Arts & Culture

Earlier this month, Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over Islamic State — or ISIS — in the city of Mosul after nine months of urban warfare. Almost one million people from Mosul have been displaced.

A brother and sister who fled that city and settled in Missoula four years ago are adapting to life as Americans. They’re making a living selling Iraqi flatbread in Montana, and marketing it to fit American tastes.

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This week on Blue Light Boogie, Art Hooker's "trilogy" of time continues with the fourth episode of the series. 

Take some time to catch Art Hooker every Friday on YPR from 9 to 11 p.m. Tune in or stream it from your desktop or mobile device.

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

Ellen Theatre

Esteemed by Comedy Central as one of the best stand-up comics of all time, Paula Poundstone is perhaps best known in the radio world for her regular appearances on the NPR comedy quiz show, Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Fresh on the heels of the release of her new memoir, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, Poundstone will be in Bozeman Fri. Aug. 11 to perform standup at the Ellen Theatre.

Resounds: The Halsteads

Jul 24, 2017
courtesy Tippet Rise

Philanthropists and arts enthusiasts Peter and Cathy Halstead are the passion and vision behind Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Montana. Set on a 10,000 acre working sheep and cattle ranch, Tippet Rise hosts classical music concerts and exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures. 


The Shins have been a constant part of NPR's musical DNA for much of the 21st century. The group's poetic pop has shown up in something like 25 stories on our website, not just because many of us are longtime fans, but also because our listeners love them.

NOTE: Each day this week we'll be rolling out a series of videos from Sylvan Esso that comprise the duo's upcoming visual EP, Echo Mountain Sessions.

Eduardo Garcia and Jennifer Jane the morning after his hand was amputated.
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

The Montana-based producers of the movie “Unbranded” have a new documentary opening at the Babcock Theater in Billings this Thursday.

It’s called “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story” and it's about a man who was struck with 2,400 volts of electricity and survived.

Lynn Donaldson

Ox Pasture features local big sky flavor. For Executive Chef Chris Lockhart, seasonal produce and products from the environs around Red Lodge shape his menu planning.  Local bounty plays the starring role backed by flavors and food from afar. Contributors to the local offerings include Laurel Farmers Market, owned by Leslyn and Greg Johnson. Even more, “local” also applies to the strong community support, filling the restaurant with eager patrons who have become regulars at the popular restaurant.

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This week on the Blue Light Boogie, we wrap up our final episode on time. It may be the last time in this three-part series, but you can still catch Art Hooker every week here on YPR from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tune in or stream it from your desktop or mobile device.

Tom Bensen of Arts Missoula joins MTPR's Michael Marsolek with a report on the economic impact of non-profit arts organizations in Missoula County — a whopping $54 million according to a new report from Americans for the Arts.

"These are numbers that validate what people already know," Bensen says, "that the arts and culture organizations and people contribute a lot to our economy."

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