art + culture news  //  february 20, 2017
this week in missoula
Big Sky Film Festival Venue Changes //   Website  
All screenings originally planned to take place at the Silver Theater will show in the following venues on the following days instead:

Mon., Feb. 20 + Sun., Feb. 26 / Missoula Children's Theatre
Tue., Feb. 21-22 / The Wilma
Thu., Feb. 23 + Sat., Feb. 25 / Public House
Fri., Feb. 24 / The Roxy Theater

To view a complete schedule of all events happening for the festival, visit this link 

Public Art Committee Meeting // Jack Reidy Conference Room, 140 W Pine
Tue., Feb. 21, 4pm / Website 
The Missoula Public Art Committee is hosting their monthly meeting, which is always open to the public. On the docket this month is discussion on the documentary MCAT made about the traffic signal boxes, updates on the grant being written to secure lighting for the George Ybarra sculpture in Silver Park, and so much more! The committee always welcomes new faces.

Readings at Fact & Fiction //  Website 
Tue., Feb. 21, 7pm  / Timothy O'Leary reading and signing  Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face
Sun., Mar. 5, 1:30pm / Dana Fitz Gale reading and signing  Spells for Victory and Courage
Tue., Mar. 7, 7pm / Kevin Canty reading and signing The Underworld
Wed., Mar. 15, 7pm / Gwen Florio reading and signing Reservations

Lecture by Professor Eric Schluessel // Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM
Wed., Feb. 22, 4pm / Contact 
The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana will host this lecture as part of the institute's New Faculty Lecture Series. Schluessel will deliver his lecture entitled, "When the World Fell Apart: Translations of Trauma in Turn-of-the-Century Chinese Central Asia." He arrived at UM from Harvard, where he earned his doctorate in history and East Asian languages. 

Thinner Than Water  by Melissa Ross // Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M
Feb. 22 - 25 + Mar. 1-3, 7:30pm / Feb. 26 + Mar. 4-5, 4pm /  Website  → 
The University of Montana's School of Theatre presents this production of Melissa Ross's new play  Thinner Than Water, which is a special occasion due to the fact that the Montana Repertory Theatre's summer playwriting program was one of the first to recognize and support Melissa's talent. This production will complete the circle that began five years ago when Melissa first came to Missoula.

7th Annual Winter Brewfest // Caras Park
Fri., Feb. 24, 5pm /  Website 
The Missoula Downtown Association and KettleHouse Brewing will host the Winter BrewFest, which will feature live entertainment, beer, wine, food, and more. The public is invited to sample a variety of over 40 Montana-only winter brew. Entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Smith and the Jimmy Smith System, and upcoming Missoula band Rotgut Whines.

Reading with Anna Blackburn // Theta Ro Room, Mansfield Library, UM
Fri., Feb. 24, 5pm / Website 
 University of Montana Creative Writing Program graduate student Anna Blackburn will give this reading as the winner of 2017 Merriam-Frontier Award. Her poetry submission was selected because she "demonstrates a mastery of form with her submission of poems of varying styles and lengths that are united by a tethering narrative." The award includes a $500 prize and funds to publish the winning entry as a chapbook.

10 Questions with David Hiltner // Radius Gallery
Sat., Feb. 25, 1pm Website 
Join Radius Gallery for this exclusive time with David Hiltner, one of the tree artists whose work is currently on display at the gallery along with Hadley Ferguson and Bobbie McKibbin. Refreshments will be served. To view more of David's work, visit this link  

Readings at Shakespeare & C0. //  Website  
Mon., Feb. 27, 7pm / Mark Sundeen reading  The Unsettlers
Tue., Mar. 14, 7pm / Beth Judy reading Bold Women in Montana History

classes, workshops, + tours

Workshops  with Missoula Art Museum
- Drawing for Kids with Steve Krutek
Ages 8-12
Wednesdays through Feb. 22, 3:30-5pm
Register  →
- After School Art Adventure II: Fantastic Houses with Jolena Ryan
Ages 7-11
Tuesdays, Feb. 21 - Apr. 4 (no class Mar. 21), 3:45-5:15pm
  Register →

- Preschool Art Start with Jolena Ryan
Ages 3-5
Tuesdays, Feb. 21 - Mar. 14, 11am-12pm

Workshops with The Clay Studio of Missoula
- Kids Clay Class
For Ages 9-12
Thursdays, Feb. 23 - Mar. 16, 3:30-5:30pm

- Family Workshop
Sat., Mar. 4, 2-5pm

Modern Dance Class  with Bare Bait Dance
Open Space, 005, PARTV Building, U of M
For ages 7-11
Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
  Contact →

Youth Beginning Ceramics Classes
with Elisha Harteis
Feb. 11, 18, 25
Mar. 11, 18, 25
Morning Classes: 10:30am-12pm
Afternoon Classes:
African Dance Class  with Unity Dance & Drum
Missoula Senior Center
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Contact: 549-7933 

Nurturing Pathways: Winter 2017  with Downtown Dance Collective
Thursdays, 8:30-11am
Parents + children up to age 3
upcoming events
First Friday's Coming Up! //  Fri., Mar. 3 / Gallery Guide  
Here's just a tiny sampling of what you can expect!
  • 4-6pm / Summer StARTS at Missoula Children's Theatre: Check out summer day camp opportunities, with treats from Loose Caboose and Big Dipper / Website 
  • 12-12:50pm / Tracy Kidder: "Another Set of Eyes" in Gallagher Business Building, Room 123: Pulitzer Prize-winner lecture, sponsored by UM's Creative Writing Program and the President's Writers-in-Residence Series / Contact 
  • 4pm / Opening for LeAnn Boyd, Crista Ann Ames, Ric Genron, & Doug Turman at Radius Gallery / Website 
  • 7pm / Gallery Talk about Ryan! Feddersen: Resistance Exhibition at Missoula Art Museum / Website 

Thinner Than Water  by Melissa Ross // Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M
Feb. 22 - 25 + Mar. 1-3, 7:30pm / Feb. 26 + Mar. 4-5, 4pm / Website  → 
The University of Montana's School of Theatre presents this production of Melissa Ross's new play Thinner Than Water, which is a special occasion due to the fact that the Montana Repertory Theatre's summer playwriting program was one of the first to recognize and support Melissa's talent. This production will complete the circle that began five years ago when Melissa first came to Missoula!

A Lecture by Professor Sukanta Chaudhari // Liberal Arts Building Room 103A-B, U of M
Mon., Mar. 13, 3:30pm / Contact 
Professor Chaudhari on Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, will present his lecture, "The Wood and the World: Negotiating A Midsummer Night's Dream." Chaudhari is an eminent Renaissance scholar, author of many books, including Infirm Glory: Shakespeare and the Renaissance Image of Man. The 1999 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be screened on Monday, March 6th, same venue, at 6pm.

Art Associates Meeting // Missoula Art Museum
Wed., Mar. 12, 10am / Contact: Susie (544-0891) 
Join Art Associates for their monthly meeting at MAM. This time, master weaver Bonnie Tarses will inspire with "Fifty Years & Counting: A Weaver's Journey." Art Associates meetings are always free and open to the public. 

Live Storytelling: "Don't Look Back" // The Wilma
Tue., Mar. 21, 7pm /  Website → 
Tell Us Something is a celebration of storytelling, of the Missoula community, and of each other. Nine storytellers share their true personal stories based on the theme "Don't Look Back." Each storyteller has ten minutes to share their story from memory. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of. 

in this issue
partners + affiliates
job postings
Janitor at ZACC
Must have work-study award from University of Montana
10 hours/week

Attendant at University Center Gallery
Must be a registered student at the University of Montana

Art Teachers at Missoula Art Museum
-Seeking teachers for afterschool classes, weekend program, and summer art classes
-Teaching experience and art expertise necessary
-Send resume, teaching philosophy, and artwork images to Renee Taaffe 
Missoula People's Market
Accepting applications to become permanent members
Run Dates: May 13 - Sep. 30
Deadline: Feb. 20 ( today!)

Missoula Community Theatre's The Wizard of Oz
Holding auditions on Feb. 26, 12:30-4pm, 3rd floor of MCT Center

2017 Missoula Historic Preservation Awards
Accepting nominations for exceptional building restorations that maintain historical integrity
Deadline: Mar. 2

Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture  Juried Exhibition
Open only to students, grades 9-12
Deadline: Mar. 3
Exhibition Dates: Mar. 24 - April 28

Glacier Symphony & Chorale Music Scholarships
Requirements: Grades 9 -12, played with Glacier Symphony for at least 3 concerts during 2016-2017 season, being
Deadline: Mar. 17

New Playwright Festival (Jackson, WY)
Accepting short plays and seeking judges
Deadline: Mar. 30
To submit a play, visit the website 
To request to be a judge, contact Cynthia 

VonCommon Open Art Call
Theme: "Post-Prom: Systems & Solutions"
Deadline: Apr. 15
Send at least 1 jpg + brief description of why piece fits theme

Summer MADE fair
Accepting vendor applications
Date: Jun. 25, 10am-5pm
Deadline: May 1

University Center Gallery Art Call for Fall 2017/Spring 2018
Open only to UM students, staff, or faculty
Fee: None
Deadline: Apr. 7

Zootown Brew Accepting proposals for art shows for Winter/Spring 2017
Send your idea, inquiry, portfolio, or website to the email below.
ongoing exhibitions

Aja Sherrard: The Accumulation of Endlessness
at University Center Gallery
Through Feb. 23

Nature: Surface, Form, Content
at The Clay Studio of Missoula
Through Feb. 24

Lisa Gibson & Merle Ann Loman: Communicating Nature
at E3 Convergence Gallery
Through Feb. 25

Intimate West: Women Artists in Montana 1880-1944
at Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Through May 27

regional events
EVITA // Dulcie Theatre, Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, Livingston
Mar. 10 - Apr. 2 /  Tickets →
Andrew Lloyd Webber's explosive Evita hits the stage this spring. Evita brings to life the passionate persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The charismatic Evita captivated a nation by championing the working class. This exuberant production creates a gripping theatrical experience, and features Andrew Lloyd Webber's compelling Latin, jazz, and pop-influenced score.

 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors // Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings
Opening: Thu., Mar. 23 /  Website →
This major exhibition by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith will be on view through July 16, and will travel subsequently to Missoula and Colorado Springs. Smith is one of the US's finest Indigenous talents, and this will be the first solo exhibition of the artist's work in her native state of Montana in a generation. This exhibition will examine themes that perennially recur in her work, including conflict, compassion, peace, the cycle of life, irony, and identity.
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