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Friday, 5/24

COMMUNITY

Billings Senior Citizens Inc. garage sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Moose Lodge, 131 Calhoun Lane.

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

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Billings Studio Theatre is staging Smokey Joe's Cafe, starring Alyssa Melder, Rachel Bonner, Wendy Carlin, Fred Barthel, CJ Jennings, Kevin Schweigert, Kevin Cates, Austin Martin, Billie Parrott, Michelle Guelff & Sophia Barthel. The production runs through May 25. Tickets are limited, available at www.billingsstudiotheatre.com or by phone at 248-1141.

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.

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ARTS

Bridger: Exhibit, "Building on What Was Before." Zier Gallery. Studies and full compositions by Dana Zier include the 36-by-55-inch “Temptation’s First Picnic” depicting the first picnic reflected in an apple, plein air landscapes, four-by-six-inch barn paintings, large still-life works based on antique objects of Zier’s ancestors, lino reduction prints. Other items include wool-felted, newly hatched chicks, buffalo and other animals, pine needle baskets, handmade wooden boxes and spoons. Veterans receive 20 percent discount on Zier paintings through June. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 406-298-0841, art2dtoo@aol.com.

'Temptation’s First Picnic'

In “Temptation’s First Picnic,” artist Dana Zier depicts the first picnic reflected in an apple. The 36-by-55-inch oil painting is one of many works featured at Zier Gallery in Bridger.

Sidney: Exhibits. MonDak Heritage Center. “Lobotomy," portrait series by Lino Azevedo highlighting social and political apathy of American society, and WaterWorks Art Museum traveling show through June 1. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

COMMUNITY

Cody, Wyo.: Monument dedications. Mayor Nancy Tia Brown dedicates “Born Under a Wandering Star” monumental bench created by Vic Payne, in front of Irma Hotel at 10 a.m. and “High n’ Dry” bronze sculpture by T.D. Kelsey at Bell Plaza on Sheridan Avenue at noon. Free.

Yellowstone gateway museum sign

Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston. April 6, 2015.

Livingston: The Yellowstone Gateway Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through September. 406-222-4184, yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org.

MUSIC

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

Powell, Wyo.: Registration, scholarship application open for Yellowstone Summer Music Camp. Middle- and high-school band and choir musicians may register and apply for scholarships online for June 16-21 camp. Full tuition for overnight campers is $595 and $395 for commuters when paid before June 1. After June 1, the price increases $15. Details, applications, registration at nwc.edu/music.

Red Lodge: Lee & Charlie. 6:30 p.m. The Pollard Pub.

Red Lodge: Sista Otis. 6 p.m. Natali's Front Bar.

Saturday, 5/25

COMMUNITY

Billings Senior Citizens Inc. garage sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Moose Lodge, 131 Calhoun Lane.

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.

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ARTS

Tim Ludwig

Tim Ludwig is one of several artists featured in the "Spring Fever" exhibit at the Red Lodge Clay Center from May 3-26. Other artists include Chandra DeBuse, Rain Harris, Kristen Kieffer, Jessica Knapp, and Heesoo Lee. An exhibit by Advanced Student Project Network residents Lillian Babcock, Jon Green, Catherine Mills, Katie Pack, and Derek Reynoso will be up through through June 1.

Red Lodge: Family ceramics class "Father's Day." 10:30 a.m.-noon. Red Lodge Clay Center. All ages welcome. Ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by adult. $15 per child or adult. Registration required: 446-3993. Redlodgeclaycenter.com.

Sidney: Pottery wheel lessons. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. $100. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

Sidney: Sculpture unveiling, reception. 2 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. “No Soldier Left Behind,” bronze sculpture by Lyle Schwabauer, on display through August. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

Virginia City: Plein air painting demonstration, workshop. 1 p.m. The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center. With Ray Campeau. Artists should bring their own kit and materials and be ready to paint Virginia City or Alder Gulch scenes after demonstration. Paintings created from the event will be exhibited at the Elling House with an artist's reception on July 26. 406-843-5507, ellinghouse.org.

COMMUNITY

Red Lodge: Red Lodge Fire Rescue open house and pancake breakfast. 8 a.m.-noon. Firehouse.

MUSIC

Norris: Douglas Jennings Barrett. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Red Lodge: Cory Johnson. 6:30 p.m. The Pollard Pub.

Red Lodge: 36 International. 9 p.m. Snow Creek Saloon.

Roberts: Bob Hope Tribute USO Show. 2-4 p.m. Roberts School. (Flyover 12:30 p.m.) Entertainment by Bob Hope impersonator William Johnson of Las Vegas, with Phyllis Diller impersonator plus local Andrew Sisters impersonators from Joliet, local talent. Admission by donation to Veterans Project, Operation Second Chance and Yellow Ribbon program.

Sunday, 5/26

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MUSIC

Lavina: Country music dance and potluck. 2-6 p.m. Lavina Bar. Hosted by Drivin' Sideways Band.

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

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

Daniel Kosel

Billings-based musician Daniel Kosel. 

Red Lodge: Daniel Kosel. 5 p.m. Old Roosevelt.

Red Lodge: Sista Otis. 6 p.m. Natali's Front Bar.

Monday, 5/27

COMMUNITY

Memorial Day program: 11:45 a.m. Yellowstone National Cemetery, at the U.S. Flag assembly stage. With Randy Reeves, undersecretary for Memorial Affairs; Sen. Jon Tester; Robert H. Foglesong, retired four star general; and Winfield Russell, vice chair of Northern Cheyenne.

BARK

The "Candy Litter" puppies are photographed at Billings Animal Rescue Kare in January. All the puppies have now been adopted. On Monday, Billings Animal Rescue Kare holds its annual Posh Paws Boot, Scoot and Tail Wag fundraiser at Oscar's Park from 1-6 p.m. The event features dog games and contests, raffles, silent auction, concessions and pet portraits by Gazette photographer Casey Page. All proceeds from the event benefit BARK in its efforts to rescue and re-home pets in the Billings area.

Posh Paws Boot Scoot and Tail Wag: 1-6 p.m. Oscar’s Park. Dog games and contests, silent auction, raffle, pet portraits by Gazette photographer Casey Page 2-4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children, $30 family pass (admissions includes family dog/dogs). Free for dogs adopted from BARK; for dogs not adopted from BARK, admission costs $1 (per paw).

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ARTS

Bridger: Gallery open house. 1-3 p.m. Zier Gallery. With "Building on What Was Before," exhibit of works by Dana Zier. Veterans receive 20 percent discount on Zier paintings through June. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 406-298-0841, art2dtoo@aol.com.

Tuesday, 5/28

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.

Thursday, 5/30

COMMUNITY

A customer sits in the House of Books

A customer sits in the House of Books bookstore in Billings in 2018.

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.

High Noon Speaker Series “Modern Revolution and Counter-revolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s”: Noon. Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. With Chuck Johnson, journalist. Free. 256-6809, ywhc.org.

Chuck Johnson

Johnson

Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers”: 6 p.m. Public library, 510 N. Broadway. With Ellen Baumler, Ph.D., interpretive historian at Montana Historical Society and author, explores Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts and rare remaining landmarks, and the contributions of Montana’s Chinese and the cultural footprints they left behind. Free.

Ellen Baumler

On Thursday, Ellen Baumler of the Montana Historical Society will be the featured speaker for Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program. Her free talk, “Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers,” starts at 6 p.m. at the Billings Public library, centered on Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts and rare remaining landmarks, and the contributions of Montana’s Chinese and the cultural footprints they left behind.

Optimist Park playground grand opening: Noon. Optimist Park, located on Hallowell Lane between State Avenue and King Avenue East.

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COMMUNITY

'Ragged Anthem' by Chris Dombrowski

“Ragged Anthem” is a new collection of poetry by Chris Dombrowski. The Missoula-based poet, author and fishing guide will visit Elk River Books in Livingston on Thursday to read from and discuss his new book.

Livingston: Poetry reading, discussion. 7 p.m. Elk River Books. Montana poet, author and fishing guide Chris Dombrowski, "Ragged Anthem." Free. 406-333-2330, elkriverbooks.com.

Sidney: Program. 6 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. Dr. Mary Murphey, of MSU, and Molly Kruckenberg, of Montana Historical Society, discuss food history of Eastern Montana. Free. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

Friday, 5/31

ARTS

Ron Campbell

Ron Cambell, legendary animator and director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film "Yellow Submarine" will appear at Toucan, 2505 Montana Ave., on May 31 - June 2. Cambell will showcase original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and paint originals for customers who purchase any of his art work. The artist has had a lengthy career in animation, working on some of the most beloved cartoons including Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Rugrats and more.

Artist visit: 3-7 p.m. Toucan, 2505 Montana Ave. Ron Campbell, director of animated "The Beatles" cartoon and animator of "Yellow Submarine," sells original cartoon paintings of Beatles movie and Saturday morning cartoon, as well as various other works from his 50-year career in animation including “Scooby Doo,” “Smurfs,” “Rugrats,” more. 252-0122, toucanarts.com.

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.

Bars, Brothels & Bok Choy

Community historian Elizabeth DeGrenier gives her popular tour 'Bars, Brothels & Bok Choy' tour during a previous Hoof It With a Historian walking tour.

Program "Cocoa and Crawlers: Nocturnal Insects": 8:30-10 p.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 South Billings Blvd. Bring flashlight, walking shoes. $5 nonmembers, free for members. Registration required. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

STAGE

Play "Much Ado About Nothing": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

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MUSIC

Lewistown: Bluegrass jam session with Lochwood. 7 p.m. Lewistown Art Center. For all ages, all acoustic instruments. Free.

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

Red Lodge: Nicole and Andy Wilson. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Snow Creek Saloon. The Cimarron Band's father/daughter duo perform.

Bridger: Exhibit, works by Dana Zier. Zier Gallery. Studies and full compositions include tiny, four-by-six-inch barn paintings, four-by-six-feet “Temptation’s First Picnic” depicting the first picnic reflected in an apple, plein air landscapes, large still-life works based on antique objects of Zier’s ancestors, lino reduction prints. Other items include wool-felted, newly hatched chicks, buffalo and other animals, pine needle baskets, handmade wooden boxes and spoons.  

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