New+Notable

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Red Ants Pants Music Festival announces a powerhouse line-up

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival team announced another powerhouse line-up of musicians for the 2015 festival, July 23-26 in White Sulphur Springs. Three-time Grammy winner, blues-Americana master Keb’ Mo’ joins the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Bingham and country music icon Lee Ann Womack as headline acts. The Turnpike Troubadours, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, singer-songwriter Holly Williams join two-dozen artists at the fifth annual roots and Americana music festival. Read more

Music+CDs

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“Strum and Drum” concert supports guitar classes at Salish Kootenai College

“Strum and Drum,” a benefit concert to support the launch of a new guitar education program at the Salish and Kootenai College, is slated for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre on the SKC campus in Pablo. The program features many leading musicians from Northwest Montana, including Jack Gladstone, Rob Quist and Halladay Quist, Tim Torgerson, Kevin Van Dort and Mike Murray. Read more

Theatre+Dance

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Greg Johnson directs MCT’s production of “The Rainmaker”

The Missoula Community Theatre presents "The Rainmaker," N. Richard Nash’s charming play about love, family, drought and forgiveness, through March 29. Greg Johnson, artistic director for the Montana Repertory Theatre, is the guest director of this romantic comedy, set on a Midwestern farm during the Great Depression. "The Rainmaker" is a story about the Curry family and the chances we take when we release ourselves of fear, habit and routine. Read more

Books+Readings

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Get Lit! brings literary bonanza to Spokane

The annual Get Lit! Festival, presented April 20-26 by Eastern Washington University, celebrates the written word with an array of fun and educational offerings, including readings, workshops, panel discussions, and poetry slams for all ages at various Spokane venues. Among the highlights: Book-It Repertory Theatre Seattle performs “Alice in Wonderland,” and Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter create their podcast, “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, Live.” Read more

Artists+Exhibits

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Art Auction 47 | Festive event celebrates artists and the YAM

The Yellowstone Art Museum celebrates its 47th annual art auction March 7 at the museum in Billings. The YAM’s most significant fundraising event generates proceeds to support exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year, while supporting artists living and working in the region.  Festivities begin at 5 p.m. March 7 and feature a dinner and dessert buffet catered by Thomas Nelson Catering. Live auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more

Sports+Recreation

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Runners head to Great Falls for Ice Breaker Road Race

Join more than 4,100 runners, joggers and fitness walkers who participate in the Ice Breaker Road Race each year. The 36th annual race, April 26 in Great Falls, features three courses: a five-mile race for competitive runners certified by TAC-RRCA, a three-mile race/run for competitive and recreational runners, and a one-mile run/walk course for families. Events begin at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center. Read more