Summer arts preview for western Montana

Sure, we know all about the place on the lake and those camping and fishing trips that take up most of the Montana summer. But when circumstances call for summertime in town, chances are there's plenty to do on the arts scene.

There's theater in Hamilton; music in Missoula; rodeos and festivals all over the state. There's a playwright's conference and Out to Lunch and, new this year, a Thursday apres-work music festival in Missoula's Caras Park.

Summertime blues? What for? Check out the chances for fun in the sun this coming season and feel the doldrums evaporate like a morning fog.

June 1-Sept. 2 - The Brewery Follies, comedy cabaret, performs in Virginia City six nights a week at 8:30 p.m., plus a 4:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets $12.50. Reservations recommended. 843-5218 or 1-800-829-2969.

June 1 - Wylie & the Wild West in concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 543-2525.

June 1 - Exhibit opening, "High School Student Spring Show," Counting Coups Indian Arts Cooperative, 135 E. Main St., 728-4722.

June 1 - Opening, Fox Artist Studio & Gallery, 408 2nd Ave. N., Hot Springs. Exhibit, "Small and Miniature Works." Reception 5:30-8 p.m. 741-5503.

June 1-2, 12, 16, 20, 22 - "The Foreigner," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

June 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 - "My Fair Lady," 8 p.m., Chantilly Theatre, Stevensville, $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children 10 and under, 777-2722.

June 2-3 - Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton, 642-3119 or arrows@bigsky.net: featuring renowned fiber artist Elda Kohls and others teaching workshops and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting and more.

June 2 - Garden City Microbrewfest, more than 80 brews from pilseners to barley wines, Caras Park. Cost: $5 admission, $1 per beer.

June 3 - "Unclothing the Dead," a one-woman performance by Sheryl Noethe telling the story of "the last two generations of women who died so that I could live and tell their stories," 5 p.m., New Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave., 728-5748. Tickets $10.

June 5 - Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors concert, 8 p.m., Club Central, Whitefish. 862-8888.

June 5 - Summer Book Nights with Peter Bowen, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

June 5 - Heather Ellen Chipman, dramatic soprano, farewell recital, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Music Building, University of Montana. Free.

June 6 - "Rudy," a survey of work by Rudy Autio, opens in the Art Museum of Missoula, 335 N. Pattee St., 728-0447. Free.

June 6 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Amy Martin Band; John Floridis Trio.

June 6 - Full Moon Drumming, 7:30 p.m., Jacob's Island Park, Missoula: An informal gathering of community members drumming to the full moon. Dancers and spectators welcome. Drums provided. Free.

June 7 - Single Malt Band concert, Club Central, Whitefish.

June 7 - James Armstrong concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 542-2525.

June 8-10 - 52nd Homesteader Days Celebration, Hot Springs. Live music, games, softball tournament, races, rodeo, art in the park, quilt and antique car shows, parades, auction, 741-2161. Free.

June 8 - Single Malt Band concert, The Ritz, Missoula, 721-6731.

June 9 - Dog Daze of Summer Carnival and Doggy Dash 2001, Polson, 883-5312. Free.

June 9-10 - 22nd Annual Bitterroot Days, Hamilton, 363-3338.

June 9 - George Winston acoustic guitar concert, 8 p.m., O'Shaughnessey Center for the Performing Arts, Whitefish, 862-5371.

June 9, 13, 15, 18, 21, 26, 30 - "Carousel," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

June 10, 17 - "My Fair Lady," 2 p.m., Chantilly Theatre, Stevensville, $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children 10 and under, 777-2722.

June 11, 14, 19, 23, 27, 29 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

June 12 - Summer Book Nights with Ed Lahey, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

June 13 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Jack Gladstone; Long Overdue.

June 13 - Brooks West & Josh Harty concert, The Ritz, Missoula, 721-6731.

June 15 - George Winston piano dance concert, 9 p.m., Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave, 728-2521. Rhythm & blues, slow dance, soul, ballads, rock, jazz, Latin, waltzes, swing and country by the performer best known for his mellow melodies. Tickets $10, TIC-IT-EZ.

June 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 - "Gypsy," musical about Gypsy Rose Lee, 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

June 16-17: "Back to Basics" stage and screenwriting workshop with Marsha Norman, Ron Fitzgerald, Roger Hedden and James McLure, The Missoula Colony, University of Montana, 243-6809. Cost: $50 general public, $30 high school and university students.

June 16-17 - Western Days, Stevensville, 777-5591.

June 17, 24 - "Gypsy," musical about Gypsy Rose Lee, 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

June 18 - The Missoula Colony public readings: Kate Roxburgh and Regan deVictoria, 3 p.m., Marsha Norman, 8 p.m., Montana Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center, University of Montana, 243-6809. Admission: free for afternoon readings, $5 evening readings. All-event buttons cost $15.

June 18 - Opening exhibit, "A Founder's Song," the life and art of Peter Meloy, co-founder of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, University of Montana Museum of Fine Arts, 243-2019.

June 19 - The Missoula Colony public readings: Jim Peterson, 3 p.m., Bill Yellow Robe Jr., 8 p.m., Montana Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center, University of Montana, 243-6809. Admission: free for afternoon readings, $5 evening readings. All-event buttons cost $15.

June 19 - Summer Book Nights with Dorothy Patent, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

June 20 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Watercarvers Guild; Code of the West.

June 20 - The Clumsy Lovers in concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 543-2525.

June 21 - The Duffy Bishop Band in concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 543-2525.

June 21 - The Missoula Colony public readings: Kate Hoffower and Chris Evans, 3 p.m., James McLure, 8 p.m., Montana Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center, University of Montana, 243-6809. Admission: free for afternoon readings, $5 evening readings. All-event buttons cost $15.

June 22 - The Missoula Colony public readings: Joan Melcher, 3 p.m., Roger Hedden, 8 p.m., Montana Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center, University of Montana, 243-6809. Admission: free for afternoon readings, $5 evening readings. All-event buttons cost $15.

June 22 - Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the original acoustic Hot Tuna, in concert 8 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets $21 advance, $23 day of show, TIC-IT-EZ.

June 23 - The Missoula Colony public readings: Greg Patent, 3 p.m., Ron Fitzgerald, 8 p.m., Montana Theatre, Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center, University of Montana, 243-6809. Admission: free for afternoon readings, $5 evening readings. All-event buttons cost $15.

June 23 - Brian Setzer in concert, Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave. TIC-IT-EZ.

June 25 - Emmylou Harris and Spy Boy concert, 8 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets $27 advance, $29 day of show. TIC-IT-EZ, www.vootie.com.

June 25, 28 - "Funny Girl," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

June 26 - Summer Book Nights with Jake Mosher, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

June 27 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Eden Atwood & the Last Best Band; Ed Norton Big Band.

July 1 - "Gypsy," musical about Gypsy Rose Lee, 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

July 1 - St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, Montana Trombone Chorale, 4 p.m., St. Timothy's Church, Southern Cross, $15 adult, $10 students, 782-6994 or Boardski7@aol.com.

July 2, 5, 10, 16, 20, 25 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

July 3, 6, 11, 14, 19, 24, 28 - "Funny Girl," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

July 3-8 - 103rd Annual Celebration, Arlee. Cultural celebration features traditional drumming and singing, competition dancing, parade and more, with American Indians from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

July 4 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Remington Ride; Bob Wire & the Fencemenders.

July 4 - Fourth of July Celebration, Whitefish Lake, Whitefish. Water craft rentals, live music, fireworks and more. 862-3501.

July 4 - Fourth of July Celebration, Seeley Lake. Parade, fireworks, kid and family games, pig roast, more. 677-2880.

July 4 - Celebrate the Fourth, Plains. Arts and crafts, music, tailgate flea market, Bull-A-Rama, fireworks. 826-3202.

July 4 - July 4 Festivities, St. Regis. Parade, pancake breakfast, children's activities, logging contests, street dances, fireworks. 649-2259.

July 4 - Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, Troy. Parade, music, quilt show, kids' activities, pioneer and crafts exhibits, fireworks, 295-6005.

July 4, 7, 12, 17, 23, 27 - "Carousel," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $17 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

July 5-7 - Rock 'n' Roll Daze, Caras Park July 5, Missoula County Fairgrounds July 6-7: Classic cars, activities and live music by Bill Haley's Comets, the Del-Vikings, the Vogues, Lovin' Spoonful, Johnnie Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, the AC's, the Elegants, the Marvelettes, Jay & the Techniques, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and Chubby Checker. Tickets $29 for evening performances, $7 per day pass excluding concerts, $15 family daytime pass. Kids 12 and under free to daytime events. 1-888-501-ROCK or www.rocknrolldaze.com.

July 5-8, 12-15, 19-20, 26-27 - "Swingin' on a Star," a live tribute to the "golden age" of radio starring Eden Atwood, Stacey Gordon, Don Kukla and John Semmens, with Jodi Marshall on piano, 8 p.m., Elks Lodge, 112 N. Pattee St., Missoula, 360-STAR (7827). Tickets $20 reserved, $12 general admission.

July 5 - Full Moon Drumming, 7:30 p.m., Jacob's Island Park, Missoula: An informal gathering of community members drumming to the full moon. Dancers and spectators welcome. Drums provided. Free.

July 6 - Exhibit opening, "Everyday Items - Utilitarian Art," Counting Coups Indian Arts Cooperative, 135 E. Main St., 728-4722.

July 6 - "Renee Gouaux: Fall," figurative ceramic sculpture, opens at the Art Museum of Missoula, 335 N. Pattee St., 728-0447.

July 6-8 - Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead Summer Show, Kalispell. 881-4288.

July 6-8 - KERR Rodeo, Polson. Popular NRA Circuit rodeo. 883-5255.

July 8 - St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, David Ying, cello, Elinor Freer, piano, 4 p.m., St. Timothy's Church, Southern Cross, $15 adult, $10 students, 782-6994 or Boardski7@aol.com.

July 8 - PRCA Rodeo, Drummond. Parade at 11 a.m., Rodeo 1:30 p.m., entertainment before during and following. 288-3479.

July 10 - Steve Earle and the Dukes concert, 8 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets $25 advance, $27 day of show, TIC-IT-EZ, www.vootie.com.

July 10 - Summer Book Nights with Walter Kirn, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

July 11 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Zoe Wood, Ben Stevens.

July 12 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Beef Trout.

July 13-14 - Chief Victor Days, Victor. Celebration of Indian heritage includes parade, crafts, food, games, Indian drumming and dancing. 363-2400.

July 13-15 - Bitterroot Valley Bluegrass Festival, Hamilton. Free banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar-playing workshops; on-site day-camping available with weekend-long jam sessions throughout. 363-4444.

July 13, 18, 21, 26, 30 - "Once Upon a Mattress," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

July 14 - "Wolftown: By Appointment Only," photographs of Marcus Wolf and his collection by Lucy Capehart and other artists opens in the Art Museum of Missoula, 335 N. Pattee St., 728-0447.

July 14 - Bitterroot Microwbrew Fest, Hamilton. 363-2400.

July 17 - Summer Book Nights with James Lee Burke, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

July 18 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Jenn Adams, Swizzle Grit.

July 20 - "A Night of Scene and Song," 7 p.m., The Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton. Free.

July 21 - Summer Sizzler, Westside Lanes & Fun Center, with music by ESC4P3: A Tribute to Journey, and Solid Sound Karaoke.

July 21 - Railroad Days, Alberton. Parade, crafts fair, community garage sale and games celebrating Alberton's railroad history. 722-4570.

July 21 - Strawberry Festival, Darby. Ice-cream social, music, treats with strawberries. 862-3151.

July 21-30 - Skydive Lost Prairie 34th Annual Jump Meet, Kalispell. Largest gathering of skydivers in the Northwest with 400 to 500 jumpers. Make a tandem skydive with an instructor from 13,000 feet. Activities sunrise to sundown. 858-2493.

July 22 - St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, Muir String Quartet, 4 p.m., St. Timothy's Church, Southern Cross, $15 adult, $10 students, 782-6994 or Boardski7@aol.com.

July 24 - Summer Book Nights with Dennis Held, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

July 25 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Critical Martini, Florence's Groove & Blues Revue.

July 25-30 - International Traditional Games, Standing Arrow Grounds, Elmo. Open to all American Indians, world traditionals and the general public.

July 26 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Tom Catmull Band.

July 27-28 - Heritage Days, Columbia Falls. Friday night rodeo, Saturday parade, street dance, craft fair, farmer's market, 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the streets, Olympics Friday night. 892-2480.

July 27-29 - Annual Scooterfest, Plains. Motorcyclists event includes display of classics, poker run, motorcycle rodeo, live music and more. 826-3202.

July 27-29 - Bitterroot Valley All-Nations Powwow, Hamilton. Drummers, singers and dancers perform in a traditional lodgepole pine arbor starting at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Admission: $6, $3 seniors 60 and older, free to kids 5 and under. 363-5383.

July 27-29 - Arts in the Park, Hockaday Museum of the Arts, Kalispell. Fine arts show with live music. 755-5268.

July 28-29 - Art in the Park, Hamilton. Fine arts and crafts show with artists throughout the state. 821-4678.

July 29 - Benefit Revue, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $30, 837-4886.

July 31 - Summer Book Nights with Jim Toner, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

July 31 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Aug. 1 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Rank Strangers, Reel-Time Travelers.

Aug. 1, 6, 10, 16, 21, 25, 30 - "Funny Girl," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Aug. 2, 7, 11, 15, 20, 23, 28, 31 - "Carousel," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Aug. 2 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Levitators.

Aug. 2 - Kids Fest, Missoula. Stage acts, carnival booths, interactive activities, displays, music, food, education and fun. 721-7275.

Aug. 2-5 - Two Rivers Rendezvous, Libby. Traditional fur-trade-era dress encouraged. Black powder event, muzzleloader shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, blacksmith shop, traders' row in a re-creation of the fur-trade era. 293-7251.

Aug. 3-5 - Huckleberry Days, Whitefish. Pie-eating contest, huckleberry cook-off, treasure hunt and more. 862-3501.

Aug. 3-5 - Rocky Mountain Accordion Celebration, Philipsburg. Friday night jam and dance. Concerts by world-renowned accordionists. 859-3388.

Aug. 3, 8, 14, 18, 24, 29 - "Once Upon a Mattress," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Aug. 4, 9, 13, 17, 22, 27 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Aug. 4 - Full Moon Drumming, 7:30 p.m., Jacob's Island Park, Missoula: An informal gathering of community members drumming to the full moon. Dancers and spectators welcome. Drums provided. Free.

Aug. 4 - Montana Power Summer Symphony, Helena. Seven Montana orchestras converge at Carroll College to perform. Fireworks display. Free. 497-2841.

Aug. 4-5 - Annual Festival of the Arts, Bigfork. 881-4636.

Aug. 5 - Missoula Symphony performance, "Noting Lewis and Clark," 7 p.m., Marcus Daly Mansion, Hamilton. $8 adults, $ children 6-12, free to children under 5. Box dinners available for $20, or bring your own dinner, chairs, blankets etc. 721-3194.

Aug. 5 - St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, Stuart Weber, classical guitar, 4 p.m., St. Timothy's Church, Southern Cross, $15 adult, $10 students, 782-6994 or Boardski7@aol.com.

Aug. 7 - Summer Book Nights with Beth LaDow, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

Aug 7 - David Lindley in concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 543-2525.

Aug. 7-12 - Western Montana Fair and Rodeo, Missoula, 721-3247.

Aug. 8 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Erik "Fingers" Ray, Swifty Morgan.

Aug. 9 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: The Valentinos.

Aug. 10 - Patty Larkin in concert, Blue Heron, 140 W. Pine St., 543-2525.

Aug. 10 - "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

Aug. 10-12 - 22nd Huckleberry Festival, Trout Creek. Huckleberry pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, family dance and more. 827-4091.

Aug. 11 - Huckleberry Festival, Swan Lake. Hay rides, music, kayak fishing tournament, silent collectibles auction and more. 886-2080.

Aug. 11, 16-18, 23-25 - "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

Aug. 12, 19 - "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road, Hamilton, 375-9050.

Aug. 14 - Summer Book Nights with Annick Smith, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

Aug. 15 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Cocinando, The Moonlighters.

Aug. 15-19 - Northwest Montana Fair, Kalispell. 758-5810.

Aug. 16 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Cash for Junkers.

Aug. 19 - St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, Taylor Eigsti, jazz piano, 4 p.m., St. Timothy's Church, Southern Cross, $15 adult, $10 students, 782-6994 or Boardski7@aol.com.

Aug. 21 - Summer Book Nights with Jeff Shaara, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

Aug. 22 - Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: Mike & Tari Conroy, Jam Forum.

Aug. 23 - Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Andre Floyd with Mood Iguana.

Aug. 25 - Melon Days, Dixon. Parade, races, games, entertainment, best pie contest, silent auction, farmer Olympics, little buckaroo rodeo, melons. 246-3271.

Aug. 28 -Summer Book Nights with David James Duncan, 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave., 721-2881, www.factandfictionbooks.com.

Aug. 29 -Out to Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula: David Jacibs-Strain, Smoke.

Aug. 29-Sept. 2 - Ravalli County Fair, Hamilton. 363-3411.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2 - Sanders County Fair and Rodeo, Plains. 826-3202.

Aug. 30 -Downtown ToNight, 5:30-7 p.m., Caras Park, Missoula, free: Punch Truck.

Sept. 1 - Full Moon Drumming, 7:30 p.m., Jacob's Island Park, Missoula: An informal gathering of community members drumming to the full moon. Dancers and spectators welcome. Drums provided. Free.

Sept. 1 - Wild West Day, Bigfork. Carriage rides, gunfights, line dancing, American Indian dancers, western art and jail for those not dressed in western wear.

Sept. 1 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," Bigfork Summer Playhouse, $23 adults, $12 children, 837-4886.

Sept. 4 - David Grisman Quintet concert, 8 p.m. University Theatre, $21, TIC-IT-EZ.

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