This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 9


OPENING THIS WEEK:  First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on National Tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Monday, May 9, attend the Opening Reception for“First Folio!” from 5 – 7 PM at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. The reception will feature Elizabethan-era music by Dolce Canto, and there will be food and refreshments.

The University of Montana, recently named Montana’s host for the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio exhibition will be on display in the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and open to the public May 9 – 31.

The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”

“We are thrilled we will be able to showcase the folio on campus in May 2016,” said Julie Biando Edwards, an associate professor at the Mansfield Library. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community. We’re especially pleased that parents and families visiting for graduation will be able to see it.” The MMAC will be the only location in Montana to display the folio during its tour around the country.

UM and its partners will offer related programming while the First Folio is on campus. A current schedule is available online by clicking here.

Lunafest Comes to Missoula!

2016-05-09_1858LUNAFEST, a nationally-touring film festival that showcases short films by, for, and about women, is back again with six exceptional short films, ringing from animation to fictional drama, and covering topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

The festival arrives at the Wilma Theater on Thursday, May 12. Doors open at 6 PM, followed by a silent auction. The show begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 when purchased online in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase tickets Visit the Lunafest website for more information.

PromCommon Horror Prom – Horror is: anything that has the capacity to startle or incite fear, revulsion, or disgust. On Friday May 13th, over 25 artists will present their various interpretations of horror at VonCommon’s 3rd Annual PromCommon ‘Horror Prom’. The event takes place from 6 – 11 PM at 100 N. Johnson #7. Visit VonCommon’s website for more info.

Mary Poppins at MCT! – Mary Poppins is not the only thing that flies at MCT these days.  Tickets to this family-friendly musical have also been flying out the door, so get yours today!!  Performances continue May 11-15 for this final weekend.  Visit MCT’s website or call 728-7529.

MCT is pleased to announce a special, adapted performance of Mary Poppins on Tuesday, May 10, designed specifically for people living on the autism spectrum and their families. There is a link at MCT’s website called “The Social Story” that families can access to be fully prepared for the fun to follow.

Free Cycles Fridays on the UM Oval – A weekly bike ride that meets at the Grizzly Bear Statue on the UM Oval at 12:30 PM and rides to the community bike shop, Free Cycles, where participants can enjoy each other’s company, work on their bike or take the Bike Well class. This happens every Friday. Returns to campus by 2 PM. For more information: Sandra Broadus, 243-4599, or email.

SpectrUM Exhibition: “Shakespeare’s Sky” – Journey back in time to the features of the night sky that inspired Shakespeare’s works. SpectrUM will offer hands-on opportunities to compare the tools we use today to Galileo’s first use of the telescope to unlock the secrets of the sky. “Shakespeare’s Sky” will run May 1 – 31 at the SpectrUM Discovery Area (218 E. Front St.) For more Iinformation: spectrUM Discovery Area, 728-7836, or email.

Doggie Dash5th Annual Doggie Dash Fun Run – Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 5th annual Doggie Dash pet expo and fun run on Sunday, May 15, at Silver Park (900 Cregg Lane).  The pet expo is from 11 AM to 2 PM, the 1-mile and 5k races start at 11 AM. Runners and walkers may enter one or both races; all paid racers receive a Doggie Dash t-shirt.  Kids 10 and under may race for free, but must pre-register.  Register for the 1-mile and/or 5k race by May 1 for the lowest entry fees-$20 per person.  Race registration from May 2 to May 15 is $25. All dogs must be leashed.  Proceeds benefit homeless pets at Missoula Animal Control. To register, visit or phone 721-PARK, or stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park.  A printable registration form is available

Peacemaker Award:  Patrick Weasel Head – Jeannette Rankin Peace Center & The Missoula Peace Quilters announces the 2016 Peacemaker: Patrick Weasel Head.  An awards celebration will take place May 22 from 4 – 6 PM at the Payne Family Native American Center on campus. The Missoula Peace Quilters have just completed a very special quilt for Patrick, as they do for each of the award recipients.  The quilt will be unveiled and presented at the celebration on May 22, and coffee and cake will be served at a reception afterward.  The event is free and open to the public. The peacemaker award is given each year to individuals or groups who demonstrate a long-term commitment to peace and justice and take a leadership role in creating a better world. We look for people who “walk the walk” in their personal and professional lives.

2016-05-09_1859Exhibition Opening:  Montana Museum of Art & Culture to Feature Premier Installation on Parkinson’s – The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will hostThe Silver Foundation‘s premier art installation on Parkinson’s disease May 9 – 31 in the Paxson Gallery at the University of Montana. The installation, “Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson’s,” brings together inspiring quotes, stories, text, wordplay and photography showcasing many journeys of resilience from the global Parkinson’s community. In combining different mediums, Montana artists Carolyn Montgomery from The Silver Foundation and Hadley Ferguson from the Summit for Parkinson’s created a dynamic and interactive exhibition drawing from deeply personal and inspiring stories.

MMAC will host extended hours for both the Paxson and Meloy Galleries from May 9-31. For a full list of the extended hours, visit the website. The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information, call MMAC Director Barbara Koostra at 243-2019 or visit the MMAC website.

Exhibition Reception at ZACC: First Conceptual Mixed Media Show0 – First Conceptual Mixed Media Show:  May 13, 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Conceptual Mixed Media is a class at Hellgate High School that focuses on combining numerous media and thought. This collection of work explores the dynamic relationships that are accomplished through mixed media. Join this art class and their teacher for a reception at Zootown Arts Community Center.

Senior Thesis Exhibition to Display Art from 20 UM Students – The University of Montana School of Art will present the 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition April 28-May 13 in the Gallery of Visual Arts and April 25-May 13 in the University Center Gallery. Both galleries will hold Commencement receptions from 3 – 4 PM Friday, May 13, and all events are free and open to the public.The Gallery of Visual Arts, located on the first floor UM’s Social Science Building, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The UC Gallery, located on the second floor of the UC, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 2016 BA Art Exhibition is also on view May 2 – 13 in the School of Art Gallery.

Art by Local Teens on Display at High School Art Show – Paint, clay, recycled materials, multi-media…and months of young people unleashing their creativity! Southgate Mall is pleased to host the 2016 High School Art Show, on display April 26 – May 15.  Enjoy an outstanding exhibition of thousands of pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, prints, and more created by several local area high school students. This exceptional event only takes place every other year and is one you won’t want to miss! With questions, contact Angela Jones, Missoula County Public Schools.

Upcoming Classes at ZACC – Glass Fusing Orientation Class:May 11, 6 – 8 PM, Ready to learn how to fuse glass? This introductory class will cover the basics of glass-from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold-making, and glass aftercare. Once you have attended this fun night of glass fusing you’re welcome to come in anytime and work in our Glass Fusing Studio! $20/$15 for members + cost of glass

 FREE Silk-Screening Night:  May 13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Come in with a blank shirt, tote bag, or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing!  If you get any compliments on your print (which is inevitable) throw some change in the donation jar.  No registration necessary-just come on by!  FREE! Donations Appreciated

Please visit ZACC’s website for information about registration.

Upcoming Programs at Children’s Museum of Missoula & at Families First

  • Seven Principles for Making Relationships Work: Tuesdays, May 3 & 10, 6 – 9 PM
  • Animal Acting: Tuesday, May 10, 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Taletivities:  Wednesday, May 11, 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Circle of Security: Wednesday, May 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Words, Words, Words:  Thursday,  May 12, 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Create a Story: Thursday, May 12, 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • BASEment Improv:  Thursday, May 12, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Bean Bag Toss: Friday, May 13, 11:00am – 11:30am

Visit the Children’s Museum of Missoula website for more events and info.

2016-05-09_1859_001Upcoming Classes at MAM – Saturday Family Art Workshop: Folded Origami Accordion Books with Susie Risho, May 14, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, FREE. Build a colorful handmade book with a series of special folds and hidden images. Susie will share her love of books with you.

Color Woodcuts for Adults with Gesine Janzen, May 21, 11 AM – 5 PM, $60/65 . You will produce color reduction woodcuts from a single block. Using a process that starts with drawing, carving, layering on color, and then printing, you will repeat the cycle, each time carving more away from the block and layering on consecutive colors until the image is complete. This can be a very spontaneous and effective way to build an image.

All family workshops are free of charge and are on a first come, first served basis! For information on all museum art classes visit

MCT Offers Summer Day Camps for Kids – The Missoula Children’s Theatre is ready for summer day camp fun with your Grades 1-12 kids!  Convenient, online registration is now available for Blackbeard The Pirate (June 20-26), The Pied Piper (July 5-10) and The Wiz of The West (July 18-24).  To learn more and enjoy early registration discounts, visit today!

Open Art Call: Radius Gallery Juried Art Exhibition – Radius Gallery invites artists to submit original artwork to its 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, to be held Jul 30 – Sep 16 in Missoula, Montana. This year’s theme is The Changing Moment. Deadline:  May 29, 2016. The exhibit is designed to showcase outstanding 2D and 3D visual fine art by a wide variety of artists. We welcome unexpected interpretations of the show’s theme, and hope for submissions that collectively will showcase a range of subjects, styles and media.

Public Art Call: Traffic Signal Boxes – The City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes (TSB) located throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signal boxes as “canvases,” greatly enhancing Missoula’s visual surroundings. Proposals are due June 3. Previously painted TSB’s can be viewed at the city’s website. Past TSB models are on view at Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties through the month of April. View the application online or email Grace Stopher or Kathi Olson with questions.

Seeking Participants: ZooTown Fringe –Zootown Fringe Festival is thrilled to report this year’s dates:  August 16 – 21. Registration begins March 1 ending on June 30. Zootown Fringe Festival is a unique opportunity to see exciting and entertaining contemporary works in an atmosphere that encourages artists and audiences to take risks.  Unlike curated festivals, the open-access nature of Zootown Fringe Festival creates an opportunity for anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event to be a part of Missoula’s fastest growing performing arts festival.  Last year Zootown Fringe Festival presented over 40 performances over 6 days.  In line with our mission, 100% of box office sales are paid to the artists. Visit the Fringe’s website for more information on how to register as an artist.

Accepting Submissions: Montana Book Festival –The Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year’s festival in Missoula, September 21 – 25. Visit their website to apply to the festival. The Montana Book Festival is a celebration of literary arts held each fall in downtown Missoula that seeks to provide a dynamic, evolving forum for literary engagement, as well as to foster literary community and enthusiasm for the written word by among readers of all ages.