A cheat sheet to upcoming arts and cultural events around Missoula.
MCT's 'Sister Act'
(Oct. 26-Nov. 4)
Missoula Community Theatre opens its season with the musical version of the classic Whoopi Goldberg comedy, in which a nightclub singer witnesses a murder and goes incognito at a nunnery.
Performances are at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1-4. Tickets are available at MCTinc.org, 406-728-7529, or the MCT box office.
'5 Lesbians and a Quiche'
(Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27)
This slice of Fringe Festival-style comedy, written by Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder, comes to Missoula next week.
Expect the jokes to align with previous productions by this informal but long-running troupe: Rosie Ayers, Teresa Waldorf, Salina Chatlain, Bridget Smith and Anne-Marie Williams. You may have seen them in "The Three Sisters of Weehawken," "Wonder of the World," or Ayers and Waldorf's character sketches, "Home Shopping Girls: Lucinda and Lulinda."
Here's their rundown on the plot: "It's 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town? With a run-time of less than 75 minutes, this deliciously delightful and silly play gets the whole audience cheering for the main characters and their precious pie."
Performances are Oct. 25-27, at the Roxy Theater. Tickets are $18 in advance at theroxytheater.org or $20 at the door.
Jeff Hull's new book
(Friday, Oct. 26)
In his new novel, "Broken Field," veteran writer Jeff Hull of Huson explores a small Montana town that's immersed in a hazing scandal with its football team. Kirkus Reviews called it "a sharp-eyed, often touching portrait of a fractured community and a harshly beautiful landscape."
His reading and signing will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave.
Visiting Hugo poet
(Friday, Oct. 26)
Stacy Szymaszek, the Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program, will give a reading from a new collection, "A Year From Today," which is part of a trilogy of "poetic journals."
"New York City as a site becomes a flexible repository for bits of language gathered from the street, workplace, medical facility, fellow writers and artists, and the overwhelming crush of 'today’s sickening news,' " according to a Publishers Weekly review.
It concludes, "If Szymaszek’s goal with this journal is 'to embroider/ a new universe with new information,' it succeeds both on its own merits and as a part of the larger trilogy."
She'll read at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room in Turner Hall at the University of Montana. The reading is free.
'The Rocky Horror Show Live'
(Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27)
The bawdy Missoula Halloween tradition returns to the Wilma this year, with all the fishnets, camp and rock 'n' roll you'd expect.
The Montana Actors' Theatre crew updates the theme to the midnight classic each year, but you can still expect to see local favorites Jeff Medley, Howard Kingston and Reid Reimers.
Tickets are between $33-$49, available at the Top Hat, logjampresents.com or 877-987-6487.
(Saturday, Oct. 27)
The "Enchanted Forest," an all-ages immersive creative experience, returns this year.
Throughout the evening, you can see performances by guest artists, which include "flamenco, spoken word poetry, aerial silks, parkour, drumming, tribal fusion belly dance and more," according to the news release. The "forest art grove and guided all-ages movement play" run from 7-9 p.m. A "costumed ecstatic dance party" runs from 9-11 p.m.
It runs from 7 p.m. to midnight at the studio, located at 1200 Shakespeare St.
Tickets are $15 or $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds go to the organizers, the nonprofit Turning the Wheel, which supports "body-based wellness and essential life skills work with local youth."
Second Wind reading
(Sunday, Oct. 28)
The latest installment in the Creative Writing Program's reading series features UM student David Queen and local poet Philip Schaefer. It's set for 6 p.m. at Kulture Kava Lounge, 420 N. Higgins Ave.
Dance Up Close
(Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 1-3)
The UM Dance program's annual "black box" show in the Masquer Theatre features "Dancing with the Dead," a joint project between student Katie Conrad and English professor Ashby Kinch. According to the news release, the piece "focuses on re-imagining the medieval multimedia performance known as the “Danse Macabre,” or dance of death. Dancers, writers and actors have worked together to explore death, dying and loss in words and dance that express the desire to understand this moment of transformation in human experience." Elsewhere on the program, student Noelle Huser will explore our relationship with technology; and Rakel Tangvald's piece blends live performance and video.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Masquer, located in the PAR/TV Center. Tickets are $20 general, $16 senior and students and $10 for children 12 and younger, available at the UMArts Box Office or umt.edu/umarts/theatredance.
(Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4)
Pianist Stewart Goodyear will join the MSO for Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Elsewhere, the orchestra will tackle Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Beethoven's Egmont Overture. Saturday's show is at 7:30 p.m., Sunday's is at 3 p.m., both in the Dennison Theatre at UM.
For tickets, go to missoulasymphony.org, the office at 320 E. Main St. or call 406-721-3194.
Bare Bait 'Springboard'
The contemporary dance company presents a choreographer's showcase with new work by in-house talent and guests.
Shows are at the Open Space in the PAR/TV Center. Go to barebaitdance.org for times and tickets.