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November 2, 2015
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 In Missoula...

Zootown Arts Community Center
presents the Festival of the Dead tonight with the annual Day of the Dead Parade along North Higgins Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Visit the website for more information.


The Missoula Art Museum p resents   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.  On November 6, MaryAnn Bonjorni gives a talk at 7:00 p.m. about her work of found objects and painting that explores the romance, customs, and everyday lore of the West.

 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. On November 5 there is a Public Gallery Tour: "The Intimate Diebenkorn" from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Performing Arts and Radio-Television Center Paxson and Meloy galleries. Join Montana Museum of Art & Culture for a free public docent tour of the current exhibition. Tours meet in the lobby of the PAR-TV Center before walking through the galleries. Free and open to the public.


The University of Montana Department of Music presents  faculty artist Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe, and special guest artist Elizabeth Crawford, bassoon November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Call 243-6880.

The University of Montana presents DiverseU: UM's 10th Annual Diversity Symposium from November 3-5 at the University Center. More than two full days of discussing, promoting and celebrating diversity from local and international communities. Information: Kathleen Stone, 243-5622.

Fact and Fiction presents Kim Heacox reading and signing  
Jimmy Bluefeather at 7:00 p.m. on November 4; and  
Amy Ragsdale reading and signin g Crossing the River
at 5:30 p.m. on November 6.  Both events are at at F&F Downtown .


In Collaboration with Shakespeare & Co. and the University of Montana School of Art, the artTALK series pairs an Established Artist and an Emerging Artist for an evening of art, ideas, and dialogue. artTALK will happen every first Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.  On Tuesday, November 3, the featured artists are  Beth Lo  (with her talk "Speak English") and Crista Ames (with the talk, "Transposing Memories").  For more information call Aja at 546-8483

The University Center Gallery presents  "Nowhere to be Found", a series of mixed media and drawings by Beth Huhtala inspired by her time this summer in Japan. There is an opening reception November 5 at 4:00 p.m. This is a DiverseU related event. For more information, call 243-5555.

The First Missoula Podcast Festival is November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater. An event that gathers audio shows from Last Best Stories, as well as a special presentation of Amy Martin's podcast. Costs $8 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For information, call 243-4001.

UM's President's Lecture Series presents Michael Kazin, Georgetown University professor of history, with a lecture entitled "What is the Legacy of the 1960s?" November 6 at 8:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. For information, call 243-2981.

First Friday Gallery Night is this Friday, November 7, throughout Missoula.  Visit here for the most complete information.

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 Radius Gallery's anniversary show is underway and features the works of 12 fine artists at the core of this refreshing, contemporary art space.  For the autumn season, we have some especially haunting works in the front display window.  Snap and send us your image with your favorite artwork to be entered to win some artistic prizes!  Upload the image on Instagram, and don't forget to #radiusgallery! Photo contest begins November 4 and goes until the hounds of hell find us.   Call 541-7070.  

The Missoula Folklore Society presents the Town and Gown Dance, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, in the University Center Ballroom at UM. The event also includes a beginner workshop at 7:30 p.m. This dance is free and open to the public, but donations to cover costs are appreciated. Dress is casual and eclectic. Day of the Dead costumes and political buttons are welcome.  Live music will be played by Out of Wood, which specializes in Irish music, jigs and reels. Singles, couples, families, beginners and dance stars are all welcome, and no experience or partner is required. The Town and Gown Dance features a series of European country dances that were adapted in America to be danced in barns.

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 Children's 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.


Timothy Donnelly, poetry editor of Boston Review, will present the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, " Sighing: Audible Breath and Its Relation to Poetry," November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is presented by the UM Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 243-5267, or visit here

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage for the third concert of the season, "Timeless Romance."  Saturday November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre. For more information, call 721-3194 or visit here.

The Missoula Community Chorus presents the fourth annual sing-along community event Sunday November 8 featuring the smash hit Disney's "Frozen".  Costumes are encouraged and we'll have a small parade before the film starts as well as a "warm-up" to get those vocal chords going.  A photo booth with some costumes and props provided will be available in the lobby and concessions will feature special Big Dipper's special flavor just for the occasion. November 8 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 12 noon, 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Visit us at

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.

Asaph Adonai has released Supermarket Pianist: Memiors of a Pianist's Life. It is available at Hastings on Brooks St or amazon kindle and paperback.

There will be a recital of rarely-heard music for baroque violin and harpsichord to be performed in Missoula on Sunday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m., University Congregational Church. The recital 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 are available for presale at Rockin Rudy's.  Prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students/youth. Tune into Montana Public Radio Morning Classics in the week of November 9 for a foretaste of some of the concert repertoire.  For further information call 207-9338.

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. On Sunday, November 8, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Create Holiday Cards to Treasure with Dolly Frerichs Stuber. Learn how to create delightful Holiday cards which make special keepsakes. All levels welcome. May bring pictures for inspiration but certainly come with ideas and your creative spirit. 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.  A Kevin Red Star portrait is available for view in the YAM's Boundless Visions exhibition. Dancers (the Red Star Brothers) is a larger-than-life depiction of the Red Stars in full Crow regalia against a vibrant background.

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 


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

Los Angeles Is Hiring An Artist - To Help Reduce Traffic Deaths
Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2015
Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking for an artist who has what it takes -- not just to create something of beauty or that provokes feelings and thoughts, but to save lives. He's accepting applications right now.  A new effort called the Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program aims, as Garcetti put it in a written announcement, to harness "the creative genius that thrives in Los Angeles" for "outside the box thinking" about some of the city's problems.  Click here

Reuniting The Humanities Into One (Great Big) Discipline
NPR, Oct 27, 2015  
An article in The Guardian earlier this year declared: "A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia." It pressed on, stating that "currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities."  Yes, the humanities are arguably under attack around the globe, suffering from cuts to funding and from political cultures obsessed with demonstrable economic benefits. Yet many argue for the intrinsic and instrumental value of the humanities, both as a form of basic scholarship and as a core component of a liberal arts education.  Click here

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 British Museum Is Training Iraqi 'Heritage Professionals' In Rescue Archaeology
Hyperallergic, Nov 01, 2015
There's nothing like watching ISIS blow up the ancient city of Nineveh to make archaeologists, conservationists, and historians feel helpless. Yet many have responded to ISIS's destruction constructively - by compiling lists and databases of at-risk cultural heritage sites and by assessing damage through satellite imagery, all of which will help inform restoration efforts after the war. The British Museum is also thinking ahead and has announced a five-year program that will train some 50 Iraqi heritage professionals to deal with the aftermath. They'll be ready to act once sites like Nineveh, Nimrud, and Hatra are finally reclaimed.  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

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

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