Arts & Culture

It is one of the most famous and beautiful highways in the country. But few know the history of the iconic Beartooth Highway.  Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Billings Public Library, people will get a chance of hear the details of this engineering marvel.

Jon Axline is Montana Department of Transportation historian and author of a book on the highway. He says its scenic qualities may not have been the goal of its construction. It was intended to divert mining trucks from going though Yellowstone National Park and coming out at the railroad station in Red Lodge. And he says Red Lodge even  had big plans to build a smelter.

(Photo Courtesy of Forward Montana)
(Photo Courtesy of Forward Montana)

When Last Best News journalist Ed Kemmick broke the story about hateful comments posted online by a Bilings business owner, he wasn't expecting the online news site to crash, too.

YPR's Brie Ripley spoke with Kemmick and Forward Montana Deputy Director Kiah Abbey about hatespeech, bigotry, and how to be a good neighbor.


(Photo courtesy of Pete Tolton)
(Photo courtesy of Pete Tolton)

Wild places can sometimes get overlooked; certainly by their very nature they're tough to reach, tough to experience.

That's why Billings-based filmmakers Pete Tolton and Charlie Smillie have teamed up with the Montana Wilderness Association to produce a documentary debuting tomorrow that offers viewers a chance to experience the elusive prairie lands of central Montana.

Charles M. Bair Family Museum

It’s a chance to go “behind the scenes” and see how one of Montana’s most famous and wealthy families really lived.

This Saturday, Nov. 12 is the fifth annual Upstairs Downstairs at the Charles M. Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale. 

It’s a rare opportunity for visitors go upstairs to the private family living quarters off limits during regular tours.

Yellowstone Art Museum

There’s a new exhibit at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings that’s all about animals. Visitors can even see some of these live critters up close Saturday, Nov. 5.

It’s called Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection. YAM Senior Curator Bob Durden said the art is from the museum’s very own large collection.

Lynn Donaldson

On Billings’ Montana Avenue in Billings, Brewmaster Michael Uhrich of Carter’s Brewing and Executive Chef Jeremy Engebretson of Lilac are brewing new flavors. While many think of pairing food with wine, the duo is partnering beer with food, beyond the ballpark hot dogs and mass produced aluminum canned libations advertised with frogs and beautiful women.

MSU Billings University Relations

Seldom seen drawings by a famous Crow chief will be  on display starting next week on the MSUB campus.

“The drawings themselves are very unique and have rarely shown, specifically the drawings by Medicine Crow that are held in the MSUB Library,” said Dr. Leanne Gilbertston,  director of the Northcutt-Steele Gallery and art professor.

The Medicine Crow drawings will be combined with contemporary art by present day Crow/Apsa'alooke artist  Wendy Red Star, for an unusual exhibit.

An exhibit of mixed media paintings and a paper sculpture that explores the relationship between written language and visuals images is on display at MSU-Billings through October 13, 2016.

Nishiki  Sugawara-Beda, associate professor of art at the University of Idaho, immigrated to the U.S. from Japan as a young adult.  Her exhibition - "Word Terminal" - is supported by the Idaho Commission on the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts.

Clint Peck lives with the mantra of, “Don’t say whoa in the middle of a mud hole.” Peck left cattle ranching to make wine, fermenting the dream at his Yellowstone Cellars and Winery in Billings, Mont. Tucked in a small industrial space on the West End of town, the winery will produce about 3,400 cases of wine this year.

Riverbend Publishing

It’s a fascinating story about a really flawed person whose legacy is a shipwreck in Yellowstone National Park.

Mike Stark, former Billings Gazette reporter, wrote Wrecked in Yellowstone: Greed, Obsession, and the Untold Story of Yellowstone’s Most Infamous Shipwreck.  It’s a book about the early history of Yellowstone National Park and entrepreneur E-C Waters.

Stark called Waters a "deeply flawed" and ambitious man. 

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