This Week’s Missoula Arts & Culture Scene | Sept 15


Current exhibits at the Missoula Art Museum include Bill Ohrmann: Tainted Revelations through October 11 (pictured here); Blessingway: Prints by Melanie Yazzie through October 11; The Art of Human Conflict Conflict through December 24; Pamela Caughey: Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens through December 2; Helen McAuslan: The Kent State Paintings, on loan from the Museum of the Rockies, through November 22; Kate Hunt: Recent Works through February 21, 2015.

The City of Missoula Public Art Committee has extended the deadline for two art calls in Silver Park.  The new deadline is October 6, 2014. Visit the website for all information and the application.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana presents Sandra Dal Poggetto: Meditations on the Field, in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries.  Now through September 27, Helena-based artist Sandra Dal Poggetto is featured in a solo exhibition of new and recent works.  On Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 -5:45 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre, there will be a conversation with artist Sandra Dal Poggetto and Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DeKooning: An American Master, with music by Beth lo and David Horgan.


Bill Ohrmann: Tainted Revelations Exhibit through Oct. 11 at the Missoula Art Museum

The 10th annual Outdoor Sculpture Show at Caras Nursery is on display now through October 15, located at 2727 South 3rd West.

Shakespeare and Co. presents Pete Fromm reading from his new novel If Not For This, 7:00 p.m. on September 16; Carol Frost reading from her new collection Entwined, 7:00 p.m. on September 19; David Allan Cates reading from his latest novel Tom Connor’s Gift, 7:00 p.m. on September 23; Josh Wagner & Theo Ellsworth reading from their latest collaboration Mystery Mark?; 7:00 p.m. on September 24; Corrie Williamson reading from her collection Sweet Husk, 7:00 p.m. on September 26.

Sunday Streets Missoula is back September 21. Sunday Streets Missoula is a free, family friendly gathering that is quickly becoming a popular way to get moving, get exercise, and get connected in our community.  To learn more, visit the Facebook page.

Fact & Fiction presents Dorothy Patent discussion and signing Super Sniffers, 7:00 p.m. on September 16; and a Celebrate Sunday Streets Missoula program on September 21 with Michael Orford signing How Ice Cream Saved Missoula Noon to 2:00 p.m., and Josh Wagner and Theo Ellsworth signing Mystery Mark 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All events are at F&F Downtown

The Roxy Theater presents Hootenanny: Parliament of Owls, September 19, 20 & 21. This fun & engaging kid’s fest is more than you’d ever imagine, with over twenty events (aka “hoots”) from movies and music to puppetry, improv, songwriting, animation making, Hoop Dancing and Ninja workshops.  Visit the website for more information.

Tangled Tones Music Studio presents Playing With The Band this fall. For ages 12 and up: Play in a band, learn from professional musicians and instructors, write original songs, cove favorite songs, and record your music.  Visit the website for the details.


10th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Display is happening at Caras Nursery through Oct. 15

The Gallery of Visual Arts and University of Montana School of Art present the annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition, now through September 19. Included in this year’s exhibition are faculty members Brad Allen, James Bailey, Kevin Bell, Mary Ann Bonjorni, H. Rafael Chacón, Jason Clark, Jennifer Combe, Elizabeth Dove, Julia Galloway, Matt Hamon, Trey Hill, Steven Krutek, Beth Lo, Elena Lourenco and Cathryn Mallory.

This year’s University of Montana Homecoming Week wraps up with the annual University Center Homecoming Art Fair. The 2014 Art Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27, in the UC Atrium.
The art fair will feature unique art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics and more, all of which has been handcrafted by local and regional artists. Many artists are veterans to this art fair, and have attended this event faithfully for over 10 years. Along with a prize raffle, the fair also will showcase live music performed by UM students and Montana natives, including Michael Zarling and Ian Strahn. The event is free and open to the public.

A Carousel for Missoula is planning a dinner to celebrate its 19th year of going in circles. The dinner, which is sponsored by Missoula Textile Services, will be held on Friday, September 19, starting at 6:00 p.m., in the Caras Park pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by Headwaters, with food from Taco Sano and a bar provided by the Badlander.  Visit the web site for more information.

The Friendship Force of Missoula and Western Montana  is leading an Excursion trip to Olympia, Washington for the International FF membership workshop September 18-20.

The Montana Repertory Theatre presents the Rolling Premiere of Broomstick by John Biguenet, continuing September  16-20 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on September 20, and September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center on the UM Campus. $1 General Public, $14 Seniors/students, $10 Children under 12.

There will be a Fall Equinox Bluegrass Jam at the Loft of Missoula on Saturday, September 20, noon until whenever. Bring instruments. Beverages and potluck items are welcome.

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center’s annual Peace Party is Sunday, September 21 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Caras Park.  This year’s theme is the “Roaring Twenties” to celebrate 20 years in our Higgins Ave. building. The roaring twenties was the decade we gave women the right to vote and outlawed war following the end of the war we thought would end all wars. Jeannette Rankin left office and began her life’s work for peace.  This celebration falls on the same day as the United Nations International Day of Peace, celebrated each year since 1982.  We are honored this year to award the beautiful “Raise the Roof” quilt made by the Missoula Peace Quilters and donated to us at last year’s party to raise money to pay for our new roof.


Flamenco Montana Festival Sept 18-21

The String Orchestra of the Rockies presents Cello-brate with Amit Peled, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Recital Hall.

The Zootown Arts Community Center will be accepting submissions for our annual group Festival of The Dead Art Show. We are looking for artworks inspired by Dia de los Muertos or your own interpretation of the cycles of life and death.  The Call to Artists Deadline is September 22.

Aikido Missoula presents a 4 Week Fall Intro for beginning adults starting Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. at 208 E. Main, Located on the 2nd floor of the historic Union Hall Building. This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., through October 9. Please visit the website or call 549-8387 for more information on getting started.

The Flamenco Montana Festival, featuring Teo Morca, Carlos Lomas, and Vicente Griego, is September 18-21.

The UM Creative Writing Program Hosts Writers’ Fall Opus with  enjoy gourmet food, fine beverages, and silent and live auctions is Friday, September 19, will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Florence Building Governor’s Room, located at 111 N. Higgins Ave.  Auction items include many signed, first-editions by regional and local authors; sky-blue topaz and diamond earrings; dinner for eight prepared by the Missoula College Culinary School; an original Harley Heddick photo of battling bison; a Fat Tire bicycle; original art pieces; broadsides by John Sayles, Tim O’Brien, Ivan Doig and Madeline DeFrees; and many more.  More than 70 silent auction and 10 live auction items will be available at the event. For more information or to RSVP, call Karin Schalm at 243-5267.

Krista Detor performs at the Crystal Theatre with John Floridis Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets will be available at Rockin Rudy’s and at brownpapertickets.

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center invites you to an evening of Music for the Heart, Mind, and Soul, with Judy Fjell (of Helena), Beth Youngblood (Missoula) and Tami Pallingston (Calif) performing at the Crystal Theater 7:30 p.m. on September 27.  Pre-concert reception at JRPC at 6:30 with a “Meet the Musicians” Singalong after the concert.  Tickets $12 available at JRPC (519 S. Higgins).

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Concert, “Music, Love and Other Drugs” featuring Tim Fain, violin soloist. Our 60th anniversary kicks off with charismatic violinist Tim Fain, best know for his Grammy-nominated playing in the films, Black Swan and Twelve Years a Slave. October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and October 5 at 3 p.m. Dennison Theatre.

The UM School of Music presents the 7th annual Pianissimo! concerts October 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Music Recital Hall.  Featuring nine pianos, over 30 pianists and a rollicking good time, this fun and lighthearted concert has something for everyone. For tickets go to GrizTix, or stop by the Adams Center Box Office.

A Carousel for Missoula, a volunteer-built, hand-carved carousel in Caras Park, will be the topic of the Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting. Please join us Wednesday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. in Caras Park at the carousel to learn more about the carousel and its ~ famous in all the land ~ Painted Ponies! Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891

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Tom BensenTom Bensen has lived in Missoula since 1986, and has been the executive director of the Missoula Cultural Council since June 2004. He has directed First Night Missoula each New Year’s Eve since 1997.   He is a member of Missoula’s choral ensemble Dolce Canto, and enjoys being outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, skiing, walking the dogs, or mowing the lawn.  His wife Susan works for Montana Public Radio, and their son Peter attends Hellgate High School.