In the Arts: the week ahead in Montana's arts and culture
April 11, 2011
The next Meet Me in Missoula weekend is May 6-8. Visit www.missoulacultural.org to view all the cultural events scheduled over that weekend.
Public Radio Week has begun and runs through Sunday, April 17. To pledge, or volunteer, or donate a premium, visit www.mtpr.org
The Missoula Art Museum's exhibits include Phoebe Toland: High Impact February 17 - May 22; Marvie Redmond: Skyscapes February 17 - May 29; and Cathryn Mallory: Levitate/Gravitate February 23 - May 22 (pictured here); Andy Smetanka: City in Shadows March 5 - April 24. For more information, visit www.missoulaartmuseum.org or call 728-0447.
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents two concurrent exhibits from March 24 - May 21: Sense and Sensation: Laurie Fendrich, Paintings and Drawings 1990-2010, in the Paxon Gallery (pictured here); and Barry Hood: Flow in the Meloy Gallery. For more information, call 243-2019 or visit www.umt.edu/montanamuseum
The Missoula Community Concert Band presents its Spring 2011 Concert on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. The program features Dr. Kevin Griggs, as conductor. Visit http://www.missoulaband.org/
MCAT offers training in Social Media Outlets, Cable Television. MCAT provides equipment, training and channel time to anyone in Missoula who wants to make a video show for the community. We have a studio, editing equipment, cameras, lights and action for anyone who wants a creative or informative outlet in video. We now train on how to load video to all the social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. The next training will be Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit mcat.org or call 542-MCAT.
The University of Montana School of Music presents The UM School of Music Opera Theater at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Music Recital Hall; a Faculty and Guest Artist Series featuring David Cody, tenor at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 in the Music Recital Hall; a Junior Student Recital Series featuring Whitney Kliewer, piano and Jordan Koppen, saxophone at 7:30 in the Music Recital Hall on April 16. For more information, call 243-2880.
The Friendship Force Missoula-Western Montana next get together will be lunch at Perkins on Reserve at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Discussion of the club's next trip to Germany in October 2011. Call 728-2995
The next lecture in UM President's Lecture Series features Mark Stevens, presenting "The Endless 15 Minutes: Fame, Celebrity and Art Today" at 8:15 on Thursday, April 14 in the University Theatre. The lecture will include a slide show of the art of Laurie Fendrich, whose work is contently on display at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture.
Zootown Arts Community Center has an art studio available for rent. It includes free wifi, heating, air conditioning, a view, brick walls, wood walls, countertops, free access to our gallery as a meeting space, and great organic foot traffic! (The ZACC sees about 250 people per week). Call 549-7555 to arrange a viewing. $350 p/m, 6 month lease, month-to-month after that.
The Creative Gig Service, presented by Zootown Arts Community Center, breathes new life into Missoula's self-employment scene. While similar in format to Craigslist, the CGS focuses on all that is creative, including: photography, exhibition opportunities, graphic design, writing and editing, web design, music gigs, general art gigs, artist to artist help, education and teaching opportunities, calls to artists, residencies, and items and services wanted. Please visit: http://gigs.zootownarts.org
Legacy Montana is in the midst of its annual membership drive. participates in a collaborative public awareness program aimed at improving the long-term stability of Missoula's non-profit community. To learn more, visit legacymontana.org
Zootown Arts Community Center is seeking art educators for it's summer camp intensives and adult class workshops for the 2011 year. For more information email Hanna at email@example.com
Montana Rep Missoula presents Two Rooms, a play by Lee Blessing, April 12-16 and 19-23 at the Crystal Theatre, 515 South Higgins. For more information call 243-6809.
Fact and Fiction presents Albert Yee, reading and signing Raising & Teaching Children for Their Tomorrows at 4:00 pm on April 12 at Fact & Fiction On Campus; Dave Thomas, with a poetry reading and signing of Waterworks Hill at 7:00 pm on April 12 at Fact and Fiction Downtown; John Holbrook, with a poetry reading and signing of A Clear Blue Sky in Royal Oak at 4:00 pm on April 14 at Fact and Fiction On Campus; and Melissa Kwasny, with a poetry reading and signing of The Nine Senses at 7:00 pm on April 14 at F&F Downtown. Visit www.factandfictionbooks.com.
The Missoula Permaculture Group presents Introduction to Permaculture - an Overview of the applied uses for permaculture design: garden design, seed sowing, polyculture, companion planting, irrigation, and more, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, Missoula Public Library (301 E. Main St.) For more information, contact Emma Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit permies.com/missoula
The International Wildlife Media Center presents a free Public Art Workshops for the 34th IWFF WildWalk Parade every Saturday leading up to the WildWalk Parade on May 7. Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit www.wildlifefilms.org
Come celebrate by building grizzlies and cubs, eagles and eaglets, whales, osprey and other animals of your choice with the guidance of local performance artist and parade creator Craig Menteer. Several other local artists will also be available to provide tips, inspiration and feedback. Note: Children ages 12 and under must have a chaperon in attendance.
Diversity Day 2011, themed "Who's Your Neighbor?" is the second-annual celebration of the many people who make Missoula unique. Highlighting NCBI's middle school Respect Club students, Diversity Day will begin with a
non-motorized parade beginning at the Higgins St. XXXX's at 3:00 p.m. on April 16, and end at Boone and Crockett with a good ol' celebration featuring a rich variety of local speakers. Diversity Day helps us remember that relationships are the heart of community. Stronger connections between neighbors create safer neighborhoods, healthier families, and happier citizens. For more information or questions, please contact Erin McPeck at
email@example.com or 541.6891.
Montana Automotive Technologies in conjunction with Southgate Mall will present the 4th annual Car Club Expo inside the Mall April 16 and 17th. Car clubs will have displays and information about them. We will have 75 cars and trucks - ranging from street rods to model A's and four wheelers to Airstream travel trailers. Something for the whole family. On Sunday April 17 at 2:00 p.m. For information contact Alan Ault - 370-4365, Gene Boschee - 360-6373 or Jeff Stevens - 251-3420/240-3889.
National Library Week is April 10-16. For all the local events related to this celebration at the Missoula Public Library, visit
The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula's Annual Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 13 at the Holiday Inn-Downtown. Social hour will begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30, a short business meeting follows at 7:00. This year's program follows at 7:30 and will be the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau "War Poetry: The Poetry is in the Pity," by Dr. Lisa Simon. The program is free and open to the public.
While the program is free, the price for the meeting and dinner is only $20. Call 728-3476, extension 1, by April 8.
The University of Montana President's Writers-in-Residence series presents a poetry reading by C.S. Giscombe on April 15 at 7:00 p.m., in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall, The University of Montana Campus. For more information, contact Karin at 243-5267 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Creative Writing Program website at www.cas.umt.edu/english/creative_writing.
VSA Montana and the Montana Arts Council presents Working With Children on the Autism Spectrum, a free workshop for teachers, teaching artists, staff at arts organizations and parents, Saturday, April 16, 8:30-4:00 at Jefferson School. Contact Alayne Dolson email@example.com or 549-2984.
Learn Aikido - The Martial Art of Harmony. Spring Intro Class for Adults starts Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. This five-week class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., through May 12, and costs $110. Call 549-8387 or visit http://www.AikidoMissoula.com
The International Children's Film Festival and the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center present Summer Wars, Japanese Anime at the Wilma Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on April 16. This is a fund raiser to aid japanese students at UM and to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. Visit www.thewilma.com
The 43rd Annual Kyi-Yo Powwow will be at the UM Adams Center April 15-16. There will be one session on Friday night beginning at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday there will be two sessions, one at noon and the other at 7:00 p.m. For more information please visit www.umt.edu/kyiyo or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook us!
The Rocky Mountain School of Photography presents Street of Missoula: Documentary Photography with Linda Thompson April 16 and 17; and a Free Lecture: Artistic Perspectives on Process - Part II w/ Elizabeth Stone on April 19 at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.rmsp.com
The String Orchestra of the Rockies presents Mozart in the Spring with Guest Artist Roger Wright at the University of Montana Music Recital Hall April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.sormt.org
CANstruction 2011 is at Southgate Mall at the Sears Fountain April 19-26. Visit www.mfbn.org For more information contact Ben Darrow at the Montana Food Bank Network at 721-3825 x226 or email@example.com.
The Wrongside Printshop are proud to announce the coming of the Last Best PrintFest on May 6 and 7, hosted by Zoo City Apparel. This is the first annual event celebrating the print arts in Montana. Visit the Blog for the latest news at http://www.lastbestprintfest.blogspot.com/
The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is proud to sponsor the Search for Peace, open to Missoula students of any age. This year's entries are requested to answer the question, "What does Peace mean to you?" and are requested to fit on an 8X 8" square, flat paper. Any medium or use of words is allowed, including affixing items to the page as long as it can be stored flat and hung for exhibit. The Search for Peace is open to all students in the Missoula area from elementary grades through university level. There are no Sectarian or religious affiliations. Submissions must be received at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center (519 S. Higgins) by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 20. For more information, visit http://www.jrpc.org
MCAT is sponsoring the seventh annual High School Video Contest. Top prize is $500. Entries are due May 1. For more information, call 542-6228 or visit www.mcat.org
Missoula's premier vocal ensemble Dolce Canto is pleased to present The Chanters of the Church of St. Panteleimon the Healer from Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, on Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the University of Montana Music Recital Hall. This international program will include selections from both ensembles. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students, and are available at Rockin' Rudy's, Worden's Market, and Fact & Fiction or buy online at www.DolceCanto.info.
The Missoula Symphony Orchestra performs in concert May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and May 8 at 3:00 p.m. This concert features music director Darko Butorac and guitar soloist Ana Vidovic at the University Theatre. For tickets and more information call 721-3194, visit www.missoulasymphony.org, or stop by office at 320 E. Main Street.
The Missoula Writing Collaborative presents Words with Wings, an intensive writing program for ages 8 14. There will be two summer sessions: July 11-15 and July 18-22. (9 am-noon). Fore more information, visit www.missoulawritingcollaborative.org
For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit www.missoulacultural.org and find us on Facebook, too!
Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, has named Bozeman native James Schlender as one of three VSA International Young Soloists Award recipients who will make their debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 5 in Washington, D.C. "When it came to selecting this year's artists, James' incredible versatility matched by his musical style made him stand out from the nearly 200 applicants to this program," commented Elizabeth Miller, VSA director of performing arts. In addition to the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center, VSA is awarding Schlender, a fiddler and jazz violinist native of Bozeman, Mont., $5,000 to help him launch his musical career. "The International Young Soloists Award provides a fantastic opportunity for professional development," said Alayne Dolson, executive director of VSA Montana. "We're very proud to have our state represented in this nation-wide selective program."
"I'm so excited about this opportunity from VSA," said Schlender. "Music is my passion, and I'm eager to show the Kennedy Center audience what a fiddler from the Big Sky Country can do!" Born with aortic stenosis, Schlender has won many awards and honors, including a scholarship for jazz studies and several national fiddling championships. He will be joined onstage by jazz singer Mandy Harvey of Denver, Colo., and pianist Ráchel Skleničková of the Czech Republic. For more information, visit www.vsarts.org
Humanities Montana is seeking speakers for its Montana Conversations programs: Speakers Bureau, Speakers in the Schools, and Reflect: Community Readings and Conversations.We are especially interested in programs appropriate for high schools, programs that emphasize facilitated discussion of public affairs issues, and programs on the 1972 Montana Constitution, world affairs, Montana history, and Native American history and culture. For more information, visit http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/callforspeakers/index.php
The first ever S.L.A.M. (Support Local Artists and Musicians) festival is happening at Bogert Park in Bozeman August 6-7. This festival consists of a juried artist market, performances by musicians and performance groups, local dining options and a beer garden. Participants must be residents of the state of Montana. It is free for the public to attend, and all proceeds will be reinvested into projects that increase community involvement and awareness in the arts. Visit www.slamfestivals.com or call 581-8905.
The Sanders County Arts Council presents "Art on the Walls" at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital through June 29. Featuring original art of these Sanders County artists: Charlotte Beaudry, Scot Boundy, Ma Brown Robbins, Virginia Fortner, Andrew Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Michelle Hayder, Sue Honts Mann, Philip Reeb, Doreen Stokes, Karen Thorson, and Betty Young. Call 544-6654 or 217-251-1954
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana presents In Our Backyard: My Montana Tales with Hal Stearns at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center March 30-April 20, Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Visit www.umt.edu
Quinn's Hot Springs presents Talent Night on April 15. For more information, contact Joy Nelson at the Sanders County Arts Council at 544-6654
Would you like to dress up and go back in time? Here's your chance! On Saturday, July 30 and Sunday July 31, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Hamilton Players is hosting their 2nd Annual Renaissance Faire at Claudia Driscoll Park. To make it a success, we will need you to join us! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to man the Hamilton Players' booths, serve beer in the Pirate's Booty Beer and Wine Garden, and man the front gate. If you are interested in being a Renaissance Faire Volunteer, please call 375-9050.