Arts & Culture

Tony Smith

 The 2016 MSU Billings Wine and Food Festival Winemasters Symposium brought together winemakers Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery and Divining Rod Winery along with Joy Merrilees of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, and Executive Nick Steen of the Northern Hotel. For the symposium, Chef Steen created a menu that partnered with the wines provided by the festival’s winemasters.

Jackie Yamanaka

  The staff and supporters of the Alberta Bair Theater are going to celebrate the tenure of William “Woody” Wood the way many theater goers remember him: on the stage, welcoming the crowd, and reminding them to turn off or silence their cell phone.

Wood is leaving Billings in July to join the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center in Michigan as its director of cultural affairs.

Wood has been executive director at the ABT for nearly a decade.

“Shortly after I arrived the economy tanked,” he says.

Red Lodge Songwriter Festival

Aspiring songwriters and country music enthusiasts are invited to the inaugural Red Lodge Songwriters Festival the end of June.

Mike Booth and Cory Johnson are the organizers. Johnson says he came to Red Lodge and fell in love with it, thinking  it would be a great place to hold a songwriters festival. He said he met Booth and they starting discussing his idea one night over a beer.

Stella Fong

On a rainy May 16, 2016 morning, Shane Ryan was inside the back of a Sysco truck, securing product. He was digging through stacks of boxes, and lifting and moving packages himself. As executive chef of “Matt’s in the Market” in Seattle, WA, this is not unusual activity, but on this day he is 817 miles away, in Billings, MT. Tonight he is cooking with Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex Restaurant Bar and Grill for the annual Guest Chef Dinner for the Montana State University Billings Foundation Wine and Food Festival.

Art Wolfe, Seattle WA

  A photograph of two Yellowstone Park bison is among the 16 Forever Stamp images  to be unveiled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National park Service.

The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, Washington.

In a press release from Yellowstone National Park, Wolfe describes the setting for his photograph.

Art Wolfe, Seattle WA

A photograph of two Yellowstone Park bison is among the 16 Forever Stamp images  to be unveiled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National park Service.

The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, Washington.

  Yes For Kids is back.

The local group is making its case to Billings voters to pass mill levies for local students.   

Campaign co-chairman Luke Kobold says passage of the levies will mean the district is responding to the demand from parents and the Billings community for things like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) offerings, reduced class size, programs for struggling students as well and gifted and talented, and funding for suicide prevention and school safety.

For the next six weeks at the Montana State University Billings Library will host a lecture series “What’s Cooking: Exploring American Food Culture, Politics and History.”

It will feature faculty and staff in the fields of history, science, communications and Native American Studies as well as two local authors.

Brent Roberts is the director of library services at MSUB, which is hosting the lecture series.

Jackie Yamanaka

           U-S Magistrate Carolyn Ostby was the first to welcome 25 people from 16 countries as new U.S. Citizens. Ostby presided over the naturalization ceremony at the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in Billings, Montana.

She says while the new citizens swore to abandon all allegiance to the government of any foreign state or country, they don’t have to give up their love of the country or the people where they were born.

Jackie Yamanaka

An art exhibition, readings, a jazz improvisation performance are just a few of the launching points meant to inspire contemplation and a community conversation about water.

Artist Sherri Cornett is the force behind the project titled “Flow.”

During her hikes around the region, she became inspired by water.

“Where I’ve taken time to sit down by the water and really take in the calming effects, thinking about, meditating about water,” she says.

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