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September 7, 2015
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 In Missoula...

Germanfest  returns to Caras Park on September 13 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. This year's event features S-Bahn , a Vancouver-based German band covering the Oktoberfest circuit in the Northwest.  Beer from B ayern Brewing,  Brats from the Shack,  pastries from Black Cat Bakery, plus a raffle, children's activities, and information about Missoula's sister city   Neckargemuend .  Visit here  for more information.

The Missoula Art Museum presents continuing   Neil Chaput and Keith Graham: Montana's One-Room Schools  through September 19 (pictured here); Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight  through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016.  MAM is hosting several events for the Montana Book Festival September 10-12.


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents Human Condition: The Art of Ben Steele and Hometown: Images of Missoula from the MMAC Permanent Collection in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries, now through September 12.  MMAC presents a Film Screening:
Never the Same, Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center. More than 20 years in the making, this innovative documentary depicts the experience of American prisoners of war held by the Japanese during World War II.  Conversation after the screening with filmmaker Jan Thompson and special guest Loretta Swit.  There will be a Meet & Greet Party from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets to the party are $25 each and may be reserved by calling 243-2019.   

The Missoula Symphony Association and the Top Hat Lounge present Quartetto Gelato in a Cabaret Series Concert on Tuesday September 8 at 7:30 p.m. with dinner seating starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information available online .    

The Missoula Downtown Association presents the final  Downtown Tonight event of the season Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Caras Park, featuring Tom Catmull's Radio Static.  

Award-winning author John Vaillant will visit the University of Montana this month to discuss his book, "The Tiger," the 2015 selection for UM's First-Year Reading Experience. Vaillant will speak about his book to the campus community at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, in the Dennison Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public. He also will hold a special Q-and-A forum for first-year students at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, in the University Center Theater.

The Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Company is offering an opportunity to audition for the Moscow Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Auditions will be held at the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre on September 12 at noon. Register here.

The Montana Book Festival returns to Missoula September 10-12 with a new name, and organized by several local organizations and businesses including Fact and Fiction, Shakespeare and Co., Barnes and Noble, Missoula Public Library, and several others. and features more than 200 speakers at 20 venues throughout Downtown and at the University of Montana.  For more about this celebration of the written word, visit here.

The Montana Book Festival and Radius Gallery present Tin Types: A Photo-Collaboration at Radius, September 11 at 5:00 p.m. Bitterroot photographer Barbara Michelman and former Missoula writer Charles Finn will discuss the work, and give a reading, which they've entitled " Tin Types: A Photo-Poetic Collaboration". Merging the two art forms they captured their inspiration, and this event will enable them to explain the evolution of their collaborative project. 

The Montana Book Festival and Tell Us Something present Storyteller Celebration: Tell Us Something and Stephen Graham Jones, September 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre, featuring storytellers Chris LaTray, Karen McNenny, Susan Maruca, Josh Slotnick. At 8:00 p.m.,  Stephen Graham Jones is conversation with Theodore Van Alst and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain.

The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents School of Art Faculty Exhibition and lectures with a lecture by Valerie Hedquist entitled "What's Next? Pinkie, of Course," September 10 at 5:10 p.m. in the UM Social Science Building Room 356.  Call 243-2813 for more information. 

The University of Montana Department of Music presents the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival September 11-12. Visit here for more information.

Opportunity Resources presents Autumn Fest September 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Opportunity Ranch in Frenchtown.  For more information, call 329-1786.

The 14th Annual University Community Ice Cream Social to welcome all new and returning University of Montana students to campus and Missoula's neighborhoods is set for Sunday, September 13. The free event will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the 400 block of University Avenue. The street party will feature live music from the hillbilly jazz band Barnaby Wilde and appearances by UM Mascot Monte and city and UM leaders. Participants can mingle with neighbors, browse informational tables and enjoy delicious, locally crafted Big Dipper ice cream. Sorbet also will be available.

City Club Missoula presents a lunch and discussion featuring MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane on September 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Visit here for reservations and more information. 

The Missoula Community Theatre will prove that Shakespeare is for everyone with a NEW performing arts class for Grades 6-12.  Register now for A Midsummer Night's Dream, September 14 - October 9th, with performances on Saturday, October 10th.  Register online at here or call 728-7529.

The Missoula Children's Theatre presents Little Red and the Hoods. This delightful tale of Little Red Riding Hood, told with modern lessons includes plenty of audience participation and fun. Tickets are on sale now for Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. and also an adapted performance for people living on the autism spectrum on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.  For more, visit here.  

Missoula Public Library's World-Wide Cinema, the monthly films screened in their original language, features  God's Slave, the story of Ahmed (a physician), trained since childhood as an Islamic terrorist now assigned to execute a suicide bomb at a synagogue, and David, the cold-blooded Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack. Neither though is defined solely by his extremist views. With time running out, David zeroes in on Ahmed as a suspect, his investigation culminating in violent, if unexpected consequences. From Uruguay, Argentina, and Venezuela, God's Slave is in Spanish with English subtitles and runs 90 minutes. The film is directed by Joel Novoa, who Variety magazine named as one of its top 10 Latin American filmmakers. Join us for a screening and brief discussion (optional) on Friday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45-7:15.

Living Art of Montana presents  Creativity for Life drop-in Saturday workshop on September 12. An Expressive arts workshop that takes place 2 Saturdays per month year-round for people facing illness or loss including care providers and family members. No charge, registration not required, all materials provided. Workshops run 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Living Art studio. Topic/Facilitator to be announced. 

Ruby Jewel Jamboree presents Dale Ann Bradley September 13 at Ruby's Inn at 7:00 p.m.  In 2007 Dale Ann took home her first IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award. She also took this honor with her from the Grand Ole Opry House and in 2008-2009 from The Ryman Auditorium. This is the final show of this year's series.

SPARK! - Arts Ignite Learning is currently seeking individual artists and arts organizations to apply for our 2015-2016 teaching artist directory who: work in any visual, movement, theatre, music, or literary discipline; have previous experience teaching K-8 students in a classroom setting; are passionate about arts integration; delight in collaboration. Organizations applying must be not-for-profit in nature.  SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools and local arts organizations, helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.  SPARK! is a national partner in the   Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Initiative.  Learn more about our approach to arts education and what it means to be a SPARK! teaching artist at this information session.  For more information, call Chris at 531-1981.  

Tell Us Something presents Oldest Trick in the Book, September 15, 6:00 p.m. at the Top Hat Lounge.  Join us for a night of true personal stories shared without notes and based upon the theme: Oldest Trick in the Book. Eight storytellers are on the roster.

Flamenco Montana presents their Fourth Annual Flamenco Montana Festival featuring a host of classes for all experience levels in dance, guitar, and canto (songs).
Carlos Lomas, Vicente Griego, and Antonio Hidalgo Paz will lead classes and present a concert happening September 16 at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church. Classes will be held at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater September 17 through 20.

The University of Montana students looking for volunteer opportunities can explore their options during the Fall Volunteer Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15-16. Hosted by UM's Office for Civic Engagement and the student group Volunteers In Action, the fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days in the University Center Atrium. Students and community members can learn about numerous volunteer opportunities available in the Missoula area from nearly 30 community agencies, which will have the chance to recruit new volunteers. The Office for Civic Engagement also will provide information about several of its programs during the fair.  For more information, contact Colleen Kane, director, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 243-5531.

Percussionists Wanted - Desire, Not Experience, Sought After. Have you ever wanted to learn to play percussion using a variety of hand and stick drums, Tibetan bowls and bells, and smaller percussion instruments?  A special introduction to this largely improvisational music is being planned.  You do not have to have musical experience or the instruments themselves. A small group will be formed to participate in an afternoon and evening session at the Missoula Public Library on September 29 as part of Missoula Public Library Senior Citizen week.  Quiet Drum & Percussion blends worldwide percussion instruments, softer drums and voice for a meditative musical evening. Flutes, violin, udu, harps, Tibetan bowls and bells, and smaller percussion instruments make up the musical mix. Largely improvisational. All musical talent and experience levels welcome. Please contact John or Susan Hancock at 721-2789 or e-mail here

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

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
 finishes up its season this week with performances of The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac in Belgrade and Manhattan
Visit here for more information.


The Badlands Exhibit by Bale Beckman opens at the Dawson Community College in Glendive September 11 with an opening reception from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  The exhibit runs 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. 

Bear Hug, the annual weekend contra dance and music camp on Flathead Lake, is set for the weekend of September 11-13.  This year the musicians will be Eric Anderson with Eileen Nicholson and Helena Handbasket.  The callers will be S herry Nevins and Roy Curet.  There are still scholarships available for youth age 25 and under ($100 registration) and one work scholarship left ($100 registration).  Along with a weekend of dancing, music and workshops, you also have an opportunity to enjoy the lake with canoes, kayaks, and a swimming dock provided by the camp. For more information, visit here.

The Sanders County Arts Council is accepting applications for the Fall Show of  "Art on the Walls" at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital.  The show runs September 24 through December 21. Art for this juried show must be the original work of a Sanders County artist.  It can be any medium so long as it can be hung on the wall.  Applications are due September 14.  For applications or more information call 826-8585.

Missoula artist Nancy Seiler will be making her Bozeman debut at ERA Landmark Real Estate for their monthly ArtWalk on September 11.
For complete information about arts and entertainment throughout the region, visit 

How Seattle Abandoned A Beloved Arts Festival And What Happened When The Concert Industry Took It Over
Email/share this Seattle Times, Sep 06, 2015
I almost had to take out a second mortgage to go to Bumbershoot. How did it come to cost $109 per day? The answer is we abandoned our arts festival, so this is what we get.  Dear young people of Seattle: I'd like to apologize. We older folks have once again screwed up for you a generous and beautiful tradition that we ourselves enjoyed nearly cost-free for decades.  Click here

Has Our Culture Become Too Sensitive To Offense?
The Spectator, Sep 01, 2015
It's becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It's as if they've caught a virus, a mental one, a set of thoughts and ideas that might loosely be called political correctness, but seem to me weirder and more damaging than that.  Back in the 1990s, PC students would stamp about with placards demanding equal rights for minorities and talking about Foucault. This new PC doesn't seem to be about protecting minorities so much as everyone, everywhere from ever having their feelings hurt. It came from America, this virus, incubated in the closed minds of the Land of the Free, but it's here now, and contagious. Click here

In The Age Of Creativity Everyone's An Artist
The New York Times, Sep 06, 2015
Where once drawing and other painterly pursuits were the province of starving artists or simply child's play, unlocking one's creativity has become the latest mantra of personal growth and career success. We nurture our inner Helmut Newtons on Instagram. We explore storytelling with our iPhones like the director Sean Baker did with his movie "Tangerine." Buy some crayons, we are told, and be more productive at work. Like mindfulness and meditation before it, creativity has become a mainstream commodity.  Click here

What Should The Arts Be Doing That They Aren't?
Barry's Blog, Sep 02, 2015
Sometimes I look around at what we're NOT doing, especially when compared to other sectors, and I just don't get it. Where is the arts version of the Little League World Series? Where is the arts public relations tool to capture the same public platform touting the value of the arts to kids?  Click here


ISIS Destroys Yet Another 2,000-Year-Old Temple In Syria
New York Times, Sep 01, 2015
After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Baal in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, a United Nations agency said late Monday that satellite images confirmed that the structure had been largely destroyed.  The primary temple building, nearly 2,000 years old, was flattened, according to the satellite images, taken Monday and released by the United Nations training and research agency Unitar, based in Geneva.  Click here

Why Don't Canadians Want To See Canadian Movies?
The Globe and Mail (Canada), Sep 06, 2015
It was a small film, sure, but the reviews were promising. One critic called it "a blessing," and blessed it with three stars. Others praised its young lead actress, a confident 16-year-old tapped by the Toronto International Film Festival last year to be part of its "Rising Stars" mentorship program. The film in question, a rewarding coming-of-age tale, had sold out two screenings at TIFF 2014.  True, it had an unfortunate title: Wet Bum, a nod to the lead character's reluctance to change out of her bathing suit after lifeguard class. Still, it had plenty of other things to recommend it, including music by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and a script that had been a Top 10 finalist in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition.  Click here

Arabic 'Sesame Street' Returns For First Time Since Gulf War
New York Times, Sep 04, 2015
Elmo and the Cookie Monster are returning to the Persian Gulf for the first time in 25 years.  On Friday, a new production of "Iftah Ya Simsim," the Arabic cousin of "Sesame Street" that ended in 1990, will have its premiere on nine channels across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of the Persian Gulf. The show, like its United States counterpart, aims to use entertainment to set an example for children on issues like obesity and literacy.   Click here

China's Economy Is Crashing. What Might Save It? The Arts?
Washington Post, Sep 06, 2015
Shop owners, art curators, foreign visitors and local artists wave to curator James Elaine as he pushes his bicycle through a decommissioned military factory zone turned bohemian artist neighborhood here called "Dashanzi Art District," or more typically, the "798 Art District." Once a collaboration between the Soviet Union, East Germans and Chinese, this 5.3 million-square-foot post-industrial space sprawls over many city blocks in a variety of concrete warehouses. It's a paradise for a flourishing arts community and a Beijing outpost of the global hipster movement one finds in places such as Brooklyn, N.Y., Portland, Ore., and Berlin. Elaine explains that leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 the Chinese government loosened its oversight on the 798 (and incorporated it for their public relations purposes), which is now filled with cafes, galleries, museums and design stores.  Click here

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