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January 25, 2016
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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 (pictured here);  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. For tickets and information, visit here.

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 Montana Repertory Theatre presents Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with Missoula performances continuing January 28-30, February 4 and 6 before heading out on tour of Montana and other cities in the Midwest and Northeast.  For more, visit here.

The laughter continues at MCT this Wednesday through Sunday with The Drowsy Chaperone, courtesy of the Missoula Community Theatre.  This Tony Award-winning spoof of musical comedies is a fast-paced laugh-a-thon that runs just 90-minutes with no intermission.  Get your tickets for this "best medicine" by visiting here.    

Radius Gallery is proud to feature the kinetic works of Stephen Glueckert, the photography of Lucy Capehart, and the ceramic talents of Randi O'Brien (pictured here), in addition to showing our represented artists and some of their newest works. Visit our website to see more details and images of the work here. You're able to sign up for our newsletter, and get more in depth information about the exciting things we're showing and what will be up next. 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 Caff├ę Dolce).  Classes are limited to 10. To sign up, please email here or call 370-1254.


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 new UM Affiliate faculty Michael Fenster, MD, January 29 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for a book signing of Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Heath and Great Food and The Fallacy of the Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It at F&F Downtown.

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 today, 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.

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra, with Darko Butorac, Music Director, presents Orchestra Olympics! - The Annual Family Concert, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the UM Dennison Theatre.  Visit here for more.

Triple Sec jazz ensemble performs at Draughtworks in Missoula, January 30, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Bill Haffey, Edie Smith, Scott Milner, Rich Brinkman and Don Maus perform vocal and instrumental bossa, swing, bop, ballads and blues.

The UM Jazz Artist Series III presents the Jeff Hamilton Trio, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. For more information on this event and ticket prices please call 243-6880 or email here.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St, Missoula. Botanical illustrator and painter Nancy Seiler will be sharing her art and inspirational designs. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Missoula Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are due by March 4.  The 24th Annual Missoula Historic Preservation Awards will be judged by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission, with the individuals and groups honored at a public, catered awards event during May, National Historic Preservation Month. Projects must have been completed in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the City's Historic Preservation webpage. Nomination forms can also be obtained by contacting the Historic Preservation Office, or e-mailing a
request here.

Late Winter Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults. Try the martial art of harmony with an orientation on Saturday afternoon February 6 followed by four guided basics classes. For more information visit Aikido Missoula, call 549-8387 or come by the dojo. Preregistration required by February 4.

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 Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...

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 (pictured here).  Ev Bergeron is a native Montanan who grew up on a northeastern Montana farm.  She has taken watercolor and oil classes from these outstanding teachers:  Ben Steele, Marilyn Hughes, Bernadine Fox, Mike Capser, Susan Blackwood, Nita Engel, Tony Couch, Elliott Eaton, Mary Blain, Stephen Rothwell, Ron Ranson, Lance Johnson, Je Fettingis, Joseph Zbukvic, Morten Solberg, Gloria Miller Allen, Kathy Anderson, and Marc Hanson.  Ev was juried into the Yellowstone Art Museum Auction for the years 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.  She was juried into the Montana Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibit in 2013 and 2014. 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 ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM   , Friday, February 5, from 5:00-9:00 p.m.   Museum admission is free during Artwalk, and it is combined with Jam at the YAM. Enjoy live music provided by Carlos Uribe and view our current exhibitions. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups and membership renewals.   Save the date for the Art Auction 48 event on Saturday, March 5.  Visit here for more.


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.

The Bitterroot Performing Arts Center in Hamilton presents the Kronos Quartet February 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Visit here for more details. 

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


A Black Boycott Of Oscars? It's Complicated
The Daily Beast, Jan 22, 2016
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been under fire ever since the Academy Award nominations were announced on Jan. 14. For the second straight year, all 20 acting nominees were white. The criticism was fast and furious, with cineastes and pundits reviving last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag as they lambasted Hollywood's most famous awards show for its lack of diversity, as well as the industry as a whole.  Things took an even more interesting turn after Jada Pinkett Smith voiced her opinion that black actors should reject the Academy as much as it has rejected black actors over the last two years.  Click here

100 Years Ago, American Women Competed In Venus De Milo Lookalike Contests
Atlas Obscura, Jan 20, 2016
In February 1916, two prestigious northeast American liberal arts colleges engaged in a spirited war of words, goaded by the media. The conflict, between Wellesley in Massachusetts and Swarthmore in Pennsylvania, did not pertain to academics, admissions, suffrage or sporting teams. They were fighting over which college's female students most closely resembled the Venus de Milo.  At the time, American women were still getting used to breathing easily, having wrestled free from the tightly laced corsets and bulky bustles of the Victorian silhouette. But in the absence of these strictures they faced a new kind of aesthetically minded pressure: the need to make their measurements correspond to those of a Greco-Roman goddess. The soft curves of Venus-Aphrodite to the Ancient Greeks-were being exalted once again as the paragon of female beauty.  Click here

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

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


The Futurist Chinese City That No One Went To Live In (Until Now)
Hyperallergic, Jan 22, 2016
The district of Kangbashi in Inner Mongolia, China, is famous for its emptiness. Widely labelled a ghost town, it stands as a cautionary tale of over-investment, home to grand feats of architecture and real estate that rose out of eagerness and ambition, but never received the human population of which developers dreamed. Instead, it has attracted members of the media and those curious to document its surreal streetscapes. Photographer Raphael Olivier journeyed there in October and November of last year, and over the course of five days captured the lonely silhouettes of massive, futuristic buildings with barely any people around them.  Click here

ISIS Has Razed The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq
Hyperallergic, Jan 21, 2016
Conflict in Iraq has reduced yet another historic site to nothing more than piles of stone, with the blow delivered once more by ISIS. According to satellite images recently obtained by the Associated Press, the terrorist group has destroyed the country's oldest Christian monastery, Dair Mar Elia - also known as St. Elijah's Monastery - which it deems heretical. Located just four miles south of Mosul, the complex of buildings was built in the 6th century by Assyrian Catholic monks and was largely abandoned from the 18th century onward, until Iraqi and American troops took charge of it during and after the Iraq War. The AP, which this month had requested geospatial image provider DigitalGlobe to take photographs of the site, released those images today; analysts, comparing them to past photographs, believe that the destruction occurred between August and September of 2014.  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

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