This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 20

By GRACE STOPHER, Missoula Cultural Council

Tell Us Something: Bad Advice

Tell Us Something is a celebration of storytelling, of the Missoula community, and of each other. Eight to ten storytellers share their true personal story based upon the theme “Bad Advice”. Each storyteller has 10 minutes to share their story from memory.

Attend this awesome event at the Wilma, June 22, starting at 7 PM. Tickets are $8 before the show, $10 day of the show. Tickets on sale now! Visit their website for more information and to purchase your tickets today.

Tell us somethingTell Us Something is a live storytelling event that awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something  are true.  Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory. Everyone is welcome to tell a story. There is a theme for each event. Tell Us Something is fiscally sponsored by the Missoula Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

USAF Academy Band: A Patriotic Celebration
Enjoy a free musical performance in honor of Independence Day from the USAF Academy Band at Bonner Park on June 22, 7 PM. From John Philip Sousa to Bruce Springsteen and everything in-between, this accomplished ensemble pays tribute to the patriotic spirit of Americans and the veterans who have faithfully served our country. Call 719-556-9916.

Missoula City Band Free Summer Concert Series at Bonner Park
The Missoula City Band announces its summer series for 2016. For well over a hundred years, we have been bringing fine band music to the public in our open-air concerts. We continue this grand tradition with renewed spirit.

Concerts are on each Wednesday evening at the Bonner Park Band Shell (corner of Ronald & Hastings Streets, in the University Area) at 8pm; June 22 – August 12. This community service is provided by the generous support of the City of Missoula, hundred of willing musicians and supporters, and YOU!

2016-06-20_2013MCT is Busy This Week!
The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is bursting at the seams all week!

Blackbeard the Pirate day camp features more than 100 children.  Performances are Saturday & Sunday at 3 & 5pm.

Next Step Prep, a 6-week intensive program for high school students welcomes 23 teens from across the region and overseas.

Finally, MCT’s collaboration with the China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) and the UM Confucius Institute presents a free showcase performance this Friday, June 24th.  Nine Missoula high school students will present 3 Chinese Idiom plays at 6pm….in Mandarin!  Directed by visiting CNTC artist Yang Cheng, these students will travel to Beijing in July to perform in a prestigious international children’s theatre festival!
Season Subscriptions are now available for the Missoula Community Theatre 2016-17 season!  From Tarzan & Jane to Dorothy & Toto, the season will be full of delightful moments for all ages!

SMF16_poster_coverfullSummer MADE Fair is This Weekend
The 8th annual summer MADE fair will once again be he held in beautiful downtown Missoula at Caras Park. It features over 100 local and regional artists, local food & beverages, merchandise booth, non-profits, and momma feeding zone. This FREE event is family and hipster friendly that takes place on June 26 from 10 AM – 5 PM at Caras Park.

The MADE fair is an alternative arts & craft market in Missoula, MT featuring local and regional artists held twice a year (summer & holiday). This is not your ordinary craft fair! The Missoula MADE fair is a full day of creative indulgence featuring local and regional artists making unique one-of-a-kind creations.

Radius Unveils New Exhibition
Radius Gallery is delighted to present new works by Michael Haykin, Dana Boussard, and Dale Livezey, three highly accomplished painters who have committed their professional lives to making art of the highest standard. Upcoming Exhibit Events:

  • Jun 30 – 5pm – Artist Talk with Dana Boussard
  • Jul 8 – 5pm – Artist Talk with Michael Haykin
  • Jul 22 – 5pm – 10 Questions with Dale Livezey

Visit Radius Gallery’s website for more info.

Missoula Quilters’ Guild Bi-Annual Quilt Show: The Fabric of Montana
Join Missoula’s quilters on Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th at Big Sky High School for the bi-annual quilt show. Featured quilters include Terry Vick and Heidi Bakula. View two gymnasiums of quilts on display, vote for your favorites, view heirloom and antique quilts, and participate in a silent auction, raffle and door prizes.


Summer Star-Gazing at the Planetarium
The University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this May through August. The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show. Purchase your tickets online here.

The Clay Studio of Missoula Offers Summer Workshops
The Clay Studio of Missoula’s classes are a great way to explore your creative side and have a good time. We invite you to join us for the fun! Call today to enroll: 543-0509.

The tuition cost of all classes at the Clay Studio of Missoula includes: one 25 lb. bag of clay, use of studio facilities at all times (24/7–except the hours when other classes or special events are in session – see the current session calendar), and a personal storage cubby. Visit their website for full roster of classes!

Flamenco Montana Offers Summer Workshops

  • Flamenco For New Students:  June 24 -26
  • Learn Sevillanas:  July 8 – 10
  • Fandangos de Huelva:  June 24 – 26

Visit their website for more information and to sign up today!

Hamilton Players Offers Summer Theatre School

  • K-12th Grade Session 1:  Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
  • K-12th Grade Session 2:  Theater Skills

For more information or to request registration forms, please email the box office or call the box office at 375.9050. Visit Hamilton Players’ website.

Volunteers Needed for Sunday Streets Missoula!
Sunday Streets Missoula is looking for volunteers on July 17. Sunday Streets Missoula is an Open Streets initiative where Higgins Avenue (from the XXXs to 5th street) is temporarily closed to cars, and open for people to enjoy the public space. Volunteer registration is available online here. Volunteers are provided lunch, an exclusive t-shirt, and a free ice cream coupon.  Please see our website for additional information on Sunday Streets Missoula.

Upcoming Choral Festival in Missoula Needs Volunteers and Host Families! 

The International Choral Festival takes place in Missoula next month, July 13-16. The festival is in need of about 15 – 20 host families to sign up for the 2016 International Choral Festival. This will give all visiting choir guests a comfortable place to stay. Hosting is an extremely rewarding experience and is absolutely the best way to appreciate the cultural differences from our foreign guests! To sign up, please fill out our host application form online. If you have any questions about housing please contact Janet Palmer at 274-0500. The International Choral Festival runs smoothly with the help of our many volunteers. Our jobs range from sit-down work to equipment hefting. Volunteer applications are available online. Read job descriptions here. If you’d like to join us, fill out a Volunteer application at Read job descriptions here.

67686441-e34e-4773-b41c-10c22c0e18e4Bill Bowers speechLess:  A Fundraiser for the Next Step Prep Scholarship Fund
Montana native, and Hellgate High School graduate Bill Bowers returns to Missoula for a one-of-a kind evening of performance magic with Bill Bowers speechLess – Stories With and Without Words, Tuesday evening, June 28, at 7:30pm at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. speechLess is a special treat for Bill’s hometown audience, uniquely weaving together some of Bill’s favorite pieces from his many solo shows.

This performance is being presented by MCT’s Next Step Prep (NSP), with proceeds from the show benefiting the Next Step Prep scholarship fund. The show will be approximately 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission and artist reception to follow. Tickets are $20 each, all seats are reserved and they can be purchased online, or 406-728-7529, or directly from the MCT Box Office.

Singapore Luncheon Put on by Montana World Affairs Council in Helena
The Council invites you to join Singapore’s Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri in Helena for a luncheon event where he will address the United States involvement in the Asia Pacific region from Singapore’s perspective. A light lunch will be served. This event takes place on June 28 from 12 – 1:30 PM at Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, MT. The event is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email to RSVP, or call 728-3328 by June 25. Space is limited.