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Helena artist Richard S. Buswell's exhibition, "50 Years of Photography," is opening on May 28 at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture's Paxson Gallery in the PAR/TV Center at the University of Montana. Above: "Seed Pods in Corral." 

A quick guide to some events happening in the next week.

Richard Buswell’s photography at the MMAC

(Through Aug. 28)

In “Richard Buswell: 50 Years of Photography,” the Helena artist is sharing highlights from his decades of black-and-white images, largely of ghost towns and homesteads around Montana.

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is keeping them on view through Aug. 28 in the Paxson Gallery of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at the University of Montana.

There’s no reception due to the pandemic, but it opens on May 28 and you can visit at your leisure.

Go to for more information.

The Montana Rep goes mobile

(Opens March 28)

The professional company’s latest experiment in theater during COVID is an app called “Go Play!” that melds geocaching and video in an original script. There are 12 locations around downtown Missoula where you can unlock the story of “The Phantom Bride.” The Rep invites you to “follow along as Beth, a University of Montana senior, takes a comical yet cringe-worthy internship that leads her deep into the life of Mary MacLane — a feminist writer, filmmaker and Butte local from the early 20th century,” according to an email.

The app will be live on Apple and Android on Friday, March 28. Head to for instructions and more information on experiencing a play on the move.

This summer, get out and watch movies in a ballpark, take in some art, and catch some great music in the Missoula area.

'Lavender Country' at Ten Spoon

(Sunday, May 30)

What’s widely thought of as the first queer country album has seen a revival in the past seven years or so, with a reissue and documentary chronicling singer-songwriter Patrick Haggerty and company’s self-titled 1971 release, “Lavender Country.”

Haggerty, a native of Port Angeles, Washington, and the son of a dairy farmer, recorded the album in Seattle as the pride movement began to build steam. With the renewed interest in his story and music, he's playing a short tour through Montana, with stops in Butte and then in Missoula on Sunday at Ten Spoon Winery and Vineyard.

His backing band on this tour comprises locals. In Butte, he'll have Caroline Keys and Nate Biehl, and in Missoula those two plus Jack Moriarity, Dave Martens, Grace Decker, Jeff Turman, Dawn Anderson and Naomi Moon Siegel.

The tasting room is open from 4-9 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m. It costs $5, kids are free. Outdoor seating only, masks required in the tap room.

‘The Worst Dudes’ comic book signing

(Wednesday, June 2)

Missoula-based comic book artist Tony Gregori has a new book, "The Worst Dudes," out on national publisher Dark Horse Comics, home of the likes of Neil Gaiman.

As you may have gleaned from the title, the collaboration with writer Aubrey Sitterson is a debauched gonzo science-fiction story labeled “for mature readers” only. Dark Horse’s website sums it up: “A dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god; the absolute worst dudes in the galaxy are on a raunch-filled hunt for a missing pop star.”

Gregori will sign copies on Wednesday, June 2, starting at 10 a.m. at Muse Comics, 1940 Harve St.

Out to Lunch/Downtown Tonight

(Wednesday-Thursday, June 2-3)

The Missoula summertime rite of lunch and dinner in Caras Park returns, with live music and food trucks on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

First up is the debut of Wednesday’s Out to Lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Local songwriter/guitarist Travis Yost will perform. On Thursday, Riley James will perform with food and drinks available from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

They continue each week through the end of summer with new acts each go-round. Go to for more information.