This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Oct 19


The Missoula Art Museum presents Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight

through October 24; Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12; Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM’s Permanent Collection through March 12 (pictured here); A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM’s Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, through December 23.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 – 1992
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. The exhibition features 52 pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, and includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors.

The Clay Studio of Missoula has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for their major renovation plans.  Visit here to learn more.

Zootown Arts Community Center presents Family Friendly Workshops in preparation for the Festival of the Dead throughout October.  Visit the website for more information.

Fact and Fiction presents Annick Smith reading and signing Crossing the Plains with Bruno, 7:00 p.m. on October 21; and Brian Schweitzer signing Power from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on October 25.  Both events are at F&F Downtown.

The Montana World Affairs Council presents a community discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at the Doubletree ballroom on October 21 at 7:30 p.m.  $10 admission, and free to students.  Visit here

Picture1The John Floridis Trio, with John Sporman and Ed Stalling, are playing at The Red Bird tonight, Monday, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Visit here for more.

The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents Variations from an Unlimited Sequence by Jodi Lightner throughout October.  The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.

The Loft of Missoula showcases The Levitators and Bob Zimorino’s birthday bash October 23.

Picture2The Dana Gallery presents The Young and The Restless, “Support the Young, Fuel the Restless” featuring new work by our regular and new ‘up and coming’ artists along with their esteemed ‘restless’ contemporaries.

Living Art of Montana presents “Faces of Living Art: a 22-Year Mask Retrospective”, an exhibit of masks created by Living Art workshop participants from 1993 through 2015 displayed at the Downtown Dance Collective throughout October and November.

The Missoula Community Theatre presents Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continuing Wednesday, October 21-Sunday, October 25 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.  This Stephen Sondheim musical is full of “dark (and dare we say?) delicious humor” and intended for mature audiences.  Don’t miss out on this season opener for the Missoula Community Theatre.  Tickets are available here or at 728-7529.

The University of Montana presents A Chorus Line, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical beloved by audiences worldwide. A Chorus Line runs in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus October 21-25 and October 27-31. The Sunday, October 25 performance is a matinee.  Call 243-4581 for more information.

Tom Bissell, an author who won the Rome Prize and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship will visit the University of Montana on Friday, October 23, to lecture during the day and read nonfiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.  He will present his craft lecture, “The Best Paragraph and The Worst Paragraph: A Comparison,” from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105 on October 23. His nonfiction reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. Presented by the UM Creative Writing Program.  For more information call 243-5267

The Missoula Symphony Chorale, sans orchestra, performs its stand-alone concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish. The concert, which is the second show in the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s 61st season, is in a new location this year. Tickets for the Missoula Symphony Chorale concert are $17, $11 for seniors and students, and available online here, by phone at 721-3194, in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street, or at the door the day of the concert. St. Anthony Parish is located at 217 Tremont Street in Missoula.

The Missoula City Cemetery staff and volunteers present Stories and Stones Historical Tour Sunday, October 25 12:30-3:30 p.m. One of Missoula’s oldest cemeteries presents an afternoon of history brought to life through the stories of individuals from Missoula’s past. All are invited to come enjoy this vastly popular event for all ages. Call 552-6070 Fax: (406) 327-2137 or visit here.

Picture3The Radius Gallery will host Downtown on Tap, a social gathering organized by the Missoula Downtown Association Tuesday, October 27. Mingle, enjoy some refreshments, and have a look at some of the terrific art Radius Gallery has to offer. Call 541-7070.

Come for the Evening – Stay for the Holidays! Women who love to sing – Five Valley Chorus welcomes you! Come sing your favorite Christmas songs and learn new ones in four part A Cappella harmony. Join the chorus members on the risers for our annual Holiday concert at the Southgate Mall. No Cost, No Pressure – just great music and new friends.  First Baptist Church at the corner of Woody and Pine Streets, 308 West Pine, east door, starting Tuesday October 13 and continuing Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. through December 15.  Visit here for more information.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum.  Brandon Reintjes, new Curator at MAM, will introduce himself with a tour of MAM exhibitions. All Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

MCAT presents the annual Do It in 72 contest October 24 at the Roxy theater at 7:00 p.m. 11 different groups will present short movies for prizes.  Visit here for more information.

The University of Montana Adams Center presents “Riverdance” October 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 2015-16 Community Medical Center Missoula Live events. Information and tickets available through GrizTix or call 243-4051.

The Missoula Maze is back, at 1010 Clements Road though November 1.

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.