Arts & Culture

courtesy Neal Ambrose-Smith

Mother and son artists Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith are deeply connected to their heritage. Juane Quick-to-See Smith creates work addressing the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing American Indians, while Neal Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issue. Both are enrolled Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Metis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, in Montana. 

Stella Fong

Veronika’s Pastry Shop is easy to walk by. From the sidewalk, the small storefront is unassuming.  White outline sketches of France’s Eiffel Tower and Russia’s Basil Cathedral mark the front window. However from the street when driving by, a red awning emblazoned with the shop’s name marks its location on Montana Avenue.

Stella Fong

As I write this post for the next Flavors Under the Big Sky, I send strength and hope to those in California, especially in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. Mother Nature has not been kind, but I know the human spirit perseveres. May time heal all the damage that has been done. May Mother Nature grant a reprieve for repair and renewal.

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner focus on music as they interview musicians and educators John Roberts and Angella Ahn and award-winning composer Eric Funk.


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Playlist #1826 Oct. 6, 2017

“Where The Yellow Cross The Dog”, Corey Harris, Downhome Sophisticate, Rounder Records, http://www.corey-harris.com http://www.rounder.com

“New Frisco Train”, Bukka White, Memphis Country Blues vol. 1, Memphis Archives

“Morning Train”, Precious Bryant, The Truth, Terminus Records, http://www.preciousbryant.com http://www.terminusrecords.com

Stella Fong

Women chefs. Women produced wines. Chef Megan Jessee, Programs Manager for the Montana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is one of the chefs participating in the 2nd Annual ZONTA Sip and Savor. Jessee shared about the event, “I think it is the perfect partnership – female chefs female winemakers and ZONTA since their goal is to empower leaders, female leaders in our community.”   

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Playlist #1825 Sept. 29, 2017

“Midnight Special Blues”, Cryin’ Sam Collins, Jailhouse Blues, Yazoo Records, http://www.shanachie.com/genres/yazoo

“Yellow Dog  Blues”, ‘Cryin’ Sam Collins, Jailhouse Blues, Yazoo Records, http://www.shanachie.com/genres/yazoo

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Playlist #1823 Sept. 15, 2017

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

“Telephone King”, John Mooney, Telephone King, Powerhouse Records, http://www.powerhouserecords.com

“You Got The Wrong Number”, E.C. Scott, Come Get Your Love, Blind Pig Records, http://www.ecscott.com http://www.blindpigrecords.com

Gary Furguson, John Clayton

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner sit down with prolific Montana authors Gary Ferguson and John Clayton


This is National Banned Books Week. The  annual event shines a spotlight on materials that have been moved from library shelves. Library officials say this week gives them an opportunity call attention to the value of free and open access to information.

That begs a question: What happens if someone has a problem with a book?

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