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September 14, 2015
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 In Missoula...

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


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
September 24 - December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.



The University of Montana School of Music presents the Navy Band Northwest, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. in theUM Recital Hall; and the Faculty Guest Artist Series with the Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet  featuring Andrew Dahlke, soprano and alto saxophone; Johan Eriksson, alto saxophone; Matthew Roehrich, tenor saxophone; and Samuel Williams, baritone saxophone, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall.

City Club Missoula presents a lunch and discussion featuring MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane today, 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.

In celebration of Arts in Education Week, 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, call 728-7529 or visit here.  

Living Art of Montana presents  Creativity for Life drop-in Saturday workshop September 19.  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. 

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 Loft of Missoula presents "New York Folk Meets Missoula Swing: Again!" when Ron Gluck and Ron Meissner (" Ron & Ron") on Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Montana Repertory Theatre presents  Funny Bellies by Gaaby Patterson, Sunday, September 20, at 7:30 the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center on the UM Campus.  The even is free (pass the hat).  Call 243-6809.

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.

Arc Iri, a Providence, RI based band, will be playing at FrontierSpace (In the alley behind the Old Post) September 19 at 7:00 p.m. Free event, donations encouraged.

The Big Sky Mudflaps celebrate 40 years of playing music by reenacting their first gig in 1975 at the Top Hat Lounge on September 19, starting around 9:00 p.m.

The String Orchestra of the Rockies presents 'Sweet Italienne', September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall, featuring the internationally acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz.

Zootown Arts Community Center accepting submissions for our 4th Annual Festival of The Dead Group Art Show. We at the ZACC are proud to celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated to pay respect to the deceased. Join us in celebrating life and working through death with self-expression. Only through art can we truly appreciate the absence of life. Application deadline is September 21.  Visit here for more

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...

The Montana Historical Society presents the Montana History Conference September 24-26 at the Hilton garden Inn in Bozeman.  Call 444-1799.  

The Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule. On September 19, Gwen Florio will read from her mystery novel Montana at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co in at 7:00 p.m. On October 24, David Gates reads from Hand Reached Down to Guide Me.  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 18th annual Miles City Bluegrass Festival runs September 18-20 at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.  Call 234-2480.

Bigfork presents Chalk 'n Rock September 19-20 on thestreets downtown.  Call 837-5888.   

The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce presents the Great Northwest Oktoberfest September 24-26 and October 1-3 in Depot Park .  Call 862-3501.

The Badlands Exhibit by Bale Beckman is at the Dawson Community College in Glendive 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. 

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.

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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