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January 18, 2016
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Missoula's Martin Luther King Day activities begin at 5:00 p.m. today with a Rally at Caras Park; at 5:40 p.m.: March across Higgins Street Bridge; at 6:00 p.m.: Community Celebration at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (202 Brooks St.); at 7:30 p.m.: Community Dinner in lower level of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  For more information, contact Jesse here

The Missoula Cultural Council is seeking nominations for the 17th Annual Missoula Arts and Culture Awards program. Individuals and businesses may be nominated in five separate categories: Cultural Achievement, Individual Artist, Arts Educator, Business Support for the Arts, and Cultural Vision. To make a nomination in one of the above categories, complete the one-page form found on the MCC website by Friday, February 12. The awardees will be honored at the MCC's annual luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 11:30 am at Missoula's Doubletree Hotel. 

The Missoula Art Museum p resents   Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12; Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection through March 12;The 44th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition through February 3; MAM's 44th Benefit Art Auction is Saturday, February 6, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents Glorious Vista: Art of the American West from the MMAC Permanent Collection through February 20 in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries from now through February 20. From the Pueblos of New Mexico to Glacier National Park, this exhibition explores the landscapes and people of the Rocky Mountain West during the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Edgar Paxson, Joseph Henry Sharp, Charles M. Russell,  Ace Powell, Julius Seyler, Nancy McLaughlin, and George Catlin

The Drowsy Chaperone makes its Missoula debut at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts stage this weekend. The Missoula Community Theatre picked this Tony-Award-winning "musical within a comedy" for its fresh, fast-paced whimsical air! With no intermission, The Drowsy Chaperone promises to be a fast and furious evening of hilarious shenanigans.  This parody of musical theatre contains risqué, adult humor which may be best appreciated by older teens and adults.  January 21-31. Tickets are available at here.

The Montana World Affairs Council presents the Global Gauntlet Team Trivia Fundraiser, on Saturday, January 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Missoula. The evening will start at 5:00 p.m. and include a social hour, dinner, live auction and lively team trivia competition with Emcee Mayor John Engen.


Radius Gallery spotlights the artworks by photographer Lucy Capehart, kinetic assemblage artist Stephen Glueckert, and ceramic sculptor Randi O'Brien. This work will be on display through February 20, with an artists reception on January 22 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Call 541-7070.

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.

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for actors, age 18 and older, to play the roles in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  There are 3-4 roles to be cast in this comedy, and the audition will take place Sunday, January 24, on the third floor of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts from 12:30-3:00 p.m.  Please use the Main Street double door entrance.  
The performance dates for this non-musical are March 10-13 and 16-20, 2016.  All performances will take place at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, call 728-7529   


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 11th. This is an annual fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center. You are invited to submit your miniature creation for this Mini Art Show, which will be auctioned the night of the event, through silent auction (for most works) and a live auction for selected pieces. All work must be 12x12x12 or smaller. To submit or for more information, visit here

Fact and Fiction presents Korby Lenker with a reading and signing of Medium Hero, Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m. at F&F Downtown

The University of Montana School of Music's "Celebrate Piano Series" presents Tanya Gabrielian on January 24, at 3:00 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall.  Ticjets are available  here or by calling the UMArts Box Office at 243-4581.

CoMotion Dance Project, based in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Montana, presents Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance Monday, January 25, 9:45-10:35 a.m., and again from 1:00-1:50 p.m., and Tuesday, January 26, 9:45-10:35 a.m. at the Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus.  Sponsored by SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, Missoula County Public Schools, CoMotion Dance Project, and The University of Montana.

University of Montana Productions will host soulful singer-songwriter Allen Stone in concert at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, at UM's Dennison Theatre. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now and cost $20 for UM students and $25 for the general public, plus ticketing fees. Tickets can be purchased online here, by calling 243-4051 or 888-MONTANA (888-666-8262) during regular business hours.  Opening for the show is is First Night Spotlight winner and Hellgate High School senior Leila Parsons.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St, Missoula. Kiln-fired Fused Glass Artist Katie Patten will be sharing her artistry and inspiration. All Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

The Montana Repertory Theatre presents Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with a gala opening January 22, followed by Missoula performances January 23, 28,29,30, February 4 and 6 before heading out on tour of Montana and other cities in the Midwest and Northeast.  For more, visit here.

The Missoula Children's Theatre celebrates 2016 with its original, world-premiere of The Snow Queen.  This winter performing arts class runs January 18-February 21 and is open to Grades K-12.  Give the gift of wonder this Holiday season with a registration to The Snow Queen!  Register here.

The Missoula Community Theatre ushers in 2016 with The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winning spoof of musical comedies (January 21-31). Next up is The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), a zany, non-musical production that will appeal to anyone who loves a good laugh (March 10-20). Rounding out the season is Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical (April 28-May 15).  Visit here for more.

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

The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest will be celebrating its fourth year of presenting a broad slate of domestic and international films on January 22 - 24 in Polson. For all information, visit here.

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents the Rock Creek Miniature Exhibit, continuing through January.  See artwork in small size created by many of the Guild's artists.  A challenge for most artists, the miniature artwork will delight everyone.  All works of art in this show are 6"x8" or smaller.  Consider a gift of art for the holidays.  In the Guild's North Gallery.  Through the month there is also an exhibit by Ev Bergeron & Karen McBride. On Sunday, January 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Watercolor for All Levels with Dolly Frerichs Stuber.   On Wednesday, Jan 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Northern Plains Women Explored - Lecture by Marie Shirley Jones, who has created a large mixed media wall hanging in her quest to learn about the historical Plains Indian Women. Her inspiration came from a page of Ledger Art done in 1883. Marie will share what she's discovered about these remarkable women as she explains the details of her art in an evening program at the Carbon County Depot Gallery. On Thursday, January 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Tour of the Barstow Collection of Ledger Art. This tour is only available by special arrangement and has been arranged by the Carbon County Arts Guild & Marie Shirley Jones especially for those participating in the Ledger Art Workshop being offered on Saturday, January 23. For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.


The Emerson Center in Bozeman announces the Winter 2016 Art Education Classes.  For more  information on these classes including descriptions, prices and registration forms please visit our website or call 587.9797 x.104


The  Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings presents the Opening Reception for Art Auction 48 Thursday, January 21, from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Every year, the Art Auction is an exciting way to get acquainted with Montana artists while supporting the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents. Save the date for the Art Auction 48 event on Saturday, March 5.  Visit here for more.


The Milner Brothers make debut performing 60's-era folk music with an edge at Bitterroot Brewing Co in Hamilton January 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bassist Don Maus accompanies.

Triple Sec jazz ensemble performs at Bitterroot Brewing Co in Hamilton. Bill Haffey, Edie Smith, Scott Milner, Rich Brinkman and Don Maus perform vocal and instrumental bossa, swing, bop, ballads and blues.  Saturday, January 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The 33rd annual Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) occurs in Fort Benton January 29-31, with registration due January 11.  This event focuses on promotion of booking of quality artists, and reducing expenses for artists and presenters through the state.  Visit here for more information.

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


How Did The Co-Founder And Drummer Of The Police Move From Rock To Opera?
Huffington Post, Jan 17, 2016
Opera and the iconic rock band, The Police may seem to be from different worlds but the group's co-founder and drummer, Stewart Copeland, bridges the gap as an accomplished musician in both genres. This weekend, one of his works, The Cask of Amontillado, will play Dixon Place in New York City, premiering new orchestrations for the opera, initially created in the early 1990's. But, fans of his work with Sting will need to manage their expectations. This isn't The Police's celebrated sound, playfully translated to stage in opera form. It's an extension of Copeland's incredible talent, and successful explorations into other formats that have helped him create a prolific body of work inside and outside of rock, including five legitimate operas.  Click here

Why Al Jazeera America Was Destined to Fail
Slate, Jan 14, 2016  
Jazeera America never had a chance. Having struggled in vain to attract an audience since it launched in 2013, the cable news channel announced Wednesday that it would shut down come April. "The decision is driven by the fact that our business model is simply not sustainable in an increasingly digital world, and because of the current global financial challenges," CEO Al Anstey said in a staff memo, thereby glossing over all of the operation's actual failures.
But if Al Jazeera America's brand was a handicap, its philosophy was a death sentence. The channel was founded on the utterly ill-conceived idea that Americans were starving for sober, "unbiased" hard news coverage.   Click here

Vinyl Records May Be Cool, But From A Practical Listening Experience, C'Mon...
NewMusicBox, Jan 13, 2016
The vinyl resurgence should be great for new music, right? After all, who buys records in 2015? Nerds. Curious, acquisitive types. People with a thing for the timeless artifact. Those who are willing to seek out sounds beyond those that the streaming services are ready to deliver right to their earbuds. And the very fact that some music lovers are spending their money on physical editions of music after more than a decade of gorging on ones and zeros has to be good news for people who sell music, doesn't it? As so often in life, the answer is complex, but not encouraging. Everybody loves vinyl, but it doesn't really make financial sense. Click here

Should Arts Funders Take Into Consideration An Artist's Income?
The Stranger, Jan 08, 2016
In December, Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum announced jointly the 2015 winner of the largest award they give to an artist. It's the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for $50,000, and it went to writer David Shields. The announcement brought on a spell of cognitive dissonance, which I'll explain. The $50,000 originates from an unusual source: a five-year gift of $1.1 million from the local Raynier Institute & Foundation to be given to artists through the Frye and Artist Trust (who organize the selection process). The reason it's unusual is that the Raynier Foundation is a social-services supporter whose founder cared about poverty and homelessness in addition to art and culture. His name was James W. Ray, and the foundation's executor, Ed Gardner, said the creation of the Raynier Artist Awards would have pleased Ray because it was based in "the concept of supporting artists to meet their basic needs in life."  Click here

'Hamilton' $10 Ticket Lottery Goes Online, Crashes From High Demand
Playbill, Jan 06, 2016
"Service Unavailable. Please try again later." That's what potential ticket buyers saw on the new website set up to handle the Hamilton discount lottery for much of its first day, Jan. 5. The site returned briefly at 4 PM, but went down again after a reported total of 50,000 applicants rushed the site for the 21 available seats in the front row.  As a result, the Jan. 5 discount lottery was cancelled and producers announced that they would return to a live lottery outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Jan. 6.  Click here


Al Jazeera America Is Shutting Down
Politico, Jan 14, 2016  
Al Jazeera, which made a massive investment in covering the United States less than three years ago, is slamming the brakes on its American operation. Al Jazeera America, a cable news channel that debuted in August 2013, is shutting down. Employees were informed of the decision during an all-hands staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon. During the meeting, Al Jazeera America brass said the channel's business model was "no longer sustainable." It will shut down by April 30, an Al Jazeera America executive told staff, saying the decision was made by the channel's board of directors and was not a reflection of the quality of their work. Employees also were told that Al Jazeera will pursue a new global online strategy with content delivered from the U.S. later this year.  Click here

A Campaign To Remove Cecil Rhodes Statue At Oxford Gains Support
The Guardian (UK), Jan 15, 2016
More than a third of all Oxford University students - and nearly half of its black and minority ethnic (BAME) students - believe the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes should be removed from the building of Oriel college. In a survey conducted by Cherwell, Oxford's independent student newspaper, 37% of students expressed a desire for Oriel to remove the statue of Rhodes, compared with 54% who thought the statue should remain and 9% who were unsure. Among students who identified with a BAME group, 48% said that they thought that Oriel should remove the statue, 45% disagreed and 7% said "I don't know". A majority of BAME students - 51% - said that the removal of the statue would not affect their personal experience of Oxford University.  Click here

Italy Says It Will Spend €300 Million On Cultural Projects
The Local (Italy), Jan 06, 2016
Italy will pump hundreds of millions of euros into saving Italy's crumbling historic sites, with the Emperor Nero's party palace at the top of the priority list. An additional €300 million will be spent on restoring over 200 heritage sites, including a palace built by Emperor Nero, across Italy over the next three years, Cultural Minister Dario Franceschini said on Monday. The funds will be available immediately for the 241 projects, which includes the renovation of palaces, including Rome's Palazzo Venezia, galleries, museums and libraries across Italy, the minister said in a statement.  Click here

How Angry Spouses Brought Down An Art Dynasty
The Daily Beast, Jan 06, 2016
Three heirs of the vast Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty are on trial in Paris, charged with tax fraud and money laundering, all because of angry spouses.
What do a Manhattan-based billionaire, a naked Russian model, and a loaded gun have to do with one of the biggest tax fraud trials in French history now underway in Paris? Students of Wildenstein & Company, once the world's richest and most ruthless art dealers, know that until 1997 the powerful Franco-American-Jewish dynasty ruled with impunity and obsessive secrecy from their storied limestone headquarters on New York's Upper East Side-and did so despite damning allegations that they had acquired artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II.   Click here

The Best Films Being Made In Canada Are Quebecois. Pity No One's Watching Them
The Globe and Mail (Canada), Jan 08, 2016
The Canada's Top Ten Film Festival was created by TIFF to raise "public awareness of Canadian achievements in film" - work that otherwise, and often, goes unnoticed. In that sense, this year's lineup is depressingly on-target: of the 10 movies selected for the event, only two have been released theatrically in more than one province (My Internship in Canada and The Forbidden Room). The rest enjoyed brief but tiny runs last year, or have yet to open at all.  Click here

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