This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Feb 22


The 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues this week, through February 28 at the Wilma, Top Hat, Roxy and Crystal Theaters. Visit here for more.

The Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year’s festival in Missoula, September 21-25.  Visit here to apply.

The 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues this week, through February 28 at the Wilma, Top Hat, Roxy and Crystal Theaters. Visit here for more.

The Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year’s festival in Missoula, September 21-25.  Visit here to apply. 

The Missoula Art Museum presents 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. Gennie DeWeese: The Process of Painting through May 21; Modernist Ceramics From MAM’s Permanent Collection, featuring work of Frances Senksa, Val Knight, and Maxine Blackmer through May 21; Gesine Janzen: Floodplains through June 25 (pictured here).


Living Art of Montana presents the “Cancer, Courage & Creativity” workshop, beginning Wednesday, February 24. The workshop is for anyone who has or has had cancer. It runs for 8 consecutive Wednesdays, through April 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Living Art studio. Call 549-5329.

The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series
presents Vandana Shiva, Founder and Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology and Founder and Managing Trustee, Navdanya Trust in New Delhi, India, with a Seminar – “Living Seed, Living Soil, and Earth Democracy”, Wednesday, February 24 from 3:10-4:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Business Building, Room 123; and a Lecture –
We Are All Seeds: Food Security and Environmental Sustainability”, Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m. in the UM Dennison Theatre.  Both events are free.

It’s Oscar Season at The Roxy!  There’s a full lineup of Oscar® contenders, as well as special one-off screenings, festivals and events at the Roxy this month. Visit here for more.
The Gallery of Visual Arts at the University of Montana presents What Lay Before – What Lay After, sculpture and paintings of Francis Paul Pearson, now through March 3. 

The University Center Gallery presents “The Inevitable Comparison” now through February 25. Artist Alissa Wynne’s work features stretched garments that comment on rebellion and upbringing. Call 243-5555.

b9262ab4-a712-4ee6-ba12-b05af2e984baThe Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents George Gogas: Odyssey, March 3 – April 23 in the Meloy Gallery; and Presence: Rudy Autio and Henry Meloy, March 3 – April 23 in the Paxson Gallery. Pictured here is “Adrift” by Rudy Autio.

The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its Spring 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series for the community. The lectures reflect the center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. Topics of this semester’s lectures include wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia, renewable energy and human health, and the connections between language and culture.  All sessions will be held from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, February 24, UC Room 330: “How Language and Culture Shape Each Other,” Reza Samar, associate professor, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

The Clay Studio of Missoula presents the International Cup 2016 through February.  Visit here for more information.

Shakespeare and Co. hosts several events this week with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Visit here for more.

Fact and Fiction presents A Night for Science Fiction with Sharman Apt Russell, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at F&F Downtown.

Climate Smart Missoula has put out a Call for Submissions:  ‘Adaptation and Resilience’ Open Air Art Show.  Everyone can create art, especially when you get your friends and family together. Help spark a community conversation on climate resiliency.  Teams of 3 or more will work together to create art on 7′ freestanding panels made out of repurposed, hollow-core doors donated by Home ReSource. The project and show are intended to inspire a community conversation on what climate resilience and adaptation means to Missoula.  This is a project of Climate Smart Missoula and is free and open to the public. Supplies are provided, and we encourage anyone to apply. Let us know if you are interested by February 29th. Visit the website for more information or to sign up.  All art pieces will be displayed outside the University Center at UM’s Campus in late April as well as separate showings on campus and the community.

Registration now open for January-March 2016 Art Workshops with local artist Nancy Seiler. New this winter is Nature Journaling Series. Learn to draw and paint different natural history topics and be ready to go outside this spring with your nature journal to record what you see with more confidence.  All workshops are located at 330 Brooks St. in Missoula (one block east of Caffé Dolce).  Classes are limited to 10. To sign up, please email here or call 370-1254.

Zootown Arts Community Center will celebrate small things with its 4th Annual {mini} Show Benefit at Missoula’s newly renovated historic Wilma Theater on March 26. This gala event will bring together Missoula’s creative community to celebrate all things mini, from mini dessert auction, a mini silent and live art auction, and more! The Mini Show art opening will occur in the ZACC gallery on March 11. This is an annual fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center. For more information, visit here

The Montana World Affairs Council’s 12th Annual Statewide High School Academic WorldQuest Competition, with the Winning Team to Represent Montana in Washington, D.C., is February 23, in the UC Ballroom, 3rd Floor University Center.  Call  728-3328, or visit here

University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance presents Hot ‘n’ Throbbing by Paula Vogel, February 23-27 and March 1-4 at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M Campus.  Visit here for more.

Poet Stefania Heim, the University of Montana Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Hugo Writer, will read her poetry at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 26, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event, which is part of the Spring 2016 Reading Series, is free and open to the public.  For more information, call Karin at 243-5267.

b1100f73-4583-4f63-a081-d481bc6d79a5The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, featuring guest conductor Thomas Heuser and guest soloists Christina Pier and Charles Robert Stephens, present the German Requiem by Brahms, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. and February 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the UM Dennison Theatre.  Visit here or call 721-3194.

On Sunday, February 28, the Missoula Community Chorus is hosting their 11th Annual “Missoula Uncorked” fundraiser. This year’s “Red Carpet Gala” will feature a live telecast of the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Thomas Meagher Bar in downtown Missoula. This interactive awards experience includes an opportunity for guests to win prizes by correctly guessing the Oscar award-winners! Visit here or stop by the Thomas Meagher Bar to purchase tickets and learn more about the event.

The audition for Mary Poppins is this Sunday, February 28 at MCT (use the Main Street entrance).  This Missoula Community Theatre show is open to performers ages 10 and above. Children (ages 10-16) may audition 12:30-2:00 p.m., while those ages 17 and above will be auditioned from 2:00-4:00 p.m. No preparation is needed. The performance dates are April 28-May 1, 4-8, and 10-15, 2016, so note that it is a three-week run.  Visit here to learn more.

Tell Us Something presents Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilma Theatre.  Call 546-3855 or email here for more.

First Lutheran Classical School, grades K-8, Child Care, and Pre-School is holding an Open House at First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. West, Missoula.  March 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Call 273-2491 or email here.

 The University of Montana College of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Odyssey of the Stars March 5 at the Dennison Theatre. This year’s honoree is George Gogas. Visit here for more.

Early Spring Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults begins with an orientation on Saturday afternoon March 5 followed by four guided basics classes. For more information visit here, call 549-8387 or come by the dojo. Preregistration required by March 3.

The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Missoula Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are due by March 4.  The 24th Annual Missoula Historic Preservation Awards will be judged by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission, with the individuals and groups honored at a public, catered awards event during May, National Historic Preservation Month. Projects must have been completed in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the City’s Historic Preservation webpage. Nomination forms can also be obtained by contacting the Historic Preservation Office, or e-mailing a
request here.

The Missoula Writing Collaborative announces The Writers’ Room on March 5, 2016, a one-day writing workshop and fundraiser featuring classes on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Geared to the general public, classes will be taught by twelve professional writers of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. The workshops are held 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library, Shakespeare & Company, Fact & Fiction, and Boyle Deveny & Meyer.  The cost is $60 per class, $110 for 2 classes or $120 for three. A $12 luncheon at the Top Hat features the film, “Kicking the Loose Gravel Home,” about Montana poet Richard Hugo and a cocktail hour at day’s end is at Radius Gallery. Renewal credits for teachers are available. To sign up, contact, here.
Writing at Work, a conference hosted by the University of Montana Creative Writing Program, is slated for Friday, March 11. The conference, which connects UM students with successful, creative professionals who use their liberal arts education in their working lives, will be held from noon to 5 p.m., in the University Center Theater. It is free and open to the public.  For more information call 243-5267 or email here.

Dolce Canto presents A Taste of Korea, a multi-course journey featuring Korean cuisine, paired beverages, and live choral highlights by Dolce Canto, Saturday, March 12, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 217 Tremont Street. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Dolce Canto’s upcoming performance tour to South Korea in April. The choir will represent Missoula in a valuable city-to-city cultural exchange and perform alongside several Korean choirs in various parts of the country.  Visit here for more.

For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit our website.