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A cheat sheet to arts and culture around Missoula in the next week.

Visual art

First Friday features new shows by renowned Missoula-area artists, including Corwin "Corky" Clairmont and George Gogas, plus some promising exhibitions by younger artists to check out.

At the Missoula Art Museum, Salish and Kootenai artist Clairmont will be on hand for the opening of his multi-faceted print exhibition, "Two-Headed Arrow/Tar Sands Project."

The works were created over the course of two years, spanning a distance of 900 miles north to the Athabaskan Tar Sands, in which Clairmont made prints and photographs at 37 sites, culminating in an installation that contemplates  the mistreatment of the environment, according to the MAM.

The opening runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and Clairmont will give a gallery talk at 7. On Saturday at 11 a.m., he'll discuss his work. He'll return to town on Saturday, May 19, for a public gallery talk from 2-3 p.m.

At Montgomery Distillery, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture is displaying four paintings from its vast permanent collection.

Starting on First Friday and continuing through the weekend, viewers can see Ace Powell's "Indians on Horseback," John Dare Howland's "Buffalo on the Plains," William Henry Detlef Koerner's "Portrait of a Scout," and Herbert Morton Stoops' "The Confrontation."

According to a news release, the distillery installed a special rail and lighting for the display.

At Wave & Circuit, a relatively new shop at 829 S. Higgins, artist Adelaide Gale Every and Ariel Gregory of Bat Honey puppeteers are presenting a narrative exhibition called "The Saga of Ellard and the Astral Sunrise." The two built a series of lightboxes with handmade figures depicting the story, which they've deliberately kept vague.

You can see the show on First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and hear live music by John Brownell of the Protest Kids and Oblio Joes. The show will be up through April 20.

At E3 Convergence Gallery, ceramic sculptor Elisha Harteis and Butte painter Kelly Packer are collaborating on “A Glimpse of Clarity.”

According to the gallery writeup, "in Packer's 'The Bleeding Necklace' series of paintings, she opens up the figure allowing color and shapes to spill from their dark backgrounds. Meanwhile, Harteis uses large scale ceramic and metal figurative sculpture to capture a dark moment from a childhood story."

The gallery opening is 5-9 p.m. on Friday at 229 W. Main St.

At Gallery 709 at Montana Art and Framing, fans of Missoula mainstay George Gogas can view 12 prints from his famed series, "Judith Basin Encounters," in which he mashes up the style of Picasso and the content of Russell, often with humorous commentary on current events.

The opening is First Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at 709 Ronan St. The show is up through April 27.

On First Friday, the Clay Studio of Missoula on the Westside is showing its Potsketch exhibition. (See related article.)

Theater and dance

Bare Bait Dance company is closing out its season this weekend with "Wonder Women."

Founder and co-director Joy French choreographed the original evening-length piece, employing comic-book themes as a way to explore the heroics and intelligence of women who go about their day without superhero fanfare.

The show, which opened last weekend, closes out with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday performance at 6 p.m. All take place in the Open Space on the lower level of the PAR/TV Building. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 the day of, and $15 for students. Go to for more information.

Next Wednesday, a theatrical piece opens, which will rope in dance, theater and digital skills from various UM departments.

"Everyman" is based on a medieval allegory in which an everyman is confronted with his life's mistakes, but the local production brings it into the present in myriad ways. The script was adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, a Scottish-born poet and playwright, with sharp humor and present-day dialect (and profanity). The UM production stars Tsiambwom Akuchu, an MFA candidate who also studies dance. One of his original pieces recently won him an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in June.

The director, UM associate professor Bernadette Sweeney, collaborated with Michael Murphy of the School of Media Arts to create digital and often interactive backdrops and sound.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 11-14, and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15, in the Masquer Theatre in the PAR/TV Building. Tickets are the UMArts Box Office or

Live music

The Wilma has a three-day run of big concerts this weekend.

On Friday, Peter Frampton, the best-selling staple of classic-rock radio, will perform.

Fans of "Frampton Comes Alive" take note: He's set aside his talkbox for an acoustic on this tour. Tickets are still available, and run $49.50-$59.50 at the Top Hat or

The following night brings a sold-out performance by, Diplo, one of the biggest DJs in the world. The producer, who's worked with everyone from MIA to Madonna to Skrillex and Justin Bieber, is on a short trip through the Mountain West, and it's likely the smallest venue you'll ever get to see him in.

And on Sunday, acoustic trio I'm With Her will bring a more contemplative close to the weekend. That show is also sold out. (See the full preview for more information).


If something more experimental is your style, the Lakebottom Sound improvised music series at Imagine Nation Brewing has a special offering on Sunday called "The Seabag Letters."

Drummer Ed Stalling and bassist-composer John Sporman, a long-time rhythm team, will perform a series of improvisations based on correspondence from his late father's service in World War II.

They'll use the letters as a springboard to play new music on the spot. Afterward, musicians are welcome to step up and improvise together. The session starts at 6 p.m. It's free and open to all ages. If you want to play, bring your instrument. If you just want to listen, that's fine, too. For more information on the monthly series, go to


On Thursday, the Missoula Old-Time Social will kick off at Montgomery Distillery with an open old-time jam from 6 to 8 p.m. The second-annual event brings together performers of old-time music and dance, people who want to learn, or those who just want to listen.

The social hits full steam Friday-Saturday, April 13-14, with performances at the Top Hat, workshops for everything from fiddling to clogging at the Downtown Dance Collective and the Loft of Missoula, plus a community square dance and a cakewalk in the Florence Building. For a full schedule, go to

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Arts & Entertainment Reporter

Entertainment editor for the Missoulian.