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Playing it by Ear

In June of 2021 I wrote a blog post celebrating the reopening of the ZACC’s venue, The Show Room, called ‘On with the Show’. It had been over a year since we had welcomed live audiences into our space, and we were beyond excited to experience live performance with our community once again. We didn’t know what the rest of the year would bring, but we were ready to tackle each new challenge with open minds and a renewed sense of dedication to our work.

Six months later, our doors are still open, and improvisation is still very much the name of the game. And we are so happy to be here, playing it by ear. We have been through an array of ups and downs with the pandemic, but have stayed the course – continuing to provide a first class space for performers and attendees alike, with precautions in place to ensure the safety of guests and to make certain the doors stay open. We’ve welcomed multiple partners, working with the UM School of Music and the Montana Repertory Theatre (among others) to produce jazz, opera, and experimental theatre. We’ve enjoyed some of the best local music Missoula has to offer, and produced comedy nights in support of important local charities. We’ve hosted free documentary screenings with the Big Sky Film Institute. We’ve done all this and more, and we’re really just getting our feet wet.

2022 will continue to challenge us, and the pandemic has (of course) not yet receded, but we could not be more hopeful and excited for the coming season of performances here at the ZACC. This January alone boasts several live music shows, an open mic night (presented by the Montana Area Music Association), Revival Comedy Night for the Susan Wickland Fund, and a thoughtful, hilarious play – Deadman’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, presented by MissCast Productions.

In addition to the versatility of the Show Room as a performance venue, it’s always available for private rentals and is a great space for birthdays, anniversary parties, work get-togethers, and any other conceivable use. In 2021 we hosted a baby shower, a 50th birthday party, holiday parties, monthly conference luncheons, and more.

We hope to see you at one of the many performances happening in the coming months. If you are interested in booking or renting the space, please always feel free to reach out. And if you want to get involved, we’re always looking for event volunteers (and would love to work with you)!

Enjoy the show,

Mikyla Veis
ZACC Marketing, Events, & Community Outreach Coordinator

Artist Ann Karp of Sideways Gaze
  • Kia Liszak, ZACC Executive Director
    Kia Liszak, ZACC Executive Director

    We believe in the power of the arts to create the human connections, innovations, and healing to make significant positive change in our world and our community, and the ZACC’s programs serving youth, veterans, families, and seniors are on the forefront of that change.

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