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 In Missoula...

 First Night Missoula, the New Year's Eve community celebration of the arts, is 10 days away! 12 hours, 80 events,  25 venues.  Admission buttons are $15 ($18 on December 31). Visit  here  or call 541-0860 for more information. 

First Night Spotlight, the annual High School singing competition, will be held at the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus this year during First Night Missoula on New Year's Eve.  Admission is a First Night Button plus a $2 ticket ($3 on December 31) to assure your seat for the show. Visit here for tickets and information.  

The Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre presents the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) January 12-16 at venues throughout Missoula.  A special preview of this week long festival occurs during First Night at 5:00 p.m. a the UM Dennison Theatre.  Visit here for more.

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; A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM's Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, through December 23; MaryAnn Bonjorni: Legends Are History, through January 2 (pictured here). The 44th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition opens January 8 with Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mam's 44th Benefit Art Auction is Saturday, February 6, beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents Glorious Vista: Art of the American West from the MMAC Permanent Collection, from January 7 - February 20, 2016 in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries. 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 Montana World Affairs Council has an immediate opening and is accepting resumes for the position of Executive Director. This is a full-time, salaried position, reporting to the Board of Directors.  The Montana World Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2000, enables Montanans to appreciate the relationship of foreign policy and international issues to their lives in the Rockies. The Council offers opportunities to better understand world events through people-to-people diplomacy, distinguished speakers, overseas visits, and educational outreach programs. As globalization reaches into all corners of the Big Sky, the Council seeks to help educate citizens about their increased political, economic, and cultural integration into the world community. Interested applicants should email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to  Visit here for more.


The last week of the 2nd Annual Holiday show a  Radius Gallery is coming to a close December 24, and it has been such a phenomenal turn out this year. We want to thank all the artists and collectors for participating in supporting local businesses like us.  So, get your last minute gifts, or add to your collection, with art work that inspires and illuminates you from the inside out.  Radius Gallery is located downtown Missoula, at 114 E Main St.  Call 541-7070.


Zootown Arts Community Center has two Calls for Artists. Art Activism, co-sponsored with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, has a deadline of January 10, 2016. All Works must depict a social, environmental, or political issue. This juried group show is kicking off 2016's Big Sky Film Festival in February. The 4th Annual Mini Benefit Show deadline is February 1, 2016. All Works must be 12"x12"x12". This art auction celebrating everything miniature will take place on March 26, 2016 at the Wilma.  Visit here for more. 

MCT is participating in Toys for Tots this holiday season.  Please drop off new, unwrapped toys for a deserving child at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts before December 23, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  You may also drop toys off one hour before each performance of The Sound of Music (Dec 3-6, 9-13 and 16-20).  For more information, call MCT at 728-1911.  

The Sweat Shop, at 225 North Higgins, has a grand opening on New Year's Day from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Enjoy live music by local musician Sam Waldorf, NOTORIOUS P.I.G. samplers, drinks, door prizes and a raffle for a month of unlimited fitness and yoga classes at The Sweat Shop. The free event will include an art showcase entitled Placeless Landscapes by local artist Sarah Hultin.


The Missoula Public Library shows a free international film monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month. All films are shown in original language with subtitles. We hope this program is of interest to you, and we offer an attached copy of this month's film for printing and posting.  Please forward to any who may be interested in MPL's free foreign film series.
January's film is The Lesson:  From Bulgaria, the film is in Bulgarian with English subtitles and runs 111 minutes. Loosely based on a real-life incident, this gripping drama has won awards at several international film festivals for best new directors, best screenplay, and best film debut. Join us for a screening and brief discussion (optional) on Friday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45-7:15. Call 258-3848,

The Missoulian is accepting submissions for the 2016 MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest. Submit a piece of 2-D art work or an essay, poem or letter of no more than 250 words in response to the quote "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  Handwritten or typed essays will be accepted. Artwork may be any medium but no larger than 8.5 X 11 inches.  On the back of each entry please include the student's full name, grade, school, home address and home telephone number. Entries will not be returned unless special arrangements are made.  To enter you must be a student in preschool-12th grade in Western Montana. Entries must be received at the Missoulian by December 18. Winners will receive a cash prize, be featured in the Missoulian, and recognized at the MLK Community Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2016.  For questions, contact Ben Mincks. 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.

You can't buy love, you can purchase laughter for a holiday gift! The Missoula Community Theatre ushers in 2016 with The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winning spoof of musical comedies! (January 21-31). But wait, there's more! The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) is 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...

First Night Flathead celebrates its 17th annual festival New Year's Eve festival of the arts in Kalispell from 1:00 p.m. until midnight.  Admission buttons are $12.  Visit the website for all the information.

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents The Art of Mike Kosorok, continuing through December.  Mike has been a professional artist for over 40 years and is well-known in the region for his broad, sweeping landscape paintings of the Beartooth Mountains and the area around Red Lodge and Bear Creek, Montana.  Mike works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and mixed media.  He is recently retired from his teaching career in the Red Lodge schools.  The
Rock Creek Miniature Exhibit continues 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 for December and continuing through January 31, 2016.  The 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar continues through the end of December.  Browse the selection of scarves, socks, jewelry, pottery, notecards, small paintings, bags, and more as you consider everyone on your gift list. Beginning January 1, there will be an exhibit by Ev Bergeron & Karen McBride. On Sundays, January 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Watercolor for All Levels with Dolly Frerichs Stuber.  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 announces the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition, Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz. The exhibition will remain on view through January 3.  "A Lonely Business": Isabelle Johnson's Montana opened on Tuesday, November 3 and remains on view through January 3, 2016. Saturday, January 2, 2016 is Dollar Day at YAM.  Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.

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 This Depressing Joni Mitchell Piece Become 'A Traditional Christmas Song'?
The Washington Post, Dec 20, 2015
Michael Ball, a British stage actor and singer, was watching a performance of traditional Christmas music at a London drama school several years ago when the students unwrapped Joni Mitchell's "River."  Ball said he was somewhat startled, given that the classic 1971 confessional isn't really a Christmas song. Never mind that its opening melody is "Jingle Bells" in a minor key and that the lyrics begin with a seasonal scene: "It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees/They're putting up reindeer, singing songs of joy and peace."  Click here

What Does The Decline Of America's Middle Class Mean For The Arts?
Barry's Blog, Dec 16, 2015
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, the American middle class continues to shrink in proportion to the wealthy and the poor. The question I have is what, if any, relationship this fact / trend has to the shrinking audiences for the arts?   And if there is any correlation, is there any identifiable causation?  We have research that shows a decline in our audiences; not for everyone, and not to the same degree for every discipline / every organization, but overall, generally.  Perhaps there is research about the middle class decline relative to the arts.  Or if no research, then theories about the relationship.  Click here

Los Angeles' Hot New Arts District Creates Problems For Artists
Los Angeles Times, Dec 09, 2015  
Way back in July of last year, The Times ran a story about how development in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District - the old industrial zone between 1st and 7th Streets, east of Alameda - had long-time residents concerned about rising rents pushing out the very artists for whom the neighborhood is named. "Don't forget the art and the artist," said painter Jett Jackson at the time.What a difference 18 months make. If development in the Arts District was then at a steady simmer, it is now on super boil. Click here

Will The University Of Oklahoma Finally Return A Nazi-Looted Impressionist Painting?
The New York Times, Dec 07, 2015
After fighting for years, the University of Oklahoma is now negotiating the terms under which it will return a Pissarro painting to a Jewish family whose relatives had their artworks looted by the Nazis. The terms of any possible agreement are unclear, and the discussions may yet founder. But the negotiations are an abrupt turnaround in a case that drew wide attention. The university did not deny that the painting, "La Bergère," or "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep," was part of a collection looted by the Nazis from a businessman, Raoul Meyer, but instead had raised objections to returning the work based on procedural rules and the statute of limitations. It had also produced evidence that the work had been bought by a subsequent owner in good faith. Raoul Meyer's daughter, Léone Meyer, sued the university to recover the painting. Click here


Time For The Arts World To Take A Long, Hard Look At Its Racism
The Guardian (UK), Dec 20, 2015
The cultural world is undergoing a slow and long overdue reckoning with racism. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has rightly changed the archaic, Orientalist, exoticising, offensive or unthinkingly racist titles of more than 100 artworks including the use of the word "negro" for Afro-Caribbean subjects and "Mohammedan" for Middle Eastern subjects. In the US, a Harvard University emblem featuring the insignia of a slave-owning family is the subject of a student protest. Meanwhile, in the UK, Oriel college, Oxford, is under pressure to remove a statue paying tribute to coloniser Cecil Rhodes, following a student-led protest inspired by similar demonstrations in Cape Town, South Africa. Even though they haven't yet decided what action to take, Oriel has been admirably direct in naming the problem and saying it "does not condone [Rhodes'] racist views or actions". In that case, why keep a statue aggrandising and lionising the man who held those views? To keep the statue is indeed to condone those actions; the prestigious Rhodes scholarship in his name can easily be renamed and, indeed, I wonder why it's taking so long.  Click here

Study: Paintings Engage People with Dementia
The Globe and Mail (Canada), Dec 16, 2015
In the lobby of the Yale Road Centre care facility in Surrey, a painting beckons. Installed next to a bulletin board covered with activity schedules and other notices, Infinite adds square splashes of colour to the institutional dullness - even with a bunch of empty water-cooler bottles pushed up against it. The painting, by Stewart Hall, is not mere decoration. It made its way to this transitional care facility through a study researching the impact of art on people with dementia. The art, the study's authors have found, did have an impact - but it wasn't what they had expected. The work didn't simply help orient the residents or liven up the space. It enlivened the residents.  Click here

Tehran Symphony Cancels Concert When Authorities Object To Women Musicians
Iran Human Rights, Dec 09, 2015
The Tehran Symphony Orchestra cancelled a performance that had been planned for the closing ceremony of an international wrestling event on November 29, 2015, after the authorities objected to the presence of women musicians among the orchestra members. The Iranian Student News Agency's (ISNA) report of the incident suggested that the women musicians had not fully observed the hijab, or female head covering. "I said all of us will perform together or we will leave the hall," ISNA quoted Ali Rahbari, the orchestra's artistic director. "Some tried to resolve the problem but eventually they said the women cannot be allowed to perform, so I said we will not perform." Rahbari described the treatment of women musicians as "embarrassing" and added, "The women musicians were going to perform the country's national anthem. Why shouldn't they? I have said many times that I was born in this country and I know very well where the red lines are. As long as I'm the director of this orchestra, I will not allow this kind of treatment."  Click here

Banksy Has Had It With Anti-Immigration Rhetoric
The New York Times, Dec 13, 2015
The graffiti artist Banksy unveiled his latest artworks on Friday - immigration-themed murals that he painted onto public spaces in and around the "jungle," a refugee camp near Calais, France. The main image in the new series, posted on Banksy's home page, is a portrait of the Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs, whose father immigrated to the United States from Syria. In a statement provided by a spokeswoman Banksy said: "We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes - and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.  Click here

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