Upcoming Uptown Events  

December

December 17 -- The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series with a presentation by Nicole van Gaza-Reavis about historic glass restoration. She will bring one of her recent restorations, an historic Butte window, to the presentation. The presentation will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives at17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. For more information, contact the Archives at 782-3280.

December 17 -- A Mining City Christmas with Curt and Karen Olds at the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park Street at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information call 723-3602 or visit www.buttearts.org.

December 18 -- Curious about what a Business Improvement District (BID) might do for Uptown Butte? All Uptown property owners are invited to join Ellen Buchanan from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Imagine Butte Resource Center (IBRC) for a discussion of how this funding mechanism has been used to provide enhanced services to property owners in Missoula and how it could be a benefit to Uptown Butte. Sponsored by Mainstreet Uptown Butte. For details, call George at 565-2249 or email geverett@montana.com.

December 18 -- The Butte-Silver Bow Public Library welcomes the Drum Brothers to lead a rhythm circle from 6-7pm. This event is free, open to all ages, and no experience is necessary! The Drum brothers is a high-energy world percussion group that has been performing since 1994. Their concerts feature ethnic sounds from around the world: West African djembe and doun-doun drums, Australian didgeridoo, Ethnic flutes, guitar, vocals, and hand percussion. They have performed at festivals throughout the Northwest and have been a featured act at the Seattle World Rhythm Festival and have performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Performers and educators, they teach classes and clinics around the U.S. and in Canada to enthusiastic groups of all ages. For more information, contact Nerissa at 723 3361 x6305 or ncook@buttepubliclibrary.info.

December 18 -- LAST CALL FOR ART Silent Auction @ The Carle Gallery in the Butte Public Library from 5-8pm. Join the gallery for refreshments and auction items. Several artists that have exhibited at the gallery in the past year have been welcomed back, and curated a selection of works for auction. This auction will provide 90% of the proceeds to the artists, and the remaining 10% will go to the operation of the Carle Gallery. You may have seen some of these works of art in past exhibits, and now is your second chance to consider purchasing them. Give the gift of ART! In addition to the opportunity to find that perfect gift by artists like Martha U Cooney, Jim Goebel, Dolores Cooney, Holly Morgan-Fitterer, and Meagan Thompson; there will also be opportunities to sponsor upcoming exhibits, and various operating costs to increase the quality of exhibitions and additional programming at the Carle Gallery.

through December 27 -- In celebration of Native American History Month, the Carle Gallery has invited Native American artists to share their art in an effort to foster cultural education and celebrate the first people's diverse heritage. Accepted works come from: Valentina LaPier of the Blackfeet tribe from East Glacier; Teri Loring Dahle of the Blackfeet Tribe from Cut Bank; Valerie A. Veis of the Little Shell Tribe from Fairfield; Robert Martinez of Mexican and Northern Arapaho descent from Riverton, Wyoming; Paul C. Reevis of the Blackfeet tribe from Browning; and Butte's own, John Bercier, of the Anishinaabe tribe. First People's Juried Art Exhibit will run through December 27th. For more information, contact Nerissa at 723 3361 x6305 orncook@buttepubliclibrary.info.

through January -- Writers' Group will continue on Thursdays, at the IBRC at 68 W. Park Street at 7pm. If you interested in joining the group or excited to have a night to get some feedback on your writing, email Writers' Group organizer, Colin Cote at colin.j.cote@gmail.com 

through January 11 -- The Clark Chateau is featuring a new exhibit, “Christmas at the Chateau.” The exhibit features Santas, angels, and nativity sets from local private collectors. Because the courthouse rotunda is under construction, the county has generously allowed the Chateau to display some of its trees as well. A standout item in the exhibit is Santa’s Chair from Hennessy’s Department Store. The chair was recently donated to the Butte Archives by Dave and Cathy Isakson. It is ornately carved and upholstered in red velvet, well suited for the jolly old elf. Holiday hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is $5 per person (age 3 and under are free) or $15 for families up to six. For more information, call the Butte Archives at 782-3280.

through January -- The Arts & Culture Survey: Your Voice (Really, Really) Matters Here, We want to hear your thoughts on arts and culture happenings in Butte. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey. Your response is exceptionally important. (Share the survey link with your networks: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MQxtsheesBLJEfO_H6R-ZJ_LDws3fVNq2JugTmKd3Is/viewform)

December at the IBRC -- A Few More Inspired Hours in the IBRC Print Studio
This time of year is tremendous for the making of creative gifts and implements for random acts of kindness. Decorations, greeting cards, fine art prints and more--If you're interested in taking advantage of the IBRC's print studio resources, let them know! Mornings, afternoons, evenings, nights, whenever you're most inspired--send a description of your scheduling needs to imaginebutte@gmail.com and the IBRC staff we'll do their best to accommodate. Never printed before? No problem. We can arrange a meeting with an IBRC printmaker to show you the ropes and help you get started.

December Crafternoons -- Each Tuesday afternoon (3pm-close) in December, the IBRC will be hosting a series of holiday themed Crafternoons.  Community members of all ages are welcome to participate in group crafting activities. Kids will be offered after-school sessions here to work with IBRC art instructors on special crafting projects. Parents may take time to work on holiday correspondence or gift making. More experienced crafters are also welcome to bring in their own supplies, work on independent project ideas or share their skills with the community. Interested? Be in touch! Learn holiday skills like how to make your own gift wrap sheets, holiday greeting cards (printmaking!), ornamental objects and other handmade gifts for friends and loved ones.

January 2015

January 5 -- Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring the Coasters, a tribute to songwriters Leiber and Stoller at the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park Street. For more information, call 723-3602 or visit www.buttearts.org.

January 23 -- The Butte Arts Symposium Returns at 6:30 pm at the IBRC at 68 W. Park Street. Since 2012, The Butte Arts Symposium has been dedicated to "uniting Butte's creatives to survey and support ongoing projects while celebrating the exchange of new ideas". Each year, this celebration has featured a program of speakers bringing fresh projects to the forefront. The event has allowed Butte's art community an annual conference to reflect and plan new pathways for progress in the coming year.

January 27 -- Jekyll & Hyde at the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park Street. For more information, call 723-3602 or visit www.buttearts.org.

January 30 -- Paint, Drink and Be Merry. Social Painting Society night at the IBRC at 68 W.Park Streetfrom 8pm to Midnight. Admission is $8 which covers paint, panel surfaces, and refreshments.All of these dollars support future arts programming at the IBRC. (The Social Painting Society loves well curated music. Interested in being a featured DJ? Call 782-5217 or email imaginebutte@gmail.com.

February

February 3 -- The Great Gatsby at the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park Street. For more information, call 723-3602 or visit www.buttearts.org.

February 17 -- Memphis at the Mother Lode Theatre at 316 W. Park Street. For more information, call 723-3602 or visit www.buttearts.org.

February 21 -- The Imagine Butte Resource Center Becomes One. Join the IBRC at 68 W. Park Street to help celebrate their first anniversary.

March

March 17-- St. Patricks's Day Parade. For details, contact Linda with Butte Community Celebrations at lredfern1731@yahoo.com or call 565-7689.