Like other matters of the spirit, intuition doesn’t get much credence in American culture today. Heidi Junkersfeld knows this quite well. So when the Missoula artist speaks of the inspiration – indeed, urgency – behind the upcoming production by the performance-art troupe Open Field Artists, she chooses her words carefully.
“It really feels obvious to me that this is the time for this to happen,” she says. “I can tell you stuff about prophesies or visions; but in our culture, a lot of people view those subjects as sort of out-there. If you put those things into art that evokes rather than tells, you feel it and the audience will undoubtedly feel it, and it’s somehow safer or more acceptable to address that way.
“The arts are powerful in that way,” she continues. “That’s why I believe we need the arts – art that moves our stuff.”
If that seems rather vague, what’s clear is that plenty of stuff moves in “First Breath,” a collaborative multi-media performance that opened Thursday night at the Missoula Community Co-Op. [Read More...]
The last time Garrison Keillor came to town, the whole world heard about it. In October, the host of NPR’s popular radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” will return to Missoula for a spoken-word performance at the Adams Center; and this time, what happens in the Adams Center stays in the Adams Center.
Keillor, who brought his entire cast of musicians, actors, foleys, and producers to Missoula in late 2006 for a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion,” will perform a one-man show at the Adams Center on Wednesday, October 13. Tickets to the performance go on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. via Griztix outlets including Griztix.com, the Adams Center Box Office, and by phone at 1-888-MONTANA., at a price of $50, $45, and $40 plus fees, with all seats reserved. [Read More...]
First Night, Missoula’s annual alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts, has put out the final call for artists to participate in this year’s festivities. All performers get paid, so if you’re looking to make money rather than spend it on New Year’s Eve, maybe this is your answer….Click through for the press release with information about how to apply. [Read More...]
John Darnielle has a way of getting inside your head and shuffling things up. Take the new album by his band, the Mountain Goats. Titled “The Life Of The World To Come,” the record offers twelve tracks, each titled after verses from the Bible: “1 Samuel 15:23,” “Psalms 40:2,” “Genesis 3:23,” and so-on.
But don’t come here looking for reverence or piety.
In the pensive ballad, “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy Of Grace,” Darnielle croons against a softly chiming backdrop of piano chords about shooting up in a rainstorm with a hostage in his car.
“I had his arms tied up behind him
We were together all day
Maybe make Culiacán by sunset
Try to anyway
High as the clouds now
Drive ’til the rain stops
It’s a vision of end-times, no doubt; but one that’s vividly informed by the specific shades of darkness that cloud the skies today. [Read More...]
This morning, driving to work, I noticed a large bus parked on West Broadway with signs proclaiming something about a “Vice Verses” tour. Got to work, and had an announcement of a pretty intriguing event in my email inbox, from Badlander/Palace co-owner Chris Henry. Check it out: [Read More...]