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Montana Renaissance Festival

Jesse Harkness, a dancer with Tesseract Dance Collective, performs during the Montana Renaissance Festival at ZooMontana in June. Tesseract will be one of many live acts performing during a benefit at the zoo on Friday night. Proceeds from the evening will help offset medical costs for Travis Hughes, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The evening will also feature a silent auction of Renaissance Faire merchandise, plus food and beverages.

Friday, 9/27

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Prairie Handspinners Guild Fiber Fest

Barb Pearson from Weaving Side by Side of Powell, Wyoming, weaves a scarf on a loom at the 2017 Prairie Handspinners Fiber Fest. This year’s Fiber Fest will take place Friday and Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium. Vendors from all over Montana and Wyoming will offer raw wool, yarn, handmade wool products, fiber accessories, and equipment. The festival will also feature workshops, demonstrations, and a fiber petting zoo.

Prairie Handspinners Fiber Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Vendors include raw wool, yarn, handmade wool products, fiber accessories and equipment. Workshops in various fiber arts available. Demonstrations include sheep shearing. Fiber petting zoo. Free admission. Prairiehandspinnersfiberfestival.com.

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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.

RennTertainment - A Montana Renaissance Faire Benefit for Travis Hughes: 5-9 p.m. ZooMontana pavilion, 2100 S. Shiloh Road. Entertainment by Earthshine, Wes Urbaniak, The King's Bard, Tesseract, Alternacirque, Black Gypsy Drummer, Barrow Burn Band, Bindi Belly Dance, more. With food, drinks, silent auction of Renaissance Faire merchandise. Hosted by Montana Renaissance Festival. $10. Benefits medical (cancer) funds for Travis Hughes aka Erik the Excellent, sword swallower, magician, town crier of Butte Magic and Montana Renn Fest.

Senior High Homecoming Carnival/Tailgate: 5-7 p.m. Track and field discus area behind Daylis Stadium. Activities include Rocky Mountain Game Nomad video game truck, Bailey’s Ice Cream truck, National Guard FastPitch, carnival games, food provided by Bronc Touchdown Club.

Strangers to Neighbors event: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers include Jen Barille, resettlement director at International Rescue Committee, Missoula; Dr. Sarah Keller, Syrian Refugee Project; Savannah Sinquah, prevention health specialist, RiverStone Health. Poetry slam, food trucks. Free.

STAGE

Musical "Young Frankenstein": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $23 adults; $21 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

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Livingston: Fourth Friday Art Walk. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown. Livingston-chamber.com.

Livingston: Reception, “The Yonder: Abstract Reflections of the Unknown Road.” Green Door Gallery. 5:30-8 p.m. Sarah Homans’ solo exhibit of textured abstract mixed media paintings and 3D abstract mobiles cut from repurposed plastic through Oct. 26. Free. 406-333-2330.

Red Lodge: Closing reception, "Juried National V"; featured artists Mike Helke and Suze Lindsay. 5-7 p.m. Red Lodge Clay Center. Shows through Sept. 29. 446-3993, redlodgeclaycenter.com.

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Red Lodge: MINT Film Festival. 6 p.m. Ronan Theater. Mintfilmfestival.org.

MUSIC

Browning: Jared Stewart. 9 p.m. Glacier Peaks Casino.

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

Saturday, 9/28

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Prairie Handspinners Fiber Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Free admission. Prairiehandspinnersfiberfestival.com.

Membership Drive/Appreciation Day: Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St. 256-6804, artmuseum.org.

COMMUNITY

Program, "Amerika Before Grandpa": 6:30 p.m. Berkshire Hathaway, 1550 Poly Drive, Program by Norwegian speaker. Sponsored by Sons of Norway. Public welcome.

Harvest Soup Luncheon and bingo: Noon. South Side Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 30th St. Includes choice of three soups, crackers, bread stick, dessert bar; coffee, lemonade or iced tea, $8. Bingo for ages 18 starts at 1 p.m. Lunch costs $8. Bingo cards cost $10 each. Bingo prizes include gift cards $10-$25. Proceeds benefit center's building maintenance fund.

Program, "Celebrating Jane Austen": 4-7 p.m. This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway. Presentations, discussions, food, workshop on regency dancing. Costumes encouraged. Free. Thishouseofbooks.com.

Saturday Live: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Skyview High. Games, activity booths, haunted house, food, live entertainment. Two-mile fun run/walk at Skyview cross-country course 9 a.m. (Packet pick-up 7:30 a.m. Registration also at billingsclinic.com/funrun.) Free shuttle runs from Harvest Church parking lot to event runs every 15-20 minutes. Efbps.org/saturday-live.html.

VFW/Auxiliary 6774 auction and fundraiser: Heights VFW, 637 Anchor Ave. Live auction 1 p.m. Dinner ($10) 5 p.m. Benefits veterans and their families. Everyone welcome.

Yellowstone Valley Farmers' Market: 8 a.m.-noon. Downtown at Skypoint. Yvfm.org.

STAGE

Auditions, musical “Disney's Frozen Jr.”: 1 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. Roles available for ages 6-18. Perform song with instrumental accompaniment, no a capella. Dress to dance. Performances in January. 248-1141, billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Auditions, "No Exit" one-act play: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. Roles for one man, one woman, age 18-40. Bring prepared monologue. Information: 591-9535. Novabillings.org.

Musical "Young Frankenstein": Doors 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. $23 adults; $21 seniors, students, military. Tickets at box office and billingsstudiotheatre.com.

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Mixed media art by Isabel Bonilla El Dorado

Isabel Bonilla El Dorado’s mixed media art on a cow skull is one of many items available to bid on during the 44th Annual Art Auction at WaterWorks Art Museum in Miles City on Saturday, Sept. 28. Artwork by many artists in various media, subject matter, and styles will be up for auction. The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s Outreach Art Education program.

Miles City: 44th Annual Art Auction. 6 p.m. $20. Absentee bid sheets available at museum, or by emailing ccartc@midrivers.com or calling 406-234-0635. Wtrworks.org.

Red Lodge: Clay demonstration-based workshop. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Red Lodge Clay Center. With Mike Helke and Suze Lindsay. Free, but those wishing to attend should register by calling 446-3993 or emailing info@redlodgeclaycenter.com.

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Livingston: Workshop "Pruning Trees & Shrubs": 9-11 a.m. Location provided upon registration. With Alice Siebecker. Presented by Paradise Permaculture Institute. $30. Registration: 406-222-9999 or at paradisepermaculture.org.

Red Lodge: Keeper Talks. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

Red Lodge: MINT Film Festival. 11 a.m. Ronan Theater. Mintfilmfestival.org.

MUSIC

Havre: Jared Stewart. 6-8 p.m. Old Station Brewing Co. $10.

Red Lodge: Johnny Quest. 6:30 p.m. The Pollard Pub.

Sheridan, Wyo.: Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group. 7:30 p.m. WYO Theater. $92. 307-672-9084, wyotheater.com.

Sunday, 9/29

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SteamFest: Noon-3 p.m. The Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. Kids' activities and experiments combining science, technology, engineering, math include StarLab and astronomy activities, robots, experiments, 3D printing, augmented reality, art crafts, more. $18 per child; free for accompanying adults and children younger than one. Tickets at billingsdepot.org and eventbrite.com/e/steamfest-2019-tickets-64680736825.

YRPA Kite Fest: Noon-4 p.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 South Billings Blvd. Bird kite building classes. Bring and fly your own kites or make one at the event. Large art kites flown when winds permit. Admission is free, but donations benefit Yellowstone River Parks Association.

STAGE

Auditions, musical “Disney's Frozen Jr.”: 1 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. Roles available for ages 6-18. Perform song with instrumental accompaniment, no a capella. Dress to dance. Performances in January. 248-1141, billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Auditions, "No Exit" one-act play: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. Roles for one man, one woman, age 18-40. Bring prepared monologue. Information: 591-9535. Novabillings.org.

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Red Lodge: Clay demonstration-based workshop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Red Lodge Clay Center. With Mike Helke and Suze Lindsay. Free, but those wishing to attend should register by calling 446-3993 or emailing info@redlodgeclaycenter.com.

MUSIC

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

Tuesday, 10/1

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Montana Mind

Billings artist Kerry Epley designed the newest public mural in downtown Billings, located in the alley west of the Pub Station. Epley's daughter Seryn helped design the mural, titled "Montana Mind," which was painted by Roxy Sanford. A reception for the artists will be held on Oct. 1 at the Pub Station from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Artist reception, “Montana Mind” mural: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. With Kerry Epley and friends. Mural artists, designers include Epley, Summer Montez, Brian Epley, Seryn Epley, Roxy Sanford, Grace Sanford, Tyler Cook, Kim Olsen, Brian Epley. Free. 894-2020, thepubstation.com.

COMMUNITY

Poetry open mic: 5-7 p.m. This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway. Sign-up 5 p.m. Readings 5:30 p.m. With Nichole Almeda Morton. Open to all. Free. Thishouseofbooks.com.

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Red Lodge: Adult class, " Hand-building & Sculpture ": 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 29. Red Lodge Clay Center. $80. Register through Red Lodge Continuing Education Program at Red Lodge Public Schools, 413 S. Oakes Ave. 446-3993, redlodgeclaycenter.com.

Wednesday, 10/2

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Ray Ansotegui

Rodeo bullfighter Ray Ansotegui will present “Bulls, Bruises, & Brotherhood: Stories of a Rodeo Bullfighter," on Wednesday at Park Photo in Livingston. Ansotegui will discuss the art of working with bulls in the arena to protect bull riders, bullfighting history and how it has evolved through time, and the training required to become a bullfighter. The presentation is the first in Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s fall speaker series “A Ranching Roundup: Story and Song,” continuing weekly through Nov. 13.

Livingston: "A Ranching Roundup: Story and Song" fall speaker series: Doors 6:30 p.m. Doors 7 p.m. Park Photo. "Bulls, Bruises, & Brotherhood: Stories of a Rodeo Bullfighter,” presented by Ray Ansotegui, rodeo bullfighter. Also, "Rancher. Citizen Activist. Montana 1997,” exhibit of black and white photographs by John Gayusky on display. Free, refreshments served. 406-222-4184, yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org.

Thursday, 10/3

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Common Read keynote address: 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W. Lowell Jaeger, poet, author of “Earth-Blood & Star-Shine,” RMC's 2019 Common Read selection, speaks. Free. Rmc.edu.

Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market: 4:30-6:30 p.m. South Park. Weather permitting. More information at hbdyc.org/market.

MUSIC

Billings Pops Orchestra rehearsal: St. Luke's Episcopal Church Hall, 119 N. 33rd St. 7-9 p.m. All ages and experience levels. Bring own music stand.

STAGE

Play “Someday I’d Write This Down”: 7:30 p.m. Losekamp Hall, Rocky Mountain College. RMC Theatre Department performs poet Lowell Jaeger’s play. Rmc.edu.

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Red Lodge: Exhibit “Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.” Honey’s Café. Works by Carol Hartman through Nov. 26. Carolhartman.biz.

Red Lodge: Exhibits opening, Stillwater Society and Beartooth Plein Air Society. Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery. Reception Oct. 12. Exhibits through Oct. 29. 446-1370, carboncountydepotgallery.org.

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'Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear'

Internationally acclaimed poets Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root will lead a discussion of and read from their anthology of resistance, “Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear,” at Elk River Books on Thursday. The event will include a book signing and reception.

Livingston: Author reading, discussion. 7 p.m. Elk River Books. Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root, “Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear.” With book signing, reception. Free. 406-333-2330, elkriverbooks.com.

MUSIC

Sidney: Rhythm and Ramble Quartet. 7 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

Friday, 10/4

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ArtWalk: 5-9 p.m. Downtown. Artwalkbillings.com.

Exhibit, art by Joseph Henry Sharp. 5 p.m. Public Library, community room. Various works on display, plus Chief Plenty Coups life mask. Free. 657-8290, refdesk@ci.billings.mt.us.

Exhibit opening, "Vietnam Voices": Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. Includes stories collected by The Billings Gazette as part of their Vietnam Voices project. Through Dec. 30. 256-6809, ywhc.org.

Kirk’s Grocery October Group Show: Kirk's Grocery, 2920 Minnesota Ave. Works by Terry Karson, Rossco, Marla Goodman, Margaret Smith, Renee Audette, Shane de Leon, Stella Zell, Stephen Glueckert, Jon Lodge, James Todd, Howard Finster through Oct. 26. Open 2-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 503-209-2394.

Opening reception “Space and Species – Benefit Art Show for the Montana Audubon Center”: 5-9 p.m. Terakedis Fine Art, 112 N. Broadway. Juried group show featuring works by top bird artists through Oct. 29. 696-0149, terakedisfineart.com

Registration open, St. Bernard fall craft fair: To reserve a spot in the craft fair taking place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 2, call Coreen Glen, craft fair coordinator, at 248-6535.

COMMUNITY

First Friday: Locations throughout downtown. 5-8 p.m. (Many participating locations are open later.) Participating shops and businesses host special events, offer refreshments and promotions, and sponsor live entertainment. Downtownbillings.com/firstfriday.

Hoof It With a Historian walking tour "Born a Railroad Town": 10 a.m. Starts at Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave. $10. Reserve tickets at ywhc.org.

Hoof It With a Historian walking tour "Swords Rimrock Park": 10 a.m. Starts at Swords Rimrock Park picnic area, east of airport. $10. Reserve tickets at ywhc.org.

STAGE

Play "God Help Us.": 7:30 p.m. Billings Studio Theatre, 1500 Rimrock Road. Starring Ed Asner. $30. 248-1141, billingsstudiotheatre.com.

Play "The Jungle Book": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. Youth Conservatory Production. With ZooMontana animals. $16 adults; $10 students, seniors, military. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

Play "Someday I’d Write This Down": 7:30 p.m. Losekamp Hall, Rocky Mountain College. RMC Theatre Department performs poet Lowell Jaeger’s play. Rmc.edu.

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Bigfork: Opening reception, Montana Watercolor Society 37th annual Watermedia Show. 5-7 p.m. Bigfork Art & Cultural Center. Fifty works by artists from 19 states through Nov. 1.

Red Lodge: Art Walk. 5-8 p.m. Downtown. Redlodge.com.

Red Lodge: Reception, “Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.” 5-7 p.m. Honey’s Café. Display of Carol Hartman’s paintings created during residency with Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation through November. Carolhartman.biz.

Red Lodge: Opening reception. “Vessel as Metaphor” including works by Giselle Hicks, Leanne McClurg Cambric, Candice Methe, and Holly Walker; works by featured artist gwendolyn yoppolo through Nov. 2. 446-3993, redlodgeclaycenter.com.

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Fishtail: Tippett Rise Fall Film Series, “One Man, Two Guvnors.” 5:30 p.m. The Olivier Music Barn, Tippet Rise Art Center. Screening of The National Theatre's live production. $10 ages 22 and older, free for ages 21 and younger. Tippetrise.org.

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