Alberta Bair Theater

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Buoyed by city support, ABT backers look to big expansion


Thirty years after the community saved the old Fox Theater in downtown Billings, Larry Martin is convinced the community will rally again behind a dramatic overhaul of the Alberta Bair Theater, successor to the Fox. “At this point, it’s impossible to imagine downtown Billings without the Alberta Bair Theater, and I think the bulk of the community sees it that way,” Martin said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Arts, humanities funds on chopping block


In all of the post-election chaos, it’s easy to overlook the minor casualties. Some of them may be in Montana. The Trump administration, eager to ramp up spending on the military, border control and infrastructure, all while cutting taxes and shoring up Social Security and healthcare, is desperate to find spending cuts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings native, noted soprano back for pair of local shows


Christie Hageman Conover was 16 or 17 years old when, for her grandmother’s 80th birthday, she learned to sing Patsy Montana’s “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” complete with the yodeling. This weekend, at concerts in Billings and Bozeman, she’ll be singing that song again as part of her “Women of the West” show with Bozeman pianist Stefan Stern. Later in the month, she’ll be back in her hometown to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Keillor, our age’s Twain, stops in Billings on goodbye tour


Not too long after I reviewed a performance of “A Prairie Home Companion” in Billings in 1996, a friend suggested that Garrison Keillor was our generation’s Mark Twain. The thought has disrupted my listening to the radio show on odd occasions over the years, and it came rushing back when Keillor took the stage at the Alberta Bair Theater on Wednesday night. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Popular, very busy caterer to take a much-needed break


After more than a dozen years of nurturing ceremonies and celebrations, the owner of Beyond Basil Catering is hanging up her chef’s coat, at least temporarily. For more than a decade, Marcy Tatarka has been juggling part-time work as a neonatal nurse at St. Vincent Healthcare while feeding the masses. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Homegrown country singer opening for Clint Black


Shane Clouse is a country singer who has opened for top acts, toured nationally and put out four albums, with his fifth set to release in April. Next week, he’ll be opening for Clint Black on Tuesday at the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana in Missoula, and on Wednesday at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Guest edit: The truth hurts—now, let’s work on downtown

I am of course aware of Billings Gazette editor Darrell Ehrlick’s column and some of the conversation downtown. Ehrlick’s description of downtown Billings on Black Friday, Nov. 28, was unfortunately true. One of my associates and I also noticed most of the problems Ehrlick mentioned around our office that day. (more…) Continue Reading →

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For ‘Miracle’ actors, Billings show is the big one


Growing up in Roundup, Hannah Appell was involved in theater even before she began school. Though she never did get down to Billings to take part in any productions, she was frequently in the audience at the Alberta Bair Theater, where she saw many plays and “tons of operas” over the years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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