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Cast members of "American Idiot" rehearse in the Montana Theatre recently. The rock opera is based on Green Day's album by the same name.

A cheat sheet to arts and culture events happening around Missoula in the next week.

Wildlife Film Festival

The International Wildlife Film Festival stampedes into its final weekend with screenings and special events Friday through Sunday.

On Friday, East Helena filmmaker Casey Anderson's documentary, "The Mountain Lion and Me," screens at 5 p.m. Earlier in the day, "Building Both Sides of the Wolf Narrative: A Dialogue About Media Process" will give audience-goers some insight into filmmakers' process documenting the wolf-reintroduction.

Missoula's International Wildlife Film Festival connects science, films, audiences

On Saturday, the award-winning films will be announced with more screenings — watch Throughout Sunday, there will be additional "second looking screenings" to be announced.

It all wraps up with "Dressed Not to Kill," a sustainable fashion show featuring local designers, starting at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, head to the website.


Green Day's "American Idiot" continues its run at the University of Montana, the big season closer for the School of Theatre and Dance.

The school hired local keyboardist Josh Farmer as musical director, and his band will be set up right on stage for the punk-themed musical set during the administration of George W. Bush. The Broadway-certified show includes the pop-punk band's hits, like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and its fair share of adult themes and profanity.

The show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 20-21 and April 25-28, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, anand $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are at UMArts Box Office (406-243-4581) from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or go to Sunday, April 29. All shows are in the Montana Theatre in the PAR/TV Center on campus. Tickets are $20 general, $16 for senior and student tickets 

A touring production of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage" is exactly what it promises: a live adaptation of the '80s movie with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

According to the news release, this version boasts '80s songs like "Hungry Eyes" and "(I've Had) the Time of My Life." They'll be played by a live band on stage, with a total of 36 songs.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Adams Center. For tickets, go to or call 1-888-MONTANA.

Live music

Jazz, classical, garage rock. Take your pick this weekend.

Saturday's "Dead Moon Night" at the ZACC Below pays tribute to Portland garage rock/punk band Dead Moon.

Four local cover bands are running through material by the band, who influenced their fair share of musicians in the Northwest indie music scene, extending all the way East to Missoula.

Fred and Toody Cole, a husband and wife team, played here in a few incarnations, including Pierced Arrows. Fred died last November at age 69. Drummer Andrew Loomis preceded him in 2016.

The all-ages show runs from 8-10 p.m. downstairs at the ZACC.

Jazzoula, the city's fest of all things jazz, is closing out on Friday night.

The line-up is the Joe Glassy Trio; the fusion-esque Captain Wilson Conspiracy, the Big Sky Mudflaps, and trombonist-singer MJ Williams' trio with Ann Tappan and Rob Kohler.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony's Parish Hall. Tickets are $12 general or $10 seniors/students. Drinks are available for purchase.

Classical fans should head to the University of Montana, where the Celebrate Piano Series is bringing the piano duo of Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon.

The Canadian couple have won many competitions for their work, separately and together. They'll give a free public masterclass from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the UM Music Recital Hall. Their main concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $20 for the public, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

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