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February 8, 2016
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The Missoula Cultural Council is seeking nominations for the 17th Annual Missoula Arts and Culture Awards program, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. 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 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival opens February 19 and runs through February 28 at the Wilma, Top Hat, Roxy and Crystal theaters. Visit here for more

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 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

It's Oscar Season at The Roxy!
February at The Roxy is already inspired. In fact, it's a movie-lover's dream. From the full lineup of Oscar® contenders, to special one-off screenings, festivals and events, the Roxy will be rocking all month long.  Visit here for more.

The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents What Lay Before - What Lay After, sculpture and paintings of Francis Paul Pearson, now through March 3. 

The University Center Gallery presents  "The Inevitable Comparison" now through February 25. Artist Alissa Wynne's work features stretched garments that comment on rebellion and upbringing. Call 243-5555.

Radius Gallery  presents art for this Sunday, Valentine's Day. So, whether you are showing love to your partner, family, or friend, the gift anyone would love, and is outside the generic box, is art! Radius has a wall specifically made for the gift giver in mind. For those who want to give them something extra special and personal, you will find beautiful artwork that will make them feel you really understand them, and that's what Valentine's Day is all about. For more information about these pieces, contact Alicia or Lisa at Radius Gallery at 541-7070, stop in, or visit our website.  Image - "Stay" by Karen Kemp.

The Clay Studio of Missoula presents the International Cup 2016 through February.  Visit here for more information.

Shakespeare and Co. presents Josh Wagner reading from his collection of short works Nothing in Mind, joined by Shawn Mihalik, reading from his novella The Assured Expectations of Things Hoped For, 6:00 p.m. tonight, February 8.  Tyler Knott Gregson reads from his new book All The Words Are Yours: Haiku On Love, 7:00 p.m. on February 12.

Fact and Fiction presents a reading of The Process of Translation with Madeline G. Levine, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at F&F Downtown.

Blue Mountain Clinic presents Off the Rack at the Wilma, 7:00 p.m. on February 13.  Call 721-1646.

The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show is at the Top Hat Lounge, February 13 and 14 at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.  Call 728-9865 or visit Top Hat.

The Ed Norton Big Band plays at the Missoula Winery on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

For three Thursday nights in February, Free Cycles will be converted from a bike shop into an art studio for the Riverfront Neighborhood Art Night.  You are invited to join a class hosted by a guest artist or bring your own materials for projects you work on in the creative company of others.   Riverfront Art Nights will be February 11, 18, 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Attend one or all three.  There will be supplies for the first 24 people.  You can reserve a place by emailing here or just show up and take your chances.  Free Cycles is located at 732 South First West.   The first Art Night will be Thursday, February 11 .  Artist Karlene Kantner will demonstrate DIY Reductive Printmaking process using small linoleum or wood blocks to create stamps. Snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Whether romance or comedy is what you are craving this February, you can satisfy both yearnings Valentine's Day weekend with the pure lovely silliness of Gilbert & Sullivan! The Gondoliers, a delightful musical romp, is the result of a creative collaboration between the UM Opera Theater, UM Symphony Orchestra, and MCT. The Gondoliers plays at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts February 12-14.  Tickets are available here, or call 728-7529.


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 Caffé 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 11. This is an annual fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center. For more information, visit 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.

On Sunday, February 28, the Missoula Community Chorus is hosting their 11th Annual "Missoula Uncorked" fundraiser. This year's "Red Carpet Gala" will feature a live telecast of the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Thomas Meagher Bar in downtown Missoula. This interactive awards experience includes an opportunity for guests to win prizes by correctly guessing the Oscar award-winners! Visit here or stop by the Thomas Meagher Bar to purchase tickets and learn more about the event.

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.

Writing at Work, a conference hosted by the University of Montana Creative Writing Program, is slated for Friday, March 11. The conference, which connects UM students with successful, creative professionals who use their liberal arts education in their working lives, will be held from noon to 5 p.m., in the University Center Theater. It is free and open to the public.  For more information call 243-5267 or email here.

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 Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...

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

The Montana Repertory Theatre's All My Sons plays in Lewistown February 8 and Billings February 9 before heading into the snowy Midwest.  Visit here for more. 

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents the All Artist Exhibition, new work from some of its 200 member artists, in the Main and North Galleries, through February. This exhibit will feature artwork never seen before from many Guild artists.  Most mediums will be represented along with a variety of styles and subject matter.  The All Artist Exhibit is a great way to get to know a new artist or explore a different media and is also a wonderful way for everyone to see what is happening in the world of art.  The exhibit is free and open to everyone during normal Arts Guild hours. The Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery is located at 11 West 8th Street, Red Lodge, Montana.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  and  Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.


The Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, a premier Western Montana performing arts presenting organization, seeks qualified candidates for the leadership role of Executive Director. For more details, visit here.

The  Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings presents  Raven's Café d'Art Valentine's Date Night, Saturday, February 13, from 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Valentine's Date Night: Food 'n' Fun, Sunday, February 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Art Auction 48 event occurs on Saturday, March 5.  Visit here for more.

Viscosity Theatre of Whitefish will perform the R.I.P. Crush Cabaret, continuing February 8 and 9, at 8:00 p.m. each evening at the Crush Lounge in Whitefish, which will be closing for good February 16.  Viscosity is a theatrical collective of writers, performers, and visual artists, dedicated to creating original, dynamic experiences for a new generation of theatre goers.

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


Why Is A Major Portland Museum Closing And Being Absorbed Into A College?
Oregon ArtsWatch, Feb 07, 2016
The news that Pacific Northwest College of Art is going to close the doors of the Museum of Contemporary Craft landed on Wednesday. We posted the news as quickly as possible on ArtsWatch, but lots of questions remained.The Museum of Contemporary Craft dates back to 1937, after all, and during its life it has been an important flagship for Portland's large crafts community, especially those concerned with ceramics. More recently, it has helped make Portland part of the national and international conversation around craft and art, without losing sight of our local history.  Click here

If It's So Hard To Authenticate A Rothko, Then...
The Daily Beast, Feb 05, 2016
In an art market governed largely by pretense and money, does a masterpiece have any intrinsic value? That question has emerged from a civil case brought by Sotheby's chairman Domenico de Sole and his wife, Eleanore, against Ann Freedman, former president of the Knoedler Gallery, the oldest and most respected gallery in New York until it closed in 2011 amidst a massive forgery scandal.  Click here

Why It's So Hard To Tell Whether Artists Are Doing Better Than They Were 15 Years Ago
Createquity, Jan 27, 2016
One hot August day last summer, my Facebook news feed suddenly blew up with frustration directed at New York Times fact-checkers, editors, and writers over the geekiest of subjects: data quality. The complaints were coming from friends of mine associated with the Future of Music Coalition, frequent commentators on policy affecting musicians in particular and creators of all kinds. These are two brands that I respect enormously - the Times website gets multiple visits from my browser a day, and FMC puts out some of the best policy analysis out there - so of course I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.  Click here

Study: New York's Arts Community Is Not As Diverse As The City
The New York Times, Jan 28, 2016
New York City's cultural sector does not match the demographic diversity of the its population, though the sector is more diverse than arts organizations on the national level, according to a survey released on Thursday by the city's Cultural Affairs Department. By examining the staff and leadership at city-funded nonprofit cultural organizations, the de Blasio administration hoped to show its commitment to promoting and building diversity among arts institutions.  "When it comes to making sure that every resident has an equal opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary cultural community, we need to lead by example," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "This survey will help us find ways to foster a creative sector that opens doors for every New Yorker, regardless of their background."  Click here


Egyptian Police Arrest, Then Release, Country's Most Popular Young Cartoonist
BBC, Feb 05, 2016
An Egyptian cartoonist known for his satirical slant on political issues was briefly arrested accused of "running a website without a license". Islam Gawish was released on Monday reportedly without charge, a day after his arrest in Cairo. Opposition parties and activists had said his arrest targeted freedom of opinion and expression. There are growing concerns about human rights in Egypt as officials increasingly cut down on dissent. Gawish was arrested during a police raid on the headquarters of the Egypt News Network website, where he worked.  Click here

The Massive, And Strange, New Cultural Center That Was The Kirchners' Parting Gift To Argentina
Roads and Kingdoms, Jan 29, 2016  
For millions of Argentinians, the late Nestor Kirchner, the political strongman who ruled Argentina between 2003 and 2007, was a colossus. He took on the banks, the International Monetary Fund, and George W. Bush. He was an iconoclast, so the myth goes, who dragged Argentina from the flames of its biggest economic meltdown and restored pride to a nation on its knees. The Palacio de Correos in downtown Buenos Aires is unmistakably a colossus. Built over four separate decades, between 1888 and 1928, the city's old central post office is the biggest, most beautiful example of Beaux-Arts architecture in Argentina's capital. It occupies an entire city block; a robust palace of muscular columns and marbled walls, a once gilded sorting post for correspondence arriving from the old world to the new.  Click here

Once-Famous Floating Hotel To Become Phnom Penh's Center For Cambodian Arts
Hyperallergic, Jan 26, 2016  
Located in what was a massive floating hotel in the Kingdom of Wonder, The Boat could become a thriving center for arts and culture in Cambodia. Floating on the edge of Phnom Penh, where the Mekong meets the Tonlé Sap River, the nonprofit organization plans to focus on displaying Khmer art. Dana Langlois, future artistic director of The Boat, envisions it as "a multi-disciplinary space that is creative in every aspect - where creatives and artists can have a dedicated space to work, to engage new audiences, and deepen the conversation on art practice in the region." In order to successfully finish renovations on the abandoned building, organizers are raising money for an opening in mid-2016.  Click here

Indonesia To Get Its First International Modern Art Museum
New York Times, Jan 26, 2016  
The first museum in Indonesia dedicated to international modern and contemporary art is scheduled to open in early 2017 in the capital, Jakarta. The private institution will be called the Museum MACAN, for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, an Indonesian term for archipelago. It is being built and financed by the Indonesian businessman and collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo. Thomas J. Berghuis, previously the curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, has been hired as director of the museum, which will join a flourishing art scene in Indonesia that includes a growing network of galleries, independent art spaces, artists' communities and events like the Jakarta Biennale and the annual ArtJog festival.  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

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