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Seven local artists unite for pop-up show this weekend

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A two-day pop-up art show will be held Friday and Saturday at 4ZERO7 Gallery, a private gallery open for the event, at 407 N. 24th St. The show is called MIXX7, for the seven participating artists, and will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. It is billed as a show of “Current projects and musings from our studios.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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One writer’s picks for memorable gifts of literature

We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches in Montana as far as good books by good writers, so for your gift-giving pleasure, I thought I’d cite some of the best Montana books I’ve read in the past couple of years. I’m going to focus mostly on writers that aren’t getting as much attention as I think they should. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Art, music, food served up during Holiday ArtWalk

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ArtWalk Downtown Billings, now in its 23rd season, is sponsoring the Holiday ArtWalk this Friday night from 5 to 9, at venues all over the downtown. The Holiday ArtWalk will include more than three dozen season-member and one-time-participant locations, each with a separate gallery page on ArtWalk’s new, mobile-friendly website, artwalkbillings.com. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Speaker sketches history of Latinos in U.S., Montana

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Don’t blame Bridget Kevane if her talk on “Latino America, Latino Montana” was a little short on details. Kevane, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, addressed her very broad topic in just over an hour Thursday as part of the High Noon lecture series at the Western Heritage Center in downtown Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Egan hits just the right notes in ‘Montana 1889’

In the preface to “The Bible in Spain” by George Borrow, the strangely engrossing book I am now reading, Borrow begins like this:

“It is very seldom that the preface of a work is read; indeed, of late years, most books have been sent into the world without any. I deem it, however, advisable to write a preface, and to this I humbly call the attention of the courteous reader, as its perusal will not a little tend to the proper understanding and appreciation of this volume.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Doubt’ makes persuasive theater opener

Nothing evokes the hazards of theatrical entrepreneurship like introducing the company’s first season with a play called “Doubt.”

But the Yellowstone Repertory Theatre’s maiden production quickly removed all doubt about the quality of its work, if not the sustainability of its venture. “Doubt: A Parable” was performed superbly and suggests high promise for the season to follow. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New repertory theater group schedules first 3 plays

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A new professional theater company in Billings will kick off its debut season next month, presenting three award-winning plays through next June. The Yellowstone Repertory Theatre, whose beginnings were charted by Last Best News in February, will open its first season with a production of “Doubt, A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanely, running Nov. 3-18. That will be followed by Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” March 2-17 2018, and Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” next June 8-23. (more…) Continue Reading →

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