arts Dance Company. $15 adults, $12 ages 4-18. Tickets: 27938.recitalticketing.com and 706-550-1416.

Musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $22 adults; $20 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Play "Little Women": 7 p.m. Rocky Mountain Community Church, 2832 Broadwater Ave. Performance by RMCC Drama, directed by Emily Skiles. $5.

Venture Improv

Venture Improv's season finale will take place Saturday night at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. The local troupe has entertained audiences for more than 20 years.

Venture Improv: 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $8. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

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COMMUNITY

Red Lodge: Friends of the Library book sale. Noon-4 p.m. Carnegie Library.

Red Lodge: Public forum “News Literacy and the Future of Journalism.” 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Senior Citizens Center. Panel discussion of the roles of the media in maintaining the public trust, the role of the public in digital literacy and civic engagement. With Sally Mauk, news director emeritus, Montana Public Radio; David McCumber, journalist and editor, Montana Standard; Laura Nelson, freelance agricultural journalist; Dennis Swibold, journalism professor, University of Montana. Lunch provided after. Free. For more info: rlibrary@bresnan.net.

MUSIC

Norris: Mathias. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Red Lodge: Kalyn Beasley & Matt Robertson. 6:30 p.m. The Pollard Pub.

STAGE

Livingston: Musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. The Dulcie Theatre at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. Park County High production. $18 adults; $14 seniors, students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Sunday, 5/19

COMMUNITY

Showcase of Homes: Noon-5 p.m. $5 ages 13 and older, free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets available at each home during tour hours. Map available at billingsparadeofhomes.com.

MUSIC

Blodwen at NOVA

Kate Meyer, playing Elen, sings during a rehearsal of the opera Blodwen at NOVA Center For The Performing Arts in Billings.

Opera "Blodwen": 2 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 seniors and military, $10 students. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

STAGE

Musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Doors 1:30 p.m. Curtain 2 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $22 adults; $20 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

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ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Virginia City: Painting workshop. 1 p.m. The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center. With Cathy Toot, Ennis artist and EHAHC board member. $45. Registration: 406-843-5454. Ellinghouse.org.

COMMUNITY

Roberts: Carbon County Veterans fundraiser. 1-8 p.m. Fire hall. Potluck dinner, cooking demonstrations, cowboy entertainment with Kent Rollins.

MUSIC

Norris: Travis Yost. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Red Lodge: Acoustic jam. 1-4 p.m. Honey's Café.

STAGE

Livingston: Musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” 3 p.m. The Dulcie Theatre at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. Park County High production. $18 adults; $14 seniors, students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Tuesday, 5/21

COMMUNITY

Nature Nuts: 10-11 a.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. Weekly program with varying themes for ages 1-4, with adult accompaniment. $6 per child, free for members. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

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COMMUNITY

Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson, author and teacher at University of Montana, will be in Red Lodge on Wednesday to present the "Montana Women Writers" Lunch and Learn at the Carnegie Library. After the program, she'll lead a free writers workshop.

Red Lodge: Lunch and Learn. Red Lodge Carnegie Library. Lunch ($5) noon, program 12:30. Caroline Patterson, author and teacher at University of Montana, presents "Montana Women Writers." Free. Reservations appreciated: 446-1905, hopeshomemade@gmail.com.

Red Lodge: Writers workshop. 2 p.m. Red Lodge Carnegie Library, downstairs. Caroline Patterson, author and teacher at University of Montana, discusses how writers can develop their stories using exercises designed to enhance characterization, pacing, dialogue, with an emphasis on helping writers develop and hone their voices. Participants will discuss story structure, voice, point of view, language. Free. No registration required. For more information, call 446-1905.

Thursday, 5/23

COMMUNITY

Game Night: 5-8 p.m. This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway. Choose from games to play, or take your own. Drinks and snacks available. All ages. Free. Thishouseofbooks.com.

MUSIC

The Billings Pops Orchestra and High Plains Brass Quintet

The Billings Pops Orchestra and High Plains Brass Quintet will perform a joint concert Thursday night at the Billings Public Library community room. In addition to the free concert, the groups will also host a bake sale and quilt raffle.

Billings Pops Orchestra and High Plains Brass Quintet: 7 p.m. Public library, 510 N. Broadway. With quilt raffle, bake sale. Free admission. Raffle tickets ($1 each, $5 for seven or $10 for 15) available from orchestra members, by emailing billingspops@gmail.com and online at billingspops.weebly.com.

STAGE

Musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $22 adults; $20 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Friday, 5/24

COMMUNITY

Hoof It With a Historian walking tour "McKinley School & North Elevation Architecture": 10 a.m. Starts at corner of Ninth Avenue North and North 32nd Street. $10. Reserve tickets at ywhc.org.

STAGE

Musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $22 adults; $20 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

ELSEWHERE

MUSIC

Norris: Sarah Harralson & Christine Bauer. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

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