Arts & Culture

Kay Erickson

The Billings Public Library has found a novel way to call attention to books that have been banned for one reason or another.

Billings Library Foundation is hosting a scavenger hunt the last week of this month, Sept. 24-30, 2017, National Banned Books Week.

Some of the publications banned in recent years include the Hunger Games, Pulitzer Prize winner Beloved, and Brave New World.

Lentil Underground

Sep 14, 2017

Lentil Underground has been selected as the University of Montana 2017 Griz Read. For more information about the program and Liz Carlisle's lecture on September 21, 2017, please visit the University of Montana website here.

Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish, or as Nixon Administration Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz put it, to “get big or get out. But twenty-seven year-old David Oien decided to take a stand. When he dropped out of grad school to return to his family’s 280 acre farm, Oien became the first in his conservative Montana county to seed his fields with a radically different crop: organic lentils.  

Stella Fong

Executive Chef Bernard Guillas recently participated in the 25th MSU Billings Wine and Food Festival teaching a class entitled Spring Fling – Sharing the Love.  The title of the class embodied the spirit of Guillas, a Frenchman living La Jolla near San Diego, California. The man exuded charm packaged with passion for food and living. As the head culinary leader for the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and Marine Room restaurant, Guillas not only impressed the locals, especially the women with his multiple air kisses, but also with the art he created on the plate.

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Tribes are gathering in Yellowstone National Park this weekend to demand two place names change. Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation are fed up that Hayden Valley and Mount Doan memorialize men who advocated for the genocide of Native Americans.

There's a film festival in Butte this week, and there's a rumor that the head of the EPA may visit the mining city too. Montana Standard Editor David McCumber joins us now with  more information.

Jackie Yamanaka

A film describing what it was like to grow up in Missoula, the son of a Presbyterian minister who held two things sacred–God and fly-fishing–had its world premiere in 1992 in Bozeman, Montana.

25-years later, a festival was held to recognize how Norman Maclean's modest novella captured his family’s troubled story, and introduced a worldwide audience to the beauty of Montana, its rivers, and fly fishing.

"In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean" was a 3-day festival that wrapped up Sunday in Missoula. It was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie, “A River Runs Through It.”

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner look at DIY culture in Billings and a new art exhibit featuring fresh and unusual takes on some iconic superhero imagery.


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Submissions are being accepted for a brand new category at the most prolific documentary event in the American West. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is seeking audio documentaries for the 15th annual festival in Missoula, Montana, February 16-25, 2018.

Jean Butler is a retired college administrator, but on Saturday she looked more like a character from a John Wayne movie. She wore a straw hat, suspenders and a thick leather belt weighed down with two pistols and a row of red shotgun shells. She had abandoned her old identity and adopted the nom de guerre Clara Allen.

She was one of a few dozen shooters at a cowboy action shooting event in Hamilton last weekend. The competitors dressed up like characters from the old west and adopted cowboy aliases. At each stage, they shot at steel targets and acted out scenes based on stories from Montana mining towns.

People Of Yellowstone

Aug 29, 2017

'People of Yellowstone' features 87 stunning portraits and real-life stories of the people who maintain Yellowstone National Park's wildness, lead expeditions, collect scientific data, wrangle horses, document seismic activity, study wildlife, rescue stranded hikers, and much more. Steve Horan spent more than five years photographing over 120 people who work in and around Yellowstone National Park. Award-winning writer Ruth W. Crocker interviewed each portrait subject, and her essays provide a narrative for Horan's photographs and details of each person’s experience in the park.

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