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Jennie Pak, a re-enactor playing Sarah Woody (1853-1919), wife of one of the co-founders of Missoula, speaks to the crowd about Woody's life during the annual Stories and Stones event in the Missoula City Cemetery in September 2017.

A cheat sheet for some of the arts and culture events happening this week around Missoula.


For new theater, this is the week to open up your schedule. The 23rd annual Missoula Colony, presented by the Montana Repertory Theatre, will feature staged readings of new works from Friday through Wednesday in the Masquer Theatre at the University of Montana. For more information on the Colony and this year's scripts, see the full preview on E1.

With "Arbuckle," Billings author Russell Rowland has completed a trilogy of novels about the trials of range life. Rowland will read from the book at 5:30 p.m., at Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave.


Missoula Community Radio, call sign KFGM 105.5 FM, went live in January 2017. The noncommercial station is holding its second annual fundraiser Radio Party at Free Cycles, 732 S. First St. W. Starting at noon, you can catch a panel discussion on the station's mission. Stick around for music by local bands Charcoal Squids, Easter Island, New Old Future, Shellshock Lullaby, Aaron Jennings, Go Hibiki, Zepeda, Richard Alexander and This Side of the Truth, Emzee, Sunday Scaries and more. Suggestion donation is $5, with food from Valhalla Farms. 

Poet Zan Bockes has written a new collection of poetry, "Alibi for Stolen Light." The UM MFA creative writing graduate will read at 1 p.m., at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W.


Learn some more about the men, women and children from Missoula's past at the 11th annual Stories and Stones tour. The people include soldiers from World War I and World War II, victims of the 1918 influenza, and early Fort Missoula laundresses. The presentation, with some re-enacted in character, runs from 1-3 p.m. at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. 


Revival Comedy is going historical. Its crew of stand-ups will perform in character as famed figures like George Washington, Anne Boleyn, Nikola Tesla and Sigmund Freud.

The comedians are Reese Dowdy, Kyle McAfee, Zack Troxel, Eliza Oh, Tim Miller, Timothy Howard, James Johnson, Ian St. Onge, Lenny Peppers, Kyle Kulseth and host Charley Macorn.

The show starts at 8 p.m., at the Badlander. Ages 18 and up are welcome.

If you love suspense novels, summer, and Glacier National Park, and want to combine all three, "A Sharp Solitude" is the book for you. In Whitefish author Christine Carbo's latest, FBI investigator Ali Paige needs to uncover the truth after a journalist is found dead. In 2015, Carbo won the Pinckley Prize for women crime writers in the debut category for "The Wild Inside." She'll read and sign “A Sharp Solitude,” at 7 p.m., at Fact & Fiction Books, 220 N. Higgins Ave.

A new PBS documentary, "Native Art Now! Developments in Contemporary Native American Art since 1992" gives viewers insight into the world of indigenous artists. There's an accompanying book, both of which are the subject of a celebration at 7 p.m., at the Missoula Art Museum.

There will be a no-host bar where you can peruse the book, and then head upstairs to the MAM's Frost Gallery, dedicated exclusively to indigenous art, for a screening. The MAM notes that many artists in the film have exhibited there, and two recent examples include Wendy Red Star and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

For an introduction to the overlapping worlds of witchcraft and art, a Tuesday reading is the place to be. Laura Tempest Zakroff is a practicing "modern traditional witch" and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She also blogs about her craft and has written two books on the subject. She'll read from her latest, "Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols," at 7 p.m., at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W.


Missoula's quarterly nonfiction storytelling series, Tell Us Something, returns to the Wilma stage on Wednesday.

Eight local residents will tell stories from their own lives on the theme of "Risk." For a sample of the humor, heartbreak and surprises that can happen, head over to, where there's an archive of seven years' worth of stories from community members.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance at the Top Hat, or 877-987-6487, or $10 the day of the show. Organizers caution that the event is all ages but could involve adult language and situations.

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Arts & Entertainment Reporter

Entertainment editor for the Missoulian.