'Dancing with the Missoula Stars'

Professional dancers and local celebrities will team up at the third annual "Dancing with the Missoula Stars."

The Downtown Dance Collective pairs a pro in the city's dance community with a celebrity to compete. The teams are tasked with learning a routine, whether country or hip-hop or salsa, and raising money. You can find out who's a winner on the dance floor and the category that counts (fundraising) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This year's celebrities are Dr. Joey Banks of the Blue Mountain Clinic, Amy Coseo of Studio Verde Creative, Paul Donaldson of Rocky Mountain Rigging, Margit Baake of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Christian Kenworthy of Kenworthy Orthodontics, Kristi Govertson of the Goverson Group, Matt Loehrke of MCT Inc., Salisha Tennison of the Missoula Police Department and Jeremy Jenkins of ABC Fox Montana.

The proceeds go to the DDC and its "Every Age, Every Ability" programs. According to its mission statement, it aims to offer "workshops, classes, performances and residencies to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, it seeks to make dance accessible to all, to change the perception of dance, and to expand the definition of what it means to dance." 

For tickets, go to mctinc.org.

Documentary film festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will come to a close this weekend with a surfeit of nonfiction from Friday through Sunday. If you missed some of the first screenings, watch for announcements of the competition winners and additional showings of those films.


For a complete schedule and ticket information, go to bigskyfilmfest.org.

Bar-stool cabaret

The Virginia City Brewery Follies are making a road trip to Missoula this weekend.

On their website, the Follies describe their show as "a cabaret style musical revue. There are lots of musical numbers, comedy sketches, and just plain silliness. We try to have fun. Our show is risque, bawdy and can involve social and political commentary."

The show is Friday, Feb. 23, at Monk's Bar. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, 21 and up only, available at the Bodega, Monk's and monksbarmt.com.

Contemporary theater on campus

The University of Montana is going contemporary with a period piece that opened earlier week.

Sarah Ruhl's "In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)," which premiered in 2009, looks back at intimacy in the Victorian era, when "hysterical women" were treated by doctors with the medical device in the title.

The small-cast production, staged in the School of Theatre & Dance's smaller theater, the Masquer, promises both humor and sharp writing. (A full preview of the play was posted on Missoulian.com last week.)


The show continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, Feb. 21-24, and Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 28-March 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, and Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, in the Masquer Theater in the UM PAR/TV Center. Tickets are $16 general, $14 students/seniors and $10 for children. Tickets at the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or umt.edu/theatredance.