Missoula, a city of many festivals, has enough in the next week to suit most any interest. Take your pick among the International Wildlife Film Festival; Jazzoula; the Missoula Old Time Social; and the Last Best Print Fest.
The International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off, bringing almost 150 movies from around the world to the Roxy Theater.
Along with the films, you can hear presentations from National Geographic photographer Amy Vitale and war correspondent-turned-filmmaker Kate Brooks. The ever-popular WildWalk will come down Higgins Avenue on Saturday. New features this year include a strand of wildlife podcasts and a closing-night sustainable fashion show featuring local designers. (See related article.) For a full schedule, see wildlifefilms.org.
For fans of jazz and blues, Jazzoula runs Monday through Friday, gathering almost 25 combos at St. Anthony's for Jazzoula for early-evening sets. (See related article).
For art fans, venues around town are showing works by printmaker James Todd for the Last Best Print Fest, an annual celebration of of print-making. (See related article).
The second-annual Missoula Old Time Social, the city's celebration of old-time music and dance, continues on Friday and Saturday.
Not only can you see great local performers, you can learn some new tricks by taking free workshops for instruments, or pick up some skills yodeling, clogging or calling square dances. For complete information, go to missoulaoldtimesocial.com.
Friday: Catch Balled in Burlap and Misty Mountain Pony Club at the Top Hat from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday: Workshops for fiddle, banjo, guitar, clogging, fiddling for kids, yodeling, harmony singing, and square-dance calling at the Downtown Dance Collective and the Loft of Missoula run from 12-5 p.m. All are free.
Over at the Governor's Ballroom, you can take part in a community square dance and a cake walk with live music by Misty Mountain Pony Club, the Missoula Winders and the Beet Tops. This event has a $5 cover. All ages are welcome.
Theater and Dance
The University of Montana's School of Theatre & Dance has two plays that couldn't be more different.
For "Everyman," they teamed up with the School of Media Arts to create responsive projections in an adaptation of a medieval morality play. MFA candidate Tsiambwom Akuchu plays the lead role and developed choreography. He's also serious about dance, and recently won a top honor at regional dance competition and will perform at the Kennedy Center in June.
Performances continue in the Masquer Theatre on Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to umt.edu/umarts/theatredance.
Next week, the school will open its production of Green Day's "American Idiot." (See the full preview.)
Yodeller and Montana native Wylie and his band the Wild West are returning to Missoula Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Kids 12 and under are free. He'll play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Dennison Theatre.
On Friday, the UM student-run label Switchback Records is holding an album release party for "Missoula to Memphis." The record features covers of Elvis tunes by local musicians like the Rotgut Whines and Chloe Gendrow, along with a few out-of-state artists.
The show at Monk's features Gendrow, Rotgut Whines, Andrea Harsell and Edgar Allan Kubrick. It starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5, 18 and up.
Over at the Top Hat on Sunday, Rhymesayers rapper Grieves is playing. The show starts at 9 p.m., tickets are $16-$18.
On Saturday, local artist Stevie V is holding an album release party for "Popular to Contrary Belief," a new album in which he played all the instruments himself. He did recruit some extra help for back-up vocals. The show is from 7-10 p.m. at the Public House, 130 E. Broadway. Drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, go to stevie-v.com.