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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
The Rembrandt Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation
Charles Engelhard Foundation
Missoula Parking Commission
The Rudolf Nureyev
Community Medical Center
Sun Mountain Sports
Max and Betty Swanson Foundation
L.E.A.W. Family Foundation
The Beverly Sills
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Liz Dye at
Portico Real Estate
Fact and Fiction
First Interstate Bank
Roemer's Tire Factory
Western Montana Clinic
The Mark Twain
Dye & Moe
First Montana Bank
Muralt Family Foundation
Montana Ace Hardware
Republic Services of Montana
4 Ravens Gallery
A Carousel for Missoula
The Artists' Shop
Barney Jette Jewelry Design
Boyle, Deveny & Meyer
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Doc's Sandwich Shop
e3 Convergence Gallery
Flaherty Financial Services
Galusha, Higgins and Galusha
Hide & Sole
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
International Choral Festival
Doug & Caryl Klein
L.A. Design & Pirnie Art Showroom
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula Children's Theatre/Missoula Community Theatre
Missoula Downtown Partnership
Missoula Economic Partnership
Missoula Writing Collaborative
Montana Art & Framing
Montana Public Radio
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Monte Dolack Gallery
Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
Portico Real Estate
Nancy Seiler Studio & Gallery
String Orchestra of the Rockies
Terrazas Law Offices
The Bookstore at UM
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
Jim & Marci Valeo
Zootown Arts Community Center
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Germanfest Committee meeting
MCC Awards Luncheon,
New Zealand Day
June 21 The Last Best Solstice at Caras Park
First Night artist application deadline
July First Night Selection Committee meets
First Night notifications sent out
Germanfest in Caras Park
October - Arts & Humanities Month
November - First Night Spotlight preliminary rounds begin at local High Schools
First Night Missoula 2016
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| In Missoula...
University of Montana President's Lecture Series presents
Greg Grandin: "Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman," tonight, October 12 8:00 p.m. in the University center Ballroom. Admission is free.
through October 24; 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 (pictured here); A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM's Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, through December 23.
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.
The final entry deadline is approaching for the
13th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
. Widely recognized as the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West, the event accepts entries in all documentary forms and styles. Selected films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works, are screened in several venues including the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula from February 19-28. For more information visit
Fact and Fiction
reading and signing
Crossing the Plains with Bruno
, 7:00 p.m. on October 21 at F&F Downtown.
Shakespeare & Co.
presents Theo Ellsworth reading from his newest release The Understanding Monster, Book Three, 7:00 p.m. on October 16.
Dolce Canto presents an evening of song and film at the Roxy Theater October 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour with group members. At 7:30 there will be a brief performance followed by the screening of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen.
Suggested donation $15 Adult/$5 Student
For more information, please visit the Dolce Canto or The Roxy websites.
Missoula Community Theatre
invites students to
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
or call 728-7529.
Abrahamic Reunion, a team of religious and spiritual leaders from the Holy Land, will visit Missoula on Wednesday October 14, on their way to the Parliament of World Religion in Salt Lake City. They are men and women-Muslim, Christian, Druze and Jewish-dedicated to uplifting human consciousness and building peace. Three members will give a free public presentation at the University Center South Ballroom, 7 pm, "Building Spiritual Alliances for Peace When the Political Process Stalls". For more information, call 546-9368
After a short summer break the
Third Thursday Slow Jam will start happening again next week on October 15 at
Starving Artist Cafe, 3020 South Reserve Street, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tunes from the Celtic, Old Time and Contra Dance repertoire will be played at a tempo somewhat less than full speed so they will be easier to learn by ear. This jam is appropriate for players of all levels but it is not an instructional session. Tunes will not be taught, just played slow.
University of Montana Department of Music
8th annual Pianissimo!
concerts, October 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Recital Hall. Featuring nine pianos, over 30 pianists and a rollicking good time, these high-energy concerts feature many of Montana's favorite pianists.
For tickets visit
, call 243-4581, or stop by the UMArts Box Office.
The Young and The Restless, "Support the Young, Fuel the Restless"
featuring new work by our regular and new 'up and coming' artists along with their esteemed 'restless' contemporaries. There is an opening reception Friday, October 16 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Gallery.
Gallery of Visual Arts
at the University of Montana presents
Variations from an Unlimited Sequence
throughout October. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.
Radius Gallery presents the
Radius1 Anniversary Show
, features 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
Barb Schwarz Karst.
This week we highlight
Megan Moore's 'Hekate Joins the Search for Persephone',
done in oil and goldleaf. This exhibit runs through November 14.
Ask about an art consultation at your home or business, or about commissions. We work with clients, businesses, designers, architects, and artists to create an astounding impression. Call
UM Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
UM Student Advocacy Resource Council
Play, a one-act play written by playwright and activist Katie Cappiello and developed at The Arts Effect NYC, and innovative theatre arts school for teens in New York City. The Missoula production is directed by UM graduate Hillary Sea Bard, and is cast entirely with teen actors from local Missoula high schools.
SLUT - The Play will play at The Crystal Theater, located at 515 S. Higgins, Missoula, MT 59801. Performances continue this week, October 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on October 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission is Free for all performances.
Reservations can be made online here.
The Playbill can be previewed online here.
Living Art of Montana
"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.
With its deliciously dark humor,
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
will set an adult macabre musical tone for your Halloween. Presented by
Missoula Community Theatre,
performances are October 15-18 and 21-25 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available
University of Montana
A Chorus Line
, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical beloved by audiences worldwide. A Chorus Line runs in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus October 21-25 and October 27-31. The Sunday, October 25 performance is a matinee. Call 243-4581 for more information.
Come for the Evening - Stay for the Holidays! Women who love to sing -
Five Valley Chorus
welcomes you! Come sing your favorite Christmas songs and learn new ones in four part A Cappella harmony. Join the chorus members on the risers for our annual Holiday concert at the Southgate Mall. No Cost, No Pressure - just great music and new friends. First Baptist Church at the corner of Woody and Pine Streets, 308 West Pine, east door, starting Tuesday October 13 and continuing Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. through December 15. Visit
for more information.
Fall Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults
starts Saturday, October 17 from 2:00-3:30 p.m., followed by four guided basics classes Monday and Wednesday, October 20, 22, 27, 29, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Visit
for more information.
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.
is back, at 1010 Clements Road though November 1.
For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit
| Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
The Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule.
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.
Badlands Exhibit by
Bale Beckman is at the
Dawson Community College in
Glendive through October 30.
continues their Cabaret series with something the
Cabaret Horror Play
, an entirely different, absurd comedy alongside devastating horror with a side of illusion, October 12-14, 8:00 p.m. at the Crush Lounge in
for more information.
Yellowstone Art Museum
announces the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition,
Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz.
The exhibition will remain on view through January 3.
Dr. Helga Kessler Aurisch
, Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be a guest of the YAM on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. She will give a public talk entitled
"Alexander von Humboldt: At the Intersection of Science and Art."
The talk is in conjunction with the last few days of the exhibition
The Botanical Series: Photographs
Jennifer Anne Tucker
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.
Pride and Prejudice
, based on the beloved classic by
, October 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, and November 1. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse.
Tickets are $15 Adult / $8 Children (12 and under). Visit
Congratulations to Shann Ray on winning the 2015 High Plains Book Award for his first collection of poems, Balefire (Lost Horse press, 2104). The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. More than 200 books were nominated for the book awards, the highest number ever. All of the nominated books were read and evaluated by community volunteers in the first round of the selection process. The finalist books were then judged by writers who were finalists in previous years.
For complete information about arts and entertainment througho
ut the region, visit
Streaming And Classical Music - Even More Dangers Than For Pop?
Gramophone, Oct 08, 2015
Okay, here's a question. Have you ever noticed the difference between how music streaming is covered in the classical music media, as opposed to in the pop and mainstream media? Think about it. As far as pop music goes, your likely first thought will be artist earnings, exemplified by Taylor Swift's high-profile removal of her music from Spotify, and her triumph in reversing Apple Music's payment policy during its free trial period. Now move on to classical music and, be honest, it's metadata, isn't it? Thousands of words have been written on the irritation of clicking onto a multi-composer album to discover that only the work titles, and not the composer names, appear on the track listing. Or of finally unearthing a choral work, filed not under its title or composer but under the name of one of its soloists. Click here
The Forgotten Heroine Of Jazz History
The New Yorker, Oct 06, 2015
There's a documentary playing tomorrow night at Harlem Stage, "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band," which, if it doesn't advance the form of documentary filmmaking, nonetheless delivers memorable and valuable insights into the life and work of a hidden hero of musical modernity. Its director, Carol Bash, happily departs from the lockstep of chronology to emphasize Mary Lou Williams's latter-day musical achievements, introducing the mature musician in 1980, the year before her death, at the age of seventy-one, performing splendidly for a university audience, before sketching the launch of Williams's musical career while still a teen-ager in the nineteen-twenties. Click here
'God Hates Renoir', Say Protesters Outside Boston's Museum Of Fine Arts
Boston Globe, Oct 06, 2015
It's nothing personal, says Ben Ewen-Campen, he just doesn't think French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is much of a painter. Monday, the Harvard postdoc joined some like-minded aesthetes for a playful protest outside the Museum of Fine Arts. The rally, which mostly bewildered passersby, was organized by Max Geller, creator of the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting, who wants the MFA to take its Renoirs off the walls and replace them with something better. Holding homemade signs reading "God Hates Renoir" and "Treacle Harms Society," the protesters ate cheese pizza purchased by Geller, and chanted: "Put some fingers on those hands! Give us work by Paul Gauguin !" and "Other art is worth your while! Renoir paints a steaming pile!" Craig Ronan, an artist from Somerville, learned about the protest on Instagram and decided to join. "I don't have any relationship with these people aside from wanting artistic justice," he said. The museum hasn't commented on the fledgling movement, but a few folks walking by Monday seemed amused. "I love their sense of irony," said Liz Byrd, a grandmother from Phoenix who spent the morning in the museum with her daughter and grandchild. "I love Renoir, but I think this is great." Click here
How Do Artists Make An Impact In Communities? (Some Ideas)
Grantmakers in the Arts, Sep 30, 2015
Earlier in my career, I was privileged to work across sectors with passionate and gifted artists. In most instances, the connection with the non-arts organization (hospital, correction facility) was made by my organization. But the creation of the service to be delivered was designed and always implemented by these amazing artists. You might define them as "teaching artists," as Eric Booth does in his article in the 2015 fall issue of the Reader. These artists, and thousands like them across the country, are a combination of teacher, professional artist, creative problem solver, and community activist. Click here
American Military Turns To Hollywood For Propaganda Help In Waging War In Middle East
The Daily Beast, Sep 30, 2015
The State Department says it's losing the information war to ISIS-and is tapping HBO, Snapchat, and a screenwriter with deep CIA connections to help turn things around. The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS. This year, the State Department convened a group of friends in the U.S. film industry, social media, and premium cable TV to brainstorm ways to counter jihadist propaganda. Click here
The Newest Trash Dump: Turkey's 2,400-Year-Old Tombs
Hyperallergic, Oct 11, 2015
Turkish officials recently discovered that locals in the town of Fethiye were using ancient tombs as storage units. According to Hurriyet Daily News, a subsequent clean-up crew retrieved one ton - 2,000 pounds - of rubber tires, plastic bottles, and boxes from the vaults. The Amintas tombs, as they're called, were built in the 4th century BCE to house the remains of King Amintus and the wealthiest inhabitants of Telmessos, then the largest city-state in ancient Lycia. The Lycians carved them directly into the cliff face, giving King Amintas - whose resting place was at the very top - a tomb with a view. Click here
Why Ancient Rome Still Matters In 2015
The Guardian,Oct 09, 2015
By the late fourth century CE the river Danube had become Rome's Calais. What we often call the "invasions" into the Roman empire of barbarian hordes (or "swarms", perhaps) could equally well be described as mass movements of economic migrants or political refugees from northern Europe. The Roman authorities had no better idea of how to deal with this crisis than our own authorities do, and, predictably, they were less humane. Click here
Who Has The Rights To This Picasso - The Actual Private Owner, Or Spain?
The New York Times,Oct 11, 2015
After a team of customs agents seized a Picasso portrait of a longhaired woman with dark eyes from a yacht in the Mediterranean in July, the Spanish government flew the precious cargo back here in a special plane fit for a work it considers a national treasure. The painting, "Head of a Young Woman," from 1906, which is valued at 26 million euros, or $28.3 million, remains locked away in the Spanish capital in government custody. And the man who had owned the Picasso for 40 years, Jaime Botín, a billionaire banker and public figure in Spain, is furiously fighting for its return, asserting that the painting is his private property and has no national significance. Click here
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