‘Who’s Playing Tonight?’ Missoula artists share show photos

SIERRA CISTONE for the Missoulian

A photography exhibition will show off the music scene and other events happening around Missoula.

The idea came from Patricia Thornton, the gallery director for the Zootown Arts Community Center.

“It’s fun to highlight a world for people who don’t get out to see things and for people who do,” Thornton said. The show, on view this month, is the ZACC’s first photography exhibition since 2018.

“Who’s Playing Tonight?” features the work of two prominent local Missoula photographers, Dónal Lakatua and Tim ArrowTop.

Both photographers are contributing at least eight images depicting Missoula’s eclectic music scene, shows and nightlife.

While all the images will orbit around the same theme of Missoula’s diverse and often underground world of music, the two contributing photographer’s artistic styles are far from similar.

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Lakatua grew up in Missoula and has been photographing the Missoula music scene for over five years. For musicians and show-goers, he has become something of a fixture at some of Missoula’s smallest and off-the-beaten-path venues.

“I kind of embedded myself in this position as a culture

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