Zootoberfest blends brewfest and family fun at ZooMontana

Families can enjoy an outing to ZooMontana in Billings Sept. 20 while experiencing a traditional Oktoberfest event replete with German food, games and beer. Live entertainment is on tap throughout the day, culminating in the evening Brewfest for the 21-and-over crowd, featuring music by the Jaded Ladies, Montana-based power trio Dirty Power, and Big Caboose and the Soul Penetrators' unique blend of R&B, soul, funk and disco. Read more



Kickstar | Waiting for Discovery

Conrad-based Kickstar has just released their four-song EP of hard-nosed rock ’n roll anthems. The album’s trio consists of Dana Hughes on bass and lead vocals, her husband Jimi Hughes on guitars, and Jeri Fouhy on guitars and vocals. The band’s current live incarnation is new, with Eric Sundgren on drums and vocals, replacing Fouhy. Power rock is the name of the game here. Read more



Brewery Follies keeps the laughs coming after Labor Day

Even as Virginia City begins to quiet down after another hectic summer, The Brewery Follies keep the doors open and the laughs rolling through Sept. 20 at the Old H.S. Gilbert Brewery. The fun-filled cabaret show, full of skits, goofiness and improv, continues in the 19th-century atmosphere of Montana’s first brewery. The madcap ensemble, headed by Mike and Jill Verdon, presents a wacky, contemporary comedy revue, with live music. Read more



Thomas Biel | Badlands, a Collection of Stories

Montana native Thomas Biel’s collection of short stories, all set in the fictional town of Riverside, are infused with the urgency and unpredictability of adolescence. Matthew, the teenage narrator and son of a Presbyterian minister struggling with his faith, recounts coming of age in a town “that sits on the edge of the vast apron of badlands,” where he discovers that life “is lived between the smooth bones of death.” Read more



Windows on Whitefish unveils third mosaic

To date, more than 400 people have broken glass and ceramics together, and learned to piece and mortar those fragments into works of art in the Windows on Whitefish project, launched in 2012 by Stumptown Art Studio. The first of the four windows depicting the seasons (spring) was unveiled on Sept. 21, 2012, followed by the second (summer) in 2013. The third window (fall) debuted in a ceremony on Sept. 4 at the corner of Second and Central. Read more



The clarion call of The Dirty Dash: Coming to Billings and Missoula

Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the last two years, you've heard the clarion-call of The Dirty Dash. No, it wasn’t the mating call of a moose. It was the starting bugle of the best race in town ... heck, maybe the best race on the planet, but who has the time to fact check? This year’s runs muck up Metrapark in Billings on July 24 and the Flying H Stables in Missoula, Sept. 6. Check our Facebook page,, for race-entry giveaways. Read more