MeToo photo series
(Friday, Nov. 9)
Rebecca Weston, a psychotherapist and photographer, is sharing a new series, "Permitted Expressions," inspired in part by the confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"Moved as I was by the Kavanaugh protests, enraged as I was by his confirmation and aware of how emotionally shattered many women feel in the aftermath, this exhibit is a testament to the ordinary girls and women at the heart of #metoo — a movement that demands that girls and women be fully seen. Not overtly political, my aim is ultimately quite simple: to show expressive women and girls in their nuanced but ordinary present moments. Living their lives."
The opening is Friday, Nov. 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. The show is up through mid-November.
Comedy raises funds for Pov
(Tuesday, Nov. 13)
Revival Comedy is throwing a stand-up fundraiser for the Poverello Center. Admission to see Crystal Koosman and a line-up of local comedians? A new pair of warm socks.
The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St.
Virtual gallery opening with Courtney Blazon
(Wednesday, Nov. 14)
The local artist will unveil, "A Year Without Summer, Art Erupts: From Missoula to the World," as a virtual gallery on the Kunstmatrix digital platform.
Blazon's series of 20 drawings are based on the effects of an Indonesian volcano eruptions in 1815 that disrupted weather around the world. The large-scale works have been shown at the Missoula Art Museum, among other outlets.
The project is in conjunction with Arts Missoula and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.
The unveiling is at 4 p.m. in the University Center Branch Center. Blazon will give a talk and there will be refreshments and cake.
Ohrmann Museum open house
(Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11)
In "Beautiful Losers," a 2008 documentary about the influential Bay Area art scene in the 1990s, skateboarder/artist Ed Templeton says it's a "weird tragedy" that in American culture, adults often stop creating art for themselves.
Thankfully, the late Bill Ohrmann never took that advice. The lifelong rancher, who died in 2014 at age 95, was a skilled woodcarving artist, and after retiring finally and fully devoted himself to painting. He drew on the landscapes of Charlie Russell, the thick, expressionist paint-handling of Van Gogh, and mixed in environmental and social themes that are purely his own. He and his son, John, worked together on massive metal sculptures of animals, like rhinoceros and grizzly bears, that are on view at the property. Ohrmann's late-in-life creative burst was recognized in solo exhibitions, including one at the Missoula Art Museum, and a book, "Tainted Revelations: The Art of Bill Ohrmann," by former Missoulian arts reporter Joe Nickell. Ohrmann's wife and son still take care of the property and the museum, where you can survey his solo work, his collaborations with John, and John's artwork.
The museum and gallery are located 2 miles south of Drummond on Highway 1.
The open house runs Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bare Bait Dance short works
(Nov. 9-11, 16-18)
The local modern contemporary dance company is featuring work by seven choreographers for "Springboard," its showcase of new work.
The choreographers are company director Joy French, company members Jamie Arnold, Tara McFarland, Allison McKinney, Faith Morrison and Freya Sargent, plus guests Jeff Medley and Jeremy Sher.
The show runs from Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18 in the Open Space Theatre. Tickets are available at barebaredance.org.
MASC Studio circus show
(Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11)
Circus artists will get theatrical with an original show, "Turn," this weekend.
Their press release says the show takes place in a time where "creativity has become a fragmented thought, for the watchful eye of the machine never blinks. Perhaps it is time the world took a 'Turn.' Join us as we spin a tale of ordinary people remembering what it is like to dream again. A story told through movement and circus arts."
The show has an original live score courtesy of Bethany Joyce, Sean Burress and Erin Schnieder.
The performance times are Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults or $12 for children 12 and under, available at turn.brownpapertickets.com.
Bison Range on film
(Thursday, Nov. 15)
A new documentary, “In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range,” will make its off-reservation premiere.
The film was produced by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and directed by Daniel Glick, a freelance journalist with national credits and books to his name.
According to the filmmakers, the movie tells the story of a Pend d'Oreille man named ʔAtatíc̓eʔ who, with the help of his son, brought bison calves to the Flathead Indian Reservation to start a herd after the animals were decimated by white settlers.
"In the face of devastation, one man did what he could and made a world of difference for us all. The film depicts the Salish, Ql̓ispé and Kootenai peoples’ ongoing struggles, against the backdrop of seismic disruptions to their communities and cultures, to prevail in their efforts to care for the buffalo."
Doors at the Wilma open at 7 p.m. The 29-minute movie starts at 8 and will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. The screening is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact Robert McDonald, CSKT communications director, at 406-675-2700 Ext. 1222 or email@example.com.
String Orchestra of the Rockies
(Sunday, Nov. 18)
The ensemble's next concert, "Montana Seasons," features students from the University of Montana and Missoula County Public Schools playing alongside the professionals.
The program includes selections by Bach, Piazzolla, Theofanidis and Vivaldi.
The 7:30 p.m. concert is held at the UM Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $30 regular, $25 seniors and $10 students, available at GrizTix.com.
'A Literal Garbage Fire'
(Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17)
Sean Kirkpatrick, a local funny person, has written a new comedy that will have a two-day run at the Downtown Dance Collective next weekend.
Kirkpatrick describes "A Literal Garbage Fire" as "part sketch show, part murder-mystery and all comedy" set in the year 2025. It "follows a troupe of actors putting on a sketch show about politics, pop culture and theatre itself. However, an actor is mysteriously murdered in the middle of a sketch and only the great Detective Mustachioed Man can solve the case. Secrets are revealed, narrative tropes are unmasked, and robots finally achieve equal rights."
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., at the DDC, 121 W. Main St. Admission is $12 at ddcmontana.com.
MCT's 'Elf the Musical'
(Nov. 29-Dec. 16)
The Missoula Community Theatre is bringing the Broadway musical adaptation of Will Ferrell's classic Christmas comedy to a western Montana stage for the first time. The story about an elf named Buddy from the North Pole who realizes, much after everyone else, that he's not an oversize elf, but a human, and departs for New York City to find his father, who isn't as keen on Christmas as he is.
The show runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 16 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Go to mctinc.org for more information.