Things to do: Art talk, Community Radio meet-up, Catnyp at ZACC | Arts & Theater


Here’s a quick guide to some of the arts and culture happenings happening around Missoula over the coming week.

Conference on art: “The human impact of conflicts”

Irish artist Brian Maguire’s exhibition ‘In the Light of Conscience’ depicts scenes of conflict in the manner of a war photographer. Large-scale paintings in the Missoula Museum of Art depict war-damaged streets in Syria, migrants who died crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. To help put the images into perspective, an upcoming conference will bring together a variety of speakers for a community conversation.

The speakers are: Fernanda Menna Barreto Krum, co-founder of Imagine Nation Brewing, whose main career is that of a trauma psychologist; Paul Mwingwa, a resettled refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who came here in 2018 and is now the Refugee Congress delegate for Montana; and Clay Scott, a Helena-based journalist who has covered conflict in the Middle East, among other things. Chris Hyslop will moderate. He is the executive director of the Montana World Affairs Council.

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It starts at 6 p.m. It’s free. The conference is presented by MAM with Soft Landing Missoula, the International Rescue Committee and the Montana World Affairs Council.

KFGM Members Meeting and Concert

Missoula Community Radio prepares for growth and change.

Later that summer, the low-powered station physically relocates and transitions to a high-powered broadcast at 101.5 FM from its current location at 105.5. The nonprofit station is also moving from its original location in Union Hall to the Missoula Public Library.

To learn more about its voluntary mission, go to the assembly of members at 5 p.m. at Free Cycles. You can sign up to become a DJ, help elect the new board, and sign up to become a member. (There are free hot dogs.)

Then at 7 p.m., concert with the music of The Cleaning Crew (dance/hip-hop), Jupiter Beat (rock) and the Sasha Bell Band (indie-pop). Coverage is $10, or $8 for members.

“Great Trio” at Dana

A trio of artists opens this weekend at the Dana Gallery. The artists are Wesley James Drake, David Mensing and R. David Wilson.

Drake is originally from Chicago and has traveled extensively to faraway destinations and also out West. He shares oils that include street scenes from the Butterfly Herbs and the Oxford Cafe. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, according to his gallery bio.

Wilson is a longtime fixture in the Missoula art community, known for his rhythmic and expressive landscape paintings. Watch out for avian life in a more minimalist style.

Mensing, meanwhile, is an Oregon-based Iowan who performs regularly at Dana, recognizable by the heightened palette of his landscape scenes and warm magenta underpainting.

The open day on Saturday runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Catnyp at the ZACC

Henderson K. Shatner released his debut album as Catnyp in 2019, after moving from Europe where he had a band, Brand Violet, which received positive reviews for its “surf-goth” sound before finally breaking out. dissolve.

Shatner, a rock enthusiast from the ’60s through the ’90s, recruited other Missulians to perform with him on the album. His renewed enthusiasm for songwriting is evident, as “IIII”, Catnyp’s fourth album, drops this week. The first track, “Big Sky,” fits the surf-goth tag and speaks from the perspective of a macabre out-of-state resident who moved to Montana with dreams of bringing it closer. of his country of origin. “I’m moving to Big Sky where a man can really spread his wings / They’ve got these really big fish in these tiny little ponds and it’s so easy to live like royalty,” he says.

The album and the rest of Catnyp’s catalog are available on Bandcamp at

Opener is a new Missoula three-piece called Senterline. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $15 for a companion ticket.

Jazz Quartet at Stave & Hoop

(Sunday-Monday, May 22-23)

A quartet of contemporary jazz artists are coming to western Montana for public concerts next week.

The Institute for Creative Music, a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, sends four musicians to perform and lead workshops for student musicians.

The IfCM collective includes trombonist Nick Finzer (Anat Cohen Tentet, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), as well as saxophonist Caroline Davis (Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez), bassist Matthew Golombisky (Pedway, Tomorrow Music Orchestra) and the drummer Chris Teal (Quintopus, Chris Teal Trio), according to a press release.

They will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at the Stave and Hoop. Tickets are $20, go to On Monday, May 23, they are hosting a workshop for area students at the West Side Theater. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will review jazz, improvisation and composition. It’s free. Go to They will give a concert open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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