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Thursday, April 16

•The Family Tree Center-Billings Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center hosts its annual display of Pinwheels for Prevention. Local and area children plant pinwheels at 11:45 a.m., and a celebration at noon promotes individual action to make children a community priority. Eric Arzubi, a child psychiatrist at Billings Clinic, is keynote speaker, and the Center’s Blue Ribbon Award is presented to Christy Mammen in recognition of her child abuse prevention efforts. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue, the color signifying child abuse prevention. Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.

•Money Smart Week offers a session on Healthy Eating on a Budget. Phyllis Hansen, a Yellowstone County MSU Extension agent, shows how to create tasty, low-cost meals while stretching the food dollar. Noon, Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8258.

•Tyson Middle presents “No Trespassing: The Underground Culture of Graffiti” in the High Noon Lecture Series. Noon, Western Heritage Center.

•At Teen Crafternoon, learn to make paper flowers with vintage books. Supplies are provided, and teens and tweens are welcome. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8258.

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

•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.

•Michael Montoya, a MSU Billings saxophone student, performs his senior recital. He is a graduate of Skyview High School, and his recital marks completion of his degree in music performance. His recital features works by Rachmaninoff, Hindemith, Mozart, Creston and Mahler. He is accompanied by pianist Delores Vigesaa. 7 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall. Free.

•The Central Elementary School Orchestra Gala is held. 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Center Auditorium.

•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 Sunday and also April 23-25.

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

•My Body Sings Electric, an independent band from the Rocky Mountain Region, plays in concert. The band’s latest release, Part 1: The Night Ends reached No. 156 on Billboard’s National Indie Chart. 9 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Free.

Friday, April 17

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

•Some 100 undergraduate students at MSU Billings take part in the Research and Creativity Symposium, taking on such topics as policy on women’s productive rights, Bakken oil field crime, studies in cell signaling and juried student art work. “The conference celebrates the results of what goes on every day in our studios, laboratories and classrooms,” says Honors Program Director David Craig. 1 p.m., Room 148 of Liberal Arts Building.

• The Weapons Collectors Society of Montana sponsors the Billings Gun Show. 1-5 p.m., MetraPark. Through Sunday.

•Friday Afternoon Cinematic Escapes shows “Biutiful,” an R-rated 2010 film that won Javier Bardem an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film for his portrayal of a man with terminal cancer. The showing is part of the “Worldwide Dreams” tour of world cinema. 2 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•Teens are invited to stop by for a game of chess, cribbage or a long board game on Game Day. 3-6 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•A reception honors Dustin Auerbach, whose senior thesis exhibition, “Confession from a Broken Place,” is on display at MSU Billings. His work is in the form of ceramic platters, each created with a certain event or time period in mind. He also has created a contraption that makes broken lines, which he then finishes by adding perspective lines to make a landscape. He will attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall. 5-7 p.m., MSU Billings Student Gallery on first floor of Liberal Arts Building. Exhibition continues through April 30.

•“Korea – 1953” opens with an artist’s reception for watercolorist Amy Dean. The exhibition is a series of watercolor images of “a people who were catapulted into the 20th century by war,” all based on slides taken by the artist’s father, who died in a plane crash when she was an infant. She uses a “pouring” technique with a palette of four to five pigments diluted in a range of values. Brushwork is limited to details. 5-9 p.m., Jens Gallery, 2824 Third Ave. N. Exhibition continues through May.

•In the Band Lottery, four bands whose members were drawn from a hat by drummers all play live music. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•RED LODGE – J.P. Westbrook plays country music in the Alive at 5 series. 5 p.m., Snag Bar.

•Button Box Charlie and Friends play music on Cajun New Orleans night. Social, 5 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m., with reservations required; music, 7 p.m.; Elks Lodge.

•The Institute for Peace Studies holds its Spring Fling International Dinner with live music and cuisine from around the world. 5:30 p.m., Mayflower Congregational Church, Rehberg Lane and Poly Drive. $10, $8.

•YWCA Billings presents its annual Salute awards, which go to women who exemplify significant contributions to the community through their volunteer service or profession, and who demonstrate creativity, excellence and endurance. This year for the first time, awards also are given to an organization that demonstrates commitment to creating opportunities for women and an individual who has gone above and beyond in supporting and mentoring women. Crowne Plaza. For information, go to www.ywcabillings.org or call 252-6303.

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

•Glenn Sunshine, professor of Reformation and early modern history at Central Connecticut State University, speaks on “Christianity and the Western Political Tradition: Elements that Allowed Governments of the West to Promote Flourishing” in a Big Sky Worldview Forum. He says, “If you want to understand why civilizations change over time, you need to track the evolution of their dominant worldview … and see which one survived.” 7 p.m., Montana Convention Center at Holiday Inn. Also Saturday.

•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 and also April 24-26.

•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.

•Ty Barnett and Lisa Landry, plus a guest, perform live comedy. 7 p.m., Red Door Lounge.

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

•RED LODGE – The Dessert Dash benefits the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary with an all-dessert auction. Lee and Charlie provide music. 7 p.m., Bull ’n Bear Saloon. $10.

•Benjie Wright and Lang Parker perform live comedy. 8 p.m., R-Club at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

•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 Sunday and also April 23-25.

•Venture Improv and the Funky Bunch get together for an Improv Mashup of live comedy. 8 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

•Surf’s Up performs a Beach Boys tribute concert. The band, consisting of two brothers and their father, has been working on the Beach Boys sound for 25 years. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. $12 or $10 in advance at www.1111presents.com, Tickets300 - Billings, 1-866-300-8300 or the Pub Station.

•Salt Lake City metal band A Balance of Power performs in concert with Roots Like Mountains of Colorado Springs, Undun from Missoula and local bands Tribe + Iron Swarm. 8 p.m., Railyard. $10.

•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.

•RED LODGE – Mojo plays classic rock. 9 p.m., Bull ’N Bear Saloon.

Saturday, April 18

•The National Park Service and National Park Foundation celebrate National Park Week by waiving entrance fees at national parks. Also Sunday.

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

•The Montana Audubon Center holds a day of land improvement work in honor of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Volunteers help build the elements for the new Shepard Nature Play Space, which opens May 16. Other activities today include planting, potting, naturalist-led trash pickup hikes and hands-on educational activities for children. The Nature Play Space will be Billings’ Americans with Disabilities Act accessible nature place space, providing a place where children can play in a natural environment in a safe, unstructured manner. It will be open at no charge seven days a week during daylight hours. A free barbecue lunch is served at noon. 9 a.m., 7026 S. Billings Blvd.

•Glenn Sunshine, professor of Reformation and early modern history at Central Connecticut State University, speaks on “Christianity and the Western Political Tradition: Elements that Allowed Governments of the West to Promote Flourishing” in a Big Sky Worldview Forum. He says, “If you want to understand why civilizations change over time, you need to track the evolution of their dominant worldview … and see which one survived.” 9 a.m., Montana Convention Center at Holiday Inn.

• The Weapons Collectors Society of Montana sponsors the Billings Gun Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MetraPark. Through Sunday.

•Rick Davis speaks on the program Evernote as an aid in genealogy research at a meeting of the Montana Big Sky Genealogy Computer Group. 10 a.m., Family History Center at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sixth Street West and Avenue D.

•NOVA Center for the Performing Arts actors perform a sneak preview of “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” based on the Mary Pope Osborne book series. 11 a.m., Billings Public Library.

•Money Smart Week offers “Saving: One Coupon at a Time” with the Billings Coupon Clippers. The session covers how to match coupons and sales, sales cycles, how to use the Clippers’ website and how to use coupon apps. 2 p.m., Billings Public Library. Registration required by calling 657-8258.

•The Celebrate Spring Gala Dinner precedes tonight’s “From Russia with Love” season finale concert with fine dining and live music by Dennis Nettiksimmons. 5:15 p.m., Yellowstone Art Museum. $50. For tickets, call 252-3610 or stop by the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale office downtown.

•The Bear Bash banquet, a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain College athletic department, begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, social hour and a silent auction. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by a Calcutta to support the athletic program. Comedian Lukas Seely also entertains. Fortin Education Center at RMC. $100. For tickets, go to www.rocky.edu/athletics/BearBash.

•VIRGINIA CITY – The Chautauqua program blends music and original writing by area residents in a program preceded by a potluck dinner. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.; program, 7:30 p.m., Elling House Arts & Humanities Center. To perform, call (406) 843-5454.

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

•RED LODGE – The High Country Cowboys play country and western. 6:30 p.m., Pollard Hotel.

•The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale perform the season finale concert, “From Russia with Love.” The Chorale and Orchestra unite for Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” which tells a 12th century story of Prince Igor and his son Vladimir as they go to battle and are captured before Vladimir falls in love with the khan’s daughter. Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” focuses on the harp and on four Psalms from the Bible sung in Hebrew with Jacob Logan as the voice of David. In the second half of the concert, the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Concert Cues, 6:45 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m.; Alberta Bair Theater.

•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. 7 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $16, $11. Through Sunday and also April 24-26.

•The Magic City Bellydance Soiree has a full lineup with a variety of groups and soloists. Students of bellydance not only get to watch performances but also get a chance to perform solos and group numbers. 7 p.m., NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. $10 or $5 for performers. To perform, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Ty Barnett and Lisa Landry, plus a guest, perform live comedy. 7 p.m., Red Door Lounge.

•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 Sunday and also April 23-25.

•The MSU Billings music department presents “From MET to Broadway,” a concert of opera and Broadway music featuring the Chamber Singers and the University Chorus. Under the direction of Professor Doug Nagel, the two-day concert features selections from Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, The Mikado and others. Students are featured as soloists in small scenes. Pianist Kathy Honaker accompanies the singers. 7:30 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall. $5, $3. Also Sunday.

•The It Takes a Village People party is a fundraiser for the YMCA with music by DJ Exodus. Prizes are awarded for best resemblance of a Village Person, best ’70s style and best dancer. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. Donation.

•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.

•Dust Alive plays live music. 9 p.m., Shooters.

•RED LODGE – Steve Frame plays country rock. 9 p.m., Snow Creek Saloon.

•A post-concert reception celebrates Anne Harrigan’s 10th anniversary as director of the Billings Symphony. 9:15-11 p.m., Billings Petroleum Club.

•Dark Mountain Cirkus performs live with opening act Loud. 10 p.m., Railyard. $6.

Sunday, April 19

•The National Park Service and National Park Foundation celebrate National Park Week by waiving entrance fees at national parks.

•The St. Vincent de Paul Society announces Flapjacks for Backpacks, an event to raise money to purchase backpacks for the homeless and schoolchildren in Yellowstone County. A breakfast of pancakes, muffins and fruit is served in exchange for a donation to buy backpacks. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Legion Post 4, 1540 Broadwater Ave.

• The Weapons Collectors Society of Montana sponsors the Billings Gun Show. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MetraPark.

•“Let Go Let God” is the topic at a worship service sponsored by ECKANKAR, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. 10:30 a.m., Elks Club south entrance, 934 Lewis Ave.

•The Billings Association of Humanists meets for a Socrates Café discussion on the topic: “How Does Education of Women Affect Their Future and Society?” 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.

•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. Also Friday through Sunday.

•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. 2 p.m., Billings Studio Theatre. $17, $14. Also Thursday through Saturday.

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

•Wayne and Claudia play live music. 2-6 p.m., Elks Lodge.

•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 MSU Billings music department presents “From MET to Broadway,” a concert of opera and Broadway music featuring the Chamber Singers and the University Chorus. Under the direction of Professor Doug Nagel, the two-day concert features selections from Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd, On the Town, The Mikado and others. Students are featured as soloists in small scenes. Pianist Kathy Honaker accompanies the singers. 3 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall. $5, $3.

•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.

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

•Ryan Cabrera comes to town with Secondhand Serenade on their co-headlining “Radio Revival Tour.” Mr. Cabrera is on the road in support of his new EP Wake Up Beautiful - released March 3 – which features the single “House on Fire.” He says, “‘House On Fire’ is about burning everything down and being crazy while you can. You’re living in the moment and enjoying everything you do.” John Vesely, better known as Secondhand Serenade, sold more than 2 million units of his hit single “Fall for You.” Also playing are Nick Thomas (Spill Canvas), Wind in Sails and Runaway Saints. 7 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 Montana Ave. $20 or $18 in advance at 1111presents.com, Tickets 300 downtown or by calling 1-866-300-8300.

•MSU Billings percussion major Asa Harris, from Miles City, presents his senior recital on his way to a bachelor of arts degree in music. The recital features works by Tim Huesgen, Todd Ukena, Nabosja Jovan Zivkovic and David Reeves. He is vice president of the Percussion Club. 7:30 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall at MSU Billings. Free.

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

•RED LODGE – The Tony Furtado Band plays Americana and indie rock. 8 p.m., Bull ’N Bear Saloon. 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.

Monday, April 20

•The Tony Furtado Trio, featuring the two-time National Banjo Competition winner, plays banjo, guitar and slide guitar. 5 p.m., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

•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.

•Lisa Ranes presents “Cooking Tips” at a meeting of the Billings Clinic Metabolic Surgery Support Group. 5:30 p.m., Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Center, 1045 N. 30th St.

•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.

•Machinatia and the Drew Nichols Blues Trio play at the 4-20 celebration. 8 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.

Tuesday, April 21

•A Gender Wage Gap awareness bake sale charges $1 per cookie to males and 77 cents to females to illustrate the wage gap between men and women in the United States. The event is hosted by the American Association of University Women, MSU Billings Diversity Initiative Group and MSU Billings Women’s and Gender Studies Center. 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Jacket Student Central at City College and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., atrium in Student Union Building at main campus.

•Tech Tuesday covers the Montana Memory Project. 4 p.m., Billings Public Library.

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

•Billings Clinic Partners in Survivorship: Living Well After Cancer Treatment, a series of six weekly classes, helps patients, family and friends manage long-term physical effects and emotional stressors after treatment for cancer. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 26, Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center at Billings Clinic Hospital. Free. To register, call 255-8440 or go to billingsclinic.com/classes.

•John LeVar, a Friends of Pompeys Pillar board member, and Jeff Kitchens, manager of Pompeys Pillar National Monument, discuss the history of the national site and “Whatever Happened to Baby Pomp?” in the last of three lectures on “Clark on the Yellowstone.” 6:30 p.m., Library Room 148.

•The West End Neighborhood Task Force meets. 7 p.m., Faith Evangelical Church, 32nd Street West and Sweetwater Drive.

•The Dahl Funeral Chapel Grief Support Group meets every other Tuesday. 7 p.m., 10 Yellowstone Ave. Call 248-8807 for information.

•Montana State Parks invites the public to a town hall meeting regarding future development at Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Reservoir. Peaks to Plains Design, a local consultant, has been contracted to consider all aspects of development and will facilitate the discussion. Participants learn about conditions at the Park and are asked to provide feedback on the services they feel are appropriate. 7 p.m., Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 5 Office, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive.

•The documentary film “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,” which won four best documentary awards, traces the life of a University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder put a national spotlight on hate crimes against gay people. 7 p.m., Petro Theater at MSU Billings. Free.

•Canadian Sean Burns plays in concert with Where There’s Fire and Justene Marie playing folk and punkgrass. 7 p.m., Railyard. $10.

•The MSU Billings Symphonic Band performs its Spring Concert under the direction of Mark Fenderson. The program includes transcriptions of works by Rossini and Respighi, original works by Henry Cowell, Frederic Ashe and Karl L. King, as well as an Eric Leidzen arrangement of music from Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma. 7:30 p.m., Cisel Recital Hall at MSU Billings. $5, $3.

•The Rocky Mountain College Jazz Ensemble swings jazz from standards to contemporary gems. 7:30 p.m., Babcock Theater. Free.

•Hugh Healow hosts open mic night. 8 p.m., Pub Station, 2502 First Ave. N. To sign up, call 855-1538. Free.

•RED LODGE – Rob Owen hosts jam night. 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 22

•Good Earth Market celebrates Earth Day with lunch, booths, a workshop and live music. Lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes organic beef from B-Bar ranch and a vegetarian offering. Alex Nauman and Parker Brown play live music, and Master Gardener Sharon Wetsch teaches a workshop on “Getting Ready for Spring: Cold Weather and Warm Weather Planting.” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., parking lot at 3024 Second Ave. N.

•Money Smart Week offers “Financial Foundations” using the Western Security Bank Education Center, an interactive online money management program that explains critical financial concepts in a series of eight short online modules. The program is self-paced, flexible and remembers your progress. 4 p.m., Computer Lab at Billings Public Library.

•Students in grades three through six are invited to Be a Money Smart Kid by learning all about money. 4 p.m., Community Room of Billings Public Library. Free but registration require.

•Shook Twins and band play with Yellowstone Howard at an Earth Day celebration. 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.

•Missoula filmmaker Vera Brunner-Sung discusses her film Bella Vista, which won the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. The film deals with issues such as the World War II internment camp at Fort Missoula and the Salish Tribe’s forced movement to the Flathead Reservation from its home in the Bitterroot Valley. The film is being shown Thursday, April 23, at the Yellowstone Art Museum. 6 p.m., Room 148 of Liberal Arts Building at MSU Billings. Free.

•Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel hosts an informational presentation to introduce the mission of the National Cemetery Administration, in addition to covering information related to burial eligibility, burial benefits, headstones and markers and cemetery regulations. Refreshments are provided by Yellowstone County. 6 p.m., MetraPark.

•MSU Billings creates a Night of Story Telling. 6 p.m., Billings Public Library.

•Ralph Scott presents “Riverfront Park Nature: Wildness at Home,” a Power Point lecture about his five-year natural history survey of Riverfront Park. He offers concluding remarks on why such studies are needed and important for today’s social and political environmental movement. 7 p.m., Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.

•Element a440, an industrial metal band from Arizona, plays in concert with Ruines Ov Abaddon of San Diego and Deadpass of Casper, Wyo. ENDever and KaNcErUs also play. 7 p.m., Railyard. $10.

•The Big Read Lecture Series “Wednesdays with Willa” presents clips from the WNET American Master documentary “Willa Cather: The Road Is All,” followed by a panel discussion about Cather and her works with authors Cara Chamberlain and Bernie Quetchenbach. Through photos, interviews and reenactments, the documentary spotlights Cather’s career and meticulously crafted work. As a child, Ms. Cather was taken from her home in Virginia into the wild Nebraska frontier - a place so vast and empty she felt “erased.” There she wrote her best novels: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop and One of Ours. 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.

•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 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.

•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. .

•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.

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