This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Sept 21


It’s Homecoming Week at theUniversity of Montana, featuring a full week of activities and events, including the University Center Art Fair and the Homecoming Parade.  

It’s also the 24th annual Bike Walk Bus Weekwith several events and activities all over town.

through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016 (pictured here). John Buck: Free for All opensSeptember 25, with a Members Preview: September 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The University of Montana School of Music presents the Faculty and Guest Artist Series: Brahms’ Liebeslieder’,September 27, 2015 at 7:30 the UM Music Recital Hall, featuring faculty artists Anne Basinski, soprano; Kimberly Gratland James, mezzo-soprano; David Cody, tenor; David Edmonds, baritone; and Christopher Hahn, piano; with visiting guest artists from Idaho State University Diana Livingston Friedly, soprano; Kathleen Lane, mezzo-soprano; Geoffrey Friedly, tenor; Scott Anderson,baritone; and Kori Bond, piano.

Picture8The Missoula Art Museum presents Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016 (pictured here). John Buck: Free for All opens September 25, with a Members Preview: September 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fact and Fiction presents Michael Hodges reading and signing The Puller, 7:00 p.m. September 29; and Martin Clark reading and signing The Jezebel Remedy, 7:00 p.m.September 30.  Both events are at F&F Downtown.

Shakespeare and Co. presents David Gates reading from his new book A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me, 7:00 p.m.on September 25; Margot Kahn reads from her book Horses That Buck:  The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith at 2:00 p.m. on September 27.

Picture9The 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 Missoula Community Theatre will prove that Shakespeare is for everyone with a NEW performing arts class for Grades 6-12.  Register for A Midsummer Night’s Dream,now through October 9, with performances on Saturday, October 10.  Register online at here or call 728-7529.

This week at MCT, Inc., we are sending a team to our first Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Micronesia. The Sleeping Beauty performances will be in Kolonia, in cooperation with the US Embassy. Here in Missoula, rehearsals rooms are active with the sounds of Sweeney Todd (Missoula Community Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Missoula Children’s Theatre). Both shows will be produced in October; tickets are on sale now.  Visit here.

Matthew Marsolek of the Drum Brothers presents Beginning Hand Drumming Series, Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., at Lewis and Clark School starting September 23. Everyone is welcome and extra drums will be available. Students will learn the tones and techniques of West African drumming, a beginning repertoire of rhythms, ensemble playing, and the fundamentals of rhythm awareness. To register, please contact Matthew here or call 531-8109.

Living Art of Montana presents a celebratory Wednesdays 4 Wellness Workshop: Acknowledging what you Want to Celebrate with Writing & a Raw Rainbow Cake, September 23, from 12-1:30 at the Living Art studio, 725 W Alder Ste #17.  From September 24 – November 12: Cancer, Courage & Creativity Eight-Week Workshop for Men and Women experiencing the effects of cancer.  CCC integrates, writing, art, movement, and mask-making as tools for self exploration.  No art or writing experience necessary.

Meet author Scott Ellsworth, Wednesday, September 23from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a reception and talk at The Alumni Center Board Room on the 3rd floor of the University Center, Friday, September 25 10:30 a.m. to Noon.  There will be a Book Signing at Fact & Fiction on campus (inside The Bookstore at UM).

Viscosity Theatre presents Wet Hot Amurican Cabaret at the Top Hat Lounge September 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Picture10Singer-songwriters Justin RothJenn Adams and John Floridis all performWednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crystal Theater. Tickets $10 advance at Rockin Rudy’s and here, $12 door.

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.



Tom Bensen

Tom 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.