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[calendar] Eyes will be twinkling when The Starlighters Swing Band sets hearts a-spinning at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Lesson starts at 8 PM, dancing goes from 9 to midnight. $10/$16 for couples.

It’ll be sweeter than a beignet when Generationals, an indie rock band outta New Orleans, plays the Badlander along with Toronto rockers Young Empires. 9 PM. $10/$7 in advance online at (See Music.)

What’s at the bottom of the whiskey plant? The Whiskey Root, of course. This Helena band plays Monk’s Bar, 225 Ryman St., along with Aaron Williams (from reggaerock band In Walks Bud) starting at 8 PM.

I hope nobody steals my Bananas in Pyjamas outfit idea during Dead Hipster’s I <3 the 90s Dance Party, at the Palace starting at 9 PM. $3, with the infamous $1 well drink special until midnight.

Let your week’s troubles wash away when The Flood Band plays the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., starting around 8 PM. Free. Soak it up and sing it down to some 67,000 tunes when The Outpost Restaurant & Saloon, 38500 W. Hwy. 12 at Lolo Hot Springs, presents karaoke with KJ Mark, starting at 9 PM. Free. Call 2734733. Get a load of the galaxies twirling above when Blue Mountain Observatory hosts public observing nights, starting an hour after sunset if it’s a clear evening. Astronomers will be around to share their expertise. Learn more at

Experience your own Blue Period when Bear Jam and Black Mountain Moan play Stage 112, inside the Elk’s Club at 112 Pattee, starting at 9 PM. $3.

John “Poncho” Dobson hosts open mic at Fergie’s Pub every Fri., where you’re bound to mingle with a mix of resort celebs, odd locals and dizzy soakers. You never know who’ll show up and play. It could be you. Starts at 3 PM. 213 Main Street in Hot Springs. Sign up ahead at 406-721-2416 or just show up.

Ewe all best head up to Hamilton for the Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival, which includes classes and workshops, vendors, sheep and goat shows and fleece. At the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road, from 9 AM to about 5 PM. $5/$10 for festival pass. Learn more at (See Spotlight.)

Tom Catmull and the Clerics will take good care of y’all when they play the Union Club, starting around 9:30 PM. Free.

Get musical while finding your flow when Brian Baty leads a live music Vinyasa yoga class, which features music by Nathan Zavalney, this and every Sat. from 9:30– 10:45 AM at Inner Harmony Yoga, 214 E. Main St. Ste. B. $10 dropin/$8 students drop-in, with various prices for punch-card holders. Call 581-4093 or visit


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Fly your rainbow flags and head to Butte for the Montana PRIDE Celebration. Kicks off on Friday evening, with parade on Saturday morning and events throughout the weekend. Visit for details.

The Palace holds a farmer’s grip of hip-hop for you tonight with DJ Brand One and MCs including Traff the Wiz, Rude, Gatsby, Mac Marler, the Orators, JDub, Loyal T, Clueless and the Big Bang Group. Starts at 9 PM. Free.

Counteract that hangover with chia seed kombucha before you head to the Healthy Living Expo, at Zootown Barn on 2026 Mullan Road, an event with kids’ activities, Zumba classes, bicycle course and more. Visit or call 406-552-0482 for info.

Pretty people, fresh num-nums, seas of strollers, a man eating a waffle barehanded—it must be summer and time for folks to make the pilgrimage to area Farmers’ Markets. In Missoula at Circle Square (, on Pine St. (missoulasaturday, under the Higgins Avenue bridge (clarkforkriver

The Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour stretches from the “bench of the Sapphires to the foothills of the Bitterroots” and includes several artists’ studios displaying everything from forged metal to floral pastels. Studios will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM each day. For map and information, visit

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Veg out with your carrot out during the Hamilton Farmers Market, where folks can purchase all sorts of dee-lish local goodies from area farmers. Third and Bedford Streets. 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Set that Lamborghini on fire when Rocky Mountain Connect brings a live hip-hop show to Feruqi’s, 318 N. Higgins Ave., starting at 9 PM. $3.

Set your dance booty to stun when The Mighty Flick plays the Dark Horse, 1805 Regent St., starting around 9:30 PM. Free.

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Get a hit of cardiovascular exercise during Nia: The Joy of Movement, from 9 AM to 10 AM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. $12/$10 members. Call 541-7240.

Put your jerky to the test at the 33rd Annual Bitter Root Day, at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St. in Hamilton. Arts, crafts, wild game stew and a jerky contest are all on tap for this Salish-themed festival. Jerky entry deadline is June 13.

Smash those Cheez-Nips into the ground when Flatt Cheddar and Hillstomp play junkbox blues at the Top Hat, starting around 9:30 PM. $10/$8 in advance at Rockin Rudy’s and

Free Mammograms, Pap Tests, and Colonoscopies for those who are uninsured, under-insured, and meet age and income guidelines with the Montana Cancer Screening Program and in Hamilton at South Third and Bedford Streets. Hours vary slightly, but most take place between 8 AM and 1 PM.

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