By TOM BENSEN
Holly Andres Comes to MAM
The Missoula Art Museum is honored to share an exhibit by Portland, OR photographer Holly Andres. Displayed in MAM’s stately Carnegie Gallery, Holly Andres: The Homecoming features photographs selected from three large and several smaller suites of photographs. This exhibition will be on view April 8 – August 20.
Book Reading: Virginia Reeves
Join Fact & Fiction in welcoming Virginia Reeves back to Missoula for a reading and signing of her debut novel, Work Like Any Other. In this astonishingly accomplished, morally complicated, “exceptional and starkly beautiful debut” (Kevin Powers, National Book Award-nominated author of The Yellow Birds), a prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggles to overcome past sins and find peace after being sent to prison for manslaughter.
The reading will take place at F&F downtown (220 N. Higgins) on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 PM.
Exclusive Screening: “America’s Diplomats”
The Montana World Affairs Council announces an exclusive screening of the PBS film “America’s Diplomats.” The screening will take place on April 12 at 6 PM at the Crystal Theater.
The film looks into the challenges faced by American diplomats, such as preventing war, promoting economic interests, and addressing global issues. The film is “visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues,” says George F. Paik, a former Political Affairs Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) will introduce the film and answer audience questions regarding diplomacy at the event.
Cancer, Courage, & Creativity Workshop
Living Art of Montana presents the Cancer, Courage & Creativity Workshop for anyone who has or has had cancer. It runs Wednesdays through April 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Living Art Studio. Call 549-5329, or visit their website by clicking here.
MFA Candidates at UM Present Thesis Exhibitions
UM Master of Fine Arts graduate students Beth Huhtala and David Tarullo will present their thesis exhibitions April 12 – 21 in the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts. An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public.
The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of UM’s Social Science Building and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Friday.
innovateUM: Day of Dialogue
Innovators, change makers and thought leaders will gather at the University of Montana on Wednesday, April 13, for “innovateUM,” a day of dialogue about issues and ideas that shape our lives and our communities.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to share the innovation, creativity and research happening at UM with the people of Montana,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. “InnovateUM celebrates the many ways that University of Montana research, creative scholarship and entrepreneurship enhance Montana’s economy and promote educational and career opportunities in our state.”
Members of the public and the UM community are invited to join the all-day event in theUniversity Center, which include talks, conversations, a technology expo, art and food. For a complete innovateUM schedule, visit the website.
Poetry Readings by Two Highly Acclaimed UM Alumni
Two alumni of the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program will bring their poetry to UM at 7 PM on Friday, April 15, at UM’s Payne Family Native American Center, Room 105. This month’s event will feature readings by UM alumni Sarah Gridley and Joshua Corey and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at UM and the Programs of National Distinction.
Theo Ellsworth & Daniel Scott Morris Costume Show
Join Radius Gallery for a supremely fun event in conjunction with Radius Gallery’s show, Last Best Dream: Surrealism, Here & Now. Theo Ellsworth and Daniel Scott Morris will be entertaining us with their unique and highly crafted puppets in a puppet show for the closing reception — talk about going out in Surreal fashion! It will be an evening of handmade, otherworldly monster costumes presented as living installation pieces, so art in action if you will.
The festivities take place Friday, April 15 at 5 PM. Call Radius Gallery at 541-7070 or send an email for more information.
Join NCBI Missoula for the 7th Annual Diversity Day at the Missoula Senior Centeron Saturday, April 16 from 6 – 10 PM. Members of our Youth Advisory Council are planning a highly anticipated event showcasing local youth talent in the arts, including song, dance, and spoken word focused around the theme “Diverse City”. We’re excited to announce that this year’s headliners will be hip-hop artists MC Rhetorik and Yaz Like Jaws.
Respectively representing the Pueblo of Kewa and Blackfeet Nation, these MCs use their music to bring the struggle for social and environmental justice to the forefront of our consciousness. This is a free and family-friendly event. For more information, visitwww.ncbimissoula.org.
Economic Development in Indian Country
The University of Montana Native American Law Students Association will host its annual Indian Law Week, Monday through Friday, April 11 – 15. This year’s theme is “Economic Development in Indian Country.”
During the week NALSA will host lunchtime presentations with speakers who will discuss a variety of topics impacting tribal communities. These sessions will be held from 12 – 1 PM, April 11 – 14, on the UM campus. The Monday and Wednesday presentations will be held in Law Building Room 201, and the Tuesday and Thursday lunch sessions will be held in Law Building Room 101. The discussions are free and open to the public. Click here for more info.
24th Annual Run for the Trees
Missoula’s urban forest needs you! Celebrate National Arbor Month with a fun walk or run along the Riverfront trail system. The 24th annual Run for The Trees is Saturday, April 16, at 10 AM at Silver Park.
Enter the 1-mile fun run, 5k run/walk or the 10k race. Proceeds help plant new trees in parks, boulevards and schools. In honor of Missoula’s 28th consecutive Tree City USA award, all racers receive a free tree seedling to plant and a race t-shirt. Participants are also eligible for race awards and exciting door prizes. Youth 10 and under may run the 1-mile race for free.
Register online at runwildmissoula.org. Late registration, April 2 through April 15, is $25. The race is sponsored by Run Wild Missoula, Parks and Recreation, Republic Services, The Good Food Store and Trees for Missoula.
Jazzoula in Missoula!
The 12th annual Jazzoula features four nights of great instrumental and vocal jazz, April 18 – 21, atSt. Anthony’s Parish. Four or five bands will perform each night at 6:30 PM. A number of Missoula’s favorite performers and jazz luminaries will take turns on stage, including Bob Packwood, Joan Zen, the Chuck Florence Quartet, Jodi Marshall and David Morgenroth. Tickets are $10-$12 or $20-$25 for a four-night pass. Call 543-3129.
Upcoming Classes at ZACC
Boys Rock Camp: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 11 – May 18, 4 – 6 PM
In this camp, boys will build self esteem through music exploration. Regardless of musical experience, campers will receive instrument instruction, form a band, write an original song, and perform at Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat Lounge. Boys will also learn about music history, attend song-writing clinics, talk about stage presence, create flyers for their upcoming show, design a band logo and screen T-shirts, and more. Boys will also get to meet other musicians in Missoula and be exposed to different local bands for lunch-time concerts. Part of the goal of the camp will be to create a safe, welcoming space for boys to spend quality time together, build relationships, and find their creative, rocking voice! Open to boys age 8 through 15.
$235 /$225 for members | Registration required
Paint N’ Pour: April 12, 6 – 8 PM
Allow us to pour you a glass of wine, load up your pallet, and instruct you on how to paint your own personal masterpiece. Our instructor will present easy step-by-step directions with plenty of opportunity for the creative juices to flow and diverge so each piece is unique to the creator. Bring a friend or two, or make it a date night with your significant other. No painting experience required. Canvases, paint, wine, and laughter all provided!
$25 /$20 for members | Registration required
Glass Fusing Orientation Class: April 13, 6 – 8 PM
Ready to learn how to fuse glass? This introductory class will cover the basics of glass-from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold-making, and glass aftercare. Once you have attended this fun night of glass fusing you’re welcome to come in anytime and work in our Glass Fusing Studio!
$20/$15 for members + cost of glass
Screen-Printers for Beginners: Tuesdays, April 19 – May 17, 6 – 8 PM
This dynamic five-week class is the perfect introduction and further discovery into the world of screen-printing! Learn the fundamentals of screening on paper and fabric. After this class you will have the proficiency and confidence to coat and expose screens, register colors and print their artwork to their satisfaction, all while leaving with vibrant multilayered prints. All inks, photo emulsion, and some paper included in materials fee.
$115 /$105 for members | Registration required
Art Associates of Missoula, April Meeting
The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 20, 10 AM in the Education Center of theMissoula Art Museum, (335 N. Pattee St.)
Pam Caughey, encaustic and mixed media ‘experimental’ artist will be sharing her art and process! Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Susie at 544-0891.