In a city of festivals, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is still the largest. The 15th annual event kicks off Friday, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 25. (See related article.) If you'd prefer to escape reality, here are some upcoming events around Missoula.

Strings and voice

An acclaimed tenor will lend his voice to the String Orchestra of the Rockies this Sunday.

Brian Stucki, who's performed with major symphony orchestras, is joining the professional string ensemble for a concert entitled "Heroes and Legends."

The concert's centerpiece is a Montana premiere of Benjamin Britten's song cycle, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Other features on the program include two Baroque tenor arias by Handel, plus his "Gentle airs, melodious strains" from "Athalia"; Mendelssohn's Konzertück No. 1 in F minor, op 113 for clarinet, basset horn and chamber orchestra; and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll.

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the UM Music Recital Hall.

Tickets are available through and 888-MONTANA (666-8262) or the Adams Center box office. For more information, go to or call 406-493-2990.

Winter BrewFest

Montana beers in Caras Park. What more do you need to know?

The Winter BrewFest has moved to Saturday, with two-dozen Treasure State beers, plus mixed drinks from the Montana and Montgomery distilleries. For those abstaining, there will be hot drinks and families can check out the Carousel and the live entertainment. Since it is winter, there will be burn barrels and propane heaters. Expect food trucks, including El Cazador, Big Thai Country, Just BBQ and Polka Dot Patties.

The brewfest will run from 3 to 9 p.m. There's no entry fee. A glass costs $15 and comes with three drink tokens. Extras run two for $3.

Expert appraisals

If you've ever wondered what the value of your heirlooms are, Saturday is the time to find out.

The Missoula Art Museum is hosting art and rare object appraiser Timothy Gordon and Grant Zahajko, who will examine your "fine art, decorative works or rare artifacts."

Gordon, a Missoula resident, is an expert who's resume includes gowns by Princess Diana and Jim Morrison's estate writings. Both he and Zahajko have been featured on "Antiques Roadshow."

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MAM, located at 335 N. Pattee St. The appraisals cost $20 per object. For more information, go to

Stand-up competition

The city's many stand-up comedians will vie for the crown in the first round of the HomeGrown Comedy Competition on Friday.

According to the Roxy, they'll be judged by local community members on originality, stage presence, overall enjoyment and crowd response. The three winners from the three rounds head to a final competition on Friday, May 4.

The showdown begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Roxy Theater. The entry fee is $11 to watch and/or compete. To get on the waiting list, message the Homegrown Comedy Facebook page or contact John Howard at 406-240-2395. For more information, go to

Ghost night

Alas, it is too late to attend "Ghost Night" at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

The studio's annual date night, which is exactly what it promises, has sold out. However, the description is worth repeating: "Come try your hand at some lighthearted couples throwing on our potters wheels and watch everyone’s favoritest, Swayziest, clay-filled Hollywood love scene. The film ‘Ghost’ will be projected for ambiance, and delicious Biga Pizza will be provided for all participants. The evening will round out with an optional couples throwing competition with prizes."

To get on the wait list, go to