Things to do: Live music, theater and Congolese culture | Arts & Theater


A quick guide to upcoming artistic and cultural events around Missoula.

Margi Cates at Ten Spoon

Singer Margi Cates and multi-instrumentalist Nick Barr will bring their talents to the Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery. Music starts at 6 p.m., the tasting room is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Coverage is $ 5, children are free. Check out the Ten Spoon Facebook page for more information.

Jon Cleary and the absolute monster gentlemen

The Bitterroot Performing Arts series brings together New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary and his monstrously big band. Show time is 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Hamilton High School Gymnasium. Go to for tickets and more information.

Congolese art, music and dance

Congolese refugees who now live in Missoula will share their culture, including art, poetry, music and dance, at the ZACC Show Room this Friday courtesy of Soft Landing Missoula. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 a.m. Tickets are $ 15, available at the showroom. Masks are mandatory when you are not drinking a drink.

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Dana Gallery “Holiday Show” open day

The gallery, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is opening “Deck the Walls,” a holiday show that showcases its lineup of artists. The open day is Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Contributors are Ben Bloch, Reid Christie, Dudley Dana, Wesley James Drake, Kira Fercho, Lori McNee, David Mensing, Caleb Meyer, Anna Moore, Robbie Moore, Robert Moore, Parvin, Clay Pape, Janet Sullivan, Scott Switzer, Jeff Walker , Garth Williams and R. David Wilson, in addition to acclaimed Montana artist Kevin Red Star and Thom Ross of Santa Fe, NM

Rocky Mountain String Orchestra

The Rocky Mountain String Orchestra performs this week without a guest soloist for “Simply Strings,” but they have guests – “Rising Stars” from the University of Montana (plus a high school student). They will perform with Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony”. You will also hear “Appalachia Spring” by Mark O’Connor and “String Sextet” by Antonin Dvorak arranged for orchestra. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Montana Music Recital Hall. Tickets cost $ 10 for students, $ 25 for those aged 65 and over, and $ 30 for the general public, available at Masks are mandatory inside.

Thomas Meagher of Port Polson players play

The Port Polson Players present an original work by Neal Lewing on a famous figure from Montana.

“No Coward’s Epitaph” is a musical based on the life of Thomas Meagher, an Irishman who became Montana’s first acting territorial governor.

It is performed at the Port Polson Theater from November 18-21, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with mornings on Sundays at 2 p.m.

Short live pieces and dance (in person) at UM

The student actors and dancers will return to the stage for a live audience at the Montana Theater for the first time since the pandemic.

“Fabled: A Youthful Celebration of Musical Theater and Dance” is unusual, however, comprising seven short pieces of musical and dance theater in an 85-minute performance. All are family-friendly and many draw on familiar stories that will appeal to children and adults alike in “fractured fairy tales.”

The School of Drama and Dance is testing a new “choose what you pay” model this year where you can select the amount you choose. Buy in advance on The show is also “sensory,” according to a press release from UM. It takes place in the theater of the PAR / TV Center on campus.

Hours are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20 with mornings at 2 p.m. Nov. 21.

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