Arts & Culture

Stella Fong

The Thanksgiving season focuses our awareness on food and volunteerism. Food represents abundance, the blessings we have in our lives and the bounty we want to share with those close to us, and to make connections with others.
 

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On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige speak with director, producer and filmmaker Jessica Jane Hart, whose recent documentary Makoshioka just made its debut on Montana PBS. Jessica grew up in Billings and has spent the last 10 years working in Germany, New York, Montana and California. Her next project will take her to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to document the work flutist Kaori Fujii is doing with the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and Music Beyond in central Africa.

 Then, Corby and Anna hear from Yellowstone Repertory Theater founders Dina Brophy, Caitlin Hart, and Craig Huisenga. Since announcing the formation of this new, professional theater company in Billings in February, they’ve acquired nonprofit status and are about to launch their debut season with three plays beginning in November, 2017, and running through June, 2018, including Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. 

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Back in April, my husband Joe Dillard had the privilege of learning how to make French Bread from Greg Patent. I gifted him a weekend where he could have hands on experience with an award winning cookbook author. Patent’s book Baking in America won him the James Beard Cookbook Award and finalist recognition for the International Association of Culinary Professionals Best Baking Book. Greg has become a mentor and has provided me invaluable support and advice in the culinary arena over the years.

A new movie about Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh opens Friday, October 27, 2017, in select theaters in Montana. The 95 minute animated film focuses on the last six weeks of his life.

This movie is an intimate portrait that weaves Van Gogh’s art with his thoughts, and sheds new light on this troubled artist.

“People think about the Sunflowers and the Irises. We think about the fact that he cut his ear off,” said MSU-Billings art history professor Dr.LeeAnne Gilbertson.

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Mother and son artists Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith are deeply connected to their heritage. Juane Quick-to-See Smith creates work addressing the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing American Indians, while Neal Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issue. Both are enrolled Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Metis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, in Montana. 

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Veronika’s Pastry Shop is easy to walk by. From the sidewalk, the small storefront is unassuming.  White outline sketches of France’s Eiffel Tower and Russia’s Basil Cathedral mark the front window. However from the street when driving by, a red awning emblazoned with the shop’s name marks its location on Montana Avenue.

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As I write this post for the next Flavors Under the Big Sky, I send strength and hope to those in California, especially in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. Mother Nature has not been kind, but I know the human spirit perseveres. May time heal all the damage that has been done. May Mother Nature grant a reprieve for repair and renewal.

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner focus on music as they interview musicians and educators John Roberts and Angella Ahn and award-winning composer Eric Funk.


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Playlist #1826 Oct. 6, 2017

“Where The Yellow Cross The Dog”, Corey Harris, Downhome Sophisticate, Rounder Records, http://www.corey-harris.com http://www.rounder.com

“New Frisco Train”, Bukka White, Memphis Country Blues vol. 1, Memphis Archives

“Morning Train”, Precious Bryant, The Truth, Terminus Records, http://www.preciousbryant.com http://www.terminusrecords.com

Stella Fong

Women chefs. Women produced wines. Chef Megan Jessee, Programs Manager for the Montana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is one of the chefs participating in the 2nd Annual ZONTA Sip and Savor. Jessee shared about the event, “I think it is the perfect partnership – female chefs female winemakers and ZONTA since their goal is to empower leaders, female leaders in our community.”   

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