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Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet’s North American tour of "The Nutcracker" includes performances in Great Falls, Missoula and Butte, and features a company of forty professional dancers, clothed in elaborate costumes and surrounded by colorful sets. But it's not just Russian dancers on stage. In each city, many of the ballet's roles are danced by local ballet students.

Michael Marsolek talks with Kathy Witkowsky and Linda Grinde, playwright and director of a new comedy, "No Time For Love." Inspired by a real-life evening spent trying to communicate with a friend obsessed with texting his love interest, Witkowsky describes the plot of "No Time For Love" as "taking that theme to ridiculous extremes. The main character finds herself frustrated as she tries to have authentic relationships with people who are constantly being pulled in many directions."

Michael Marsolek talks with Arlynn Fishbaugh, Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council, about the upcoming Artists' Showcase and Sale, Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Helena's Red Lion Colonial Inn. (406) 444-4700 or online.

(Broadcast: "Front Row Center," 10/26/14. Listen Sundays, 11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

It Takes A Lot Of Grit To Be A Griz

Oct 17, 2014
Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band

From the sweltering heat of August through the freezing winds of November, they run drills, memorize movements and grow tight as a team.

They can also lay down an awesome beat.

Listen to find out just how much grit it takes to be a Griz.

Michael Marsolek talks with Joe Martinez, Artistic Director of MCT, Inc. / Missoula Community Theatre, about the upcoming production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical," which plays October 31 - November 2 and November 5 - 9, 2014, at MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 North Adams Street, downtown Missoula.

Wednesday - Saturday night performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

In our Clip of the Week, Kim Anderson, Associate Director of Humanities Montana, talks about what makes the Montana Festival of the Book so special: community.

The festival is happening October 9 - 11 in Missoula, and includes a poetry slam, a special edition of the wildly popular storytelling event "Tell Us Something," a 15th anniversary gala event, and a roster of best-selling authors, including James Lee Burke, Pete Fromm, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, and many others.

15th Annual Montana Festival Of The Book

Oct 1, 2014

Kim Anderson, Associate Director of Humanities Montana, talks with Michael Marsolek about the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book. This is the 15th anniversary of one of the biggest cultural happenings in the Northwest.

Michael Marsolek talks with Professor Christopher Hahn of the University of Montana's School of Music about the School's 2014-2015 Celebrate Piano Series.

The 7th annual Pianissimo! Concerts, the  signature events of the series, take place Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, 7:30 p.m., in the School of Music's Music Recital Hall.

(Broadcast: 9/28/14, Sunday morning at 11:10. Or via podcast.)

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, about the concerts opening the S.O.R.'s 30th season. Sept. 21st and 22nd, the String Orchestra's performances in Missoula and Seeley Lake feature frequent guest soloist and collaborator, cellist Amit Peled. This concert marks Peled's fifth performance with the S.O.R.

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, Artistic Director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, about the Rep's production of Broomstick, a one-woman play by John Biguenet, starring Salina Chatlain. The Montana premier of Broomstick is one of four national productions of the play sponsored by the National New Play Network, an alliance of non-profit theaters championing new plays. Here's how the NNPN describes it: