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October 26, 2015
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 In Missoula...

The University of Montana presents Defining a 21st Century Education for a Vibrant Democracy October 26 and 27  at the University Center.  Over the course of a day and a half, this interactive conference will explore UM's role in creating a dynamic educational experience for today's students. Visit here for more information.


The Missoula Art Museum p resents   Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry throughFebruary 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. 

Zootown Arts Community Center presents Family Friendly Workshops in preparation for the Festival of the Dead  throughout October.  Visit the website for more information. 

Fact and Fiction presents Jerry McGahan reading and signing The Deer Walking Upside Down, 7:00 p.m. on  October 28 at F&F Downtown.

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 Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents Variations from an Unlimited Sequence by Jodi Lightner throughout October.  The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.

The Radius Gallery will host Downtown on Tap, a social gathering organized by the Missoula Downtown Association Tuesday, October 27 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mingle, enjoy some refreshments, and have a look at some of the terrific art Radius Gallery has to offer. Call 541-7070.  

This week Dragon Hollow becomes Haunted Hollow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 29 and Friday October 30. Haunted Hollow is designed for children 12 and under, not so scary as some haunted houses you'll find around town, but plenty exciting for the whole family. Price is just $4 for those under 12 and $6 for 12 and older. Groups are welcome; call 549-8382 to arrange a time and to discuss a group discount.

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.   

The Missoula Community Theatre presents Go West! on Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  This culmination of the fall afterschool performing arts class features K-5 students in a musical full of history and drama about the Gold Rush days. For tickets, visit here or call 728-7529.

The University of Montana presents 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, continuing October 27-31.  Call 243-4581 for more information.

The UM School of Music presents Student Ensemble Series: UM Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre on Friday, October 30. For information and tickets, call 243-4051 or visit Griztix.

Montana Public Radio presents Bill Harley in concert Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana.

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 University of Montana Adams Center presents "Riverdance" October 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 2015-16 Community Medical Center Missoula Live events. Information and tickets available through GrizTix or call 243-4051.

The Missoula Maze is back, at 1010 Clements Road though November 1.  

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

The Montana Arts Council announces two Calls for Art as part of the Percent for Art Program, one at Montana Tech in Butte and the second at Missoula College in Missoula.  Visit here for more details.

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.  On November 7 there is an Artists' Reception: Meet Mike Kosorok. The reception is free and open to everyone and refreshments will be served.  3:00-5:00 p.m.  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 Badlands Exhibit by Bale Beckman is at the Dawson Community College in Glendive through October 30. 

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 opens to the public on Tuesday, November 3 and remains on view through January 3, 2016. A public reception takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 5.

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 Hamilton Players present Pride and Prejudice, based on the beloved classic by Jane Austen, continuing October  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 here for more


There will be a recital of rarely-heard music for baroque violin and harpsichord to be performed in Missoula on Sunday, November 15 (7:30 p.m., University Congregational Church) and in Hamilton on Friday, November 13 (7:00 p.m., Ravalli County Museum). The recitals will feature St. Louis violinist Lorraine Glass-Harris and Missoula harpsichordist Aneta Panusz performing on a double-manual harpsichord and a beautiful baroque violin produced in England c. 1760. Tickets for the Missoula concert are available for presale at Rockin Rudy's.  Prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students/youth. Hamilton prices are $25 general admission and $20 for museum members (for sale at the Ravalli County Museum).

Montana Friends of Jung presents a program with Heide Kolb, Jungian analyst, November 13 and 14 in Bozeman. "Growing Older & Bolder with Jung", Friday night lecture, $15. Lecture & Saturday workshop package (includes lunch), $150, "The Many Faces of Loneliness."  For a flyer via email or to register contact here

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


The New Old Way To Hear (And Spread) Poetry
Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 22, 2015
Once a week in the name of poetry, Hila Ratzabi opens her living room to strangers.  They lounge, snug on the red wraparound sofa in her West Philadelphia home, and discuss, over wine and homemade vegetarian food, how to become better poets. Ratzabi, 34, is their teacher. A poet and freelance editor, Ratzabi has held the biannual Red Sofa Salon and Poetry Workshop in her living room since 2013. This fall, a small group gathers in her home on Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m. to read and discuss published poetry, participate in writing exercises, and critique one another's work.  Click here

California Launches A Cultural Districts Program
Huffington Post, Oct 20, 2015
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189 , a measure empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural Districts in a competitive application process. Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council said, "The signing of AB 189, is great news for communities of all sizes, all across our state ... (we will) play a central role in strengthening local communities through economic growth, increased tourism, and community cohesion. The resources we expect to bring together on a statewide level will strengthen existing districts and foster the development of new cultural hubs."  Click here

If You're Feeling Isolated, Join A Choir (It's What Our Ancestors Did)
Pacific Standard, Oct 23, 2015
As our attention shifts more and more to our electronic devices, are you feeling isolated from the people around you? If so, you might want to try a technique that apparently worked for our ancient ancestors: Choral singing. Newly published research confirms that raising voices together is an effective way to forge feelings of connection and inclusion. Moreover, it finds this effect is particularly robust for singers who are part of a sizable ensemble featuring many unfamiliar faces.  Click here

The New Spring Awakening Proves That The Arts Can Thrive Even More With Thoughtful Inclusivity
The Atlantic, Oct 18, 2015
The scale and allure of Broadway theater has often made it a window of sorts into the popular American cultural imagination. Within the last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda's production of Hamilton has shaken up traditional conceptions of the Founding Fathers with its diverse cast and hip-hop soundtrack, while Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's adaptation of Alison Bechdel's memoir, Fun Home, explores the complexities of sexual identity. Deaf West Theatre's revival of Spring Awakening, the rock-musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 play about adolescent sexual exploration and tragedy, likewise considers a question that is increasingly relevant in culture: how to tell stories in more inclusive ways.  Click here


Will New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Be Good For The Arts?
Hyperallergic, Oct 22, 2015
Justin Trudeau is the new prime minister of Canada and he's a Liberal. He's pro-choice, for the legalization of marijuana, a proud feminist (according to his Twitter), and is seeking to rebuild the Canadian government's relationship with indigenous peoples. So we know where he stands on those topics, but where does he stand on the arts?  Click here

The Good News About Rescuing Art From ISIS
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 21, 2015
The cold-blooded destruction of temples, monuments and artifacts in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State makes for horrifying footage. But an even bigger problem is systematic looting by these youthful factions. Masquerading as true believers, Islamic State is acting like a criminal syndicate, promoting illicit excavation to monetize the heritage of the region. With no concerted plan of action to protect terrain increasingly pockmarked by holes and trenches where once there were artifacts, an overwhelming sense of powerlessness has set in everywhere-among government officials, archaeologists and members of the public.  There is, however, some good news.  Click here

Did They Just Find A Lost Donatello?
New York Times, Oct 22, 2015
Andrew Butterfield, an art dealer and Renaissance scholar, had seen the two-and-a-half-foot tall wooden sculpture several years before, in a photograph, and thought it was "really fantastic. It felt so much like the embodiment of the early Renaissance," he said recently. He passed on making an offer then. But the gilded figure of a plump, graceful cherub, or putto, nagged at him, and when he finally did buy it, in 2012, it set him off down an art-historical detective trail that made him glad he followed his instincts. Mr. Butterfield and several other experts he has enlisted now believe the statue is a lost work by Donatello, one of the defining artists of the Renaissance, and a rare example of the artist's work in wood, making the discovery not only a major addition to Donatello's surviving corpus but also to the history of Western sculpture.  Click here

Translating Shakespeare ... To The Language Of Ballet
The Guardian (UK),Oct 18, 2015
In a rehearsal room at the top of the Royal Opera House, three harlots and a trio of likely lads are being put through their paces. "Don't be pretty. Get lower and dirtier," says Christopher Saunders, the ballet master in charge. "You need to be a bit more slaggy, with your face as much as with your body." The Royal Ballet ballerinas - Yuhui Choe, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Camille Bracher - giggle as they try to obey, transforming their features into approximations of 16th-century good-time girls, plying their trade in a market in Verona.  Click here

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