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Welcome to First Night Missoula 2011

W In this program: Things to know about First Night Missoula Page 4 Acknowledgments Pages 6-10 Ongoing Events Page 10-11 Schedule of Events Pages 13-45 Venue Map Page 22-23 First Night Star Page 36-37

elcome to the 17th Annual First Night Missoula community-wide celebration of the arts. It is a testament to Missoula and its citizens that this event has lasted as long as it has with the support and loyalty of so many in our community. During the initial planning of this event, many on that committee asked the frightening question, “What if no one shows up?” That question was answered quite nicely that first year and hasn’t been asked since. First Night quickly became a Missoula tradition, and has influenced other communities in our region - Kalispell, Spokane and Great Falls - to celebrate the new year in a similar fashion. The First Night concept began in 1976 in Boston and has grown to include communities all over the nation under the umbrella of First Night USA. Each celebration is different, taking on the characteristics of that community, but they all share the four themes of community, celebration, New Year’s Eve and art. The strength of each First Night community lies in its citizens and their desire to celebrate their creativity. Most First Night artists are local folks - many professional artists to be sure, but also there are bankers, accountants, sales clerks, waiters, teachers, students, and others with day jobs who have a talent and a passion for their art. This is especially true in Missoula. As you participate in First Night this year, see how many people you know who are on stage. You may have no idea that the person making your morning latte is a really good dancer, or that your lawyer is part of a great local band. We live in a wonderful city, with a tremendous amount of creative energy. First Night allows you to drink in all that energy and spirit in one evening. Enjoy this year’s celebration, and have a Happy New Year!

Membership Page 46 Tom Bensen Executive Director, Missoula Cultural Council

2011 First Night Button Outlets First Night Office: Albertsons (Eastgate, Trempers, Northgate, South Russell) Butterfly Herbs Chapter One Bookstore (Hamilton) Fact & Fiction Good Food Store Harvest Foods (Lolo) The Historic Wilma Theatre MDA Office Pink Grizzly Rockin Rudy’s Rosauers Rose Merries at Community Medical Center Safeway Food & Drug Southgate Mall Guest Services Center Super 1 Foods (Stevensville) Worden’s Market


appy New Year, everyone! I am pleased to welcome you to our 17th Annual celebration of First Night Missoula. First Night was originally created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful New Year’s Eve celebration of local art and culture. Offered to the city as the finale to its Bicentennial events in 1976, First Night Boston also began a new tradition – one of bringing neighboring communities together through a joint celebration. First Night is now celebrated in about 100 cities throughout the United States and in several other countries. We’re delighted to announce our new features this year, including The Amazing Aerialist, and a special art exhibit entitled “11.” We’re also happy to present several newer groups like Derailed, Zeppo, Manik Harum, Kung Fu Kongress, and many more. Of course, all your traditional favorites will be here, including Mark King the Hypnotist, Salsa Loca, Jack Gladstone, Big Sky Mudflaps, and Malarkey. The Grand Finale offers a choice of Wartime Blues at the Wilma; Ed Norton Big Band in the UC Ballroom; the City Slickers at the Senior Center; or the Drum Brothers in the UC Commons. We’re also very excited for our Sixth Annual First Night Star competition, which promises to be another wonderful showcase of local high school singing talent. You’ll need a First Night button, plus a ticket to attend. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 on December 31. This event always sells out, so everyone is encouraged to buy their tickets early. Early tickets will be sold only through the MCC office or our website. Please call 532-3240 or visit firstnight for more information. On the day of the event, First Night Star tickets will be sold at the University Center or at Command Central (see map). As always, our First Night celebration would not be possible without the help of hundreds of hard-working volunteers. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every contributing organization and individual, and all of our generous First Night sponsors for your continuing support. I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and happy 2011!

Debby Florence Program Director, Missoula Cultural Council




Experienced First Nighters agree it’s a good idea to review the program before setting out, deciding which acts to see. Look at the map and determine where the venue is located. Planning a route is next, whether walking or using the free First Night buses, which make drop-offs at the door of each venue. First Night sets are 45 minutes in length; performers have been asked to end their shows on time, so there is ample time to get to the next venue. Plan to arrive promptly - seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to venue fire code capacities. Advanced reservations cannot be made for any performance. It is advisable to make several “back-up” choices. With over 80 performances and activities, there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy. First Night 2011 begins with a Children’s Parade of Masks at Southgate Mall at 1:00 p.m., followed by hundreds of events and activities throughout downtown and the University of Montana campus. Four Grand Finale acts will bring Missoula into the New Year. Choose from The Ed Norton Big Band, Wartime Blues, Drum Brothers, or the City Slickers. Look for an appearance by the First Night mascot, Snow Lady, a giant puppet!

Command Central – 125 E Main Ave.

First Night’s Command Central – the place to get questions answered – is located downtown on Main Street near the old Staggering Ox, between Higgins and Pattee Streets. Purchase a button, get a program, look over the bus route, and plan the day and evening. It is also where artists and volunteers check in before the event. This year there will be a concession stand. For easy parking, park your car at McCormick Park, and take our FREE shuttle directly to Command Central. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes and brings First Night attendees to all the First Night venues.

University Center

The University Center, also called “UC,” contains many venues, plus its Atrium offers food and activities. Purchase a button, get a program, look over the bus route, and plan the day and evening. Montana PBS characters will visit from 2 pm to 4 pm; Montana Clownwork Children’s Activities from 4 pm to 9 pm; and the Octopus will play chess from 6 pm to 11 pm.


The admission button cost is $12 in advance ($15 day of event) and gives access to all First Night activities. Children 7 and under are admitted free with a button-wearing adult. Buttons are available at more than 20 outlets around Missoula (see page 3). Wearing the button throughout the holidays will help spread the word about this exciting event. Sorry, First Night buttons are not refundable.


Every year First Night Star becomes more popular. The Wilma Theatre fills to capacity, making it the largest draw of First Night. In addition to a First Night admission button, tickets are needed for this event ($2 in advance, $3 day of event). Be sure to plan ahead and get tickets early. Tickets are on sale through the MCC website at, or at the MCC office (1121 East Broadway, Suite #106). Both a button and a ticket are required for admission to First Night Star. Call 532-3240.


Free Parking will be available at the University of Montana Adams Center parking lot; the University Center parking garage and surrounding lots; and McCormick Park’s parking lot. Beach Transportation First Night shuttles will be free for button-wearers and will stop at those parking lots and at most performance sites every 10 minutes from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and every 5 minutes from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The “DowntownUniversity Express” will be another transportation option (refer to map). Even though it may seem “far away,” consider parking in the McCormick Park parking lot and using the convenient shuttle! Delivery will be at the door of the venue, and will eliminate driving around, looking for spots.


For the most up-to-date First Night program, please visit firstnight. The Missoulian Entertainer section will also contain First Night program information, including unforeseeable changes to the schedule.


First Night is a family friendly event, and all ages are welcome to attend. If leaving or entering once the performance is underway, please do so only during the applause. Children are invited to attend all the events; however, parents are encouraged to keep small children from running and climbing during performances. Children 7 and under are free of charge, when accompanied by a button-wearing adult.


Please remember to turn off all cell phone ringers before performances. Please enjoy the live performance, but be considerate of neighboring audience members when using cameras or video equipment. First Night welcomes audience members documenting the fun.


Most First Night performance venues are wheelchair accessible. STS-accessible shuttles are free. For reservations, call Beach Transportation at 549-6121 by the evening of December 31. For the hearing impaired needing an interpreter, please call the First Night office (532-3240) two weeks in advance, if possible.


Most First Night performance sites have restrooms. Facilities are also available in Caras Park.



First Night is an alcohol-and drug-free event, and smoking is not permitted at any performance site.


There will be an abundance of food available all over town! A small concession stand will be located at Command Central, with beverages and snacks. Many downtown restaurants and coffee shops support First Night by remaining open. Refreshments are also available at many First Night venues, such as the University Center, Wilma Theatre, Roxy Theater, Break Espresso, and the Senior Center (during scheduled activities). This year the University Dining Services is planning to serve food also, and to stay open later!


All scheduled First Night programming will take place regardless of weather. Come dressed appropriately (layers are best).


Call 911 for emergency medical services. Lost or found children should also be reported to 911 or to the nearest police officer.


If interested in performing at First Night 2012, please contact the MCC office at (406) 532-3240, write us at P.O. Box 7662, Missoula, MT 59807, or visit www.missoulacultural. org/firstnight. Deadline to apply is June 30.


Over 200 volunteers help to make this event possible. Any volunteer who would like to help during the year at Missoula Cultural Council events, or on New Year’s Eve, please call the First Night office at (406) 532-3240. Volunteers are still welcome for First Night 2011, to fill in for last-minute cancellations.


Lost and found will be located at Command Central (532-3240). However, it’s best to contact the performing site first for any lost belongings. After First Night, lost and found items will be transferred to the MCC office.


First Night Missoula is produced by the Missoula Cultural Council, Missoula County’s non-profit arts organization. This annual event is made possible by generous contributions and community support. Visit to find out more about MCC programs.


First Night began in Boston in 1976. The founding goal was to bring people in the community together with family and friends to celebrate the New Year through the arts. Today about 100 cities throughout the U.S. and in several other countries celebrate First Night. December 31, 2010 marks the 17th Anniversary of First Night in Missoula.


December 31 JCPenney Court noon -1 pm

First Night Kick-Off Mask Parade KIDS!

Come and decorate a mask to wear in a parade around the mall. Mask Decorating • noon -1 pm Mask Parade • 1 pm



10 am - 6 pm

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Sponsors & Contributors Presenting Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsor

Major Media Sponsors

Youth Programming SponsorS

Major Artist Sponsors

First Night Star Sponsors

Technical Support Sponsors

Featured Artist Sponsors


First Night 2011 Sponsors & Contributors Special Attraction SponsorS ALPS Doubletree Hotel Bonnie Hamilton Historic Wilma Theatre Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park Humanities Montana LA Design

Missoula Osprey Baseball Club Rocky Mountain Development Group Signs Now Sun Mountain Sports V.W. Ice

Volunteer Sponsors A&E Architects Beaudette Consulting Engineers Fact and Fiction First Security Bank NorthWestern Energy

Payne Financial Group Quality Inn Rotary Club of Missoula Western Montana Clinic Western States Insurance

Individual Event Sponsors Allied Waste Services Bernice’s Bakery Boone Karlberg Dollar Rent a Car Dye and Moe Montana Ace Hardware Mountain Imports

My Sisters Closet Sirius Construction Treasure State Bank Two Sisters Catering U.S. Bank Zip Beverage

Downtown Culture Club Please support these downtown businesses and organizations that support the arts. Bechtold Law Firm, PLLC Missoula Textile Services Boyle, Deveny and Meyer, PC Opportunity Resources Carey Law Firm OZ Architects Dark Room Pita Pit Datsopoulos, MacDonald Roemer’s Tire Factory and Lind, PC Craig Shannon, Criminal Doc’s Sandwich Shop Defense Attorney Full Moon Concepts Specticca Optical Boutique Garlington, Lohn and Uptown Diner Robinson The UPS Store Hide & Sole Williams Law Firm Missoula Osteopathic Clinic Yellowstone Photo


Sponsors & Contributors Friends of First Night

Albertson’s Food and Drug Stores Advanced Missoula



McEwan Big Sky LLC at River Front Place


Charles and Bonnie Mekeal

Audrie Allyn / Keith Hardin

Missoula Aging Services - RSVP

Eden Atwood

Missoula Children’s Theatre, Inc.

Bagels on Broadway

Missoula Emergency Services

Bitter Root Acupuncture and Wellness Center

Missoula Flagship Program Missoula Folklore Society

The Bridge

Missoula Independent

Beth Brennan

Montana Club

The Catalyst

Montana Public Radio

Kay Cassens

Orange Street Food Farm

Cenex Harvest Sales


Betty Christian

Phoenix Publishing

Costco Wholesale

Deserae Pollock

Culligan Water

Camille Perry

Ethel and Jerry Diettert

Press Box

Denny’s Copy Stop

Rockin’ Rudy’s

D. Briar Diggs, DDS

Jon and Robbin Rose

Dominos Pizza


JR Associates, LLC

Safeway Food and Drug

Eastgate Rental and Party Center

The Shack

FedEx Kinkos

Don and Pat Simmons

Front Street Pasta and Wraps

Jana Staton

Gateway Printing

Summit Beverage

Good Food Store

Ednor Therriault

Grizzly Grocery

Unity Church of Missoula

Phil Hamilton / Janet Whaley

University Theatre Productions

Highway Technologies Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters

UM Foreign Student & Scholar Services

Iron Horse


Bob and Ellen Knight

Sam and Stephanie Wallace


Vicki Watson

KMMF - Fox 17

Western Montana Fair


Phyllis and Lou Whitsell

Lively Times

Bente and Don Winston

Ernie Lucero

Bob Wire

MacKenzie River Pizza

Barbara Wood


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First Night Missoula Organization MISSOULA CULTURAL COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carol Stovall, President Sage Grendahl, Vice-President Deborah Stapley-Graham, Treasurer Stan Anglen, Terry Conrad, Judy Hartz, Ian Marquand, Ram Murphy, Greg Nemoff, Dann Swallow, Pam Walzer, Rick Wishcamper

MISSOULA CULTURAL COUNCIL STAFF Executive Director: Tom Bensen Program Director: Debby Florence

FIRST NIGHT COMMITTEE Stan Anglen, chair; Bill Buseman, Adrianne Donald, Judy Hartz, Steve Robertson, Carol Stovall, Julie Weaver

ARTIST SELECTION COMMITTEE Ann Andre, Debby Florence, Steve Robertson, Erin McPeck, Kara Sarton

FIRST NIGHT STAR COMMITTEE Marc Anthony, Tasha Anthony, Bill Buseman, Kjerstin Gurda, Scott Mathews, Vanessa Nie, Niki Payton, Erin Novasio-Lamb and Danny D!

SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS Ethel Diettert, Jerry Diettert, Dennis Maercklein, Marie Root, Thomas Baker, Constance Quest, Bill Clarke, John Arvish, Andy Wells, Jay Straw, Steve Jacobs, Trish Piedalue, Bill Buseman, Kaylene Hudson, Sheila Callahan, Jean Zosel, Matt Hermes, Carol McQuade, Dottie Caluori, Vicki Correia, Rebecca Klein, Lowell Hanson, Deserea Pollock, Bob Wire, Margaret Johnson, Terry Elander, Justine Morris First Night Missoula expresses a heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, too numerous to mention, who contributed their time and energy to make this celebration possible. They are invaluable to the communitywide spirit of First Night. First Night速 is a registered trademark of First Night, Inc., registered in the U.S. Patent Office


Special Thanks

First Night is sponsored in part by grants from the following: Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Charles Engelhard Foundation Max and Betty Swanson Foundation Humanities Montana Montana Arts Council – an agency funded by the State of Montana and the National Endowment for the Arts Montana Cultural Trust Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Muralt Family Foundation Missoula Rotary Club U.S. Bank Foundation

Special thanks to the following: Beach Transportation Boys and Girls Club of Missoula City of Missoula County of Missoula Destination Missoula Hi-Tech Audio/Jay Straw Historic Wilma Theatre Kaleidoscope Entertainment Missoula City-County Health Department Missoula Chamber of Commerce Missoula County High School Flagship Program

Missoula Downtown Association Missoula Emergency Services Missoula Fire Department Missoula Food Bank Missoula Mayor John Engen Missoula Police Department Sound Creations/Steve and Rachel Jacobs Southgate Mall University of Montana UM Office of Public Safety/Jim Lemcke UC Tech Services/Greg Garber

Ongoing Events Missoula Art Museum, 12 PM to 5 PM

MAM will showcase performances by Lee Zimmerman whose stylistic influences from american pop music, swing, jazz and world music electrify the cello, 2 PM, and Jazz Grafitti who multi-generational jazz ensemble plays funk, soul, blues, Latin, and swing, 3PM. MAM will also serve hot drinks and treats and host make and take art activities. View six dynamic exhibitions between festivities. Visit for additional performances and times. Missoula Art Museum Exhibitions: AngelaBabby & Steve Muhs through February 6,Clarice Dreyer through February 13, and Snap Art, Jim Poor, and Branson Stevenson through February 27.

Dana Gallery, 248 N Higgins

Dana Gallery’s December Exhibition features new works from a host of celebrated artists, including Robert Moore. In the evening the gallery hosts three jazz bands, El 3-Oh, Discount Quartet and The Keaton Wilson Conspiracy “Winters Light” by Robert Moore

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art, 210 N Higgins

Representing the watercolor paintings of nationally renowned artist, Kendahl Jan Jubb. Kendahl artwork appears in Galleries from Maine to Maui and is in private and corporate collections around the world. Murphy~Jubb Fine Art displays original artwork and offers archival prints, ceramic tile, illustrated children’s books and watercolor classes.


All Day & Other Events “11” by Amber Bushnell

December 27 – December 31, 139 E. Main St. First Night offers a special exhibit this year, made of light! During the week of December 27 through December 31, come downtown to see an original installation by Amber Bushnell, designed especially to bring in year 2011! The theme is inspired by New Year’s Eve traditions of good luck through “lucky birds”, evergreens, the color green, circles, and more. 11 is an experience brought to you with hand illustrations and animations of “characters” from the Missoula area that represent these New Year’s Eve good fortunes. For those who are up for a fun challenge, the installation will engage viewers in a game to search and find elements in a continually evolving animation. Come visit 11, have fun, and soak up some good luck for 2011! Sponsored by Zoo City Apparel.

Ice Carving Chefs

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Missoula County Courthouse Ice carving has become a special tradition at First Night Missoula! Each year several chefs from the University of Montana Dining services spend all day creating a dazzling display of ice sculpture. This year’s ice carving spectacle will take place at the Missoula County Courthouse. From 9:00 a.m. on, drop by to see them in action, honing their craft. By nightfall, the work is completed, and well-lit for all to see.

Free Carousel Ride with Button

2:00 PM to 11:00 PM, A Carousel for Missoula – Caras Park Come ride the ponies on New Year’s Eve. Free with a First Night button.

Free Swim with Button

11 AM to 7 PM Currents Indoor Water Park Free Swim at Currents Aquatics Center with First Night Button on New Year’s Eve. Celebrate the upcoming 2011 with wild ride on a waterslide! Or, check out the children’s water playground and warm up in our crystal-clear spa.  Children under 6 must be accompanied in the water by an adult. Phone 721-PARK. Located in McCormick Park, off the Orange Street bridge. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Free Ice Skating with Button

6 PM to 8 PM , Glacier Ice Rink – Western Montana Fairgounds Skate rentals are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Throughout the weekend Glacier Ice Rink is hosting a high school Holiday Hockey Tournament. Everyone is invited to attend.

Luminary Peace Sign

4:00 pm to 12:00 AM, Caras Park Sponsored by the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, a luminary community peace sign will be created in Caras Park. Participants are asked to bring a votive candle in a paper bag (lunch size), with a small amount of sand. They will then light the candles from the World Peace Flame, and place them in the circle with a wish for peace. Volunteers from the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center will have extra candles, bags and sand for those who need them. Weather permitting, the sign will shine a message of peace throughout the night.

Parson’s Pony Farm

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Caras Park Pavilion The popular Parsons’ ponies will provide hand-led rides for children under 100 lbs. The friendly ponies are available year round for parties, les sons, and trail rides. See all the ponies at


First Night Notes Command Central – 125 E Main Ave.

First Night’s Command Central – the place to get questions answered – is located downtown on Main Street near the old Staggering Ox, between Higgins and Pattee Streets. Purchase a button, get a program, look over the bus route, and plan the day and evening. It is also where artists and volunteers check in before the event. This year there will be a concession stand. For easy parking, park your car at McCormick Park, and take our FREE shuttle directly to Command Central. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes and brings First Night attendees to all the First Night venues.

First Night Opening Parade

First Night 2011 begins at 1:00 p.m. at the JC Penney Court at Southgate Mall with the annual Children’s Parade of Masks. The Mall will provide the masks and decorations! Come anytime after 12:00 noon, and bring your imagination! Prizes, refreshment and entertainment! Join us to kick off the celebration! Later, you can wear your mask to the Masquerade Ball in the UC Ballroom!

Midnight Grand Finale

This year’s fantastic Midnight Grand Finale will take place at four venues, so you can pick the mood that suits you. The Ed Norton Big Band in the University Ballroom is the traditional focal point, where you’re certain to hear a classic version of Auld Lang Sine, but Wartime Blues does New Year’s Indy-Americana style at the Wilma , the City Slickers offer swing and jazz at the Missoula Senior Center, and the Drum Brothers are a returning favorite in the UC Commons ( 2nd Floor). Snow Lady, our giant mascot, will make an appearance at the University Ballroom.

First Night 2011 Graphics

The First Night Missoula 2011 artwork was designed by Jonathan Marquis, a professional artist and graphic designer, currently working at the Missoula Independent. He is a graduate from the University of Montana School of Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing.  He has resided in Missoula for nearly eight years and regularly exhibits his artwork in the community.  He enjoys excursions into the wilderness where amongst the stunning landscape solitude and silence reign.

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12:00 Command Central – 125 E Main Ave.

First Night’s Command Central – the place to get questions answered – is located downtown on Main Street near the old Staggering Ox, between Higgins and Pattee Streets. Purchase a button, get a program, look over the bus route, and plan the day and evening. It is also where artists and volunteers check in before the event. This year there will be a concession stand. For easy parking, park your car at McCormick Park, and take our FREE shuttle directly to Command Central. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes and brings First Night attendees to all the First Night venues. Open all day.

Incredible Edible Bugs, Annika Johns 12:00-12:45 PM, Todd bldg.-UM

Did you know that you consume five pounds of insects a year without knowing it? The US is one of very few cultures in the world that does not eat insects intentionally. Learn which insects are edible and why people eat insects. Participants will be lead through a “buffet of bugs” and have the opportunity to try some popular insect foods. Participants will also have the opportunity to hold live rhinoceros beetles! Annika Johns is a graduate of UM and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Natural History. She has worked with students during SpectrUMs Gifted Ed conference and is often a guest lecturer at schools around the Missoula area. She is currently a researcher at the University of Montana studying giant rhinoceros beetles.

1:00 Mr. G Science Show, Glenn Govertsen

1:00 PM-2:30 PM, North Underground Lecture Hall-UM The “Mr G Science Show” combines the dynamics of music, lasers, raw eggs, fiber optics, toilet paper and other miscellaneous objects. This is a unique opportunity for everyone to be exposed to exciting demonstrations of scientific concepts and captivating phenomena. It’s all about learning that Science Rocks! Glenn Govertsen taught physics at Sentinel High School for 31 years. He received a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College, an MS in Physics at MSU. During his career he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the Tandy Technology Scholars Award, the Whitman College Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award and the Montana Science Teacher’s Association Award for physics.

Learn African Dance with Unity Dance & Drum, featuring Tarn Ream 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM. Missoula Senior Center

Tarn will teach an introductory African dance class for people of all ages, experiences, and abilities—accompanied by live drum music. Participants will learn to listen to the rhythms of the drums with a warmup that includes movement familiar in everyday life, now set to music. The class will then learn specific steps for a traditional dance, and experience how the rhythm drives the movement. This is an energetic event and fantastic family activity for First Night. Tarn says, “First Night is a good time for people to try something new, and this class provides a great opportunity for people to ‘test the African dance waters’ with their friends and families. It is always amazing to see the diversity of ages and folks that come to this class—lots of high school students, families, grandparents, and kids! We always have a bunch of fun!”



1:00 MCAT Movie Club

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) MCAT’s Movie Club will be showcasing a number of short films produced by local filmmakers. The screening will be filled with family fun, video art, music videos, short films, and short documentaries. Some of the movies shown will be award-winning films from the MCAT Movie Club’s Night of Shorts Film Festival. Come out and watch some, or watch them all.

Space Taxi

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) Is anyone interested in traveling to space, to the moon, or to a distant planet? Well Space Taxi and Dexter, a robot pilot, will go there and beyond! Space Taxi is a popular and fun “ride” – climb inside for an exciting 3-D video space adventure! Watch out for Crycierion Droids! They can be very territorial and dangerous. But don’t worry too much, Dexter is a great pilot. He should get everyone back to earth safely after experiencing an exciting journey through space!


Bitterroot Gymnastics

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, MCT Center for the Performing Arts Enjoy an exciting combination of gymnastics, acrobatics, and dance with theatrical themes. Approximately 40 youth artists and adults will dazzle everyone with “acrodance,” trampoline exhibitions, and plenty of tumbling fun.

Lee Zimmerman

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Missoula Art Museum The shortest distance from the head to the heart is through the cello: Montana’s Lee Zimmerman takes audiences there and back again on the song of his fivestring. He dazzles with an eclectic mix of classical technique, soaring improv, and shameless whimsy. He may surprise everyone with a 16th century dance tune from the courts of Europe, a jazz number with vocals, or one of his own songs from the heart.

Childbloom Guitar Quartet

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Downtown Dance Collective The Childbloom Guitar Quartet, made up of teenage classical guitarists Duggan Backhouse-Prentiss, Arthur Befumo, and sisters Jaymi and Jenna Wevers, plays a dynamic mixture of classical, jazz, and world music. The group moves smoothly from Bach to Bossa Nova, playing beautiful and complex instrumental arrangements of both modern and classical music with a sensitivity, confidence, and nuanced technique that is surprising for a group of such young musicians. The quartet members are all students at the Missoula Childbloom Guitar Program, and have been studying guitar individually and in ensemble for the last six years with Program Director and Instructor Nathan Zavalney.

Gaelic Meadowlarks

2:00 PM to 3:45 PM, UC 3rd Floor Lobby Ring in the New Year singing! Gaelic Meadowlark invites revelers of all ages to join them for this celebration. Gather around the piano on the third floor of the University Center for a sing-along. The group is compiling a songbook called, “Aires, Carols, Jigs, Marches and Reels.” This performance is especially for those who like Celtic Music, Welsh Choirs, or Robert Burns.


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2:00 Montana PBS KIDS “Cat in the Hat” & “Curious George” 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, UC Atrium – 1st Floor

The Friends of Montana PBS have invited the “Cat in the Hat” and “Curious George,” beloved favorites from PBS KIDS programs, to join children and parents at Missoula’s 2011 First Night Celebration. Come meet and greet these larger than life kid idols, take photographs together, and enjoy the afternoon children’s activities.

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, University Theatre Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre has dazzled audiences by blending artistry and accessibility into a uniquely entertaining dance experience. RMBT performs throughout Montana, as well as nationally and internationally. They recently returned from China where they performed in Montana’s sister state of Guangxi and at the World Expo in Shanghai. The aspirations of Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre have been fueled by a singular mix of imagination, generosity and community pride.

Montana Super Skippers

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, UC Ballroom – 3rd Floor The Montana Super Skippers is an educational program designed to acquaint students throughout Montana and the United States with the art of precision rope-skipping. The Super Skippers perform for many community events and compete in local, regional and national tournaments. They have traveled to Florida and Tennessee to compete in national championships, bringing home many ribbons and medals from these tournaments.

Missoula Taekwondo Center 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Southgate Mall

The MTC Demonstration Team, led by Master Steve Rosbarsky, is comprised of martial artists of all ages who practice Taekwondo on a regular basis. The demonstration will consist of useful self-defense, dynamic kicking, and Taekwondo-based movement and, of course, board and brick-breaking.

Tangled Tones Music Studio

2:00 PM to 3:45 PM, UC Commons - 2nd Floor Tangled Tones Music Studio and Club Shmed Studios presents: World Rhythm and Playing with the Band. Take a trip through time on the waves of music. Begin with West African Drumming, then travel to America on the notes of folk music, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and country right on through to good old rock ‘n roll! Groups have been formed from Missoulians of all ages who perform on guitar, piano, banjo, voice, bass and more. Tangled Tones is led by Matthew Nord, Tangled Tones Director, and Ryan Maynes, Club Shmed Studios owner. Tangled Tones believes that everyone is musical, everyone has something to share, and everyone’s souls can dance! Visit

Children’s Activities


2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, Missoula Community School Parents and little ones are invited to welcome the New Year through building and dancing at the Missoula Community School. Get in out of the cold and shake off that extra energy by constructing chutes and ramps for runaway marbles; chasing bubbles from bubble-blowing machines, and learning super fun dance grooves and moves. Balloon animals and face painting, too!


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2:30 Sentinel Jazz Band

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Missoula Senior Center The Sentinel High School Jazz Band is a big band, specializing in the performance of classic, standard tunes from the 40’s for your dancing and listening pleasure. Come and enjoy an afternoon of great tunes played wonderfully by a group of very talented and sharing student musicians. We will all have a great time! Senior Center from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Let’s Act for the Young and Young at Heart, Margaret Johnson 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Todd bldg.-UM

We will be doing a variety of easy, fun exercises and improvisations both vocal and physical, experiencing something creative in small groups just for fun of it. Whether you are tween, retired or somewhere in between, just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to laugh—a lot! As we warm up with large group activities, try not to be late—you don’t want to miss a minute! Margaret F. Johnson taught high school theatre for thirty-seven years serving as the Montana State Thespian Director from 1972-1992, establishing the state convention held every year in partnership with UM. She published a book ‘The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide,’ was honored for her years in theatre with the Montana Theatre Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and recently became Chair of the Program Committee for MOLLI.

Jazz Graffiti

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Missoula Art Museum Jazz Graffiti is Missoula’s multi-generational jazz ensemble, specializing in high-quality listenable jazz of all styles, from classic swing to bebop, to contemporary, including original compositions in these various styles. The group includes both veterans of the Missoula music scene, as well as promising young musicians.

Magician Mark King

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Wilma Theatre Mark King began his career in magic as a professional entertainer in 1980. Since that time he has become a frequently requested performer in the Northwest. Mark has made numerous appearances at major corporation trade shows, schools, universities, churches, country clubs, restaurants and fairs. His unique blend of comedy and magic are for all ages, but geared toward the adult audience.

SpectrUM Discovery Area

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, MCT Center For Performing Arts – Lobby The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular Hands on Health exhibition to First Night Missoula 2011. Hands on Health is designed to foster in young people an interest in, awareness of, and excitement about a future in the health professions. Visitors will measure their heart rate and blood oxygen level before and after getting their blood pumping with good old-fashioned exercise. They will participate in a simulated surgery, swab a giant nose and create and view their own microscope slide. They will diagnose the broken bones of a professional snowboarder and take part in guided activities, all while laughing, learning, and exploring careers in healthcare. An honest-to-goodness cow eyeball will be dissected every half hour.

Missoula Youth Fencing Association 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Southgate Mall

The Missoula Fencing Association provides instruction in the sport of Olympic fencing for children and adults in Western Montana. This First Night event gives you a unique opportunity to see some fencers in action, and to learn a bit about the rules and history of this great sport.


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3:30 Ballet Bitterroot / Ballet Arts 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM, University Theatre

Come enjoy a sampling of dance from across the valley, showcasing urban-inspired pieces ranging from ballet to hip hop. Dancers from Missoula, Darby, Corvallis, and everywhere in between present fun, upbeat choreography by local teachers. “BREAK” in the New Year with us!

“The Mime” Christian Ackerman

3:30 PM to 4:15 PM, MCT Center for Performing Arts Christian Ackerman performs the art of pantomime, impersonations, dance, and slapstick comedy synced to swinging music, all in a stage performance. Back again for First Night 2011, “The Mime” is wildly popular for all ages. Visit www.

Missoula Folklore Society

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, UC Ballroom - 3rd Floor The Missoula Folklore Society will guide all comers through fun, easy-to-learn community folk dances, mainly New England contra (a variation of English country dance) and circle dances. Callers teach each dance, and with the help of experienced dancers, guide the beginners through the dance. No partner or experience is needed. The Sleeping Child String Band will accompany the dances with lively Appalachian and Irish folk tunes on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Dances are appropriate for ages 8 to 80; younger children will need to be guided by an adult.


More Montana Tales, Hal Stearns 4:00-4:45 pm, Todd Bldg-UM

Montana has stories galore – cows and cowboys, Indian tribes inhabiting the mountains and plains for centuries, politicos good and bad, writers and poets, railroad builders and mining magnets, individuals famous and infamous- all have contributed to making the “Last Best Place” our special homeland. Hal Stearns, a native of Harlowton with generations of ranchers, homesteaders and newsmen in his family, holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. and doctorate from UM. He taught for 34 years in Germany, at Sentinel High School and UM. Honored as Montana’s Teacher of the Year and Outstanding U.S. History Teacher, he was the recipient of two National Endowment of the Humanities grants and was a Keizai Koho Fellow to Japan. He also served in the Montana Army National Guard for 35 years, attaining the rank of Brigadier General.

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4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, UC Atrium – 1st Floor Montana Clown Work celebrates 15 years at First Night 2011 with the popular Curly’s Funtastic Kid Zone. Curly’s Funtastic Kid Zone, interactive fun centers for the family, features the “Blaster Center.” By peddling the “Giggle Blaster,” a column of air is created that supports up to four balls at a time. At the “Bowling Center,” even the little ones can roll strikes. At the “Block Center,” 200 hardwood blocks in 28 shapes, along with pipe blocks, let children pretend to be builders and plumbers. The “Beach Center” is a sandbox with beach toys, a hanging funnel, and clean sand. At the “Beautiful Center,” paper, watercolor markers and spinners are provided so that children can create their own masterpieces. The unique and original “Bubble Center” features the “Bubblecycle,” which combines a stationary exercise bike and a fan that creates more bubbles than the Lawrence Welk Show! See for more information.









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4:00 Turning the Wheel

4:15 PM to 5:00 PM, UC Commons - 2nd Floor Hop, shimmy, laugh, stand still, make shapes and much more - with family and friends during a Turning the Wheel First Night Community Romp! Play theater and movement games to live, improvised music by Nathan Zavalney. After the Romp, enjoy the Dance Mob. Groups will roam throughout the UC playing, dancing, and picking up friends on the way! Facilitated by Lizzi Juda and the Turning the Wheel team.

Kira Means


4:30 PM to 5:15 PM, Downtown Dance Collective Kira kicked off 2010 by winning the First Night Star Competition.In March 2010 she released her first CD, “Hello.” Kira is a fifteen year old singer/songwriter who plays guitar and piano and writes beautiful and poetic songs. Local musicians have commented, “She has a crazy beautiful voice;” “She’s maybe the most naturally talented musician I’ve ever met;” and “She blew me away.” Don’t miss this chance to see Kira in the comfortable, intimate environment of the Downtown Dance Collective.

Unity Dance and Drum

4:30 PM to 5:15 PM, UM University Theatre Unity Dance and Drum performs traditional and contemporary music, song, and dance from many regions in Africa. They perform everything from the heartening mbira (thumb piano) music, legrattle dance, and singing of the Shona traditions in Zimbabwe; to the energetic, stage-thumping gumboot dance of South Africa; to a women’s dundun drum and dance piece; as well as numerous breathtaking West African songs and dance. This group has ENERGY! Unity encourages the audience to participate by singing and dancing in the final piece. In the tradition of Africa and now a First Night tradition, the community shares in the celebration—all ages will be singing and dancing together to bring in the New Year.

Montana Alphorn Trio

4:30 PM to 5:15 PM, UM Music Recital Hall Enjoy the unique haunting harmonies and melodious calls from these natural, over twelve feet long horns, played by the Montana Alphorn Trio. Dressed in traditional Tyrolean outfits, the trio plays music from Switzerland, where the alphorn is the official national instrument.

Manik Harum

4:45 PM to 5:30 PM, MCT Center for Performing Arts Manik Harum plays traditional music from Bali, Indonesia on beautifully carved percussion instruments called gamelan. Joining the performance are the “Movement Explorers,” 3rd-5th grade students from Lewis and Clark Elementary, with original choreography. Artwork, created by Sentinel High School and Sussex School students, is woven into the program to complete this colorful feast for the eyes, ears and heart.


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5:00 EL 3-OH!

5:00 PM to 5:45 PM, Dana Gallery EL 3-OH! plays jazz from the jangled side of the tracks, exploring the terrain from swing to bop through standards and originals. And it’s always with more than an ear toward the gypsy sensibilities evinced by the great Django Reinhardt and his hot club forays. This atypical jazz line-up with Barrett Meigs on guitar, John Rosett on mandolin, and Steve Kalling playing doublebass, creates a dynamic, inventive, whimsical, and wild excursion into swing and improvisation.

Rhanda and Bruce

5:15 PM to 6:00 PM, UC 2nd Floor Lounge Song writer, Rhanda Johnson, and her partner, Bruce Allen, are starting their fourth year of making beautiful music together. The duo performs originals, folk, bluegrass and jazz. Rhanda’s song writing style, inspired by her life’s journey, is personal and welcoming. Together they’ll warm hearts with lyrical and engaging songs and sweet harmonies.


5:15 PM to 6:00 PM, Break Espresso Pinegrass has been playing weekly since 1988. The overall sound of the band is a result of the individual influences and passions of each player. The common denominator for all Pinegrass members is to play each number with feeling - they strive to play good tunes, the way they’re “supposed” to be played. It is traditional bluegrass played “true” to the original (mostly), and a bit of swing, Dylan and whatever else strikes the fancy of the band mates at the moment. Members are John Joyner, fiddle and vocals; Bill Neaves, guitar and vocals, Chad Fadely, mandolin; Jack Mauer, banjo, dobro and vocals; and Ted Lowe, bass and vocals. Tidbit: “Pinegrass” (scientific name: Calamagrostis Rubescens) is a native grass.


5:15 PM to 6:00 PM, Wilma Theatre Join Malarkey for a high-energy Irish traditional music performance. They promise to have everyone “jigging and reeling” in their seats with Malarkey’s brand of Montana-made music from Ireland. A song or two may even have the audience singing along as Malarkey celebrates First Night Missoula.



5:30 PM to 6:15 PM, UC 3rd Floor Theater RIO specializes in contemporary renditions of Brazilian Bossa Nova. The quartet features Julia Yates on Portuguese and English vocals and percussion; Dennis Unsworth on drums; Pete Hand on stand-up bass; Tim Drackert on guitars and trombone player, Don Stone. Visit the website to hear some of their songs:


5:45 PM to 6:30 PM, Downtown Dance Collective Derailed starts on the tracks of hot, toe-tapping traditional bluegrass but is ready to jump the rails for imaginative arrangements, unexpected original material, and exciting new acoustic music! The core of the band is comprised of three award-winning pickers who are in high school: Jesse Brown swings on his fiddle and sings lead; Wesley Douglas plays flatpick guitar; and Caleb Dostal plays a five-string banjo. Whether they are exploring an old fiddle tune with fresh ideas, slowing it down with a ballad, or sharing one of their originals, their sizzling musicianship and enthusiasm is electric!


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5:30 Five Valley Chorus Sweet Adelines & Rocky Mountainaires 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM, UM Music Recital Hall

The Five Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines and the Rocky Mountainaires are singers who love to entertain and to hear the chords ring. Their style of harmony is an original American art form called barbershop harmony - singing four part chords unaccompanied by instruments. These choruses hope to put a smile on the faces of the First Night audience as they sing individually, and as a double quartet in eight-part harmony!

6:00 “Octopus” Greg Nowak

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM, UC Atrium - 1st Floor This is a chance to particpate in the great mental sport of chess with a champion, along with 25 other players. Greg Nowak is a 14-time Chess Champion, (plus three times in Idaho, and once in Wyoming). The Octopus uses 25 chess sets laid out in a rectangle, and players come and go all evening until 11:00 pm. He makes his moves in 5 to 15 seconds (more often 5), and players must have a move ready to play IMMEDIATELY when he gets to them.

Without Annette

6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, UC Commons – 2nd Floor Without Annette is a 3-piece folk/bluegrass group that more closely resembles the folk singer/songwriter genre than bluegrass, with cover tunes from such artists as Tim O’Brien, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle and Greg Brown. Without Annette was initially put together as a backing group for Mark in the Sean Kelly open mic contest last April. They swept the first round and lost by only a couple of votes in the semi-finals. Their performance at the event sparked interest, and an invite to the Trail’s “Live and Local Lunch,” as well as a couple of gig offers, convinced them that they should keep the group together. Strong vocals and musicianship make this trio a crowd pleaser whenever they play.

Kelli Marie Neumayer

6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, MCT Center for Performing Arts Award-winning belly dancer Kelli Marie is an accomplished performer, instructor, and innovator of Middle Eastern Dance (belly dance) and Hawaiian hula dance. Join Kelli and student/guest dancers as they present, “The Ancient Art of Belly Dance,” and a variety of performances in this fun-filled evening of entertainment.

Salsa Loca

6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, UC Ballroom - 3rd Floor Salsa Loca is Missoula’s premier Latin music dance band. The group has performed for numerous venues and events in the area, including at both Out to Lunch and Downtown Tonight, as well as at the MCT Center for Performing Arts and the University of Montana.


6:00 Celtic Dragon Pipe Band

6:15 PM to 7:00 PM, UM University Theatre A perennial favorite at each Missoula First Night, the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band plays ensemble music with bagpipes and drums in the Scottish regimental style. Montana’s premier pipe band is pleased to perform throughout the Northwest and in Canada, and especially at home for the holidays.

The Discount Quartet

6:15 PM to 7:00 PM, Dana Gallery The Discount Quartet, a dynamic jazz trio with DR Halsell or Eric Keeling on guitar; percussionist Raleigh Charbonneau; and Steve Kalling on double bass, balances classic and modern sounds while playing swing to bop, bossas, blues, ballads and beyond. Exploring the spectrum of acoustic and electric jazz and improvisational music, they swing hard and put the ‘B’ in subtle.

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6:30 PM to 7:15 PM, Break Espresso Dan Dubuque is Missoula’s one-man soul band. On his Weissenborn lap slide guitar and dobro, he plays blues, rhythm, and soul.

Frederico Brothers

6:30 PM to 7:15 PM, UC 2nd Floor Lounge The Frederico Brothers is an accomplished folk act in which the star of the show is the song. The Frederico Brothers are: Bruce Carlson, vocals and guitar; Phil Hamilton. harmonicas; Paul Kelley, vocals, bass; Roger Moquin, vocals, drums; and Peter Walther, vocals, electric guitar, and mandolin. All five live in Missoula, have day jobs and families, and approach music for the creative joy of it. Besides singing songs about trains, death, and love gone wrong, the group focuses on vocal harmonies and great songs - both original and otherwise. The 2003 CD, “Rails,” was the group’s first collective recording project and is available online at

The Amazing Aerialist, Raven Sankey 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM, Wilma Theatre

An aerialist is an acrobat who performs graceful and amazing movements on hanging ropes, fabric, and hoops. Raven is Missoula’s own aerialist, and because her act is so unusual, she is First Night 2011’s “Featured Artist!” It’s going to be a treat to see this classic circus act performed in the historic Wilma Theatre - join Raven for some thrilling entertainment! Sponsored by First Interstate Bank.

Jack Gladstone

6:45 PM to 7:30 PM, UC 3rd Floor Theater Jack Gladstone’s “Native Anthropology” is the landmark recording effort in a career that has spanned over three decades. Produced by Phil Aaberg and David Griffith, the album both seriously and humorously inventories the challenges and choices faced by contemporary human society. Anchoring the presentation is the epic “Remembering Private Charlo,” which reviews the experiences of the Bitterroot Salish with the United States. It also covers the heroic, tragic life of one of their native sons, and his involvement in raising the first flag in Iwo Jima. A fully produced visual presentation will accompany the concert. In concert, Jack will guide his audience through tribal stories, animal legends, character portraits and historical eras, focusing on a richer appreciation of Native American heritage. A great grandson of Red Crow, the legendary Blood Indian Chief, Jack is a masterful storysmith who blends enlightening narrative with well-crafted poet songs. Sponsored by The View 101.5


7:00 Big Sky Mudflaps

7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, UC Ballroom - 3rd Floor The Big Sky Mudflaps are celebrating 35 years of performing together. They have toured nationally, making appearances on both Prairie Home Companion and the NBC Today Show, but their favorite audiences are here in Montana. They have performed for every First Night since its inception, and are still one of the most popular groups of the event.

Run Wild Missoula New Year’s Eve 2-Mile Run

7:00 PM, Peak Health & Wellness Center, 5000 Blue Mountain Road Herald in the New Year with Run Wild Missoula’s New Year’s Eve Run, a timed 2-mile on the indoor track of Peak Health and Wellness Center. Bring the whole family and after the run enjoy New Year’s Eve treats plus the Peak Health and Wellness Center facility, including the pool, sauna, hot tub, gym and more. The gym will close at 10 p.m.

Kent Curtiss Band

7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, Zootown Brew Hailing from Corvallis, Montana, this four-piece outfit will make audiences smile. With influences that range from bluegrass to the Barenaked Ladies, Kent and his band serve up a heapin’ helpin’ of positive, fun-lovin’ original tunes. Zootown Brew is a new addition to the First Night venues - this will be a great chance to check them out, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy what Kent Curtiss brings to the evening. Move to Univ Venue? This whole act is in question Urey Lecture hall has not confirmed

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, North Underground Urey Lecture Hall Playtime® comes to Missoula, to show the magical side of math! Link Starbureiy, a magic mathematician or “Mathemagician,” will share his toys and inventions. Join him as he looks into some of the work that is happening inside the Egglepple® portfolio. The United Under Economy (UUe®) coinage of Creativeering® and Imaginatomy™ are ever-expansive, and the Mathemagician himself will unveil some of his new toys that make our world a more fun place to work and play. See the new developments of the Egp Kernel/Koala Krayon©, fun:fone®, and arcades in Creativitown®. Joey Koala and the rest of the Funshine Patch™ are along for the ride.

Montana A Cappella Society

7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, UM Music Recital Hall Join the Montana A Cappella Society, a unique vocal ensemble costumed as 1800’s street carolers, as they present a diverse selection of secular and sacred holiday music spanning five centuries. www.

Burning River Trio

7:15 PM to 8:00 PM, UC Commons - 2nd Floor The Burning River Trio is a bluesy, funk-rock concept fronted by Missoula guitarist and songwriter John Floridis, along with the very fine rhythm section of Bruce Threlkeld on drums and Ron Setzer on bass. Together they bring an eclectic mix of solid songs with very danceable grooves, creative renderings of Floridis’ original material, as well as unique arrangements of well-known and obscure covers, ie., Muddy Waters done Bo Diddley style; The Who performed with Lyle Lovett country swing; and a Jimi Hendrix groove with Greg Brown lyrics. This dance music is diverse with many stylistic flavors. The Burning River Trio will keep everyone on their feet! Sponsored by The Blaze 96.3


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7:00 Patio Andaluz

7:15 PM to 8:00 PM, MCT Center for Performing Arts Experience the music, dance, and song of Patio Andaluz, and the spirit of flamenco! In the words of Teo Morca: “Why flamenco? Flamenco was born of the human soul crying out for eternal freedom of spirit... the art of living each day to the fullest, fulfilling your individuality as a unique creative expression of life. Flamenco is understood throughout the world as the essence of all human feelings and emotions in music, in rhythm, in song, in dance, and in art.” From the pure joy of cante chico to the depths of cante jondo, share the aire and gracia of flamenco. The following dancers will be featured: Tony Beltramo, Sonia Chessin, Eileen Cummings, Victoria Lenihan, Karen Gonzales, Jennifer Corbin, Lori Stevens, Meyer Chessin, Steve Gonzales, and others.


Missoula Coyote Choir

7:30 PM to 8:15 PM, University Theatre “We love the Earth / We love to sing / We love to share the gifts we bring / We use our voices to inspire / We’re the Missoula Coyote Choir.” So goes the gathering song for this group of 25+ kids, ages 7 to 12, led by songwriter Amy Martin. Committed to musical excellence and environmental stewardship, the Coyotes perform regularly throughout Western Montana, inspiring “two-leggeds” of all ages to turn off the TV, get outside, and learn from the millions of creatures with whom we share this beautiful planet.

The Keaton Wilson Conspiracy 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM, Dana Gallery

The Keaton Wilson Quintet, features Jeff Stickney on trumpet and flugelhorn, pianist Keaton Wilson, percussionist Raleigh Charbonneau, and Steve Kalling on doublebass. The KWQ plays jazz from all eras, deeply influenced by contemporary and world music and all the while emphasizing the role of improvisation and group interplay as the fundamental elements of jazz.


7:45 PM to 8:30 PM, UC 2nd Floor Lounge Voice and guitar duo Michael and Keleren Millham have taken their classical training and applied it to the music that moves them. The resulting sound is an enchanting blend of classical, fingerstyle, folk and world genres. They build upon and blend these traditions in exciting new ways, creating performances that are both energetic and soothing—and always uplifting.

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8:00 PM to 8:45 PM, UC 3rd Floor Theater “Montana on My Mind” is an acoustic 45-minute set of original music inspired by the lifestyle, characters, and scenic landscape of Glacier Park, Montana, and the American West. David will perform various songs, along with dynamic storytelling, from his five indie CDs: Chasin’ Moons; West For America; Cabin Song; Life Under The Big Sky; and Singing For a Living.


First Night Star 8:00 PM Wilma Theatre

Cherry Creek Radio and the Flagship Program have joined the Missoula Cultural Council to produce the 6th annual First Night Star contest--an entertaining karaoke competition made popular by the TV show, “American Idol.” Admission to this event is one First Night Button ($12 / $15) plus one First Night Star Ticket. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 on December 31st. This event sells out, so be sure to plan ahead! Tickets are only available through the Missoula Cultural Council’s office and website. Call 532-3240 or visit to purchase tickets and buttons. The competition is open to area high school students, and preliminary rounds take place in November and December. Contestants are evaluated on voice quality, song choice, stage presence, audience engagement, original material, dramatization/choreography, and costume choice. Come cheer on all of the talented and courageous finalists at 8:00 p.m. in the Historic Wilma Theatre.

Master Ceremonies: STAR of FM’s Danny D!

Danny D! began working as a deejay for a roller skating rink in Great Falls and never thought it would lead him to the career he enjoys so much today. As a sophomore in high school, Danny D! worked weekends for a radio station called K99. After only a few months, he was given the opportunity to host a contemporary Christian show called ‘The Light.’ It was his first show and after only a short period of time, ‘The Light’ become the number one show in Great Falls on Sunday mornings. Danny D! attended the University of Montana and worked as the afternoon announcer on StarFM in Missoula until 2003 when he was offered a position as station manager for The Zone in Billings. Today, Danny D! is back on the radio waves in Missoula and is the station manager and morning host for StarFM. www. 36

Our Judges Camille Perry

Camille Perry has been around Missoula’s performing world for nearly 5 years now. She began as a university student, performing in the “Vagina Monologues,” graduate student projects, and dance concerts. With “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Missoula Children’s Theatre allowed her to return to her first love, musical theater. This led to a stint with MCT as a Tour Actor/Director for “Pinocchio” in the northwestern U.S. Since returning to Missoula, Camille has found herself a part of Montana Actor’s Theater, with whom she has been seen twice in “The Rocky Horror Show,” and for 6 months with MAT’s Monthly Cabaret. She also appeared in the short film “Wednesday’s Girl” by director Emily Mellinger. Currently, Camille is back at the U of M studying theater, education, and voice. She can also be found at the Boys and Girls Club as Higgins Hall After School Program Director.

Bob Wire

Raised on the hard twang of Johnny, Hank, Buck and Merle, Bob Wire has developed his personal brand of rockin’ country that has been filling dance floors for more than a dozen years. A singer and guitar slinger out of Missoula, Montana, Bob writes songs for folks who have a sense of humor, and aren’t afraid to think for themselves. Bob Wire and his original band, the Fencemenders made the rounds in Western Montana for ten years, during which time they were voted “Best Local Band” three times by the readers of the Missoula Independent. He has released two solo CD’s, American Piehole and Sentimental Breakdown, that have received many positive reviews from critics and fans alike. Find Bob Wire on MySpace.

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Eden Atwood is an international renowned recording artist and vocalist. She has 12 full length CDs to her credit and has played all over the globe from Thailand to the Netherlands. Eden has been teaching private voice and piano for 15 years. Eden recently married Montreal native, Claude Pineault. Claude is an accomplished singer/songwriter with many number one hits to his credit in French speaking markets. Together Eden and Claude have launched Pinewood Studios to mentor up and coming artists through the process of singing, songwriting and producing CDs.


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8:00 Michael Delaney as Mark Twain

8:00 PM to 8:45 PM, Missoula Senior Center Mark Twain once said, “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” Mark Twain is still widely thought considered to have been a witty commentator on the things that make mankind fallibly human. Michael Delaney’s convincing portrayal makes for an enriching stop in the First Night adventure. The audience will be transported to another era, with an entertaining reminder that humanity’s basic dilemmas are timeless.

Missoula Brass Consort

8:15 PM to 9:00 PM, UM Music Recital Hall The Missoula Brass Consort dishes out the spectacularly brilliant sounds of brass and percussion in this special collaboration between the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and The University of Montana School of Music. Superlative musicians from both institutions draw from a repertoire that was 500 years in the making. The audience will be taken from the brass band to the brass jam! The Missoula Brass Consort presents thrilling and uncommon concert experiences for audiences of all ages!

Zeppo, MT

8:15 PM to 9:00 PM, UC Ballroom – 3rd Floor Zeppo is a nine piece Rhythm and Blues Band with 3 Horns, 2 Singers, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass and Drums. Influenced by artists like Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Percy Mayfield, Al Green, Johnny Taylor, O.V. Wright....the list goes on and on. There’s a New Orleans touch in the mix with the slammin’ Horns, the Piano/Organ man sounding like he has 12 fingers, and a solid funky Bass as the only instrumentation that gives room to the space as well as the notes. The Band consists of longtime local musicians Peter Barberio – Bari Sax, Mike Milch – Trumpet, Noby Powell – Alto Sax, Jeff Meese – Bass, Chris Duparri – Guitar, Chuck Lester and Ruthie Dada – Vocals, Greg Walter – Keyboards, and Bruce Wetherby - Drums. Sponsored by ZOO FM 107.5

Full Grown Men


8:30 PM to 9:15 PM, UC Commons - 2nd Floor Full Grown Men focuses on blues and jazz-based dance music, with the emphasis on rhythm, swing, energy and soul. The band is comprised of old friends and fellow musicians, based on the idea playing straight-ahead dance music with lots of fire and fun.

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Maren Christensen and Her Really Big Small Band 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM, MCT Center For Performing Arts

21st Century Folk with a World Groove. Maren’s love of percussion rings out loud and clear in her most recent CD, Finally Red. Singer/Songwriter Maren Christensen writes from the heart. The lyrical intimacy of her songwriting speaks to everyone as if they were speaking to themselves. Her songs captivate listeners with delicate intrigue and charm while reminding them that their own dreams and hearts’ desires can be real, regardless of how complex the world may seem around them. She will be joined by a few members of Her Really Big Small Band. Pete Hand will be on bass and Laura Hibbs is on accordion.


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8:30 Amy Martin

8:45 PM to 9:30 PM, University Theatre Although Amy was born on an Iowa farm, Missoula has been her home for 11 years, 8 albums, and 10 consecutive First Night Missoula performances. In that time, Amy has written hundreds of songs and has been lucky enough to open for some of her musical heroes, such as Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco (although she’s still waiting for the call from Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell). After leading the Missoula Coyote Choir earlier in the evening, Amy will play an acoustic set of her original “adult” music - which sounds naughtier than it actually is. Sponsored by KYSS-FM 94.9

9:00 Marshall McLean

9:00 PM to 9:45 PM, Zootown Brew An acoustic-based concert featuring great guitar playing, songwriting, and vocals. The show is laid-back and features Marshall McLean on the guitar, singing songs that he has written. He will be accompanied by two other players, singing harmonies and playing electric guitar, and stand up bass. The show is very listener-friendly and has already acquired a large following in Missoula. Although the tools he uses are much the same as many artists in the genre, what sets him apart is not only his instrument and his voice, but the seamless nature of his life being his story, and this story being his song. As with all peoples’ experiences and the voices they use to tell them, McLean’s voice reminds audiences of their own.

Lefty Lucy

9:00 PM to 9:45 PM, Break Espresso Lefty Lucy is a six-piece band with female vocal leads playing danceable pop rock, country, blues and originals.

Stan Anglen

9:00 PM to 9:45 PM, UC 2nd Floor Lounge Stan is a fly fishing guide in and around Missoula. He writes and performs original songs that capture the essence of being on a river and fly fishing in Montana. Of course, there will be stories about the ones that got away, and the older the story, the larger the fish. Recapture summer’s favorite memories with this family-friendly performance. His lively acoustic music will be accompanied by bass and dobro guitar.

The City Slickers

9:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Missoula Senior Center The City Slickers are a swing band and play standards of the 30s 40s and 50s in the dance tradition. Dick Skultin plays accordion; Don West is vocals and trumpet; Chuck Hurt plays bass; and Jack Souligny, on drums and vocals, is the band leader. They have been playing at the Senior Center since February 2010, replacing Dick and Mardy Lockwood and the Versatiles when they retired. On First Night 2011, they offer everyone a wonderful chance to dance into the New Year.



9:30 John Floridis

9:30 PM to 10:15 PM, UC 3rd Floor Theater With over a decade of performance in the Western region, John Floridis has performed with artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin, Derek Trucks, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Patty Larkin. He is also a producer of Musician’s Spotlight and Friday Morning Freeforms for Montana Public Radio, and a former registered music therapist. John released five recordings that mix bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions. He performs on acoustic/electric guitar, vocals and sometimes uses sampled and looped sounds. As a 15-year resident in the Big Sky, he moved here from the strong-shouldered, down (but never out) city of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008 John Floridis was named Missoula’s Best Musician by the Missoula Independent. Sponsored by The View 101.5

Kung Fu Kongress

9:30 PM to 10:15 PM, UC Ballroom - 3rd Floor This eight-piece funk band has a full horn section, rhythm section, and vocals. Their mix of classic funk covers and originals make it impossible to stay seated, and brings people together. All the members of the band are currently music majors at the University of Montana’s school of music, and have made a refreshing, energetic impact on the Missoula music scene over the past year. Sponsored by ZOO FM 107.5

Silk Stocking

9:30 PM to 10:15 PM, UM Music Recital Hall This vocal trio sings jazz standards and big band favorites from the 1930s and 1940s, with an instrumental jazz trio composed of piano, bass, and drums. They match the music with costuming and choreography, their “witty repartee,” and share the history of songs, singers, and musicians.

Margi and the Smokin’ Jackets

9:45 PM to 10:30 PM, UC Commons - 2nd Floor Margi Cates has been singing and performing all her life. She grew up in Missoula, and attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied jazz, voice, and theatre. Her innate musical intuition and artistry connects with musicians and audience members alike. The Smokin’ Jackets have performed in Western Montana for the past four years and have consistently been a favorite at Jazzoula. Cates’ honey voice and Montgomery’s sultry sax captivate the audience, playing a mixture of old jazz standards and hot swing. Ed Stalling’s vibrant and artistic drumming is evident from his many years of playing big band swing in Minnesota. Bill James, a member of the Missoula Symphony, is a talented and versatile musician who adds great musical insight. Keyboardist Bob Skogley rounds out the sound drawing on years of gigging in Montana and Wyoming.

Andrea Harsell

9:45 PM to 10:30 PM, MCT Center For Performing Arts Born and raised in the heart of Missoula, with a powerful, supple voice and a passel of outstanding original songs, Andrea is more than just a major talent—she’s a force of nature! She moves freely between bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and rock ‘n roll. Her latest release, 2009’s ‘Rock and Roll Love Child’ spent four months on the Roots Music Report’s Internet Airplay Top 50 Roots Rock Chart. She is a magnetic stage presence, with loads of passion that reveals a love of her music as well as a strong connection to her audience.


10:00 Singing Sons of Beaches

10:00 PM to 10:45 PM, University Theatre The Singing Sons of Beaches is an entertaining vocal trio on acoustic guitars that presents a musical-comedy show with witty banter and political comedy songs. For over ten years Montanans Steve Riddle, Greg Devlin, and Nick Terhaar have performed together. Their show is derived from the Western states and the Western state of mind. With songs about Montana’s people and towns, they recently appeared on the nationally-televised Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Los Angeles along with Cher, Tony Bennett, and Jerry himself. They also shot an episode of “America’s Got Talent.” They have performed for Montana Senators, U.S. Congressmen and varioius organizations. It has been said that they never had a name for their group in the beginning, but everyone who experienced their show went away saying “ I didn’t catch their names, but those guys are some singing sons of beaches.”

The Bluegrass Coalition

10:00 PM to 10:45 PM, UC 2nd Floor Lounge Bluegrass Festival favorites, The Bluegrass Coalition, plays great bluegrass from old to new! Mike & Tari Conroy perform oldstyle bluegrass music, with Mike playing the banjo and mandolin, and Tari playing rhythm guitar. Both sing lead or harmony, so they are able to reproduce old duet style singing of the long ago, keeping a unique part of bluegrass music alive and well. For First Night 2011, they’ll be joined by a bass player and mandolin player who also add vocals.

Wartime Blues


10:30 PM to 12:00 AM, Wilma Theatre Wartime Blues is Indie Americana instrumentation and includes acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, keys, drums, bass, cello, a little bit of tambourine, a massive 30’ harp, and 15-300 vuvuzelas. They also have a man who breathes fire - poorly.

Ed Norton Big Band

10:30 PM to 12:00 AM, UC Ballroom – 3rd Floor Ed Norton’s dance music (big band swing) is suitable for all ages. Instrumentation is guitar, saxophone, trumpet, bass, and drums. The Big Band is Missoula’s only professional large swing orchestra, specializing in the classic sounds of the great American swing era. Featuring five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums, the band has performed for almost every First Night finale, and is pleased to do so once again. Sponsored by ZOO FM 107.5

Hypnotist Mark King

10:30 PM to 11:15 PM, UC 3rd Floor Theater Mark King began his career in magic as a professional entertainer in 1980. Since that time he has become a frequently requested performer in the Northwest. Mark has made numerous appearances at major corporation trade shows, schools, universities, churches, country clubs, restaurants and fairs. Mark King added hypnosis to his act in 1989. Incorporating music and comedy skits, make the hypnosis performances unforgettable. His unique blend of comedy and magic are for all ages, but geared toward the adult audience.


11:00 Drum Brothers

11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, UC Commons – 2nd Floor Drum Brothers present high energy performances that celebrate a diverse mix of world instruments and sounds: West African jembe and dunun drums, Middle Eastern frame drums, Australian didgeridoo, close harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, saxophone, and original arrangements and compositions. Dancer Tracy Topp and members of Djebe, a local African dance group, will join them for two special dance performance pieces. Audience participation will be encouraged as Drum Brothers move through the crowd and share simple steps with those interested. The ensemble is comprised of Matthew and Michael Marsolek, Lawrence Duncan, and Colin Ruggiero. Sponsored by The Blaze 96.3

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a musical comedy “The Producers,” Center for the Theatre presents 10-14 at the MCT MCT Communityperformances Nov. 5-7 and through Saturdays, in on Saturdays by Mel Brooks, Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays Office, matinee performances Performing Arts. at the MCT Box with additional are $15-$20, available 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, at 2 p.m. Tickets calling 728-PLAY. and Sundays rg, or by online at www.mctinc.o that world relevance. Into failures of its cultural two seasoned remotely funny Max and Leo, fortune. There is still nothing Hitler, but fell fame or, at least, has legacy of Adolph have the with dreams of Max about the real all the story opens, money for Brooks, we can the By the time investment thanks to Mel Producers” hits resorted to bilking has last laugh when “The from wealthy Theatre this Broadway sure productions on stage Community show sex. Leo, his he worst stage of MCT in exchange for run over the years. ruse, elderly women, enjoyed a good Max weekend. discovers Max’s forget that ‘The what characters wealth his accountant, “People sometimes we all know the when That’s hardly that much greater the reason Leo Bloom intended Sharkey, a and realizes by overselling shares in a Producers’ is wealthy Dan Bialystock and said ” on con Manhattan’s it’s could be had veteran name of Mel Brooks, they set out to that would close flop. But native and Broadway lavish production elite with a guaranteed Mel Brooks hoped Bozeman MCT’s production. opening night. out to find the worst himself who directsis that despite all the the exactly what comedian the reason So the two set when he penned they’ve it’s think “I happen film, would They think feature goofball comedy, script. his 1968 debut play ever written. stumble upon 2001 one-liners and screenplay to it’s a brilliant they ” and its subsequent found it when Romp with when it written so smartly; “The Producers, Hitler: A Gay nothing like it adaptation. ,” penned “Springtime for There was really film); and then, 30 Desk Broadway stage Berchtesgaden Drama at 11 (on Eva out Adolf and later, first came Twelve Tony Awards, the course of Nazi sympathizer and one Oscar by the whacked-out years later, it changed awards, one Grammy ” Liebkind. and its scandalous its Broadway too. “The Producers” Producers” owes which Franz S,’ Page E5 “Springtime In a way, “The ‘PRODUCER in-a-musical, See Broadway, of musical-with to the course today as a cornerstone the height stage success was enjoying for Hitler,” stand comedy on both in the early 1960s classic of American and film.

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ages birth-36 months, Tiny Tales for Public Library, 10:30 a.m., Missoula 301 E. Main St. for ages 3-6, Preschool storytime Public Library, 10:30 a.m., Missoula 301 E. Main St.


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p.m., Symes Hot Live music, 8-10 Springs. Hot Springs Hotel, with Tom Roat, Library, Sing-a-long Valley Public 6-7:30 p.m., North 208 Main St., Stevensville. in Jack Gladstone Rob Quist and Libby Memorial Events concert, 7 p.m., $5 youth, under age 6 Center; $15 adults, of nonperishable free with a donation 293-9643. (406) food items. Call Montana FacultyPeter University of Series featuring Guest Artist 7:30 p.m., Music Miyamoto, piano, $10 general, $5 Recital Hall, UM. Call 243-6880. students and seniors. the presents “Singing Music Neal Lewing Legacy Folk Lewis & Clark West,” of the and the Opening Theatre, Polson. 7 p.m., John Dowdall



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Fourth annual Festival of the Book Poetry Slam, 8-10:30 p.m., The Palace, 147 W. Broadway. Ages 18+. Plus music by Mudslide Charlie. To sign up to slam, call (406) 818-1111.

Even to those themselves art who consider aficionados, the names of artists exhibits around featured in Montana don’t western always ring a bell. But even to knowledge of those whose art is limited to dorm-room posters Pursuit questions, and Trivial Renoir, Gauguin, names like Delacroix should Picasso and sound familiar. Those are just artists featured a few of the in exhibits that open a pair of tonight on the University of Montana campus. Taken together, the shows will provide Montanans with a firsthand, up-close view of original artworks by some of the most important and well-known artists of the past two Remarkably, you centuries. and I own several of the never-beforeexhibited works on exhibit: They belong to the MMAC, Montana’s only state-owned art museum. See MASTERS, Page E6



Hot Salsa Nights Halloween dance, 9 p.m., Missoula Elks Club. $7. 18+. $125 for best costume. Big Sky Dancers offer free dance class, 6-8 p.m., in Corvallis. This beginning class is for singles, young couples and teens and includes swing, two-step, polka and waltz. Call for location. 961-8866.

KIDS’ STUFF Tiny Tales for ages birth-36 months, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Preschool storytime for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. “Animal Art Collective” featuring ants, 3:30 p.m., Children’s Museum, Missoula, 225 W. Front St. Call 541PLAY or visit www.FamiliesFirst to register.

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MUSIC Live music, 8-10 p.m., Symes Hot Springs Hotel, Hot Springs. University of Montana Symphony Orchestra presents “Home from Tour” concert, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. Tickets $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Call 243-6880.


Montana Festival of the Book. The festival brings together the region’s finest writers to celebrate reading and writing. Events will take place at various locations in Missoula. Call Humanities Montana, 243-6022, email or visit



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character of their enterprise: the Richard Hugo House. “It just seemed like the importance of place in his poetry related to our sense about what we were trying to create,” said McCue. “So I got to know his family and friends and was really fortunate that they gave us permission to name the Hugo House after him.” See HUGO, Page E6


Humor always came naturally to Shaun Gant. Over the years, the Missoula playwright has written and produced 12 original plays, all comedies. So when she decided to tackle drama for the first time, Gant turned to the most sober topic she could find: sex trafficking. The result comes to life on the stage of the Crystal Theatre next week, when Gant and an ad-hoc troupe of local stage stalwarts present the premiere of “Keepers.” Billed as a “Nuevo noir” play set in present-day


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FRIDAY, OCT. 29 Haunted Mansion Party, 6 p.m., Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton. Bring your sleeping bag for the men’s and women’s Daly Dorm lodging but don’t plan on too much sleep. Evening will be packed with Halloween revelry including a harvest dinner, candlelight tour of the Mansion, ghost hunting excursions, Detail from Pierre-Auguste See SPOOKY, Page E6 Renoir’s “Portrait de Nini,” 1874, oil on canvas.

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Like most of us, Frances McCue never met Richard Hugo. Yet, like most of us who have read Hugo’s poetry, McCue found herself feeling like she knew the Washington-born writer and former University of Montana professor whenever she tangled with his lyrical lines. “The way he reshuffled syntax until it sounds like music, that’s what I loved,” said McCue, a Seattle-based poet and writer herself. “I also loved how deeply he takes poetry into places. You feel like you’re inside a place when you’re inside a Hugo poem.” So when McCue helped found a nonprofit community writing center in Seattle back in the late 1990s, she and her cofounders had little trouble choosing a name that they felt would signify the unique

Collect your courage, western Montana, because we’ve assembled quite a list of Halloween weekend hauntings. We’re sure we’ve missed a few, so keep your eyes open. There’s a ghoul around every garage!


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Holly Jolly Craft EART Daly The Daly Mansion noon-6 p.m., Show and Sale, Highway, Mansion, 251 Eastside $3 at the door, will be Hamilton. Admission The Daly Mansion with children, free. draws from Mozart’s “Falstaff,” holidays and filled decorated for the By JOE NICKELL “Idomeneo,” Verdi’s handcrafted goods homemade and of the Missoulian crafters. For more Britten’s “A Midsummer “A created by local ” Sondheim’s 363-6004. Night’s Dream, week’s information, call Although next of Little Night Music,” Tom ” for the Pov,” the University “Starving ArtistsBadlander, 208 “Four Note Opera, production by The Theatre is titled Johnson’s “West Side 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Montana Opera reception for group & and Bernstein’s common a Ryman St. Opening in Featuring pieces “Bewitched, Bothered Story.” All have come exhibition, 5 p.m. Missoula starving and as well as Bewildered,” don’tthe famous of thread of intrigue, challenges created by several visual artists, each sales expecting to hear same name. not-so-starving significant musical a percentage of the First-Year Reading Program singers. whom are donating show tune of Artists include for the student Center. cue from the demanding seminar, 11 a.m., Gallagher Business to the Poverello Instead, take a some “This is all very Shimoda, Megan Building Room 123, UM. For UM firstKaren McAlister I’m sure my Kalon Baughan, title, and expect material, and year students. Presented by Neil Grotske, Ulla Couture, think I’m Abe Coley, Emily surprises. drama colleagues doing this Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish.” familiar Hanna Hannan, we’re there’ll be the Chase, Acton Seibel,Debby of abstract Call UM Provost’s Office, 243-4689. Oh, because series to a nuts Denman, Julie will unveil and Mozart rehearsal a Jennifer Leutzinger, practice. strains of Verdi Gretel Stoudt, Laundrie Marshall on one hour of “It asks a Haunted Mansion Party, 6 p.m., Carpenter, trap. But that Artist Cindy by her meditation Florence, Tiffany more. KBGA’s Women lull you into the the Pizza, inspired week,” said Basinski. Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, works at Biga and ability on Hamilton. Ladypajama, and will simply make more Bring your sleeping bag for lot of maturity during reception. and I’m the at of Action will DJ all part, speakers by the men’s and women’s Daly Dorm discoveries the students’ e in the Reception is followed you wake up to how they’ve lodging but don’t plan on too much show/performanc delicious when quite proud of 8 p.m.; fashion drawing upon 1920s” the midst of sleep. Evening will be packed with find yourself in four-way love risen to the challenge. features alley at 8:30 p.m. a Halloween revelry including a harvest which historical elements; The program, 30s design and Artists, magical forests, four-note and dinner, candlelight tour of the nt from Open Field a or by performances quadrangle, piano accompanime p.m., performance Mansion, ghost hunting excursions, of one scene by 9 p.m.; film, 9:30 opera. we’ll be guest direction Alicia storytelling, lantern-lit tour of Birds Mile Home, grounds, scary movies, scavenger “Each of the scenesmystery Mikee Sev, Milkcrate local theatre stalwart 10 p.m. and DJs p.m. has a little Muth, will be hunt, pumpkin bowling and more. Kris Moon at 11 presenting Bullock of Mechanic, and Tuesday next a little evening, donations Reservations are $55 per person. Call performed twice,Nov. 9 and 10, to the plot, and Throughout the that gives coats, toiletries 363-6004. By JOE NICKELL blankets, winter blades, denture and Wednesday, Recital Hall. something different of the Missoulian ” said Anne (specifically razor will be accepted. at the UM Music students “Butte and the Birth of Noir: it some intrigue, socks voice professor for with $5 adhesive), and $3 UM a or flying are $5 Dashiell Hammett in Montana,” of is Tickets 8 p.m. Basinski, After three years general Admission after of next week’s panel discussion with Montana Tech listed items. to Baltimore to and seniors, $10 and the director donation of previous of opera back and forth professors Jack Crowley and Henry admission. Performances Gonshak, 3 p.m., Missoula Public parents’ care, two-night program focused caregivers for Voices of the and help with her p.m. really Fourth annual mother died became full-time from midbegin at 7:30 art auction scenes. “We’ve on presenting Library, 301 E. Main St. Feather Sherman’s Feather, a , Wilderness silent Victor, who suffersDisease. And, ss-Connection for this program both musical can be Artist-Wilderne in January of 2009.educator, Ghost tours with Hawk stage Alzheimer’s the case for Reporter Joe Nickell Discovery Square, door, and scenes that have 7 p.m., Glacier the ” Clinton artist Paranormal Investigations, 8 p.m.Tickets $12 at with her as has often been reached at 523-5358, on and acting challenges. Voices Columbia Falls. inclined Clinton midnight, Ravalli County Museum, or returned to MontanaVictor, in a cast of dessert provided. the creatively jnickell@miss Working with with drinks and is a celebration of “The a new art 205 Bedford St, Hamilton. Hawk m. 96-year-old father, Basinski has couple, thus began set out to of the Wilderness eyes of talented local student singers, Paranormal will present evidence from the that the two tow. Bob” through new odyssey in project, as will highlight the assembled a program E5 Thus began a artisans. The event See OUT, Page E2 of participants and her See FIRST, Page artistry and experiencess-Connection, an the life of Feather the two as Rick, in the Artist-Wildernes

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hen the wind gets witchy and leaves swirl uncoaxed in the graveyard, western Montana starts thinking scary thoughts. “Can we borrow your chainsaw?” comes the question. “Do you know where we could get some blood?” “A lot of it.” “They’ve covered the windows in the old house across from the school,” someone says. “I heard screaming from over that way last night,” says another. The wind picks up another corkscrew of leaves. What was that noise? A cackle? A cat?






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F L A T H E A D Montana Museum

Big Sky Dancers class, 6-8 p.m., offer free dance in Corvallis. This

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Tiny Tales for babies up to 36 months old, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.


Sherry of the Walk Through Time Museum, 3:30 p.m., Museum, Missoula, Children’s 225 W. Front St.

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