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Thursday, May 21

•Chrysti M. Smith, host of the radio series Chrysti the Wordsmith, discusses the linguistic footprints left in our language by the gods, goddesses, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece and Rome. In “Nike’s Echo,” part of the High Noon Lecture Series, she revives the myths of the ancients and explains how those stories live on in dozens of common English words. Noon, Western Heritage Center.

•The Robo-Pet Workshop for teens reveals the design and programming process behind creating robotic pets. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Billings Public Library. Free. Registration required at second-floor help desk or by calling 657-8258.

•The Teen Book Group discusses “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver. Snacks and a limited number of free books are available. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. Preregister by calling 657-8258 or stopping by the second-floor help desk.

•Faculty and students from the Amp Camp join the Thursday Jazz Jam in a fundraiser. Proceeds and donations offset costs of the camp and assist in financial aid and scholarships. 6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. For information on the camp, to www.facebook.com/pages/Amp-Camp/290727444438844.

•Robert E. Jackson lectures on “Snap: The Lost and Found in Vernacular Photography.” Mr. Jackson, who has collected more than 11,000 snapshot photographs since 1997, talks about the sublime aspects of the form. 6:30 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum. Free to YAM members or free with admission for nonmembers.

•The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets for the last time until fall. A speaker from the Montana Audubon Center discusses summer activities, and a picnic potluck is held. 6:30-8 p.m., North Park near the playground. Call the Yellowstone County Extension Office at 256-2828 to confirm if you are able to bring a dish to share.

•My Pizza My World, Robber’s Roost, Only Threads Left and Katy Robertson all play live music. 6:30 p.m., Aesthetic Agony Tattoo and Production LLC, 2910 Second Ave. N. $2.

•The South Side Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., Southside Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 30th St.

•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 Lewis and Clark Middle School Band performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. Free.

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

•Skyview High School presents its Pops I concert. 7 p.m., Skyview Theater. $5, $3.

•Dave Kinnard directs “Funny Money,” a play about an accountant who accidentally picks up a briefcase full of money. He plans to keep what must be ill-gotten gains and plans to fly off to Barcelona before the former owner finds out that he switched briefcases. Jayme C. Green, Kristin Mayer, Gustavo Belotta, Chandra West and Shawn Bettise star. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. Through Saturday.

•Solo pianist George Winston performs in a benefit concert that raises money for the Billings Food Bank. The most recent of his 13 albums are Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit (2012) and Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi Volume 2 (2010). He is due to release Spring Carousel: A Cancer Research Benefit this year. Toledo City Paper says, “Innovative, celebrated and accomplished, Winston is the real deal.” 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater. $29.50. Donations of canned food are requested.

•A candlelight ceremony recognizes the 22 American veterans who commit suicide each day on American soil. 8:30 p.m., Veterans Park, 13th Street West and Poly Drive.

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

•Miss Massive Snowflake performs solo. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

•Poetic Intelligence celebrates the beginning of summer and end of the school year with the School’s Out Forever Party. DJ Exodus also performs. 9 p.m., Railyard. $8 or $5 in advance.

Friday, May 22

•The Beartooth Highway is scheduled to open for the season. Weather can be unpredictable this time of year, so keep an eye on conditions.

•YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Bridge Bay and Tower campgrounds open for the season. For campground information, go to www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm. For road openings, go to www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm.

•MARTINSDALE – “A Lonely Business: Isabelle Johnson’s Montana” goes on display in the Bair Special Projects Gallery. Ms. Johnson (1901-1992) was a painter, rancher and teacher and one of the pioneering modernist painters in Montana.  As painter Bill Stockton wrote in a 1986 retrospective at the Yellowstone Art Museum, “she chose her master, Paul Cezanne, early in her career.” Through Cezanne’s work she learned to “look with the eyes of a poet at the very things she loved.” She was born in Absarokee and often painted landscapes of her ranch and the Stillwater Valley. She was chairman of the art department at what is now MSU Billings from 1949 to 1961. Open daily through Labor Day, The Charles M. Bair Family Museum, 2751 Montana 294. Exhibition continues through Aug. 31.

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

•Shoots Veis kicks off his campaign for House District 51 with a fundraiser. 4-6 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. $35 donation suggested, plus a children’s book to donate to a young reader.

•RED LODGE – The Carbon County Habitat for Humanity Rummage Sale raises money to help build houses. 4-7 p.m., Red Lodge Community Church. Through Sunday.

•NYE – The Norrine the Outlaw Queen Band plays country and western. 6 p.m., Carter’s Camp.

•Native American artist Kevin Red Star gives a talk and signs his latest book, Kevin Red Star by Daniel Gibson and Kitty Leaken. His painting “The General” also can be viewed. 6:30 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum.

•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.

•The Bicycle Film Festival showcases films promoting bicycle history, education, fitness and fun. Proceeds from the event benefit the Billings Family YMCA and Red Rover Bicycle Collective. “There is no denying the environmental and health benefits that bicycling inherently entails,” says Sarah Keller, Y member and a Film Festival organizer. A social mixer follows at Rocket Gourmet Wraps & Soda, 2809 First Ave. N. 7 p.m., Babcock Theater. $15 or $13 in advance at the YMCA, Red Rover on Minnesota Avenue or at 2502 First Ave. N. $25, $23 for film and mixer.

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

•The Heavy Psychedelic Metal Showcase includes performances by Maeth, Shramana, The Old Ones and PI-Fire. 7 p.m., Railyard.

•Dave Kinnard directs “Funny Money,” a play about an accountant who accidentally picks up a briefcase full of money. He plans to keep what must be ill-gotten gains and plans to fly off to Barcelona before the former owner finds out that he switched briefcases. Jayme C. Green, Kristin Mayer, Gustavo Belotta, Chandra West and Shawn Bettise star. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. Through Saturday.

•Vint Lavinder directs “A Little Night Music” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, includes the hit song “Send in the Clowns.” Kathy Honaker is musical director, and Krista Marshall is choreographer. The cast includes Sondra Baker, Christie Arnold, Seja Foster, Pat Schindele, Alli Neyhart, Travis Kuehn, Kerry Gruizenga, Chae Clearwood and Craig Huisenga. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Sunday and also May 28-30.

•The Funky Bunch youth improvisational troupe gives its last performance of the season. 8 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $7.

•British comedian Eddie Izzard brings his Force Majeure world tour to Billings after kicking off the U.S. leg of the tour this week in Fargo, N.D. The full tour, launched in March 2013, covers 25 countries on five continents. He has won two Emmy Awards, a New York Drama Desk Award and has played to sold-out crowds at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. The Los Angeles Times called him “The funniest man in, well, pretty much all of the known universe.” 8 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater.

•King Hopeton plays roots, rock and reggae. 8 p.m., Carlin Events Center.

•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.

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

•Blistered Earth, billed as the best Metallica tribute band on the planet, plays classic songs ranging from 1983’s “Kill ’Em All” to 1991’s self-titled “Metallica.” The band headlined last year’s Rockin’ the Rivers Fest. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $10.

Saturday, May 23

•Tickets go on sale for MontanaFair, which opens Aug. 7 and includes three nights of rodeo with the Yellowstone River Roundup, a night of Supercross, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, and an indoor beer garden. Concerts include AWOLNATION, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Martina McBride. MetraPark. $55 ValuPass for all concerts, rodeo and super cross through July 4, then $59.

•The All-Breed Open and Arabian Horse Show is sponsored by the Montana Arabian Horse Association. The show offers a variety of classes for all levels of interest. 8 a.m., Super Barn at MetraPark. Also Sunday.

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

•RED LODGE – The Carbon County Habitat for Humanity Rummage Sale raises money to help build houses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red Lodge Community Church. Through Sunday.

•LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Depot Museum opens its 2015 season with its regular rail and Yellowstone history displays complemented by the special exhibit “TRAIN IN ART: Train + Depot = Light, Energy, Motion.” The new exhibit is a collaboration by Livingston artists Sheila Hrasky and Tandy Miles Riddle. Ms. Hrasky says, “The rails brought the train and gave life to the town. Taking the most vibrant parts of a location I create a simplified and engaging image. These pictures are then referenced and used as building blocks for larger oil paintings focusing on the deconstruction of a subject using shaped musical instruments.” 10 a.m., Livingston Depot.

•Americorps member Krystal Carlson leads Junior Ranger Day activities leading to a Junior Ranger badge. Guided activities help children get in touch with their senses, compare their speed to an antelope’s and draw their own pictograph. Works by Montana artist Sarah Morris also are on display. 1-3 p.m., Pictograph Cave State Park. Free.

•Nicole Masters, an agro-ecologist from New Zealand, teaches a public seminar on building soil health, capacity and productivity using simple and practical methods while taking carbon out of the atmosphere. She shows how to use inexpensive and practical methods to stimulate underground life in the soil. 1-5 p.m., Steve Charter’s Lazy 2 Ranch between mile markers 19 and 20 on U.S. 87 north of Billings. $45 for seminar, plus $15 for ranch cookout afterward. For tickets, call 248-1154, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.northernplains.orgwww.northernplains.org/soil-matters/.

•Cimarron plays live music. 7 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•Dave Kinnard directs “Funny Money,” a play about an accountant who accidentally picks up a briefcase full of money. He plans to keep what must be ill-gotten gains and plans to fly off to Barcelona before the former owner finds out that he switched briefcases. Jayme C. Green, Kristin Mayer, Gustavo Belotta, Chandra West and Shawn Bettise star. 7:30 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre.

•Vint Lavinder directs “A Little Night Music” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, includes the hit song “Send in the Clowns.” Kathy Honaker is musical director, and Krista Marshall is choreographer. The cast includes Sondra Baker, Christie Arnold, Seja Foster, Pat Schindele, Alli Neyhart, Travis Kuehn, Kerry Gruizenga, Chae Clearwood and Craig Huisenga. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Sunday and also May 28-30.

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

•Join entomologist Marian Lyman Kirst on a Crepuscular Insect Hunt to investigate what bumps and tweets in the night. 8:30-10:30 p.m., Montana Audubon Center. $5 per family. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 294-5099.

•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.

•John Buck and Reckless play live music. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•In Rapture and No Cigar play ambient and heavy music. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

•Dan Taylor of Omnithex, Katy Robertson, Gretschlove, Hugh Healow and Forrest Trottier all perform on Acoustic Night. 9 p.m., Railyard. $5.

Sunday, May 24

•Free museum admission is given on Veterans and Armed Forces Free Day to everyone in honor of all of those who have served in the U.S. military. Yellowstone Art Museum.

•The All-Breed Open and Arabian Horse Show is sponsored by the Montana Arabian Horse Association. The show offers a variety of classes for all levels of interest. 8 a.m., Super Barn at MetraPark.

•RED LODGE – The Carbon County Habitat for Humanity Rummage Sale raises money to help build houses. Noon to 3 p.m., Red Lodge Community Church.

•The Billings Association of Humanists holds a Socrates Café discussion on the topic: “What Should Be the Goal of the U.S. Public Education System — STEM vs. Liberal Education?” 1 p.m., MT 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.

•Vint Lavinder directs “A Little Night Music” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, includes the hit song “Send in the Clowns.” Kathy Honaker is musical director, and Krista Marshall is choreographer. The cast includes Sondra Baker, Christie Arnold, Seja Foster, Pat Schindele, Alli Neyhart, Travis Kuehn, Kerry Gruizenga, Chae Clearwood and Craig Huisenga. 2 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Also Thursday through Saturday.

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

•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 Norrine the Outlaw Queen Band plays country and western. 5 p.m., Tiny’s Tavern.

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

•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.

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

•Kentucky-born singer, songwriter and producer Chris Stapleton performs in concert. He has written No. 1 songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner and has contributed cuts to major motion picture soundtracks. He’s recorded with artists ranging from Miranda Lambert to Don Williams. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $15.

•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, May 25

•Memorial Day.

•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.

•Ground into Dust, Tribe and Assnyne play on Metal Monday. 9 p.m., Railyard.

Tuesday, May 26

•Pint Aid benefits the March of Dimes. 5 p.m., Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•Senior High School gives its first pops concert. 6:30 p.m., auditorium. $5, $3.

•The Choral Pops Concert I is held. 6:30 p.m., West High School Auditorium.

•Skyview High School gives its second pops concert. 7 p.m., Skyview Theater. $5, $3.

•Learn about computer programming, app development and game design at CoderDojo. No experience is required, and mentors guide 11- and 12-year-olds in the right direction. A guardian or parent is required to attend with their child. 5:30-7 p.m., Computer Lab at Billings Public Library. Every Tuesday.

•The Heights Neighborhood Task Force hears a presentation from Sheriff Mike Linder on a proposed mill levy to pay for 100 more beds at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. The levy would cost about $8.10 on a house with a taxable value of $100,000. 7 p.m., Oasis Community Center.

•Sharon Hamill presents a program about Germans from Russia at the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum Meeting. She also gives details about the annual convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, which will be held July 13-18 in Billings. 7 p.m., 1711 Sixth St. W. Enter from the parking lot on the east side.

•Halfway Killed kicks off its tour in a Billings show with Couches out of San Francisco, Rubedo out of Denver and Megagiant. 7 p.m., Railyard.

•RED LODGE – Rob Owens hosts a weekly jam for musicians. 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, May 27

•The Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee holds its convention, which includes election of officers for the 2016 election. A regular meeting of the committee follows. 5:15 p.m., Billings Education Association, 510 N. 29th St.

•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.

•Antique Scream out of Arizona plays outlaw country and acoustic music. 6 p.m., Aesthetic Agony Tattoo, 2910 Second Ave. N.

•Leila Farnum, a professional educator, talks about “Common Core: What It Is and What It Is Not” at the Community Lecture Series. She discusses misconceptions about Common Core and differences between Common Core and No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. 7 p.m., Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.

•COOKE CITY – A public meeting is held on a draft environmental assessment of a project to remove nonnative and hybrid fish from creeks near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and replace them with pure Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The project would chemically remove existing fish from the upper Soda Butte Creek drainage, which originates east of Yellowstone National Park. Biologists then would repopulate creeks in the drainage with non-hybrid native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. 7 p.m., Cooke City Chamber of Commerce. Written comments are accepted until June 13 at: Jason Rhoten, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 2300 Elmo Lake Drive, Billings, MT 59105, (406) 698-1905 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or at Susan Stresser, District Ranger, Wapiti Ranger District, 203A Yellowstone Ave., Cody, WY 82414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information, contact Mr. Rhoten at (406) 328-6160 or Ken Frazer at 247-2961.

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

•Undun from Missoula and ENDever from Billings, along with Assnyne, kick off the Never Done Tour. Pub Station.

Thursday, May 28

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

•The Choral Pops Concert II is held. 6:30 p.m., West High School Auditorium.

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

•RED LODGE – In “The Story of Five Pioneer Families,” Rickard Ross explains how he was able to reclaim his family history. 7 p.m., Carbon County Historical Society & Museum, 224 N. Broadway Ave.

•Pachow Kabang and Twin play folk punk out of Minneapolis and hypno folk out of Winnipeg. 7 p.m., Aesthetic Agony Tattoo, 2910 Second Ave. N. $5.

•The Lewis and Clark Middle School Orchestra performs in concert. 7 p.m., auditorium. Free.

•Vint Lavinder directs “A Little Night Music” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, includes the hit song “Send in the Clowns.” Kathy Honaker is musical director, and Krista Marshall is choreographer. The cast includes Sondra Baker, Christie Arnold, Seja Foster, Pat Schindele, Alli Neyhart, Travis Kuehn, Kerry Gruizenga, Chae Clearwood and Craig Huisenga. 7:30 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $21, $16. Through Saturday.

•Laugh Jurassoff is a night of open mic comedy. 8 p.m., Red Door Lounge.

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

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