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A parade of flag-carrying festival attendees finish their march through of the University Center to kick off UM's 26th annual International Festival around noon on April 8, 2018. The festival went all day, and featured a variety of performances from many world cultures, as well as cuisine and educational opportunities for both children and adults. This year, the event will be Sunday, March 17. 

Wednesday

Take a moment to learn something new about culture you may be unfamiliar with. UM’s Pacific Islanders club is dedicated to creating sacred spaces around campus. It’s created a display at the Mansfield Library entrance featuring indigenous clothing and instruments. Learn the difference between the gourd instruments ipu heke and ‘ulī‘ulī (hint: the latter is feathered). Running through March.

Worried about nuclear war? Who isn’t! But knowledge is power, so it might be worth your time to check out “The Future of Denuclearization in North Korea,” a Mansfield dialogue revolving around… well, it’s right there in the title. Speakers will discuss the current state of the Korean peninsula, including human rights and the possibility of reunification. Noon to 1 p.m. UC room 225

Thursday

Feel sophisticated in your snow boots at the 39th Annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the Music Building and Dennison Theatre. Some of the best jazz artists in the country will blow your minds, man. Performers include Doug Stone on saxophone, drummer Brian Claxton, Matt Harris tickling ivory (ahem, piano), Aric Schneller on trombone, bassist Ashley Summers and Steve Roach on trumpet. All day.

“If Walls Could Talk: Women of the East Front Street Neighborhood in Early Missoula.” A lot of words, a lot to learn at this lecture in the Mansfield Library Theta Rho room. Anthropology doctoral candidate and author of “Historic Underground Missoula” Nikki Manning will enlighten attendees on a past many Missoulians may not even be aware of. Refreshments will be served. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday

The UM student chapter of the Wildlife Society is hosting Beats, Brews and Beasts, a fundraising event to support this group’s dedication toward all things furry, feathery and scaly. Food, a silent auction, live music and a portion of drink sales all help out this important cause. VFW at 245 West Main street. 6 p.m.

Relive that sweaty-palmed, stomach-churning feeling with the Missoula Community Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.” This Tony Award-winning comedy taps into everyone’s worst nightmare: middle school. Laugh, cry and cringe as six adults play pubescent competitors struggling with tween drama. MCT Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

UM’s Irish Studies program and Global Engagement Office are getting into the seasonal spirit with an entire day of St. Patrick’s Day events. Start the morning with an Irish Catholic mass at St. Francis Xavier at 8 a.m. before heading to view the parade on Higgins Avenue. Watch a game of hurling at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium or taste whiskey at the Rhino Bar downtown at 2. Finally, for those with deep pockets, a banquet and auction supporting Irish studies and culture will take place at the Holiday Inn downtown. Tickets for that are $30.

Oh, honey! Come watch Missoula’s finest drag queens strut their struff in Magicked! An Evening of Enchantment at downtown’s Badlander. This is 2019-2020’s Gay Big Sky Pageant, so be prepared to put on your most discerning wig and vote for this year’s big winner. Bring your ID or Griz card to vote. Just remember: don’t fuck it up. 208 Ryman Street. 7:30 p.m. 18+. $5.

So you’ve seen the parade and tasted all that Irish whiskey. What’s a UM student to do? Surely there’s only one answer: dance. Kris Moon’s Absolutely is there like an old drinking buddy, available week after week and ready to watch you dance like St. Patrick himself probably did after banishing all those snakes from Ireland. Wait, that’s what he did, right? Maybe it’s time to brush up on my Irish history. 208 Ryman Street. 9 p.m. 21+. Free.

Sunday

International Festival returns for its 27th year of cultural enrichment with a special Irish Extravaganza and St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Travel the world without leaving the Zoo with shows, storytelling, art exhibits and everyone’s favorite: Food! University Center. 12 p.m.

Monday

So you partied a little hard last night. Pull yourself together and maybe learn a thing or two at the 64th Montana Science Fair, Monday, March 18. Parents, teachers and students will have the opportunity to get their hands on some real academic activities. Judging occurs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., public viewing is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adams Center.

Storytelling is an ancient and powerful tradition, and it takes a lot of guts to stand in front of an audience airing out some personal stories. Come support eight live storytellers as they regale you with true tales at the Wilma’s Tell Us Something: Stranger in a Strange Land (and all without notes). Each will have you pondering deep issues and considering that maybe, just maybe, none of us are alone in this world. 7 p.m. 131 South Higgins Street. $10 in advance, $12 day of.

Tuesday

San Francisco’s Ganesh Vasudevan is sure to wow with India’s oldest dance form, Bharata Natyam. You really can’t miss this display of human agility and moved emotions through movement put on by UM’s South and South-East Asian Studies and the School of Dance. PARTV Center, room 005. 6 p.m. Free.

The VFW hosts will host its weekly all-ages trivia night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Flex that gray matter, or at least, bring your knack for random facts to win a bit of pride. 245 West Main Street.