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November 16, 2015
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The Missoula Art Museum p resents   Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12 (pictured here); 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.


 The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents  The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. The exhibition features 52 pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, and includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors.  MMAC presents a Celebrity Artist Tour with Lela Autio, Thursday, November 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UM PARTV Center Lobby. Enjoy this artist's perspective as she gives a tour of the current exhibit.  

The University of Montana Department of Music presents  Chelsea Pierce, violin, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall;   Celebrate Piano Series III: Philip Aaberg, November 18 at 7:30 p.m., in Dennison Theatre. Tickets available at the Adams Center GrizTix Box Office, 243-4051 or here; Student Ensemble Series: "New Music Missoula" November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall; Jazz Series II: UM Jazz Bands November 20 at 7:30 p.m., in the Dennison Theatre, the Student Chamber Recital, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall;   Call 243-6880.

Dolce Canto performs as guest artists during the annual AA Choral Festival in Missoula, Tuesday, November 17, at
7:00 p.m. at the Sentinel High School Auxiliary Gym (901 South Avenue West).  Admission is free.

Fact and Fiction presents Noy Holland reading and signing Bird, 4:00 p.m. on November 21; and Christopher Kelly signing Italy Invades, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. November 22. Both events at F&F Downtown.    

Shakespeare and Co. presents Matt Pavelich reading from his new collection of stories Survivors Said, November 19 at 7:00 pm.


The International Choral Festival  and the UM School of Music will present their annual benefit performance of George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus. This free concert is a beloved community sing-a-long with a volunteer chorus, which has delighted local singers and audiences annually since 1995.  There is still time to join the chorus, sign-up online here. Proceeds will equally support Missoula's 10th International Choral Festival scheduled for July 13-16, 2016 and scholarships for UM choral and orchestral students.

The University of Montana has released the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of its U M Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine. The magazine is online here.

The University of Montana presents the President's Lecture Series: Shakespeare 451: Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury and Humanities 8:00 p.m. November 19 at the University Center Ballroom. Marjorie Garber, Harvard University William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies, will present this lecture. Call 243-2981.  

Howard "Kid Charlemagne" Kingston performs at the Loft of Missoula November 21 at 7:30. 

Radius Gallery's second annual holiday show kicks off November 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This year 73 artists have contributed a super-abundance of terrific artworks-over 200 small paintings, pastels, photographs, and mixed media pieces.
Call 541-7070

The 21st annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at the University Center Gallery of Visual Arts runs now through December 10.  Call 243-2813.  

The Sound of Music is a Missoula Community Theatre production for the holiday season at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  "Premiere Night" is Thursday, December 3 with a catered reception and the regular run plays Friday, December 4-6, 9-13 and 16-20. For tickets, visit here or call the box office at 728-7529. 

Living Art of Montana presents "Faces of Living Art: a 22-Year Mask Retrospective", an exhibit of masks created by Living Art workshop participants from 1993 through 2015 displayed at the Downtown Dance Collective throughout  November.   

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for actors, singers and dancers to play the roles in The Drowsy Chaperone.  There are approximately 15-20 characters to be cast, and the audition will take place Sunday, November 22, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts from 12:30-4:00 p.m. on the third floor.  Please use the Main Street entrance.  

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting for November will be held at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture on the UM Campus in the PARTV Bldg, Wednesday, November 18 at 10:15 a.m. for a docent led tour of The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

The Dana Gallery presents the Annual Christmas Show, opening Friday, November 20, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Nancy Seiler presents Art Workshops throughout November and December at her studio at 330 Brooks Street.  The first two are Monoprinting with GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics and GELLI Plate, November 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and again on November 21 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. $65 (includes all materials)
We'll use stencils and other shapes to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Give a print as a holiday gift. Make cards. It's fun and cleans up with water! Nancy is a certified GOLDEN Art Educator. Call 370-1254 to register.

The String Orchestra of the Rockies presents Dido-Queen of Carthage, featuring mezzo-soprano Kimberly James with the UM Women's Choir, November 22 at the UM Music Recital Hall. Visit here or call 493-2990.

The New Brandhout Players present An Evening at Scar Latte's, a concert of coffee music, a performance of Bach's Coffee Cantata, and other selections by the Montana Baroque Flute Ensemble, Backyard Recorder Concort, featuring Lucien Hut, harpsichord and soprano Melody Anderson.  November 22, 7:30 p.m. at Unity Church, 546 South Ave West.

University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance presents Treasure Island by Ken Ludwig, Adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, November 24, 27-28, December 1-5 at 7:30 p.m.  November 29 and December 5 at 2:00 p.m. Montana Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M Campus.

Join the annual holiday season celebration at the University Center for the UC Holiday Art Festival. The Art Festival will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5  in the University Center Atrium.  The UC Holiday Art Festival features unique, hand-crafted art from local and regional artists, as well as live music, live art demonstrations and prize raffles. This is the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done. Come support local artists as they show their wares in the beautiful UC Atrium.
The UC Art Festival is the longest running art fair in western Montana and has a legacy of returning and new artists from around the state and beyond. The UC Art Festival is a non-profit art fair that funds student-run programming at the University of Montana. For more information, call 243-5622.

The Montana World Affairs Council announces the next guest in its Distinguished Speakers Program, U. S, Ambassador  (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, who was Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999-2002.  The program will take place at the Doubletree in Missoula on Monday December 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Huddleston will discuss U.S. - Cuban Relations 1900 - 2015: The Best of Enemies. For more information, call 728-3328.

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.  

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Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is December 20 for regular (over $1,000), fellowship, and three-year sustaining grants (must have received funding in a prior year to apply in this last grant category). Grant decisions will be made by February 9, 2016.

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture and the City of Bozeman Fire Department are hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of an upgrade to the fire suppression system within the Emerson historic building, today, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

The Minnesota broadcast of the Montana documentary film Beyond the Divide will air on Saturday, November 21, at 9:00 on tpt Life in conjunction with their Veterans Day programming. 

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents Nov 1-30:  The Art of Mike Kosorok through November.  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.  Also through November, The Blind Men & The Elephant, Drawings by Stephen Glueckert.  This series of 20 drawings was created using oil based drawing materials, including oil pastel, cattle marker, Keno crayon, and China marker.  The drawings are directly inspired by the ancient parable that has much to teach us today.  For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.  

The Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule. 
On  November 21 Annick Smith reads from Crossing the Plains With Bruno.   Open Book Club is free and open to all. It is sponsored by Alpine Artisans.   Feel free to bring an hors d'oeuvre or beverage to share, and certainly bring a friend.

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.

The Sanders County Arts Council announces the Fourth Quarter exhibit of Art on the Walls, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital.  In addition to the artwork of Sanders County artists, John Meckler will demonstrate his techniques for chip carving; Kathy Logan and Jack Stamm will provide music on hammered dulcimers; and refreshments will be provided by the CFVH Hospital. The exhibit runs through December 20. Artists exhibiting work are: Katherine G. Cavill, Ellen Childress, Valerie Curtiss, Andrew Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Rick Harter, George Humeston, Cricket Johnston, Arlene Littlefield, Sue Honts Mann, Dane McNabb, John Meckler, Shirley Proctor, and Douglas Wilks.   For more information call 826-8585.


The Bitterroot Performing Arts Council presents David Finkel and Wu Han November 20 at 8:00 p.m.  Call 363-7946.

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


Acting 'Death Of A Salesman' In Yiddish: 'It's A Jewish Play Written By A Jewish Playwright About His Jewish Relatives'
New York Times, Nov 13, 2015
Before he was a salesman, Willy Loman was a peddler on the Lower East Side.  You won't find any proof of that in the script of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," but it makes intuitive sense to Avi Hoffman, the actor playing Willy in New Yiddish Rep's Yiddish-language production. In the back story Mr. Hoffman has settled on, Willy is a Jewish immigrant who came to the United States in 1910 or so, fleeing pogroms in Russia. He learned a little English and started hawking wares.  Click here

Documentary Films Are Changing In A Big Way. Finally The Oscars Have To Deal With It
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 12, 2015
Something unprecedented is happening in the world of documentaries: The inmates are taking over the asylum! For decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has discredited itself by celebrating, almost exclusively, documentaries that address the same important subjects (the Holocaust, dead icons, etc.) and that are presented in the same conventional style (talking heads, archival footage, etc.). Don't get me wrong: Many previous best documentary feature Oscar nominees and winners are excellent films - but they simply do not represent the full spectrum of what's out there. It's no wonder generations of people have grown up thinking of documentaries as medicinal, boring movies to be dreaded.  Click here

Dancing Is The Fastest Way To Make Yourself Happier - It's Science!
The Inverse, Nov 08, 2015  
Dancing is fundamental to being human. We know this because there is no wallflower culture, no part of the world where rhythm is ignored. We also know this because we tap our toes to songs we hate. We can't help it. Our subcortical brain regions converse, bypass higher auditory areas, and make us shimmy to "Happy" whether we respect Pharrell's whole deal or not.  But dancing is good for more than just public displays of simulated coitus and regret. It's linked to a whole bunch of physical, social, and mental benefits. It is basically a super fun (if you're doing it right) vitamin. There's a reason Channing Tatum seems so damn content. Click here

Small Towns Using The Arts To Attract New Business And People? It's Working In Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio, Oct 29, 2015
The arts are playing an increasingly important role in stimulating the local economies of small towns and rural communities throughout Wisconsin.  Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz said while the arts have always been important to Wisconsin's progressive traditions, communities are now learning to rely on them to generate business.  "Now that we are in a new economy and not a recession anymore, the whole issue of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, imagination, all of those attributes are important to the economy and civic life," Katz said. "And that's where the arts come in." Click here


Estonia - A Country Built On Song
The Atlantic, Nov 12, 2015
Perhaps more than any other country in the world, the history of the Baltic nation of Estonia is a story set to song. Whether under German, Danish, Swedish, or Soviet occupation, Estonians have long turned to music as a way of preserving some semblance of national identity amid foreign domination. The country's massive song festivals, which date back to 1869, feature a choir of roughly 20,000 to 30,000 singers and have drawn audiences of more than 100,000 people-nearly a tenth of the population. But lately, as Estonia has opened up to the world, the world has been opening up the country's music scene to diverse influences. Which raises a couple questions: Has Estonian music lost its essence? And, if so, is that something to mourn or cheer?  Click here

We're Starting To Learn The Real Secret Of Stonehenge: How The People Who Built It Lived
New York Times, Nov 11, 2015
About 6,300 years ago, a tree here toppled over.  For the ancients in this part of southern England, it created a prime real estate opportunity - next to a spring and near attractive hunting grounds.  According to David Jacques, an archaeologist at the University of Buckingham, mud was pressed into the pulled-up roots, turning them into a wall. Nearby, a post was inserted into a hole, and that may have held up a roof of reeds or animal skin.  It was, he said, a house, one of the earliest in England.  Click here

China's Cartoonists Are Disappearing As Regime Cracks Down On Dissent
Yahoo! (AP), Nov 04, 2015
Bai Budan took a morning stroll on Tiananmen Square to find inspiration for a new series of satirical cartoons, an art form only barely alive in China. He wondered about the sheer number of surveillance cameras installed on the square, opposite the iconic entrance to the Forbidden City with a huge portrait of Mao Zedong. "These cameras are for whose safety? Are they for the safety of the ordinary people?" he asked. He remembered the popular children's song "I love Beijing Tiananmen" that he sang when he was young. He sketched the Mao portrait and made a note about updating the lyrics.  Click here

Building - And Sustaining - A Tijuana Art Scene
Los Angeles Times, Nov 01, 2015
It is a damp Friday night in Tijuana. The bars and bordellos in the Avenida Revolución party zone have set their sound systems on 11. At the city's Estadio Caliente, more than 20,000 rabid soccer fans have poured in to watch the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles battle Mexico City's Club América. And in the gastronomic zone, late-model cars fight for space outside restaurants where the Mexican and American well-to-do spend big bucks on flash-seared tuna and fine wines from Baja's own Guadalupe Valley.  Click here

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