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For "Buckle Up," the Montana Repertory Theatre is staging short plays in parked cars. The cast members, including Isaiah Hesford (left) and Amirra Patterson (right), will sit up front, and the audience in the back. The cars are parked in short walking loop around downtown Missoula.

'Art Swing'

(Friday, Oct. 19)

The Missoula Art Museum will feature four exhibitions outside the business of First Friday with its new event, Art Swing. Take a tour with artists Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, Stephen Hunt, Harold Schlotzhauer and Cathy Weber, hear some live music, and try some hors d'oeuvres. No host-bar. The event runs from 5-7 p.m. Tours start at 6. John Floridis is playing at 5 and 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students or free for members.

'Buckle Up'

(Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21)

The Montana Repertory Theatre and its new director, Michael Legg, are premiering the company's new "Plays on Tap" series this weekend. At "Buckle Up," you can see five new 10-minute plays by national writers. Where will you see them? For each play, attendees will jump in the back seat of a parked car, all of which are parked in a two-mile walking loop around downtown. When you buy a ticket, you'll get a map and are invited to stop at a local brewery along the way and talk about the experience.

Friday is sold out. There are still tickets for performances on Saturday and Sunday Start times on both days are 1:15, 1:30, 5:45, 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. They're available go to Griztix.com or the UMArts Box Office, PAR/TV Building.

Sneed Collard on birding

(Tuesday, Oct. 23)

The Missoula resident and best-selling author has delved into memoir with "Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding."

Collard will read, answer questions and sign books at 7 p.m. at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave.

Hank Green at UM

(Wednesday, Oct. 24)

The vlogger, science advocate and Missoula resident is bringing his book tour to the University of Montana.

Green's first novel, "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing," touches on Internet fame, our cultural climate and science fiction in an engaging, genre-defying read.

He'll speak at the University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 and include a signed copy of the book. Go to https://bit.ly/2Eqbqut to buy a ticket.

The reading is part of the Barnes & Noble Book Club Night.

'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.

Whitefish Theater's 'Kettlehouse'

(Oct. 19-27)

Up North, the Whitefish Theatre Company is presenting a new play by Robert Caisley, a playwright who might be familiar to Missoula audiences from his work with the Montana Repertory Theatre.

The director is Jere Hodgin, a retired University of Montana theater professor. Here's the rundown of the comedic plot, per the news release:

"Her folks were happily married on June 4th, 1982 and happily divorced a day shy of their first wedding anniversary. The hitch? After the divorce, Miles’ Dad never moved out and neither did her Mom! For the past 34 years, they have been loathing each other under the same roof, refusing to talk, even refusing to be on the same AT&T Friends & Family plan. In this hilarious play about love, family, nosebleeds, and the art of Feng Shui, Miles must learn to navigate her home and love life while acting as the goodwill ambassador and back channel negotiator for her emotionally stunted parents."

Performances take place at the O'Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Show times are Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Coming up

MCT's 'Sister Act'

(Oct. 25-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. 25-28 and Nov. 1-4. Tickets are available at MCTinc.org, 406-728-PLAY(7529), or the MCT box office.

'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, 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.

Missoula Symphony Orchestra

(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.

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