This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 25

By GRACE STOPHER, Missoula Cultural Council

Radius Gallery: 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition Opening Reception
Join Radius Gallery in celebrating their 2nd Annual Juried exhibition designed to bring together exciting new works and interpretations on a theme from around the nation. This year over 50 artists will exhibit 100+ works on the theme of “The Changing Moment.” The opening reception will be held Saturday, July 30, from 5-8 PM. Many local favorites are joined by talented artists from near and far. As always, the art at Radius defies expectation. “The Changing Moment” exhibit runs July 30- September 16. Visit Radius Gallery’s website for more information.

Picture1Celtic Festival Missoula
Celtic Festival Missoula is an annual celebration of great Celtic culture, focusing on music, dance and food. This year’s festival takes place in Caras Park, July 29-30, and is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more details.

Come celebrate the soft launch of and their upcoming dance video contest in partnership with the Audience Awards contest platform on National Dance Day! Enjoy live dance and music, while sipping your favorite Zootown Brew beverage in their beautiful new space. To be held on Saturday, July 30th from 12-4 PM, the event is free and open to the public.

For the event, Danceador will be showcasing as many dance genres as possible, including Indonesian, West African, jazz, modern, ballet and clogging, and more. The organization will also have live music by fusion trio, Tusk. Danceador will hold a raffle at the event with giveaway items. Learn more about Danceador here, and find out more about the event here.

Picture2Kidsfest at Caras Park
Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for a free event at Caras Park with games, activities with local organizations, live music, and yummy food! Kidsfest is July 26 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. For more information about Kidsfest, or phone 721-PARK.

Free Showcase at MCT
The Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Next Step Prep class of 2016 invites the public to a FREE showcase at 7:30pm on Thursday, July 28th at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  This 90-minute showcase features 23 talented high school students from around the US and beyond.

They’ve spent the past 6 weeks learning from Broadway and other professionals on singing, dance and acting skills.  Enjoy the work of high-spirited, great teenagers in a fun, casual evening of entertainment.

Dolce Canto & Ansan City Choir
Did you know Missoula’s own a cappella group, Dolce Canto, traveled to South Korea in April to sing with the Ansan City Choir? Their performances were broadcasted on South Korean national television, and now the videos are available on YouTube. Watch!

Fact & Fiction Downtown: Readings & Signings

Tuesday, July 26: Chad Dundas reads from his novel, Champion of the World, 7 PM

Saturday, July 30: Larry Mansch signs copies of his book, Martin Luther, 10:30 AM

Picture3CoMotion Dance Project at Glacier National Park
Are you headed to Glacier National Park this week? Catch the premiere of the CoMotion Dance Project, “Changing Balance/Balancing Change,” with performances on Monday and Wednesday evenings. All performances are free and lasts an hour.

Monday, July 25: Lake MacDonald Lodge Auditorium, 8:30 PM

Wednesday, July 27: West Glacier Community Center, 8:00 PM “Changing Balance/Balancing Change” was written by Steve Kalling and Karen Kaufmann and produced by The CoMotion Dance Project. Over 50 artists contributed to the creation of this new work! Original Music by Steve Kalling & 20+ Montana musicians, mixed and mastered by Jason Hicks. Find out more about this project here.

Night at the Landing
Night at the Landing is an inspiring night of teen performance as Empowerment through Performance workshop program. The show will be followed by a benefit concert by local artist Dixie Riddle. The event takes place at Stillwater Landing in Whitefish on Saturday, July 30, at 6:30 PM. Suggested $15 donation at the door and food and drink available for purchase.

Picture4Beartooth Plein Air Society Blitz
Come and join in the fun. All levels of experience and all media are welcome. Free adult activity. Five days of creative exploration of the Red Lodge area. Meet at 9:00 AM, Monday July 25th, at the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery. Bring water, lunch, and art supplies. For more information call Dorci Tremblay, 446 -1490, or Elizabeth LaRowe, 446-1915.

Killdeer Artisans’ Guild Summer Raffle
Killdeer Artisans’ Guild is holding a summer raffle fundraiser. The raffle is for a watercolor by artist Jim Boot titled, “Patchy Valley Fog With Chance of Bull,” retailed at $450. You may view Boot’s watercolors at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee.

Purchase your raffle ticket online or call the gallery at 746-5005. July Classes at the ZACC Zootown Arts Community Center always offers a colorful variety of art classes and workshops to fulfill your creative cravings. This summer, sign up for watercolors, silkscreen printing, glass fusing, kids puppet theater and mosaic camps, drop-in studio time, and more. Visit ZACC’s site for info or call 549-7555.

Picture5Summer Camp at the Museum
The Missoula Art Museum offers several day camps for children, including printmaking, plein air painting, costume-making, and puppet-making. Be sure to register soon as slots fill up fast.Visit MAM’s website for details about upcoming summer camps for the kiddos!

This Summer at MMAC
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at University of Montana hosts two incredible exhibitions this summer:

Wood Engravers Network Triennial Exhibition

June 9 – September 17 – Paxson Gallery

Dramatic Moments: Frederic Remington’s Early Engravings, 1882-1895

June 9 – September 17

Meloy Gallery

Free docent tour: August 5 at 5 PM

Free public lecture: “Remington’s Formative Years,” by art collector and educator Lee Silliman, September 8 from 7 – 8:30 PM

Please visit MMAC’s website for more information about the exhibitions, gallery hours, and docent tours.

Currently at MAM
The Missoula Art Museum presents local and regional contemporary artists, and is always free admission. Exhibitions change every 3-5 months. Visit MAM’s website for information.

Devin Leonardi: In Memoriam

through September 10

Karen McAlister Shimoda: Field Notes

through October 1

Holly Andres: The Homecoming

through August 20

Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies

through August 13

Frank Stella: Henry Garden

through August 20

Greg Siple: Bicycle Eclectic

through August 27

MAM Studio Art Teachers

through August 27

VonCommon VonDays
Local artist collective, VonCommon, and the Roxy Theater are collaborating to bring you “VonCommon VonDays!” a screening series every other Monday night that showcases documentaries, short films, and stop motions about artists and art movements by local and regional filmmakers. Check out the Roxy Theater’s schedulefor details.

 Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market
The Missoula Farmers Market, a gathering of food and friends since 1972. Tuesdays 5:30 -7 PM, July 5 through September 27, 2016. Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 vendors. Located in Circle Square (at the north end of Higgins Avenue – by the XXX’s) the market will feature early spring vegetables, bedding plants and a wonderful social atmosphere. Don’t miss the Saturday Farmers’ Markets from 8 AM – 12:30 PM through October 29.

 ZACC Seeks Full-Time Development Director
The Zootown Arts Community Center seeks a Development Director. This is a full time position of 40 hours per week.  This position has primary responsibility for securing sufficient funds to realize the ZACC’s goals and objectives both capital and programmatic.This position requires creativity and innovation and a close working relationship with the Executive Director. It is expected that the ZACC’s mission, core values and vision are exemplified by the individual filling this role. Please visit for full job description.

Seeking volunteers for the Carousel’s Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival on July 30
A Carousel for Missoula needs volunteers for its annual Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival, Saturday, July 30. Volunteers will help with set-up, activities, and clean-up from 8:30 AM – 1 PM on the day of the event. They also need volunteers to help stuff 500 goodie bags in preparation for the event. Please call the Carousel at 549-8382, or sign up to volunteer online.