Arts & Culture

courtesy of Eric Ward

There are specific words, tactics and tools individuals can can use to diffuse racist or bigoted speech, says civil rights strategist and organizer Eric Ward, executive director of Western States Center

Ward is the featured guest at two Martin Luther King, Junior Events in Montana, sponsored by the Montana Human Rights Network. 

A large painting called Many Blessing greets visitors as they enter the  Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College. The 7 to 8 foot canvas is a collaborative father/daughter effort and serves as the gateway of a new exhibit featuring Kevin and Sunny Sky Red Star.


Dark Sevier, Flickr at https://goo.gl/dqGgLN

State Senator Jen Gross of Billings wants participants at this year's Women's March to leave the event with mission. She says the lack of a "call to action" was a missed opportunity at the inaugural gathering last year at the state Capitol in Helena. In conversation with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka, Gross says she wants to channel the energy and enthusiasm people have after the event into action for change.


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Playlist #1839 Jan. 5, 2018

“blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“What A Party”, Fats Domino, They Call Me The Fat Man The Legendary Imperial Recordings (box set), EMI Records, http://www.fatsdominoofficial.com

“House Rockin’ Boogie #7”, Jason Elmore And Hoodoo Witch, Champagne Velvet, Dag Nab Music, http://www.jasonelmore.net

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Playlist #1838 Dec. 29, 2017

“Soulful Dress”, Maria Muldaur, Steady Love, Stony Plain Records, http://www.mariamulduar.com http://www.stonyplainrecords.com

“Wang Dang Doodle”, Zora Young, The French Connection, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“Party Train”, Lamont Cranston Band, Shakedown, Waterhouse Records, http://www.lamontcranston.com

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Playlist #1837 Dec. 22, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“What Do Bad Girls Get?”, Joan Osborne, Christmas Means Love, Womanly Hips Records, http://www.joanosborne.com

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Playlist #1836 Dec. 15, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“Celebrate Christmas”, B. B. King, Christmas In Blues, KRB Music Companies, http://www.bbking.com

“I Hear Jingle Bells”, Freddy King, Blues, Blues Christmas vol. 4 (various artists), Document Records, http://www.freddiekingsite.com

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A very popular event in Helena held annually on the winter solstice is coming to Billings this year.

The Interfaith Solstice Service, known as Leaning Toward the Light,  is being put on by Jewish and Christian communities of Billings:  Congregation Beth Aaron, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Yellowstone County United Methodists.

The service will recognize how religious traditions lead toward light in this the darkest time of the year.

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Thursday, December 21st is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, and the focus will be on people in the Billings region who lack a permanent address, a place to call home.

It’s the 24th annual Homeless Persons Memorial vigil, an opportunity to remember and grieve the homeless who have died over the last year.  

Carol Blank, manager of care for the homeless at RiverStone Health, said there is no service, no funeral, no closure for the friends of the homeless who die.

Stella Fong

One of the most memorable images I have of Paris is one with a baguette. From my hotel window I saw a man in a blue chapeau with a plaid scarf wrapped around his neck carrying a long baguette leaving the bakery across the way. There was something romantic about securing a freshly baked loaf of bread, and even more when I realized it was my husband. 

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