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Members of Bare Bait Dance practice poses, placement and lighting during a recent dress rehearsal for "Springboard," its choreography showcase.

A cheat sheet to some arts and cultural events around Missoula in the next week.

String Orchestra of the Rockies

(Sunday, Nov. 18)

The ensemble's next concert, "Montana Seasons," features students from the University of Montana and Missoula County Public Schools playing alongside the professionals.

The program includes selections by Bach, Piazzolla, Theofanidis and Vivaldi.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is held at the UM Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $30 regular, $25 seniors and $10 students, available at

Bitterroot Mural

(Friday, Nov. 16)

Great Falls artist Les Peters' Bitterroot Mural stretches 90 feet, making it the longest oil painting in Montana. The work is destined for the Hotel Fox, but in the interim the Frame of Mind Art Gallery is showing an authorized reproduction. The opening is from 5:30-8 p.m. at 1706 Brooks St. 549-8589.

Bare Bait Dance

(Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18)

The local contemporary dance troupe brought back its choreographer showcase for "Springboard," featuring eight choreographers, from in the company and a few guests (local actors/theater-makers Jeff Medley and Jeremy Sher.)

The show goes on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. Open Space, PAR/TV Building. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 the day of and $15 for students.

'A Literal Garbage Fire'

(Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17)

Sean Kirkpatrick, a University of Montana theater graduate, is producing yet another original comedic play, "A Literal Garbage Fire." It's a follow-up to last summer's "[title of show]," as a part of his artist residency at the Downtown Dance Collective. The absurdist dystopian scenario involves "a troupe of actors putting on a sketch show about politics, pop culture, and theatre itself. However, an actor is mysteriously murdered in the middle of a sketch and only the great Detective Mustachioed Man can solve the case. Secrets are revealed, narrative tropes are unmasked, and robots finally achieve equal rights," according to the news release.

The show runs two nights only, the Nov. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the DDC. Tickets are $12. Tickets are available at / or the DDC. The show has adult language and "some gun-related violence."

Max Wave Turkey Bingo

(Sunday, Nov. 18)

The annual benefit for the planned Max Wave kayaking feature on the Clark Fork River is marking its eighth year. The $40 cover for the nonprofit fundraiser includes rounds of bingo, the chance to bid on pies and a Top Hat meal. The winners of the bingo game will get themselves a Hutterite turkey from the Good Food Store.

The doors at the Top Hat open at 5 p.m. and the shindig starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

'White Christmas' at UM

(Nov. 20, 23-25, Nov. 28-Dec. 2)

The musical version of the classic Bing Crosby movie draws on the tunes of Irving Berlin and the "triple threat" talents of students at the University of Montana, both from its School of Music and the School of Theatre & Dance.

All performances are in the Montana Theatre of the PAR/TV Building. Tickets are $10-$20, available at the UMArts box office or

Drink and Draw

(Wednesday, Nov. 21)

Head over to Western Cider for the latest installment of "Drink and Draw," in which art supplies and a model are provided by the Zootown Arts Community Center. This round is titled "Turkey Turkey Taxidermy," so it's a fair guess that you won't be sketching a human, but one never knows. A percentage of the sales from the cider during 6-8 p.m. go to the ZACC, which is raising money for its new building downtown.

Western Cider is located at 501 N. California St. near the footbridge.

Comedy food drive

(Wednesday, Nov. 21)

On Thursday, catch a big line-up of local stand-up, courtesy of Homegrown Comedy, while helping the Missoula Food Bank. Admission is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater. It's probably not appropriate for kids.

Looking ahead

MCT's 'Elf the Musical'

(Nov. 29-Dec. 16)

The Missoula Community Theatre is bringing the Broadway musical adaptation of Will Ferrell's classic Christmas comedy to a western Montana stage for the first time. The story about an elf named Buddy from the North Pole who realizes, much after everyone else, that he's not an over-sized elf, but a human, and departs for New York City to find his father, who isn't as keen on Christmas as he is.

The show runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 16 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Go to for more information.

Symphony's Holiday Pops

(Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2)

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's annual holiday show is so popular they added a third performance. Show times are Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. To buy tickets, go to, call 406-721-3194 or go to the office at 406-721-3194.

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