A cheat sheet for arts and cultural events around Missoula in the coming week.
First Friday. The opening day of the Saturday farmers markets. Garden City Brewfest. Expect a jam-packed weekend in downtown Missoula as the weather picks up and the everyone hits the pavement.
The last First Friday before the University of Montana's semester ends is always a big one with most every venue you can think of participating. For some highlights, see the First Friday round-up.
Downtown's two farmers markets open this Saturday. The Clark Fork Market adjacent to Caras Park opens at 8 a.m. and runs till 1 p.m. The Missoula Farmers Market, up on the north end of Higgins, is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The arts-and-crafts oriented People's Market kicks off next Saturday.
Garden City Brewfest
Over in Caras Park on Saturday, sample 70 beers at Garden City Brewfest, a 26-year-old annual brewfest.
The tally of beers, which come from around the Missoula, Montana, and the U.S., exceeds 70 this year.
It costs $15 to buy a 7-ounce tasting glass that comes with three tokens. Extra tokens are available for $1.50.
The whole thing runs from noon to 8 p.m. Music comes courtesy of Milltown Damn, Salsa Loca and Marshall Catch. Food trucks will be selling their goods.
Comic book Day
Saturday is National Comic Book Day. To pick up some free comics and meet local creators, head to Muse Comics and Games on South Higgins Avenue between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Theater and dance
Missoula Community Theatre continues its run of "Disney's The Little Mermaid," the live musical adaptation of the classic cartoon. The show continues May 4-13, including an adapted performance May 8 for people living on the autism spectrum. Go to mctinc.org for more information.
At the Roxy Theater on Saturday, catch "Standing Womb Only," a night of original stand-up and sketches by local comedian/actors Teresa Waldorf, Rosie Ayers, Salina Chatlain, Anne Szalda-Petree, Lynn Solomon and Bridget Smith.
Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
The UM School of Theatre & Dance is closing out its season with "Dance New Works," featuring choreography by students in an "intimate and experimental" concert, according to the press release.
The performances are Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. All take place in the Open Space in the PAR/TV Center. Tickets are $9.
Montana Repertory Theatre's final 4 by 4 Play Slam of the year is on Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m.
The Rep, a professional theater in residence at UM, started the program to help cultivate local writers. For each slam, they get a prompt and submit a script. This go-round, the prompt was "Mercy," and the selected writers are Cathy Capps, Shaun Gant, Kirstin Golga and Adrian Maloy. They'll see the work on stage for scripted readings in the Masquer Theatre in the PAR/TV Center. The suggested minimum donation is $5.
Hannibal Buress, the Chicago comedian whose joke about Bill Cosby reignited claims of sexual assault resulting in the aged star's conviction, is coming to the Wilma on Wednesday, May 9.
Buress, who's appeared on "Broad City" and Adult Swim, doesn't deserve to be pigeonholed. Check out his Netflix special, "Comedy Comisado" or his podcast, "Handsome Rambler" to see what the rest of his material is like.
Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. The show is sold out.
For local flavor, head to the Roxy Theater on Friday, May 4, for the finals in Missoula's Homegrown Comedy Competition. The top three comedians from the first three rounds will vie for the title. The show starts at 8. Tickets are $14, available in advance at theroxytheater.org.
The String Orchestra of the Rockies, a professional regional ensemble, will close out a season with an extra goodbye on Sunday.
Longtime artistic director (and cellist) Fern Glass Boyd is stepping down. The SOR is welcoming a familiar face to fill her role: Maria Larionff, a violinist who's come to Missoula as a featured guest. The concert, titled "The Cascades Meet the Rockies," takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Music Recital Hall at UM. For tickets, see Griztix.com or affiliated outlets.
On Sunday at Imagine Nation Brewing, get a dose of electronic music with Philip Glasshole, a duo comprising Jay Bruns and Ben Weiss, for the latest installment of the Free Sessions from Lakebottom Sound.
The two will give an introduction to their various gadgetry and give a demonstration. Interested musicians of all skill levels can then join in for an improvisation sessions based on some parameters set by Bruns and Weiss. It starts at 6:30 and runs to 8:30. All ages are welcome. For more information on the presentation and how the improv session will work, head to lakebottomsound.org.
On First Friday, the Old Post and the American Legion Post 101 are kicking off their First Friday Summer Concert Series. They'll close off the parking lot and set up the bands on a trailer with professional sound for a show starting at 6:30 p.m. with Chase and the Know Associates. Each month, the Post will feature a different local nonprofit, and host the bands, organization members and guests at La Bella Grotta for a VIP lounge with discounted drinks.
After the parking lot show winds down at 10:30 p.m., the Loose String Band will play an afterparty in the bar till closing.