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February 29, 2016
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The 2016 Missoula Cultural Council Arts & Culture Awards Luncheon is Tuesday, March 29, at the Doubletree Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year's awardees are:
Cultural Achievement: John Driscoll, Missoula Symphony Association; Individual Artist: Kendahl Jan Jubb, watercolor painter; Arts Educator: Dorothy Morrison, K-5 music teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School; Business Support for the Arts: Flanagan Motors; and Cultural Vision: The Clay Studio of Missoula.  For more information, or to purchase luncheon tickets, visit here


Dolce Canto presents A Taste of Korea, a multi-course journey featuring Korean cuisine, paired beverages, and live choral highlights by Dolce Canto, Saturday, March 12, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 217 Tremont Street. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Dolce Canto's upcoming performance tour to South Korea in April. The choir will represent Missoula in a valuable city-to-city cultural exchange and perform alongside several Korean choirs in various parts of the country. Deadline to RSVP and pay is March 4. Visit here to RSVP and purchase a ticket.

The Missoula Art Museum p resents John Buck: Free for All through  March 12;  Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection through March 12. Gennie DeWeese: The Process of Painting through May 21; Modernist Ceramics From MAM's Permanent Collection, featuring work of Frances Senksa, Val Knight, and Maxine Blackmer through May 21; Gesine Janzen: Floodplains through June 25 (pictured here).

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents George Gogas: Odyssey, March 3 - April 23 in the Meloy Gallery; and Presence: Rudy Autio and Henry Meloy, March 3 - April 23 in the Paxson Gallery, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., in the PAR-TV lobby. Pictured here is "Adrift" by Rudy Autio.

Living Art of Montana presents the "Cancer, Courage & Creativity" workshop for anyone who has or has had cancer. It runs on Wednesdays, through April 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Living Art studio. Call 549-5329.

The Radius Gallery presents Last Best Dream: Surrealism Here & Now. The show features 14 Artists showing 2D and 3D works of art that are, well, surreal! See how this eclectic group handles their approach to this art form which is nearly a century old. You are bound to have something to talk about when you come with your favorite art fans. First Friday kicks off February 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Radius Gallery. (Image: Artist on a Tightrope by James Todd).

The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents What Lay Before - What Lay After, sculpture and paintings of Francis Paul Pearson, now through March 3. 

The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its Spring 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series for the community. The lectures reflect the center's mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. Topics of this semester's lectures include wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia, renewable energy and human health, and the connections between language and culture.  All sessions will be held from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, March 8, in UC Room 332: "The Confluence of Renewable Energy and Human Health: Putting Ourselves to Work for a Human-Powered Future," Bradley Layton, director, Missoula College Energy Technology Program.


Shakespeare and Co. presents The No Apologies Writers (Cyndy Aten Gladys Considine, Audrey Peterson, Leslie McClintock, Karen Ward, Claudia Brown, Marylor Wilson, and Sally McNall) reading from their original works of poetry and creative non-fiction, Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.


Fact and Fiction presents Richard Fifield reading and signing The Flood Girls, 5:30 p.m. on March 4 at F&F Downtown.

The UM Creative Writing Program presents award-winning author Monica Drake at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105 at the University of Montana. Drake is the author of the award-winning novel "Clown Girl," as well as "The Stud Book." She recently released "The Folly of Loving Life," a collection of intertwined short stories. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Paris Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Cutthroat, The Rumpus and other publications. Call 243-5267 for more information.

Climate Smart Missoula has put out a Call for Submissions:  'Adaptation and Resilience' Open Air Art Show.  Everyone can create art, especially when you get your friends and family together. Help spark a community conversation on climate resiliency.  Teams of 3 or more will work together to create art on 7' freestanding panels made out of repurposed, hollow-core doors donated by Home ReSource. The project and show are intended to inspire a community conversation on what climate resilience and adaptation means to Missoula.  This is a project of Climate Smart Missoula and is free and open to the public. Supplies are provided, and we encourage anyone to apply. Let us know if you are interested by February 29th. Visit the website for more information or to sign up.  All art pieces will be displayed outside the University Center at UM's Campus in late April as well as separate showings on campus and the community.

Registration now open for January-March 2016 Art Workshops with local artist Nancy Seiler. New this winter is Nature Journaling Series. Learn to draw and paint different natural history topics and be ready to go outside this spring with your nature journal to record what you see with more confidence.  All workshops are located at 330 Brooks St. in Missoula (one block east of Caffé Dolce).  Classes are limited to 10. To sign up, please email here or call 370-1254.


Zootown Arts Community Center will celebrate small things with its 4th Annual {mini} Show Benefit at Missoula's newly renovated historic Wilma Theater on March 26. This gala event will bring together Missoula's creative community to celebrate all things mini, from mini dessert auction, a mini silent and live art auction, and more! The Mini Show art opening will occur in the ZACC gallery on March 11. This is an annual fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center. For more information, visit here

University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance presents Hot 'n' Throbbing by Paula Vogel, continuing March 1-4 at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M Campus.  Visit here for more.

First Lutheran Classical School, grades K-8, Child Care, and Pre-School is holding an Open House at First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. West, Missoula.  March 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Call 273-2491 or email here.


The University of Montana College of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Odyssey of the Stars March 5 at the Dennison Theatre. This year's honoree is George Gogas. Visit here for more.

Early Spring Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults begins with an orientation on Saturday afternoon March 5 followed by four guided basics classes. For more information visit here, call 549-8387 or come by the dojo. Preregistration required by March 3.


The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Missoula Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are due by March 4.  The 24th Annual Missoula Historic Preservation Awards will be judged by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission, with the individuals and groups honored at a public, catered awards event during May, National Historic Preservation Month. Projects must have been completed in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the City's Historic Preservation webpage. Nomination forms can also be obtained by contacting the Historic Preservation Office, or e-mailing a
request here.

The Missoula Writing Collaborative announces The Writers' Room on March 5, 2016, a one-day writing workshop and fundraiser featuring classes on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Geared to the general public, classes will be taught by twelve professional writers of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. The workshops are held 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library, Shakespeare & Company, Fact & Fiction, and Boyle Deveny & Meyer.  The cost is $60 per class, $110 for 2 classes or $120 for three. A $12 luncheon at the Top Hat features the film, "Kicking the Loose Gravel Home," about Montana poet Richard Hugo and a cocktail hour at day's end is at Radius Gallery. Renewal credits for teachers are available. To sign up, contact, here.

The 7th Annual Preserve Historic Missoula Night will occur March 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Fort Missoula, Heritage Hall. H. Rafael Chacon, Professor of Art History and Criticism at UM, will speak on The Perils of Modernism: The Case of Daphne Bugbee Jones. Two Cats & a Fiddle, featuring Ellie Nuno, will perform throughout the evening and the Lincoln School Award will be jointly awarded to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Missoula and the Missoula Federal Credit Union, for their efforts to preserve the historic Lincoln School. The night will feature a silent auction of vintage treasures and appetizers and beverages will be served. Admission is $5.

The  Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year's festival in Missoula, September 21-25.  Visit here to apply. 

Writing at Work, a conference hosted by the University of Montana Creative Writing Program, is slated for Friday, March 11. The conference, which connects UM students with successful, creative professionals who use their liberal arts education in their working lives, will be held from noon to 5 p.m., in the University Center Theater. It is free and open to the public.  For more information call 243-5267 or email here.

1864, a most bloody year in the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has issued an order forming 6 regiments of infantry to be filled by volunteers from the Prisoner of War camps filled with Confederate prisoners. On March 12, Come witness the return of these brave former Confederate soldiers who put on the blue and came west to escape the harsh conditions of the prisoner of war camps. Come see what life in the army was like, and visit with the men who defended the frontier. Learn about how you can become a part of this living history outfit at Cabelas, 3650 Brooks Street.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. at Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St, Missoula. Courtney Blazon will be sharing her colorful illustrations inspired by fairy tales, poetry, natural history and the animal world. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

Tell Us Something presents Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilma Theatre.  Call 546-3855 or email here for more.

For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit our website  
 Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents the Carbon County Student Exhibit in the Main Gallery through March. The Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery is located at 11 West 8th Street, Red Lodge, Montana.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  and  Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.


The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston presents Jesus Christ Superstar, March 4-26 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.  Weekend matinees at 3:00 p.m.  Call 222-1420 or email here.

The Open Book Club, a program of Alpine Artisans of Seeley Lake, presents Sally Thompson Saturday March 5 for a reading and discussion of People Before the Park.  Starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co in downtown Seeley Lake, this free event is open to all. Come to learn about the traditions and lifeways of the Kootenai and Blackfeet in the Glacier area prior to the creation of Glacier National Park. Call 754-0034 for more information

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation presents the second annual Strum and Drum concert fundraiser returns to Salish Kootenai College on March 9, featuring
featuring the Mike Murray Band.  Call 862-3608.

The  Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings is pleased to announce On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Montana Gallery at the Yellowstone Art Museum, internationally renowned Slovak cellist Jozef Luptak will perform with Boris Lenko, Baruch Myers, and Milos Valent.
 The Art Auction 48 event occurs on Saturday, March 5.  Visit here for more.

The Glacier Symphony and Chorale in Kalispell annually awards music scholarships to students in grades 9 to 12 including graduating seniors. The program encourages student participation in the Glacier Symphony and Chorale and assists those student musicians in pursuing a career or an avocation in music.  The award of scholarships is based on musical ability and potential as determined by the Scholarship Committee. Individual scholarships will be in the range of $250 to $1000.  Eligible students will have played with the Glacier Symphony for at least three concerts during a regular season or be on the permanent orchestra substitution list, or have sung in the Glacier Chorale.  In addition, when funds are available, "at-large" scholarships may be provided to outstanding music students who show exceptional ability but have not yet had the opportunity to perform with the GSC.  Scholarships must be used by students to further their musical career through camps, private lessons, or college tuition. Applications are available on the GSC website here by clicking the Education tab. They must be postmarked by April 8, 2016 to be considered and should be mailed to: GSC Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 2491, Kalispell, MT 59903 or delivered to the GSC office at 69 N. Main Street in Kalispell.

The 7th Annual Bigfork Brewfest is Saturday March 5.  The 20th annual Spam-O-Rama is at The Garden Bar in Bigfork at 2:00 p.m.  It's a family friendly event of spam carving, get creative and bring your own tools. Call 253-7862

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman presents Above the Fruited Plains by Dwayne Wilcox, in the Jessie Wilber Gallery; and New Works by Ben Pease in the Lobby Gallery.  Both exhibits run through April 29

The Glacier Symphony and Chorale and Alpine Theatre Project join forces to present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street March 11-13.  All concerts at Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 600 E. 2nd St. Whitefish. Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m.  Visit here 

The Bitterroot Performing Arts Center presents Solas on March 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the UM Dennison Theatre in Missoula. Visit here for more.

For complete information about arts and entertainment throughout the region, visit 


In Honor Of These Oscars, Let's Look At All The Times The Academy Picked The Wrong Best Picture
The Washington Post, Feb 28, 2016  
#OscarsSoWhite? How about #OscarsSoWrong? The inability of the academy to find a single non-white actor to nominate in two years may seem baffling, but remember - this is the same academy that is painfully misguided and short-sighted when it comes to awarding trophies. Let's take a walk through the past four decades of Best Picture winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It's an almost unbroken chain of incorrect decisions! Click here

Nothing "Efficient" About Arts And Humanities (And Isn't That The Point?)
The New York Times, Feb 24, 2016
In a letter written in 1871, the Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud uttered a phrase that announces the modern age: "'Je' est un autre" ("'I' is someone else"). Some 69 years later I entered the world as an identical twin, and Rimbaud's claim has an uncanny truth for me, since I grew up being one of a pair. Even though our friends and family could easily tell us apart, most people could not, and I began life with a blurrier, more fluid sense of my contours than most other folks. My brother and I live in different cities, but I have never lost my conviction that one's outward form - the shape of people, but also of surfaces and things - may not be what it seems. That personal intuition is of a piece with my career as a professor of literature, since I am convinced that great works of art tell us about shape-shifting, about both the world and ourselves as more mobile, more misperceived, more dimensional beings, than science or our senses would have us believe.  Click here

Americans For The Arts' Bob Lynch On Macro-Trends In The Arts In 2016
Huffington Post, Feb 19, 2016  
2016 is off and running, and guaranteed to be a dynamic presidential election year. Along with a new administration in Washington, five broad cultural and economic trends are sure to impact sectors across America--affecting our work in the arts in the coming years. Candidates at all levels of government will need to evolve positions on each of these trends so we can work more strategically to ensure that the arts continue to thrive and enrich the lives of every American.  Click here

Some Forms Of Dementia Can Elicit - And Explain - A Creative Flowering
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2016

When Victor quit his job as a lawyer at the practice he founded and moved in with his mother, his family suspected that something was amiss. For a man in his early 50s with no other job prospects, the decision just didn't make sense.  Click here

The Art Of Genius - An Uneven, Messy Quality
Aeon, Feb 16, 2016
Before he died, Albert Einstein requested that his whole body be cremated as soon as possible after death, and his ashes scattered in an undisclosed location. He didn't want his mortal remains to be turned into a shrine, but his request was only partially heeded. Einstein's closest friend, the economist Otto Nathan, disposed of his ashes according to his wishes, but not before Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, removed his brain. Family and friends were aghast, but Harvey convinced Einstein's son Hans Albert to give his reluctant permission after the fact. The eccentric doctor kept the brain in a glass jar of formalin inside a cider box under a cooler, until 1998, when he returned it to Princeton Hospital, and from time to time, he would send little chunks of it to interested scientists.  Click here


Leading Art Fair In Australia Canceled One Day Before Program Is Announced
The Guardian, Feb 24, 2016
One of Australasia's most celebrated contemporary art events, the Melbourne art fair, has been cancelled citing a failure to attract international collectors, little national interest, and the withdrawal of three major galleries from exhibiting. Chairperson of the Melbourne Art Foundation, Anna Pappas, made the announcement on Friday, saying the board, whose decision to cancel was unanimous, had no intention of putting on an "affordable, mediocre" fair. The fair was due to be held in August in Melbourne's Royal Exhibition building, and would have been the 15th in the foundation's almost 30-year history. According to the foundation's website, the fair showcases works from the region's best galleries.  Click here

Ukraine Uses Eurovision Competition To Send Pointed Message To Russia
BBC, Feb 22, 2016  
Ukraine has picked a song about Josef Stalin's enforced wartime deportation of the Tatar people as its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Jamala's song 1944 is about the tragedy that befell her great-grandmother, when the dictator sent 240,000 Tatars on crowded trains to barren Central Asia. Thousands died during the journey or starved to death after they arrived. The lyrics begin: "They come to your house, they kill you all and say: 'We're not guilty'."  Click here

This Man Has Been Building A Cathedral By Hand For 55 Years
Atlas Obscura, Feb 25, 2016  
Twelve miles north of Madrid in Mejorada del Campo, a 90-year-old man is working to finish his life's work: a grand cathedral. It is a cathedral with no trained architect, no government approval and no benediction from the Catholic Church. It is either the work of a madman or that of a prophet.  Justo Gallego Martínez was a born a farmer to a very religious Roman Catholic mother. At the age of 10 he saw the effects of the Spanish civil war and witnessed communist forces shooting priests and ransacking the church. This left him with a distrust of government and a desire to enter into the service of the Catholic Church.  Click here

Global Phenom: Festivals That Light Up Cities Are Magnets For Tourists
Yahoo! (AP), Feb 18, 2016
Move over, holiday lights. Large-scale light installations that blend contemporary art and technology are taking off as a trend, lighting up the night from New Orleans and Baltimore to Sydney and London. Many of these free light festivals include interactive displays that turn spectators into participants who can change colors or patterns by moving or playing a game. The events are also tourism magnets, attracting locals and out-of-towners alike to waterfronts, historic districts and other neighborhoods on dark winter nights and other periods when tourist activity may be low.  Click here

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