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Calendar of Events

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Thursday, April 23

•The Teen Book Group discusses “Panic” by Lauren Oliver. A limited number of books are available. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8258.

•A fundraiser supports Jesse Laslovich in his campaign for Montana state auditor. 4-6 p.m., Fieldhouse Café, 2601 Minnesota Ave. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•The Billings Branch of American Association of University Women holds Bites and Beverages, a chance to drop by and meet others for members, nonmembers and guests. 5:30-7 p.m., 3652 Poly Drive. RSVP to LaVerne Frank at 656-9294 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Pam Jones at (971) 322-5623 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission holds a public hearing rule modifications to allow youth 14 and younger to participate in fishing contests for brook trout in rivers and streams. Current rules prohibit all contests for wild trout in Montana rivers and streams. The modifications would provide an exception for youngsters. 6 p.m., Region 5 Headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive. Comments are accepted until May 1 by going to fwp.mt.gov, clicking “Submit Public Comment” then clicking “Fishing” and then “Public Notices-Rules.” Comments also can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

•Missoula filmmaker Vera Brunner Sung attends a screening of her latest film “Bella Vista,” a meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West. Filmed on a shoestring budget over 12 days, the 83-minute film follows the life of a woman teaching English to international students in Missoula. She says, “We worked entirely on location with natural light, and often had multiple company moves each day, tailing each other in a few cars.” 6 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum. Free with museum admission.

•Bring your instrument for the Thursday Night Jazz Jam with TREO. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•The Southwest Corridor Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., 80 Hallowell Lane.

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•RED LODGE – U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Mike Bergstrom gives a presentation on historic log and frame cabins in the Beartooth and Pryor Mountains. 7 p.m., Carbon County Historical Society and Museum.

•Aaron Watson, out of Amarillo, Texas, started out at Abilene Christian University selling records out of his backpack. He made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in March in Nashville. Then his latest album, The Underdog, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Now he’s playing in Billings. He calls his career “slow and steady; a long distance race and not a sprint.” 7 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $15 or $12 in advance at 1111presents.com, Tickets 300 downtown or by calling 1-866-300-8300.

•West High School’s drama and music departments present “Honk!,” a musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” Performers include Aaron Linde, Adam Copeland, Miranda Nelson, Emily Barrie and Logan Shy. Myra Nurre directs, and David Green directs the music. 7:30 p.m., West auditorium. $8. For tickets, call 281-5738. Through Saturday.

•Tennessee Williams’ classic play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tells a story of deception within a patriarchal Southern family, focusing on the turbulent relationship of a wife and husband, Maggie “The Cat” and Brick Pollitt. Nancy O’Leary directs, and stars include Wendy Kessler, Stuart Ross, Kyle Trott and Glenda Brauneis. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Saturday.

•Laugh Jurasoff is an evening of open mic comedy. 8 p.m., Red Door Lounge. Free.

•BOZEMAN – Rock legend Leon Russell continues his 50-year career with this warning: “Make sure you bring earplugs, cuz we’re going to be loud.” He has played with dozens of prominent musicians, among them Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin. Riley Etheridge Jr. opens. 8 p.m., Ellen Theatre. $34. For tickets, go to theellentheatre.com or call (406) 585-5885.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

Friday, April 24

•The Thunderstruck Dance Competition goes on. Alberta Bair Theater. Through Sunday.

•The Montana Day of Percussion concludes with an evening concert featuring the MSU Billings Percussion Ensemble and this year’s guest artists, jazz musician Joe Labarbera of Los Angeles, percussionist Joey De Leon of New York City and Ben Stiers from Illinois State University Drumline. The all-day event is made up of master classes and clinics and performances geared toward all levels of percussion performance and education. FUNdamentals clinic with Luke Kestner and Matt Devitt, 9 a.m.; “Finding Your Voice: Exploring Expression in Percussion Music” with Ben Stiers, 10:10 a.m.; Showcase Concert with the MSU Billings Percussion Ensemble and the Senior High School Drum Line, 11:20 a.m.; Latin Percussion Clinic with Joey De Leon, 1 p.m.; Drum Set Masterclass with Joe Labarbera, 2:30 p.m.; Evening Concert, 7 p.m.; Cisel Recital Hall. $7, $5.

•The Midland Empire Pachyderm Club meets. Noon, Elks Club.

•MILES CITY – The Artifact Road Show invites the public to bring artifacts and old photographs to a panel of archaeology and local history experts who will help interpret the likely purpose, time period and possible stories behind the items. Space is available to display personal collections. 4-6 p.m., Miles City Public Library.

•The Nothing Yet Trio performs live music. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Joe Sullivan plays piano and sings. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Rex, 2401 Montana Ave.

•Deidre Hunter, Lowell Observatory astronomer, hosts an astronomy slide talk in conjunction with Saturday’s Chicks in Science event. 7 p.m., Petro Theater at MSU Billings.

•The Youth Conservatory presents “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” a play based on the first book in the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack (William Shields, Noah Paulson) and Annie (Katie Combs, Anastasia Nupier) go for a walk and find themselves living inside a book where dinosaurs roam the earth. Also starring are Rylan Melber, Jaelee Von Schriltz, Landry Gatlin, Ellen Summers, Keatin Hertz, Megan Brownson, Faith Carreno, Lola Hemmat, Gianna Johnson, Liam McCaughey, Ricci Summers, Gracie Fulton and Sharon Combs. Mary Ann Connors directs. 7 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $16, $11. Through Sunday.

•Local artist Jon Lodge walks the Paint ’n’ Sip class through his style of making art. The first drink and supplies are included. 7 p.m., Visible Vault at Yellowstone Art Museum. $45 or $35 for YAM members.

•Thousands of women are expected to gather for the Women of Faith Nationwide Farewell Tour, a weekend of celebration, stories, humor and hope. Speakers and authors include Steve Arterburn, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh and Thelma Wells. Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty - the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music – and Grammy-nominated Building 429 perform in concert. 7 p.m., MetraPark. $89 to $199. Register at www.womenoffaith.com. Through Saturday.

•The Yellowstone Bluegrass Association welcomes all levels of acoustic-instrument musicians to its Friday night jam session. Enter the building thru the main door on the Northwest corner of the building, near the main parking lot. 7 p.m., music room in basement of Lincoln Center. Free. For information, go to www.yellowstonebluegrass.com. Fridays except on school holidays.

•RED LODGE – Casey Epps hosts open mic night. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•Tennessee Williams’ classic play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tells a story of deception within a patriarchal Southern family, focusing on the turbulent relationship of a wife and husband, Maggie “The Cat” and Brick Pollitt. Nancy O’Leary directs, and stars include Wendy Kessler, Stuart Ross, Kyle Trott and Glenda Brauneis. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Through Saturday.

•Bonnie Banks directs the Murder Mystery Extravaganza as members of the audience travel throughout Senior High School viewing vignettes and collecting clues to solve a mystery. Finger foods are served before and after the performance. 7:30 p.m., Senior High. $15, $5, or $10 in advance in Room 107 or from any Senior drama student.

•West High School’s drama and music departments present “Honk!,” a musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” Performers include Aaron Linde, Adam Copeland, Miranda Nelson, Emily Barrie and Logan Shy. Myra Nurre directs, and David Green directs the music. 7:30 p.m., West auditorium. $8. For tickets, call 281-5738. Through Saturday.

•Chris Simpson and Danny Cruzz perform live comedy. 8 p.m., R-Club at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

•Rock legend Leon Russell continues his 50-year career with this warning: “Make sure you bring earplugs, cuz we’re going to be loud.” He has played with dozens of prominent musicians, among them Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin. Singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge Jr., who has released four albums, including The Straight and Narrow Way, also plays. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $30 or $27 in advance at www.1111presents.com, 1-866-300-8300 or the Pub Station.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Hip-hop, rap and comedy are performed by Welcome to Our World, Skit Da Ko-mic, Jaymeson Red Star and guest Jhevon McMillan. 9 p.m., Shore Lounge. $5.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•DJ Hobbles plays music to dance by. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•Acoustic Night features Jazmine Jones, Mandie Castro, Jason Ferraguti, Jacob Lovaas and Shane Stonebraker. 9 p.m., Railyard. $5.

Saturday, April 25

•The Thunderstruck Dance Competition goes on. Alberta Bair Theater. Through Sunday.

•LAUREL – Live bluegrass music goes on every Saturday. 9 a.m. to noon, Owl Café.

•Thousands of women are expected to gather for the Women of Faith Nationwide Farewell Tour, a weekend of celebration, stories, humor and hope. Speakers and authors include Steve Arterburn, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh and Thelma Wells. Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty - the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music – and Grammy-nominated Building 429 perform in concert. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MetraPark. $89 to $199. Register at www.womenoffaith.com.

•LIVINGSTON – The Railroad Swap Meet brings together railroad enthusiasts and exhibitors from around the west. Vendors and swappers set out railroad antiques, memorabilia, collectibles, books, photos, documents, model trains, tools and almost anything else with a railroad theme. The event includes two Livingston model railroaders, Ron Liljedahl and Allan Lutes, displaying and operating large-scale model trains. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Livingston Depot Center. $1.

•More than 300 people are expected for the March for Babies, which aims to raise nearly $143,000 for medical research with a three-mile walk. Food and animal encounters also are planned. 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m., ZooMontana. For information, visit marchforbabies.org.

•Volunteer Saturdays gives the public a chance to plant seedlings, mulch and pull weeds along with members of the Sprouts Club, which is for ages 5 to 18. 9 a.m. to noon, Audubon Conservation Education Center.

•RED LODGE – Local artist Elliott Eaton hosts an all-day watercolor painting workshop, focusing on techniques used in painting landscapes. Participants paint from photographs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carbon County Arts Guild, 11 W. Eighth St. $65 or $50 for members. Call (406) 446-1370 for a reservation.

•PRYOR – The Wonders of Water offers children of all ages such water activities as pollution solutions, water charades and a water conservation pledge. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chief Plenty Coups State Park Visitor Center.

•BIG TIMBER – MSU Extension in Sweet Grass County offers a backyard greenhouse symposium for those interested in extending the growing season. Topics include greenhouse layout, design and materials; fertilizer, water and soil; insects and diseases; heating, cooling, venting and lighting; and varieties often used in the backyard greenhouse. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds. $10, including lunch. To RSVP, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (406) 932-5146.

•The U.S. Bureau of Land Management teams up with Montana State Parks to host Archaeology Day. Experts share the legend of Sacrifice Cliff, tell tales of local cowboy artist and writer Will James at the cabin bearing his name, discuss petroglyphs, share tales and artifacts of Crow Tribal heritage, adventure along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and more. SkyWindWorld offers kids kite building instructions and materials for $8. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Four Dances Natural Area and Pictograph Cave State Park.

•Photographer Dave Shumway leads a workshop on landscape and wildlife photography in the Experience Art Adult Education program. The day includes field work in the Billings area. Bring your own camera. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Education Studio at Yellowstone Art Museum. $67 or $60 for YAM members.

•STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education is the focus of Chicks in Science, an all-girls event in which fourth- through eighth-graders get a taste of what those fields have to offer. “Chicks in Science works to breach the psychological barriers, gender expectations and the ‘coolness’ factors that can stop girls from entering STEM-related fields,” says Laura Gittings-Carlson of MSU Billings. The event attracts more than 2,000 people, including 250 volunteers and 50 interactive exhibits. Hands-on experiments and demonstrations are included. Mentors include Lowell Observatory astronomer Deidre Hunter, environmental specialist with the U.S. Department of Interior Christina Gomer, STREAM project manager Lisa Scott, and MSU Billings assistant professor of engineering Katey Plymesser. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Alterowitz Gymnasium at MSU Billings.

•The Importance of Bees is presented by Billings Master Gardeners. Beekeeper Sheri Kisch shares the role bees play in our food supply, the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder and how a bee colony works. 11 a.m., Billings Public Library.

•Venture Improv holds auditions for its brand of improvisational comedy. 2 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

•RED LODGE – The National Paddling Film Fest is shown. 4 p.m., Roman Theater.

•McTuff plays live music. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. $7.

•Scumbag Mike and the Deadbeats, Cowtown Crisis and Only Threads Left all perform in concert. 6 p.m., 2910 Second Ave. N. $6.

•Joe Sullivan plays piano and sings. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Rex, 2401 Montana Ave.

•The Youth Conservatory presents “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” a play based on the first book in the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack (William Shields, Noah Paulson) and Annie (Katie Combs, Anastasia Nupier) go for a walk and find themselves living inside a book where dinosaurs roam the earth. Also starring are Rylan Melber, Jaelee Von Schriltz, Landry Gatlin, Ellen Summers, Keatin Hertz, Megan Brownson, Faith Carreno, Lola Hemmat, Gianna Johnson, Liam McCaughey, Ricci Summers, Gracie Fulton and Sharon Combs. Mary Ann Connors directs. 7 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $16, $11. Through Sunday.

•Dance into Spring showcases performances by more than 100 dancers representing the Billings Dance Academy, Bindi Belly Dance, Golden Dancers, Montana Dance Center, Motion Arts Dance Co., Rimview Dance Studio, Rocky Mountain School of the Arts, School of Classical Ballet, Terpsichore and Yellowstone Dance Center and School. Ian Elliot is facilitator, and Steve Zediker is technical director. 7 p.m., Lincoln Center Auditorium. $12, $5.

•Drivin’ Sideways plays live music. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•Songwriter, pianist and guitarist Jill Cohn plays acoustic music. She recently moved from Seattle to Northern California, and she collaborated with Austin, Texas, guitarist Dave Sampson on a 2012 album, Beautiful I Love You. 7 p.m., Yellowstone Cellars and Winery, 1335 Holiday Circle. Free.

•West High School’s drama and music departments present “Honk!,” a musical adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” Performers include Aaron Linde, Adam Copeland, Miranda Nelson, Emily Barrie and Logan Shy. Myra Nurre directs, and David Green directs the music. 7:30 p.m., West auditorium. $8. For tickets, call 281-5738.

•The Yellowstone Ballroom Dance Club dances to music by The Highlites Band. Attire is formal or semi-formal. 7:30 p.m., Elks Lodge. $25, $15, $10. For information, go to www.YellowstoneBallroomDance.com.

•Tennessee Williams’ classic play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tells a story of deception within a patriarchal Southern family, focusing on the turbulent relationship of a wife and husband, Maggie “The Cat” and Brick Pollitt. Nancy O’Leary directs, and stars include Wendy Kessler, Stuart Ross, Kyle Trott and Glenda Brauneis. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14.

•Venture Improv performs improvisational comedy. 8 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

•BALLANTINE – Val hosts karaoke. 8 p.m., Boardwalk Bar.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Blackwater plays live music. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Inkk Affiliated presents the ShowUp ShowOut evening of hip-hop and rhythm ’n’ blues. 9 p.m., Railyard. $10.

Sunday, April 26

•Montana Fashion Week holds an open casting call for models for the Aug. 28-29 show in Billings. Go to www.montanafashionweek.com.

•The Thunderstruck Dance Competition goes on. Alberta Bair Theater.

•The Montana Old-Time Fiddlers of District 4 get together for a dance and jam. 1-5 p.m., South Park Senior Center.

•Danny Choriki presents “Part 2 — Digital Identity and Consequences,” a continuation of his March lecture. He looks at the history of the internet, where it is headed, and some of the social consequences of those changes. 1 p.m., Montana Space, 1519 Broadwater Ave.

•The Weekend Wonders program is open to all ages. 2-3:30 p.m., Audubon Conservation Education Center. $2 or free for Friends of the Center. Every Sunday, with no registration required.

•The Youth Conservatory presents “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” a play based on the first book in the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack (William Shieldsk, Noah Paulson) and Annie (Katie Combs, Anastasia Nupier) go for a walk and find themselves living inside a book where dinosaurs roam the earth. Also starring are Rylan Melber, Jaelee Von Schriltz, Landry Gatlin, Ellen Summers, Keatin Hertz, Megan Brownson, Faith Carreno, Lola Hemmat, Gianna Johnson, Liam McCaughey, Ricci Summers, Gracie Fulton and Sharon Combs. Mary Ann Connors directs. 2 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $16, $11.

•Fit 4 Delivery, a yoga-based class designed for pregnant women, meets Sundays. 2:30 p.m., Health Studio at Anytime Fitness. To register call Laura Morledge at 794-9519.

•The Yellowstone Chamber Players play rhythmic funk and jazz in a tribute to “Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns.” Players are Thomas Burke, alto sax; Sam White, tenor sax; Laurel Linde, baritone sax; and Matt Devitt, drums. 3 p.m., Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall at Rocky Mountain College.

•MSU Billings music student Samantha Hamburg performs her senior flute recital. Her recital includes works by Back, Morlacchi, Saint-Saens and Prokovief. She is accompanied by pianist Delores Vigesaa and by Professor Gary Behm on clarinet. She attended Dawson Community College before transferring to MSU Billings. 3 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall. Free.

•Adam Rutt and the Vigilante 7 host an evening of open blues, rock and country jam. 6-11 p.m., Andy’s Lounge, 1815 First Ave. N. Free.

•RED LODGE – Honey’s Café holds an acoustic jam. 2-4 p.m., 209 S. Broadway.

•Yellowstone Howard hosts the Acoustic Sunday Sessions garage jam. 6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Live jazz goes on most Sunday evenings at Walkers Grill.

•Engage the Unseen, formed in 2012, features Tel Dedmore on bass, Karter Estill and Zech Peabody on guitar, Andre Kugler on drums and Nathan Raschkow on vocals. The band plays here at a CD release party, with In Rapture and Iron Swarm also on the bill. 7 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $8.

•C.J. Boyd plays experimental solo bass, with opening acts Blattie Road and Tyranoraptor. 7 p.m., Railyard. $5.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Monday, April 27

•Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Kokoma appears at one of a series of public forums for finalists for the position of MSU Billings provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. Dr. Parkison has spent 22 years at IU Kokomo serving as interim dean of the library, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. She has a doctorate in industrial organization from Purdue University. 1:30 p.m., Petro Theatre. All candidate vitas can be viewed at www.msubillings.edu/provostsearch.

•The Getting Started clinics help runner prepare for the May 9 Montana Women’s Run. 5:30 p.m., outdoor track at Rocky Mountain College and at Lockwood School. In case of bad weather, the Rocky clinic moves into the Fortin Center. For information, go to www.womensrun.org or call 255-8488. Mondays through May 4.

•West Coast swing dance lessons are offered every Monday for fun and practice. No partner required. Beginners, 7:15 p.m.; Beginners II, 8:30 p.m.; Social/Practice Party, 9:30 p.m.; Elysian School, 6416 Elysian Road. Free.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Tuesday, April 28

•Teens learn how to use iMovie to edit, split and trim footage and add audio overlay. Participants work with a green screen and other techniques. 3:30-6 p.m., Teen TECH Lab at Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8258 or dropping by the library second floor reference desk.

•Tech Tuesday covers the Testing and Education Reference Center. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•Bring out your instruments for Tunes on Tap. 5 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Dan Tedesco plays folk music. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•The Heights Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., Oasis Community Center.

•The topic for the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum’s meeting is “How to Access Medical Records,” presented by Carol Turbes, supervisor of the Medical Records Department at St. Vincent Medical Center. She shares information on how to access medical records and the requirements for the release of those records. She also discusses her own experiences in family history. 7 p.m., 1711 Sixth St. W. Enter from parking lot on the east side.

•The Castle Rock Middle School Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., gym. Free.

•A reception introduces new work by Fred DeFauw. Features are black-and-white photography, acrylic paintings of John Steinbeck’s cornstalks described in The Grapes of Wrath and five large seascapes. 7-9 p.m., Chinatown Art Gallery, 27th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

•Big Sword, “a new live electro lounge improv experience,” features Alex Nauman, Erik Olson and Parker Brown, with an ever-changing set of players. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

•RED LODGE – Rob Owen hosts the live weekly jam. 8 p.m., Snow Creek Saloon.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

•Contestants compete for the title of Billings’ Best Singer, with weekly winners going on to the finals on June 2. Montana Chads. Tuesdays through May 26.

Wednesday, April 29

•Alternative Wellness Montana holds a medical marijuana clinic. Call 672-3172.

•CODY, Wyo. – Federal land managers within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem invite the public to join in a conversation to assess ecosystem issues and to build stronger relationships. The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee is a group of 11 federal land managers who coordinate management on more than 15 million acres of public land in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The GYCC wishes to explore questions related to cross-agency land and resource management issues and opportunities, the GYCC’s priorities in the ecosystem and communication and collaboration with the public and stakeholder groups. Orientation session, 8 a.m. to noon; public conversation, 1-5 p.m.; Holiday Inn. An agenda is at www.fedgycc.org/gycc_meetingsandevents.htm.

•Robert Hoar, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, appears at one of a series of public forums for finalists for the position of MSU Billings provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. Dr. Hoar directs the Institute for Campus Excellence subdivision. He has a doctorate in mathematics from Montana State University. 1:30 p.m., Petro Theatre. All candidate vitas can be viewed at www.msubillings.edu/provostsearch.

•PintAid benefits Head Start. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Open yoga classes welcome all levels, including beginners, to stretch, breathe and de-stress with yoga. 5:30-6:45 p.m., Room 3 at Billings Clinic. $7 or $45 for eight weeks. Call Kyle Neary at 255-8485 or 652-4955.

•Eran Thompson presents “Beloved Community and Martin L. King Jr.” at the Community Lecture Series. He considers whether the Rev. King’s vision of “The Beloved Community” was just a utopian ideal or a realistic goal of human interaction based on justice, equal opportunity, love and reconciliation. 7 p.m., Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.

•The Big Read features six weeks of events on Willa Cather’s novel My Ántonia. Today, Willa Cather Award winner Carolyn Patterson speaks on the topic “Geography of the Heart: Willa Cather and the Legacy of Western Women Writers.” She provides a survey of Montana women writers, from early Native American writers to contemporary poets, memoirists and novelists. Ms. Patterson, of Missoula, is the editor of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart. Free copies of My Ántonia are available at the library, and participants also can sign up there for book discussions. 7 p.m., Billings Public Library. For a full schedule of events, go to www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=1288. Wednesdays through May 20, plus writing workshops by Christene Meyers.

•RED LODGE – It’s open mic and comedy night. 7 p.m., Bull ’N Bear Saloon.

•11:11 Presents hosts a Pinball Tournament. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $5, plus you buy your own quarters.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

•Karaoke goes on six nights a week at Hudson’s Bar and Grille, with live music on Thursdays. 2658 Grand Ave.

Thursday, April 30

•A closing reception is held for the Senior Show at Rocky Mountain College. The show showcases the work of fine arts majors, including Katie Hengel of Belgrade; Richard Knowlton of Poplar; Robin Kraft of Billings; Nancy Robinson of Stoughton, Wis.; Ashley Roseboom of San Clemente, Calif.; Natasha Roseboom of San Clemente; Christopher Scoles of Billings; Cally Stanek of Bozeman; Hannah Valdez of Billings; and Laura Wemple of Missoula. 4-6 p.m., Tech Hall at Rocky Mountain College. Exhibition continues through May 2.

•Master Gardeners show how to plant a bulb and decorate a pot for spring. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. Registration required.

•Convocation for the City College at MSU Billings includes a welcome by Interim Dean Rita Kratky, followed by a reception. City College will confer 286 degrees during the commencement ceremony on Saturday. 6 p.m., Health Sciences Building at City College.

•Bring your instrument for the Thursday Night Jazz Jam. 6 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Free.

•Director Doug Nagel holds auditions for an October and November production of Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” Both operas will be performed in English, with piano accompaniment. Bring one song to sing, in any language, along with the piano accompaniment. Pianist Sandi Rabas plays the auditions. 7-10 p.m., MSU Billings department of music. To receive a guaranteed audition time, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•WORDEN – The Belly Dance Fitness class is offered. 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars. For information, contact Amina at 698-2191 or amina’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Every Thursday.

•The Southside Elementary Orchestra Gala is held. 7 p.m., Riverside Middle School gym. Free.

•In a classical guitar recital, guitarist Bill Dickman plays works by Fransico Tarrega, Mauro Giuliani, Leo Brouwer and J.S. Bach. 7 p.m., First Congregational United Church, 310 N. 27th St. Donations accepted.

•Independent hip-hop artist Tech N9ne performs in concert. He has released three singles off his upcoming release Special Effects: “Aw Yeah (interVENTion),” “Dyin’ Flyin’” and “Hood Go Crazy,” which features 2 Chainz and B.o.B. “Hood Go Crazy” debuted at No. 29 on the Rap Chart. Also on the tour are Chris Webby, Krizz Kaliko, King 810 and Zuse. 7:30 p.m., Babcock Theater. $28.

•BOZEMAN – Le Vent Du Nord, a French-Canadian band, plays in support of a new album, Têtu. According to press materials, “they’re known for blending the old world roots of Québécois traditional music with the modern sounds of Montréal’s fiercely independent Québécois youth.” 8 p.m., Ellen Theater. $19.50. For tickets, go to www.theellentheatre.com.

•DJ Michael May and friends host KARAOKE NIGHTLY at 9 p.m., Crystal Lounge, 101 N. 28th St. 259-0010.

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