What’s Up Missoula

While the rain and warm temperatures keep us off the ski hills, there’s still plenty to do in the greater Missoula area this President’s Day weekend.

On Friday, February 17th, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 14th annual installment. To celebrate opening night, The Wilma Theatre is hosting a free screening of HBO’s “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” at 7 PM. The film promises an “intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty” as it goes behind the scenes throughout the mother-daughter duo’s illustrious careers and personal lives.

The festival features more than 200 films and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26 at various locations around time. For more information and a list of all screenings visit bigskyfilmfest.org

This Saturday marks the second-annual “Dancing with the Missoula Stars” event. The benefit for the Downtown Dance Collective will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Styles from hip-hop, tap, tango and Afro-Brazilian will all be represented as ten Missoula celebrities pair up with 10 professional dancers to battle for first place.

Tickets are available at the MCT box office or mctinc.org with proceeds going to the Downtown Dance Collective. Reception, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres are included with a VIP ticket. Doors open at 7 with the show to follow at 7:30 PM.

This weekend offers a slew of new releases at the movie theater, although all 3 currently have negative scores on Rotten Tomatoes movie-ratings site.

The comedy “Fist Fight” stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as teachers at odds, while “The Great Wall” has Matt Damon and an international cast of action stars defending China from a monstrous, alternative history. The final wide release of the weekend, “A Cure for Wellness”, is a visually-striking dystopian sci-fi feature from the director of Pirates of the Caribbean films.

While each film has something different to offer, “The Lego Batman Movie” is a lock to repeat atop the box-office charts.

The live music scene is alive and kicking as always. Friday night you can catch Kitchen Dwellers at the Top Hat or Minneapolis-based rapper “Prof” at Monk’s Bar. If you want to take the stage yourself, Westside Lanes hosts Solid Sound Karaoke.

Saturday’s shows include Last Chance Band at the Sunrise Saloon, Cash for Junkers at The Union Club and The Palace hosts the ISCSM Drag Show at 10 PM.




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