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Derrick Kellar, left, helps his Uncle Jerry Kellar move one of the art pieces, from the collection of Copper King William Clark, into the Montana Museum of Art & Culture's Melloy Gallery. The MMAC will exhibit them from Oct. 4 to June 15.

A cheat sheet to some of the arts and cultural events happening around Missoula in the coming week.

Montana Book Festival

(Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30)

The city's annual celebration of the written word will have its share of authors, plus zine artists and a one-person play. See last week's preview for more highlights, or head to

Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon

(Friday-Saturday, Sept. 28-19 and Monday, Oct. 1)

These veteran artists gather regularly to keep alive the art of figure drawing. Each year, an exhibition at the Brunswick Gallery gives viewers a look into the myriad approaches artists can take while working from the same model. (See a full preview here.)

The artists are Nancy Erickson, Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Becki Johnson, Beth Lo, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Linda Tawney and Janet Whaley.

The Brunswick Gallery, located at 223 N. Railroad St. is only open at select times: 2-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. on Monday.

'Soliloquies' art opening

(Friday, Sept. 28)

The Radius Gallery is opening an new exhibition, "Soliloquies," featuring a diverse slate of artists. Andy Cline's hyper-realist paintings depict both the natural beauty and man-made incursions on the Montana landscape. Monte Dolack dips into magic realism; Lindsey Myers Carroll's large-scale mixed-media drawings are rich with precise details; print-maker James Todd draws on myths; and Sue Tirrell's ceramic plates employ storytelling in their decoration. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 28, from 5-7 p.m. at 114 E. Main St. The show is up through Oct. 26.

Missoula Symphony Orchestra

(Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28-29)

The symphony's season-opener, "Musical Myths," aims for evocative musical storytelling. Arutunian's Trumpet Concerto features guest soloist Brandon Ridenour, and masterworks selection, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," will bring listeners into the world of the "The Thousand and One Nights." (Full preview here.)

Saturday's performance is at 7:30 p.m., in the Dennison Theatre at UM; Sunday's is at 3 p.m. For tickets or more information, go to or call 406-721-3194.

'Dancers on Location'

(Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30)

See choreography unfold across campus during "UM Dancers on Location." Head to the Mansfield Library Mall at noon, and then travel to other sites around the campus. Free. For more information, go to

Tell Us Something

(Tuesday, Oct. 2)

The ever-popular storytelling series features local residents telling 10-minute, true-life tales. This quarter's theme is "It's Complicated," which will no doubt spur some stories that are convoluted in the special way that only nonfiction can be.

The show takes place at The Wilma. Doors open at 6 p.m. and stories start at 7. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of. Go to for more information.

UM Drama's 'Summer and Smoke'

(Oct. 3-7, 10-14)

The School of Theatre & Dance will kick off its season with this classic love story by Tennessee Williams over in the Masquer Theatre. (See this week's preview.)

Performance times are Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Masquer Theater on campus. 2 p.m. matinees will be on Oct. 7 and 14.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for students and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling (406) 243-4581 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at

Montana Film Festival

(Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 4-7)

Cutting-edge independent films will take over the Roxy Theater during the fourth-annual festival. Help kick it off on Thursday with a show at Western Cider with Rolling Stone Country-approved scribe Jonny Fritz and local roots band Worst Feelings. It runs from 8-10 p.m. and is free of charge. The other offerings on Thursday back over at the Roxy are the acclaimed indie film "Thunder Road" and a block of short films. For more information, go to See this week's festival preview for more highlights.

William Clark's priceless art at MMAC

(Thursday, Oct. 4)

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture will display paintings and a sculpture culled from the collection of the Copper King. The acquisitions, deliver from Washington, D.C., earlier this year, will enter the museum's permanent collection, hence the exhibition title, "The William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming.”

The opening reception runs from 3 to 6 p.m., in the PAR/TV lobby at the UM. The exhibition continues through June 15.

Looking ahead

FrontierSpace benefit auction

(Friday, Oct. 5)

You can buy art and help ensure there's a space to view alternative art in downtown by heading to this auction. FrontierSpace, a nonprofit located in the alley on West Pine Street, displays local and visiting artists each First Friday. Many of its exhibitions selected by its graduate-student co-directors are installations, and all are noncommercial.

The auction runs from 5-9 p.m. on First Friday, Oct. 5. Head to for more information.

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