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January 11, 2016
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The Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE), hosted by the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and Destination Missoula, runs from January 12-16 at venues throughout Missoula.  Events include a juried dance competition, the Global Dance Initiative, the Art of Diplomacy Conference at the UM Mansfield Center, a Film Festival at the Roxy Theater, and the Grand Finale Gala at the Wilma.  Events take place at the UM Dennison Theatre, the University Center, the Silver, Fact and Fiction, Rocky Mountain Ballet, the Wilma, the Roxy  For more information and the full schedule, visit here.

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; MaryAnn Bonjorni: Legends Are History, through January 2. The 44th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition opens January 8 with an Artist Reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mam's 44th Benefit Art Auction is Saturday, February 6, beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

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 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

The Montana World Affairs Council presents the Global Gauntlet Team Trivia Fundraiser, on Saturday, January 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Missoula. The evening will start at 5:00 p.m. and include a social hour, dinner, live auction and lively team trivia competition with Emcee Mayor John Engen. This event is open to the public and registration is open until January 15. For more details, call the Council at 728-3328 or register online here

Radius Gallery spotlights the artworks by photographer Lucy Capehart, kinetic assemblage artist Stephen Glueckert, and ceramic sculptor Randi O'Brien. This work will be on display from January 12-February 20, with an artist reception on January 22 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Call 541-7070.

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 has two Calls for Artists. Art Activism, co-sponsored with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, has a deadline of January 10, 2016. All Works must depict a social, environmental, or political issue. This juried group show is kicking off 2016's Big Sky Film Festival in February. The 4th Annual Mini Benefit Show deadline is February 1, 2016. All Works must be 12"x12"x12". This art auction celebrating everything miniature will take place on March 26, 2016 at the Wilma.  Visit here for more. 

Shakespeare and Co. presents Marty Essen presenting a slide-show and reads from his new book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, 7:00 p.m. on January 13.

CoMotion Dance Project, based in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Montana, presents Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance Monday, January 25, 9:45-10:35 a.m., and again from 1:00-1:50 p.m., and Tuesday, January 26, 9:45-10:35 a.m. at the Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus.  Sponsored by SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, Missoula County Public Schools, CoMotion Dance Project, and The University of Montana.

University of Montana Productions will host soulful singer-songwriter Allen Stone in concert at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, at UM's Dennison Theatre. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now and cost $20 for UM students and $25 for the general public, plus ticketing fees. Tickets can be purchased online here, by calling 243-4051 or 888-MONTANA (888-666-8262) during regular business hours.  Opening for the show is is First Night Spotlight winner and Hellgate High School senior Leila Parsons.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St, Missoula. Kiln-fired Fused Glass Artist Katie Patten will be sharing her artistry and inspiration. All Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

The Missoulian is accepting submissions for the 2016 MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest. Submit a piece of 2-D art work or an essay, poem or letter of no more than 250 words in response to the quote "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  Handwritten or typed essays will be accepted. Artwork may be any medium but no larger than 8.5 X 11 inches.  On the back of each entry please include the student's full name, grade, school, home address and home telephone number. Entries will not be returned unless special arrangements are made.  To enter you must be a student in preschool-12th grade in Western Montana. Entries must be received at the Missoulian by December 18. Winners will receive a cash prize, be featured in the Missoulian, and recognized at the MLK Community Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2016.  For questions, contact Ben Mincks. here

The Montana Repertory Theatre presents Arthur Miller's All My Sons, with a gala opening January 22, followed by Missoula performances January 23, 28,29,30, February 4 and 6 before heading out on tour of Montana and other cities in the Midwest and Northeast.  For more, visit here.

The Missoula Children's Theatre celebrates 2016 with its original, world-premiere of The Snow Queen.  This winter performing arts class runs January 18-February 21 and is open to Grades K-12.  Give the gift of wonder this Holiday season with a registration to The Snow Queen!  Register here.

The Missoula Community Theatre ushers in 2016 with The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winning spoof of musical comedies (January 21-31). Next up is The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), a zany, non-musical production that will appeal to anyone who loves a good laugh (March 10-20). Rounding out the season is Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical (April 28-May 15).  Visit here for more.

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 Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...


The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents the Rock Creek Miniature Exhibit, continuing through January.  See artwork in small size created by many of the Guild's artists.  A challenge for most artists, the miniature artwork will delight everyone.  All works of art in this show are 6"x8" or smaller.  Consider a gift of art for the holidays.  In the Guild's North Gallery.  Through the month there is also an exhibit by Ev Bergeron & Karen McBride. On Sundays, January 17 and 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Watercolor for All Levels with Dolly Frerichs Stuber.   On Wednesday, Jan 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Northern Plains Women Explored - Lecture by Marie Shirley Jones, who has created a large mixed media wall hanging in her quest to learn about the historical Plains Indian Women. Her inspiration came from a page of Ledger Art done in 1883. Marie will share what she's discovered about these remarkable women as she explains the details of her art in an evening program at the Carbon County Depot Gallery. On Thursday, January 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Tour of the Barstow Collection of Ledger Art. This tour is only available by special arrangement and has been arranged by the Carbon County Arts Guild & Marie Shirley Jones especially for those participating in the Ledger Art Workshop being offered on Saturday, January 23. For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.


The Emerson Center in Bozeman announces the Winter 2016 Art Education Classes.  For more  information on these classes including descriptions, prices and registration forms please visit our website or call 587.9797 x.104


The  Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings presents the Opening Reception for Art Auction 48 Thursday, January 21, from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Every year, the Art Auction is an exciting way to get acquainted with Montana artists while supporting the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents. Save the date for the Art Auction 48 event on Saturday, March 5.  Visit here for more.


The Milner Brothers make debut performing 60's-era folk music with an edge at Bitterroot Brewing Co in Hamilton January 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bassist Don Maus accompanies.

Triple Sec jazz ensemble performs at Bitterroot Brewing Co in Hamilton. Bill Haffey, Edie Smith, Scott Milner, Rich Brinkman and Don Maus perform vocal and instrumental bossa, swing, bop, ballads and blues.  Saturday, January 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The 33rd annual Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) occurs in Fort Benton January 29-31, with registration due January 11.  This event focuses on promotion of booking of quality artists, and reducing expenses for artists and presenters through the state.  Visit here for more information.

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Should Arts Funders Take Into Consideration An Artist's Income?
The Stranger, Jan 08, 2016
In December, Artist Trust and the Frye Art Museum announced jointly the 2015 winner of the largest award they give to an artist. It's the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for $50,000, and it went to writer David Shields. The announcement brought on a spell of cognitive dissonance, which I'll explain. The $50,000 originates from an unusual source: a five-year gift of $1.1 million from the local Raynier Institute & Foundation to be given to artists through the Frye and Artist Trust (who organize the selection process). The reason it's unusual is that the Raynier Foundation is a social-services supporter whose founder cared about poverty and homelessness in addition to art and culture. His name was James W. Ray, and the foundation's executor, Ed Gardner, said the creation of the Raynier Artist Awards would have pleased Ray because it was based in "the concept of supporting artists to meet their basic needs in life."  Click here

'Hamilton' $10 Ticket Lottery Goes Online, Crashes From High Demand
Playbill, Jan 06, 2016
"Service Unavailable. Please try again later." That's what potential ticket buyers saw on the new website set up to handle the Hamilton discount lottery for much of its first day, Jan. 5. The site returned briefly at 4 PM, but went down again after a reported total of 50,000 applicants rushed the site for the 21 available seats in the front row.  As a result, the Jan. 5 discount lottery was cancelled and producers announced that they would return to a live lottery outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Jan. 6.  Click here

NYS Attorney General Challenges Plan To Revive NY City Opera
New York Times, Jan 07, 2016
Is the plan to revive the late, lamented New York City Opera feasible?  The New York State Attorney General's office has raised questions in a court filing this week about whether a plan to reorganize the company by NYCO Renaissance - a group backed by Roy Niederhoffer, a hedge fund manager - is likely to survive beyond its first few years. The attorney general's office has an interest in whether charitable donations that were given to the old City Opera - whose remaining endowment fund is now valued at around $4.5 million, less than a tenth of what it once was - should be given to a reorganized company. A hearing on NYCO Renaissance's plan is scheduled for Tuesday in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  Click here

Report: Arts Education Increasing In NYC Schools
Hyperallergic, Dec 27, 2015  
Art classes are often the first to be sacrificed from school curriculums when budgets get cut - which makes the 2014-15 New York City Department of Education "Annual Arts in Schools Report" a welcome bit of good news for young artists in the five boroughs. According to the report, arts education in New York City public schools expanded in 2015, with 175 new positions added after four years of maintaining 2,400 certified art teachers in the system.  This growth is partly thanks to a new $5.3 million staffing program called Arts Matter, which allows middle and high schools to share dance, music, art, and theater teachers. The program brought art instruction to some 22,000 new students this year.  Click here

Crisis In The Humanities? What Crisis?
Aeon, Dec 24, 2015
The humanities are in crisis. It's become orthodoxy. In fact, so much attention has been paid to the 'crisis of the humanities' that few have stopped to ask if there actually is such a crisis. Over just the past few generations, enormous changes have transformed higher education. These changes have brought a greater proportion of 18-year-olds to university. In the case of most countries apart from the United States, this brings a huge increase, from a low base - and thus tremendous changes in the composition of that student body in terms of class, gender, ethnicity and other key markers. In each generation, commentators have predicted (and policymakers have demanded) that the humanities would suffer from a more utilitarian, career-oriented, tech-savvy influx. But it hasn't happened.  Click here


Italy Says It Will Spend €300 Million On Cultural Projects
The Local (Italy), Jan 06, 2016
Italy will pump hundreds of millions of euros into saving Italy's crumbling historic sites, with the Emperor Nero's party palace at the top of the priority list. An additional €300 million will be spent on restoring over 200 heritage sites, including a palace built by Emperor Nero, across Italy over the next three years, Cultural Minister Dario Franceschini said on Monday. The funds will be available immediately for the 241 projects, which includes the renovation of palaces, including Rome's Palazzo Venezia, galleries, museums and libraries across Italy, the minister said in a statement.  Click here

How Angry Spouses Brought Down An Art Dynasty
The Daily Beast, Jan 06, 2016
Three heirs of the vast Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty are on trial in Paris, charged with tax fraud and money laundering, all because of angry spouses.
What do a Manhattan-based billionaire, a naked Russian model, and a loaded gun have to do with one of the biggest tax fraud trials in French history now underway in Paris? Students of Wildenstein & Company, once the world's richest and most ruthless art dealers, know that until 1997 the powerful Franco-American-Jewish dynasty ruled with impunity and obsessive secrecy from their storied limestone headquarters on New York's Upper East Side-and did so despite damning allegations that they had acquired artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II.   Click here

The Best Films Being Made In Canada Are Quebecois. Pity No One's Watching Them
The Globe and Mail (Canada), Jan 08, 2016
The Canada's Top Ten Film Festival was created by TIFF to raise "public awareness of Canadian achievements in film" - work that otherwise, and often, goes unnoticed. In that sense, this year's lineup is depressingly on-target: of the 10 movies selected for the event, only two have been released theatrically in more than one province (My Internship in Canada and The Forbidden Room). The rest enjoyed brief but tiny runs last year, or have yet to open at all.  Click here

One Principal At The Bolshoi: 'We Still Don't Know The Truth'
The New York Times, Dec 20, 2015
Maria Alexandrova, a principal at the Bolshoi Ballet since 2004, rarely grants interviews. But she decided to participate in the film "Bolshoi Babylon" because after watching the filmmakers Nick Read and Mark Franchetti work, she felt she could trust them. In the documentary, she fights her way back from an injury and speaks bluntly about the state of the Bolshoi after the 2013 acid attack on its artistic director, Sergei Filin.  Click here

Time For The Arts World To Take A Long, Hard Look At Its Racism
The Guardian (UK), Dec 20, 2015
The cultural world is undergoing a slow and long overdue reckoning with racism. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has rightly changed the archaic, Orientalist, exoticising, offensive or unthinkingly racist titles of more than 100 artworks including the use of the word "negro" for Afro-Caribbean subjects and "Mohammedan" for Middle Eastern subjects. In the US, a Harvard University emblem featuring the insignia of a slave-owning family is the subject of a student protest. Meanwhile, in the UK, Oriel college, Oxford, is under pressure to remove a statue paying tribute to coloniser Cecil Rhodes, following a student-led protest inspired by similar demonstrations in Cape Town, South Africa. Even though they haven't yet decided what action to take, Oriel has been admirably direct in naming the problem and saying it "does not condone [Rhodes'] racist views or actions". In that case, why keep a statue aggrandising and lionising the man who held those views? To keep the statue is indeed to condone those actions; the prestigious Rhodes scholarship in his name can easily be renamed and, indeed, I wonder why it's taking so long.  Click here

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