March 7, 2016
In This Issue
In Missoula...
Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
Any Given Child Missoula
First Friday Gallery Walk
Missoula Events
Visit our New Website
MCC Arts & Cultural Directory
Art & Economy
Join Our List
MCC Members
Facebook page
MCC 2016 Calendar
Missoula's Sister Cities
The Missoula
Cultural Council


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.

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 .

Thesis exhibitions by University of Montana Master of Fine Arts graduate students Tressa Jones, Kate Lund, and Aja Mujinga Sherrard will be displayed March 10-24 in UM's Gallery of Visual Arts. An opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on March 10 in the GVA, which is located on the first floor of UM's Social Science building. For more information, call gallery Director Cathryn Mallory at 243-2813 or email here.
All 37 works (plus the sonnets) of William Shakespeare performed in one evening? Since Shakespeare himself concluded that "brevity is the soul of wit," he would likely enjoy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). It has become one of the most popular productions of modern theatre, and the Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present the show March 10-20 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at, by calling 406-728-7529, or at MCT's Box Office. Ask about special seating in the "Bard's Bar" or Daniel Singer's master class. 
The Missoula Art Museum  presents John Buck: Free for All 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); Larry Thomas:  Ammophilia  through July 23.

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. Pictured here is "Adrift" by Rudy Autio.

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 12:10-1:00 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.

The  Bitterro ot Performing Arts Center  presents  Solas ,
  a quintessential Irish- Am erican band ,   on March 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the UM Dennison Theatre in  Missoula.  
Visit  here  for more. 


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

The Radius Gallery
is living in The Last Best Dream: Surrealism, Here & Now Come see for yourself how these bold and brilliant artists seize and respond to the legacy of Surrealism-a stylistic and philosophical approach
to art formalized nearly a hundred years ago that looks to the unconscious
mind as the wellspring of creativity, with imagery that is
characteristically uncanny, paradoxical and outlandish. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm. And if you can't yet make the trek downtown, check out some of the astonishing work at 

This is the last week to join local artist Nancy Seiler's winter Art Workshops. The Final course in the Nature Journaling Series covers moths on Saturday, March 12, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 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. Nancy Seiler also offers Open Studio for $25 on March 8 and March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.

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 .

Fact and Fiction hosts author Rick Bass at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, for a reading and book signing. He will be reading from his  selection of short stories, "For a Little While." Find out more about this event 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 University of Montana is pleased to present " All in the Timing ," a modern comedy classic from a playwright the New York Times called "a master of fun." This sampling of six short comic plays runs in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus March 15-19, 2016. Find out more here.

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.

University of Montana  hosts the an nu al International C ulture & Food Festival  from 12:00-5: 00 p.m. on March 20 at the University Center. The event is a n extravaganza where guests can visit colorful display booths  fe aturing countries around the world; thrill in a five-hour International Culture Show featuring music, song and dance  seldom seen in Missoula; visit Children's World with crafts, storytelling, games and other interactive events; watch films from the Montana International Children's Film Festival; and savor delicious food from all corners of the globe
 in the Food Bazaar, with over 20 food booths offering 
culinary specialties, most of them handmade. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event or in advance from Foreign Student and Scholar Services by calling 243-222 6. 

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.
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.

A class teaching the rhythms of the African hand drum, or djembe, will be given by master drummer Dr. Bob Sherrick, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 12:30- 2:00 pm at the Imagine Health Gather Room, 305 1st Avenue West, Columbia Falls. The class is open to everyone; no prior djembe drumming skill is required.  If participants do not have a drum, please contact Marti Kurth via email at and a drum will be provided. Fee for the class is a sliding scale between $5-10. Bring your drum and ear plugs, this class is going to be loud! For more details call Leslie Yancey of Afro Fusion Dance at 748-6778. 

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 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. to 5:00 p.m.  and  Sunday 12:00 to 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 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 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.

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

Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?
The New York Times, March 1, 2016
It is one of the most famous pieces of American music - but for 70 years orchestras may have been playing one of its best-known effects wrong... continue reading

Archaeology's Information Revolution

The Atlantic, March 3, 2016
Archaeology, as a way of examining the material world, has always required a certain deftness in scale. You have to be able to zoom in very close-at the level of, say, a single dirt-encrusted button-then zoom out again to appreciate why that one ancient button is meaningful. Any given artifact is simultaneously at the center of its own history, and representative of a much larger story, too... continue reading

Selfies Are More Dangerous Than You Think
Huffington Post, March 3, 2016
Admit it, you've got plenty of selfies taking up space on your smartphone's camera roll. Millennials spend an estimated one hour every week taking selfies, and if this continues, they're on track to taking 25,700 selfies in their lifetime, according to one study. That's a lot of face time... continue reading

Author Thought a $200k Literary Prize Was Spam
BBC News, March 3, 2016
An Australian author says she "fell off her chair" when she discovered an email about a $150,000 (A$207,000; £106,000) literary award was not a hoax... continue reading

28 Fascinating Photos from the Sony World Photography Awards Finalists
The Washington Post, March 3, 2016
Before the winners are announced in March and April, take a look at some of the best entries... continue reading

Swiss Under Pressure Over Art That Jews Were Forced to Sell
The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2016
Pressure is growing on Swiss museums to accept that works of art sold by Jewish refugees to help them escape from the Nazis were forced sales, and that the works should therefore be returned to their heirs... continue reading

Thanks for your comments & corrections

Tom at MCC

MCC - Connecting Art, Culture and Community through Education, Advocacy and Celebration.  As the official cultural agency for Missoula, MCC provides the community with resources for the development and promotion of arts and culture, maintains Missoula's sister-city relationships with Neckargemund, Germany and Palmerston North, New Zealand and produces the annual First Night Missoula celebration on New Year's Eve. For more information, please visit our website 


Contact Us:
Missoula Cultural Council
327 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7662
Missoula, MT 59807

406-541-0861 (fax)