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September 28, 2015
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 In Missoula...

The Roxy Theater will host the first annual  Montana Film Festival October 1-4, bringing  a lineup of new, acclaimed independent films and recent festival hits to Missoula. Four made-in-Montana movie premieres and a Montana film retrospective will highlight the state's past, present and future cinematic glory.  The inaugural festival will welcome guest writers, directors, actors, and industry professionals to experience Montana hospitality and be inspired to develop future productions in this wonderful location we call home. Visit here.

The Missoula Art Museum presents Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight
through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016 (pictured here). 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, opens October 2.  


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. MMAC presents 
Music in the Artist's Studio: Cello Concert with Greg Sauer
Thursday, October 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the UM PARTV Center - Masquer Theatre.  MMAC partners with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra to present this unique evening of music. Artist Richard Diebenkorn developed a profound love of classical music and often listened to Mozart, Haydn, and Bach while painting in his studio. Guest cellist Greg Sauer will perform pieces inspired by the paintings of Diebenkorn. Tour the galleries following the concert during a special docent-led tour.

Nature, music and art will converge during a live, multimedia performance at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, at the North Underground Lecture Hall at the University of Montana.  UM's Environmental Studies Program will host the presentation, "'What Can I Do?' Spaceship Earth," which is designed to show audience members how their actions affect the earth. The event is free and open to the public. Colorado folk musician Laurie Dameron will perform as environmental photographs taken by John Fielder and Karl Snyder are shown. For more information on the event, call Vicki Watson at 243-5153.

The University of Montana School of Music presents the Student Ensemble Series: UM Choral Gala Performance, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the UM Dennison Theatre.

Fact and Fiction presents Michael Hodges reading and signing The Puller, 7:00 p.m. September 29; and  Martin Clark reading and signing The Jezebel Remedy, 7:00 p.m. September 30. Both events are at F&F Downtown.

First Friday Gallery Night is October 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. throughout Missoula.  Visit here for more information. 

The Missoula Community Theatre invites students to Go West! This fall afterschool performing arts class is designed especially for the K-5 grades, October 13-November 7. Go West combines music, history and drama about the Gold Rush days. To learn more about the schedule, times and registration, visit  here or call 728-7529.


The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents Variations from an Unlimited Sequence by Jodi Lightner throughout October, with an opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1. It is free and open to the public and will include a talk by Lightner at 5:45 p.m. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.

It's a busy week for live music.  Marty Stuart is at the Top Hat Tuesday, September 29, and the Adams Center  hosts  Death Cab for Cutie on September 30 and  Neil Young on October 1 (sold out). Visit here.

A novelist who won the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction will visit the University of Montana on Friday, October 2, lecturing about writing fiction during the day and reading fiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.  Stacey D'Erasmo, associate professor of writing at Columbia University, will present her craft lecture, "On Beauty," from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105. Her fiction reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. To learn more about the Creative Writing Program and D'Erasmo's visit to UM, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 243-5267, email here or visit the website

The Radius1 Anniversary Show, opening October 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., is a tribute to the artists we started with, as well as a few others we're delighted to now be representing in the region. Featuring the Radius Gallery 12: Courtney Blazon, LeAnn Boyd, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Ric Gendron, Michael Haykin, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin, Megan Moore and Barb Schwarz Karst. Call 541-7070.

The Five Valley Chorus Rocky Mountainaires and the Sweet Adelines Chorus present "Cruisin' Along With a Song," Saturday October 3 at 3:30 p.m. at eh UM Recital Hall. For information and tickets, call 370-7873 or email here.  

Zoofest 2015, a Free Celebration of Montana Music and Art, is at Caras Park Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, from 2:00-10:00. the event features T he 'Lil Smokies, Cure for the Common, Off in the Woods, Tom Catmull, Three Eared Dog, The Dodgy Mountain Men, Locksaw Cartel, The Halladay Quist Band, Tony Holiday and the Velvetones, Aaron Howard, and  Ticket Sauce

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra presents Yearn for Freedom f eaturing Gregory Sauer , cello soloist,  October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 3:00 p.m in the UM Dennison Theatre.  Visit here for more.

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 October and November.   There is a First Friday opening reception at the DDC on October 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for  the roles in The Sound of Music on Sunday, October 4, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  Please use the Main Street entrance.  There is a wide variety of roles available for adults, as well as a limited number of roles for children under 16.  The minimum age to audition is 6 years old.  No advance preparation is required.  For more information, call 728-1911 or visit here

UM Jazz Series is a new program beginning with a concert by Benny Green on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall.  For more information, call 243-4851

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center invites the community to help us celebrate our 29th annual Peace Party gathering, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Caras Park. We will focus on the theme, "Peace Like a River", knowing that rivers flow gently past obstacles and create the world around it with persistence and grace - a perfect inspiration to peace in our own lives. Feel free to wear your favorite river wear and celebrate with us. For more information, call 543-3955 or email here

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum.   Brandon Reintjes, new Curator at MAM, will introduce himself with a tour of MAM exhibitions. All Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

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

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.

Alpine Artisans and 2 Valley Stage in Seeley Lake presents Norman Foote at Seeley Swan High School on October 4 at 3:00 p.m. Visit here for more information. 

The Badlands Exhibit by Bale Beckman is at the Dawson Community College in Glendive through October 30. 

Early 20th Century masterworks will be on exhibit at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings. Largely known for its focus on contemporary art YAM is pleased to announce another opportunity to view special loans of art from the 20th century along with new selections from the museum's permanent collection. Featured in the exhibition are works from Aristide Maillol (1861 - 1944), Claude Monet (1840 - 1926), and Paul Signac (1863 - 1935). Selections will be on view now through December 3.  The museum  also presents Art in Action now t hrough September 27,  an ongoing series of crowd-sourced exhibitions and new community-oriented experiences that will take place throughout the museum. These audience participatory "actions" are inspired by art concepts presented around the world. We provide the starting point and materials for a creative exploration, while visitors combine their efforts over time to create and present art directly on the museum's walls. The inaugural event is inspired by the jazz-era images of Adolf Dehn, on view in The Other Side of Midnight , and by Henri Matisse's paper collages that were commissioned for the book Jazz, published in 1947. 

Intermountain Opera in Bozeman presents Donizetti's Don Pasquale October 9 at 7:00 p.m., and October 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the Willson Auditorium.  Visit here for more information.

Glacier Jazz comes to the Kalispell Eagles Club October 9-11, featuring Dixie, Ragtime and more.  For more information, call 862-3814.


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.

Roy Rogers and the Delta Kings perform at the Bitterroot Performing Arts Center in Hamilton on October 24 at 8:00 p.m. Visit here.  
For complete information about arts and entertainment throughout the region, visit 


How Does Creativity Spread? Networks, Connections, Influence
Medium, Sep 25, 2015
The other week, I was invited to a dinner hosted by a friend. Those attending included people I've admired for years. Halfway through the dinner, I silently asked myself, "How did I get here?" Click here

As America's Work Place Becomes More Competitive It Becomes Less Creative
The New York Times, Sep 22, 2015
For many Americans, life has become all competition all the time. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic.  Click here

Where Did The Audience Go? Fall TV Premiere Week Ratings Collapse
AdAge, Sep 25, 2015
In a tribute to the late, great Yogi Berra (R.I.P.), let's just say that it was déjà vu all over again for the Big Four broadcast networks, as sampling on the second night of the new TV season appears to have been about as underwhelming as the first.  Click here

Yellowface' Concerns Lead New York Gilbert And Sullivan Players To Cancel 'Mikado'
New York Times, Sep 22, 2015
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website. Click here


The Banned Iranian Filmmaker Who Keeps Making Films Anyway
The New York Times, Sep 27, 2015
There's a memorable scene in "Taxi," the latest film by the Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, in which his vivacious, now 11-year-old niece recites the rules for making a movie in Iran. They include: Respect Islamic headscarves, avoid contact between men and women, avoid violence, avoid discussing political or economic issues, avoid "sordid realism."  Click here

How To Fix The BBC? Put More Artists In Charge
The Stage (UK), Sep 25, 2015
Director Simon Curtis has called on the BBC to hire more artistic talent in leadership roles. Curtis, who staged Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse and has helmed a number of BBC Films projects including Woman in Gold and My Week With Marilyn, said that creatives such as directors should be in more of the BBC's top jobs. He was speaking alongside figures including director general Tony Hall at a debate on the BBC's future, where he suggested the BBC should follow theatres in having artists in decision-making roles.  Click here

An Aboriginal Painter, Famous Enough At Home, Finds Himself Also Pretty Big In New York
The New York Times, Sep 21, 2015
For at least the last century, it has always been a momentous occasion: An artist from the hinterlands arrives in New York for the first time, hoping for what the writer Willie Morris called "the tender security of fulfillment." But for the painter Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, things were a little different.  Click here

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