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October 19, 2015
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 In Missoula...

The Missoula Art Museum presents Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight
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 Clay Studio of Missoula has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for their major renovation plans.  Visit here to learn more.

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 Annick Smith reading and signing Crossing the Plains with Bruno, 7:00 p.m. on October 21; and Brian Schweitzer signing Power from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on October 25.  Both events are at F&F Downtown.

The Montana World Affairs Council presents a community discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at the Doubletree ballroom on October 21 at 7:30 p.m.  $10 admission, and free to students.  Visit here 

The John Floridis Trio, with John Sporman and Ed Stalling, are playing at The Red Bird tonight, Monday, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Visit here for more.

The Dana Gallery presents 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. 

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. Mingle, enjoy some refreshments, and have a look at some of the terrific art Radius Gallery has to offer. Call  541-7070.

The Loft of Missoula showcases The Levitators and Bob Zimorino's birthday bash October 23.

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 Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continuing Wednesday, October 21-Sunday, October 25 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  This Stephen Sondheim musical is full of "dark (and dare we say?) delicious humor" and intended for mature audiences.  Don't miss out on this season opener for the Missoula Community Theatre.  Tickets are available here or at 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 October 21-25 and October 27-31. The Sunday, October 25 performance is a matinee.  Call 243-4581 for more information.

Tom Bissell, an author who won the Rome Prize and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship will visit the University of Montana on Friday, October 23, to lecture during the day and read nonfiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.  He will present his craft lecture, "The Best Paragraph and The Worst Paragraph: A Comparison," from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105 on October 23. His nonfiction reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. Presented by the UM Creative Writing Program.  For more information call 243-5267, email<> or visit

The Missoula Symphony Chorale, sans orchestra, performs its stand-alone concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish. The concert, which is the second show in the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's 61st season, is in a new location this year. Tickets for the Missoula Symphony Chorale concert are $17, $11 for seniors and students, and available online here, by phone at 721-3194, in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street, or at the door the day of the concert. St. Anthony Parish is located at 217 Tremont Street in Missoula.

The Missoula City Cemetery staff and volunteers present Stories and Stones Historical Tour Sunday, October 25 12:30-3:30 p.m. One of Missoula's oldest cemeteries presents an afternoon of history brought to life through the stories of individuals from Missoula's past. All are invited to come enjoy this vastly popular event for all ages. Call 552-6070 Fax: (406) 327-2137 or visit here.

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 here for more information.

The 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.

MCAT presents the annual Do It in 72 contest October 24 at the Roxy theater at 7:00 p.m. 11 different groups will present short movies for prizes.  Visit here for more information.

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 PEAK Foundation of Alberton presents 2015 Fall Festival Sunday, October 25 from noon-3:00 p.m. in the Alberton Town Park.  $5 per person/$20 per family. Pumpkin carving, Scarecrow building, Popcorn & Cotton Candy, Bouncy house, Chilli cook-off.

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 Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule. On Saturday, October 24 author David Gates will be reading from his new short story collection A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me at 7:00 p.m. at the
Grizzly Claw Trading Co.
  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.  YAm will host a Masquerade Party on October 23.

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  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 here for more


Roy Rogers and the Delta Kings perform at the Bitterroot Performing Arts Center in Hamilton on October 24 at 8:00 p.m. Visit here.  

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


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

Village Voice Sold To Man Who Wants To Boost Arts Coverage
The New York Times, Oct 14, 2015
The Village Voice, the storied alternative weekly newspaper that helped usher in a new era of journalism after its creation 60 years ago, but that has been struggling to find its way in an era of declining circulations and ad revenues, was sold on Monday to a scion of one of America's wealthiest families with a long history in newspaper publishing.  Peter D. Barbey, through his investment company Black Walnut Holdings L.L.C., bought the paper from Voice Media Group, which owns a string of weeklies around the country.  Click here

Carnegie Hall's Internal Struggles Come Out In A Bad Week
The New Yorker, Oct 14, 2015
Opening nights at Carnegie Hall have suffered a little too much drama in recent years. In the fall of 2012, the opening trio of concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was put in doubt because of a players' strike; the C.S.O.'s home-town opening was scrubbed, but the players and management settled just in time for the Carnegie events to go on as planned. One year later, Carnegie's luck ran out: the Philadelphia Orchestra had been scheduled to appear, but a strike by the Carnegie stagehands forced the theatre to go dark, and the concert was cancelled. This year's opening gala, a concert by the New York Philharmonic, was never in doubt, but dark clouds had gathered nevertheless, due to the dramatic departure of the board chair, Ronald O. Perelman, only a few months after his acceptance of the position-one of the most honored in American philanthropy.  Click here

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



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

Ottawa's Opera Lyra Shuts Down Mid-Season
Ottawa Citizen, Oct 16, 2015
After three decades of music, Ottawa's Opera Lyra has ceased operations. The announcement was made in a statement released by the company's board of directors Wednesday afternoon. "It is with deep regret that we have decided to cease operations, effective today. There will be an immediate shutdown of the current performance season, the 31st in the company's history. The Board will now review options on how it may adjust its future operations," the board said in a media release.  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

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 Bot√≠n, 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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