A cheat sheet to arts and culture events around Missoula in the coming week.
Theater and dance
Next week, the city's independent contemporary theater company, BetweenTheLines, will present another new play. Amy Herzog's comedic drama "4000 Miles" explores the relationship between a 21-year-old idealist and his 91-year-old grandmother, both of whom are coping with losses. See this week's full preview for more information. The show runs from Tuesday- Sunday, May 15-20, at the Roxy Theater.
Missoula Community Theatre is closing out its season with "Disney's The Little Mermaid," a stage musical that has all the songs you know and expect, plus some that weren't in the film. It continues Friday (7:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m., 7:30 p.m) and Sunday (2 p.m., 6 p.m.) at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.
At the MASC Studio, the experimental-leaning duo of Bruno Augusto and Kate Jordan are presenting an original work, "Simplify." The show is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the studio, 1200 Shakespeare St. Tickets are $15 at the door, with a $5 discount for traveling on sustainable transportation. Kids 12 and under are free.
This weekend features the openings of a few exhibitions.
At the Dana Gallery, they're featuring abstract paintings by Robert Korenberg, a longtime Missoula dermatologist who's pursued his other passion in large-scale canvases. Stop by the gallery, 246 N . Higgins Ave., on Saturday for the open house from 12-5 p.m.
Fans of ceramics should head to the Radius, where clay of all styles will fill the gallery during its third-annual Ceramics Invitational.
The gallery estimates that there are more than 50 pieces in the show. The artists invited this year are Crista Ann Ames, Jeff Campana, Perry Haas, Robert Harrison, Elisha Harteis, Sarah Heitmeyer, David Hiltner, Noah Riedel, Mark Rossier, Brad Schwieger, Sam Scott, Marcia Selsor and Kurt Weiser.
As a special addition, the show will spotlight pieces by the Clay Studio of Missoula's long-term resident artists: Andrew Avakian, Chris Drobnock, Ben Jordan and Scott McClellan, plus studio manager Donna Flanery.
The opening reception is Friday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery, located at 114 E. Main St. The show will be on view through June 9.
The Rotgut Whines make a lot of bluesy noise for a two-piece. Singer-guitarist Evan Manuel and drummer Andrew Murphy like to call their style "soul and roll," and it does give you a good idea of what they do compared to famed blues-rock duos like the White Stripes and the Black Keys. Manuel plays with his rhythm parts with a slide, adding to the genuine "roll" of Murphy's rhythms, and he can belt his vocals when he feels like it, too.
The group's made enough of an impression with their live shows that they were invited to play the River City Roots Festival last year. On Friday, they'll release their first full-length album, "Over Dead Man's Things," at rotgutwhines.bandcamp.com. To hear it in person, head to the Top Hat on Saturday, May 12, for the free album release concert.
The show is set for 10:15 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. There's no cover, but it's ages 21 and up only.
Missoula singer-songwriter Maiah Wynne is returning from her new home in Portland on Sunday with an unexpected backing: the Portland Cello Project.
The group, which arranges pop, hip-hop, jazz and more for cellos, recruited the 2015 Hellgate High School graduate for a short Northwest tour.
Wynne will be featured on a few of her originals and a few covers. Elsewhere on the concert, the Cello Project will stretch on its own material, with some jazz tunes featuring trumpeter Farnell Newton.
It's not Wynne's only noteworthy accomplishment lately. Earlier this year, she took second place in Sound Off!, a Northwest battle of the bands for ages 21 and under organized by Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture. As part of the win, she was featured live on KEXP. (See last week's interview for more on Wynne.)
The show is set for Sunday at The Wilma, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. To purchase, go to the Top Hat or logjampresents.com.
Elsewhere this week, you can catch a big country show (Chris Young at the Adams Center on Wednesday), EDM (The Glitch Mob at the Wilma on Wednesday), or psych-soul band Con Brio (The Top Hat on Sunday).