Missoula Art and Culture

What’s Happening at the Missoula Art Museum

Art and beauty in MissoulaThe fine art in Missoula reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding region. And now is the time to plan a getaway to Missoula to admire the landscape. Catch the end of the magical, snowy season or the beginning of our beautiful, brilliant Spring. After a day of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, explore Missoula’s charming downtown. Spend an afternoon strolling through the Missoula Art Museum and the many fine art galleries. Then top off the perfect evening at an excellent restaurant.

The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the mountains, with amazing views of the Bitterroot River. However our lovely secluded retreat is only a short drive to lively Missoula. Reserve your relaxing escape with us and enjoy the stunning outdoors, in addition to our inspiring arts community.

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International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

3 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Year

Visit MissoulaWhen planning to visit Missoula, the most common thing that comes to mind is the exquisite natural beauty found at every turn. From waking up in the morning amongst the Ponderosa Pines on our luxurious mountainside, to walking the streets of downtown Missoula, it is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful here.  With the abundant natural resources enjoyed by Missoulians, it is no wonder that many of the top activities to enjoy here involve the great outdoors. Though the outdoor recreation is hard to beat and is a must-do on anyone’s itinerary while here, there are some definite additions we urge you to consider.  If we were to narrow the reasons to visit Missoula down to three simple things, it would be, of course, the year-round access to outdoor adventure, the wonderful craft beer and distilleries, and the eclectic, vibrant culture known to locals.  Book your stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and explore the best parts of Missoula for yourself. Continue reading

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Missoula Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Fri Feb 19 2016 – Sun Feb 28 2016, All Day

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and receives over 1400 film entries from every corner of the globe.

BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. BSDFF hosts over 100 visiting artists, and screens an average of 140 nonfiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, The Roxy Theater, and Crystal Theatre in downtown Missoula.

In addition to documentary screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. Special retrospective programs have included the films of Academy Award® winning director Barbara Kopple, The Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray,  Kartemquin Films, and Les Blank.

Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Comedian Tig Notaro, Academy Award® winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn To Shine series) Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol) Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).

Recent Award winners at the festival have included Siblings are Forever (Frode Fimland), A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel), This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn), Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen), Blood Brother (Steve Hoover), Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green), In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes you to stay at their mountain retreat.  Film lovers across the globe will be visiting Missoula, Montana to see the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Choose a beautiful and restful setting with mountain vistas and Bitterroot River views.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Stomp in Missoula Montana

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Stomp  in Missoula Montana to witness STOMP perform live at the Adam Center on University of Montana campus.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

Percussion instruments are some of the oldest music-makers in the world, perhaps only second to the human voice itself. This diverse family of instruments is integral to music in every known culture, and includes a vast array of musical sounds.  A “percussion instrument” is any instrument whose sound is generated via striking, rubbing, shaking or otherwise impacting a surface to create audible vibrations.  Stomp has a gift for taking ordinary objects and turn them into incredible beats.

 

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast hosts guests from many different areas of the world.  Guests visit Missoula to experience outstanding performances, witness competitive sports, walk historic trails, ski beautiful snow, taste delicious cuisine, shop incredible retail, and so much more! Blue Mountain B&B guests enjoy being near to all the fun while still being at a gorgeous and peaceful mountain setting with views of the Bitterroot River.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Spring Theatre 2015

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are thankful that their guests can experience incredible theatrical performances right here in Missoula, Montana.
THE RAINMAKER — March 20-22, 25-29, 2015

The Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present THE RAINMAKER. Richard Nash’s charming non-musical play about love, family, drought and forgiveness. Greg Johnson, Artistic Director for the Montana Repertory Theatre, is the guest director of this romantic comedy, set on a Midwestern farm during the Great Depression. THE RAINMAKER is a story about the Curry family and the chances we take when we release ourselves of fear, habit and routine.

A classic of the American theatre, The Rainmaker is a romantic drama is set on a midwestern farm during a paralyzing drought. Lizzie Curry, a young woman whose hopes and dreams are as barren as the fields, falls for Starbuck, a smooth-talking traveler selling the promise of rain. Lizzie finds herself falling for him and must decide; is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

This charming, non-musical play, is about love, desire and magic. It expresses these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.

 

pippin_square_tileBlue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic mountain views.  Our guests enjoy the beauty, peace, and gentle sounds of nature.  However, being located in Missoula, we are a short drive to the University of Montana.  The Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance present their masterful Montana Theatre productions conveniently close at 32 Campus Drive in Missoula.

Pippin by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Swartz is a Tony Award-winning musical about the search for meaning and the wish to lead an extraordinary life.  In a decidedly anachronistic King Charlemagne’s court, young prince Pippin must choose between contentment and glory and is guided and goaded on his quest by a troupe of traveling performers and their enigmatic, charismatic Leading Player. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 17 to March 28 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today!

Wake up to freshly made gourmet breakfasts that are sure to please your palate! Missoula, Montana is full of exciting things to see and do, or if you prefer, you can relax right here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast since there is plenty of onsite leisure and activities. Either way, get ready for the Blue Mountain experience of your dreams!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Woman

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 14, Downtown Missoula is featuring their own St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at noon on South Higgins Street in Missoula, MT.  Dr. Dan Combo is this year’s Grand Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thane are Irishman and woman of the year. We encourage you all to attend as we honour these great Irish people.

On North Higgins, we recommend visiting the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Missoula.  In addition to their homemade brews, their menu features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees.  This is the perfect place to be refreshed after seeing the Missoula’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Their daily happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm.

 

Speaking of Irish happiness, this June, enjoy hearing angelic Irish music and seeing entertaining dance when the all-female Irish musical ensemble, Celtic Woman, perform live in the Adams Center on University of Montana’s Missoula campus.  This is their 10th Anniversary World Tour.  While the group’s performers have changed over the years, cumulatively, albums by Celtic Woman have sold over six million records worldwide.

This talented group of ladies have been described as “Riverdance for the voice.”  Don’t miss the inspiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipers, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional concert.

This brand new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group’s treasure chest of songs including “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”  These musical ladies perform live in concert on Friday June 12 at 8 pm.

Any day of the year, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests.  Friendly innkeepers Brady and Elaine will help you feel right at home.  With the majestic Montana mountain views, luxurious amenities, and homemade gourmet breakfasts, guests always leave with smiles on their faces.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in MisSOULa

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast loves being in MisSOULa, Montana!  

Home to:

    • #1 Grizzly Eagles
    • Tasty Big Dipper Ice Cream
    • Substantial Subaru dealership
    • Events & Concerts at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium
    • Beautiful Bitterroot River
    • Live Performances at WILMA
    • The Missoulian
    • KECI TV
    • Splash Mountain Waterpark
    • Destination Downtown Missoula
    • The Western Montana Fair
    • 8 KPAX
    • Gorgeous Blue Mountains!

Source: YouTube video “MisSOULa” produced by Michael Melugin

Local Missoula Activities

Arts and Culture

  • Artsy Art Galleries
  • Awesome Attractions
  • Entertaining Entertainment
  • Extraordinary Events
  • Moving Museums
  • Musical Music
  • Theatrical Theatre

Entertainment

  • Brewing Breweries
  • Cool Casinos
  • Delicious Distilleries
  • Extra Special Events
  • Fantastic Food and Drink
  • Night Out Nightlife
  • Savvy Shopping
  • Winning Wineries

Explore

  • A Carousel for Missoula
  • Delightful Day Trips
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Golden Gold and Gem Mining
  • Hot Hot Springs
  • Lovely Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Pleasing Parks
  • Wild Wildlife

Outdoor Recreation

  • Beautiful Biking Scenery
  • Breathtaking Birding
  • Cool Camping
  • Great Golfing
  • Heartwarming Horseback Riding
  • Heavenly Hiking
  • Watching Missoula Osprey play baseball

Water Activities

  • Fun Fishing
  • Kind Kayaking
  • Lovely Lakes
  • Rad Rafting
  • Rolling Rivers
  • Safe Stand-Up Paddle Boating
  • Tubular Tubing

Winter Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Icy Ice Fishing
  • Ice-tacular Ice Skating
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Snowy Sleigh Rides
  • Speedy Snowmobiling
  • Snazzy Snowshoeing

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Relaxation

  • View wildlife with binoculars from your deck
  • Read guidebooks and books about our local history
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink while sitting in the garden
  • Listen to the Old Player Piano
  • Watch wild birds and hummingbirds
  • Take in views of the scenic mountains, valley, and waterfall
  • Game of billiards in the lodge’s recreation room
  • Play horseshoes or have a picnic in private area outside
  • Stay inside and watch a movie on the wide screen

Remember Paul McCartney will make his first ever appearance in Missoula, Montana when the “Out There” tour rolls into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 5, 2014.  We love MisSOULa and our guests do, too!  There is nothing like the Blue Mountain B&B experience!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Paul McCartney Live Concert Here in Missoula, MT

Paul McCartney will be coming to perform in Missoula, Montana on August 5 of 2014.  Paul McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist.  

In August 1965, the Beatles released the McCartney composition “Yesterday”, featuring a string quartet. “Yesterday” became the most covered song in popular music history.The Beatles are widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music.  

After the Beatles’ break-up in 1970, McCartney continued his musical career with his first solo release, McCartney, a US number-one album.  In 1982, McCartney collaborated with Stevie Wonder on the number-one hit “Ebony and Ivory”, included on McCartney’s Tug of War LP, and with Michael Jackson on “The Girl Is Mine” from Thriller.  

In 1991, McCartney performed a selection of acoustic-only songs on MTV Unplugged and released a live album of the performance titled Unplugged (The Official Bootleg).  More recently, he closed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on July 27, singing “The End” and “Hey Jude” and inviting the audience to join in during the last part of the song.  

Credited with more number ones in the UK than any other music artist, McCartney has participated in twenty-four chart topping singles.  Paul will be performing live right here in Missoula, MT at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium (on the University of Montana campus) on Tuesday August 5 at 8 pm.  You won’t want to miss it!

Missoula’s Live Music Scene

Musical Moments in Missoula:  

Caras Park Out to Lunch 2007

 

Swing de Gitanes: Bass-ic Detail

Missoula’s Scenic SYMPHONY:  Missoula brings music to the heart and soul year-round.  The Missoula Symphony, under the direction of Darko Butorac, is spectacular for a town this size and various concerts span the different seasons   (including Missoula’s Symphony in the Park).  You won’t want to miss April 26th and 27th, 2014 when the symphony features “Lord of the Ring” with guest soloist Eric Ruske on French Horn.

All That JAZZ: For me, the season of Spring seems to truly renew the town’s musical spirit!  Come late March, Missoula ushers in a variety of vibrant sounds with a special flourish.  In fact Friday, March 28th, 2014 kicks off U of M’s 34th annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Every year, this festival brings in some of the best soloists and ensembles in the region as well as the U.S.  The talent rivals that of a big city and turns Missoula into a magical place of bold sound and bright lights.  Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Bebop- you name it… there’s lots of rhythm and style to go around!  This year’s guest artists include Clipper Anderson (Bass), Dana Landry (piano), Dave Pietro (sax), Erik Applegate (bass), Jim White (percussion), and Vern Sielert (trumpet).   Young and old will enjoy Friday and Saturday evening performances in the Dennison Theater at 7:30 p.m.  Daytime jazz clinics at U of M’s School of Music are always an inspiration to college, high school and middle school students.  Some of my best high school and college memories revolve around this festival, started by Lance Boyd in the 1980’sRob Tapper now organizes this top notch, two-day celebration of music and musicians.  So, if you’re trying to “drum up” something to do, count this fantastic jazz festival in!  Please click on the following link for TICKET and master class information or call 243-6885.

 

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From SOUL to ROCK and ROLL:  Several other “spring flings” to enjoy include Montana Jam- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (April 5th at the Top Hat Lounge, 134 W. Front St.).  Their music crosses several genres, from soul to rockin’ roll- including songs from The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Hot Chocolate and other sometimes spontaneous selections.  The Top Hat brings a wide range of musical venues to Missoula-  it’s definitely worth checking out!

Blue for BLUEGRASS: Missoula’s premier bluegrass Ruby Jewel Jamboree- The Kathy Kallick Band will perform on April 7th, 2014 at Ruby’s Inn.  Kallick is well known in bluegrass circles and just released her 17th album!  The Ruby Jewel Jamboree started in 2010 and is a tribute to Ruby Erck who founded Ruby’s Inn.   Ruby’s daughter, Phyllis Erck, is president of the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association. The goal of her musical endeavor is to bring talented bluegrass bands and performers to Montana and the West.  Instead of hosting one large bluegrass event, talented names like Junior Sisk and Bradford Lee Folk ,will be spread out through both the spring and summer.

 

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CELTIC Class:  As the summer heats up, stop by Caras Park to take in The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band and other talented performers during Missoula’s Celtic Fest: July 25-26th, 2014. The big tent looking out over the Clark Fork River is the  perfect way to cool off in the heat of summer.  Other 2014 Caras Park events offer tons of family fun both in the shade and the sun!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy an evening out and then come back “home” to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  If your adrenaline is still pumping, then sit down and improvise to your heart’s content on the living room grand.  You can also relax in a comfy chair and listen to the old player piano.  If what you really need is some good old fashioned shut eye, enjoy a soak in your private jetted tub followed by a restful night of sleep.

 

 

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