The red-headed comedy team Gingers on Ice are back for a two-night run at the Roxy Theater. One half of the team, Jacob Godbey, has been in Los Angeles, but that hasn't stopped him and his partner Alex Tait from keeping their duo intact. They recorded a series of cooking videos for Delish.com, in which they take on tasks small (homemade pickles) and large (butchering a pig).
You can watch those on jrgcomedy.com, alongside clips of their stand-up, sketch and improv routines. Those are more likely than home cooking on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy. For tickets or more information, head to theroxytheater.org. The show is most definitely not family-friendly.
Friday the 13th is also Second Friday, meaning there's a few art openings you can check out.
At the Zootown Arts Community Center, fans of "The Big Lebowski" or bowling in general can see local artists' take on bowling balls and pins. The opening reception for "Bowl-A-Rama" is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the show is up all month. Over at the Brunswick building, a 40th anniversary show will corral 90-some pieces by artists who've rented studios there over the decades. The gallery is open from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and Thursday, July 19, from 2-6 p.m. For gallery hours running through August, go to facebook.com/events/211058499525875.
Lake Missoula Tea Company's ceramic artist-in-residence, Chris Drobnock, will give a talk from 6-7 p.m. Friday. Drobnock specializes in wood-fired functional ware, and is also nearing the end of a two-year stint at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Check out some of his art on drobnock.com.
If you're in the mood for theater with an edge to it, an indie troupe is presenting a new play on Friday and Saturday in a "house show" production.
Cadmium Company, a group of UM theater alumni and one current student, are presenting "The Book of Us." The play, about an open-ended love triangle, was written by Joshua Kelly, a UM graduate who's now pursuing his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The play (see full preview) promises quick and witty dialogue, along with adult language and nudity. It will be performed at 8 p.m. both nights in a private residence. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.
UM professor Casey Charles' new novel, "The Monkey Cages," is based on "The Lavender Scare," a anti-gay movement that struck Boise, Idaho in the 1950s. Against that witch-hunt backdrop, Charles places a coming-of-age story about a teenager and his relationship with a coach and high school teacher.
Charles will read from "The Monkey Cages" at 1 p.m., at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. 549-9010, shakespeareandco.com.
Gamers will convene this Saturday and Sunday at the annual Montana Melee video game tournament.
According to organizers, you can expect six main event fighting game tournaments with cash prizes, plus side tourneys in Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros, Super Smash Bros Melee and more. A portion of proceeds will go to Watson Children's Shelter.
The tourney takes place at Ruby's Inn and Convention Center at 4825 N. Reserve St. For admission rates and more info, head to montanamelee.com.
"Coco," Pixar's animated take on Dia De Los Muertos, has a 97 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which means almost all of you will enjoy watching it on Saturday during Missoula Outdoor Cinema.
The suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Unfortunately, someone stole a cash box during last week's screening, so please don't skimp. The donations pay for the program and other activities of the North Missoula Community Development Corp.
The screening is at 9:30 p.m. at Head Start School, 1001 Worden Ave.
Ed Lahey, the poet laureate of Butte's working class, died in 2011. After quite a bit of work and fundraising, a volume of his unpublished works is coming to light with "Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey." The legwork was performed by Mark Gibbons, Lahey's friend and fellow poet, and Aaron Parrett, the director of the nonprofit Drumlummon Institute.
On Tuesday, there are two separate readings in Missoula. At 2 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W., a handful of authors will gather to read, including Gibbons, Parrett, Roger Dunsmore, Sheryl Noethe, Robert Lee, and Marylor Wilson.
That evening at 7 p.m. at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave., Gibbons and Parrett will read and sign.
For more information about the project, go to drumlummoninstitute.org.
Since retiring from his job as curator of the Missoula Art Museum, Stephen Glueckert has stayed prolific. On Tuesday, he'll present his latest project, "The Bible Illustrated." The limited-edition book contains 130 digital prints of his take on the New Jerusalem Bible, presented "portfolio" style on unbound pages. To take a look or pick up a copy, head to the MAM from 3-5 p.m. (For more information, see the featured article.)
Poet Tami Haaland of Billings will be in Missoula with a new collection, "What Does Not Return." Last month, Haaland won a Governor's Humanities Award from Humanities Montana.
She'll read from the new volume at 7 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W.