WARREN MILLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Tickets for the first three events of the second season at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky are now available online. Organizers at the theater are predicting sell-out attendances.

“The first show, ‘Loon,’ is just perfect family entertainment,” said WMPAC spokesperson Barbara Rowley, about the opening show on Dec. 27. “Everything about it – the masks, the music, the ability for all ages to follow a story that is acted rather than told – makes it a great opener.”

After the holidays, cheer continues with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. “Think Second City, but from New York,” Rowley said, referring to the hit improve performance from WMPAC’s inaugural season. “This improv and sketch-comedy group has the same sort of famous alums – like Amy Poehler – that you hear associated with Second City.”

Because of its popularity, Upright Citizens will appear for two nights, Jan. 9 and 10 at the theater. With skits that may tend toward a PG-13 audience, these two performances offer a great girls’ night out or an even better date opportunity.

Finishing out the first third of the season will be Take Six, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning a cappella group. “It’s vocal magic, pure and simple,” Rowley said. “This is an amazing evening for all ages.”

Tickets are available in three price ranges at warrenmillerpac.org.

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WMPAC Art Gallery seeks ideas, participation

A new committee of artists is in the process of scheduling exhibitions in the WMPAC galleries. These exhibits will be thematically linked to the events appearing on stage during the 2014-2015 season. Like any arts venture, the committee is searching for creative ideas and submissions, as well as innovative and energetic members to help curate the exhibits.

The proposed exhibits are currently:

December – January: “Masks and the People who Create Them,” to open concurrently with the Wonderheads performance on Dec. 27.

January – February: “Place-Based Arts and Montana,” to open in conjunction with the Big Sky Commission performance on Feb. 8.

February – March: “Contemporary Poverty” – Art that explores the meaning and causes of poverty, opening with the Sojourn Theater’s three-day civic engagement theater, Feb. 26–28.

March – April: “The Future of A Digital World,” to accompany composer and radio star Jad Abumrad’s appearance, Gut Churn, on March 7.

Ideas and submissions for any of these gallery events are welcome, as are ideas for additional exhibitions. Contact committee chair Jill Bough at jill.bough@mac.com.