New+Notable

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Crown Guitar Festival in Bigfork: An adventure in collaboration

Master guitarists take time from teaching at the Crown Guitar Workshop to offer six evening concerts Aug. 24-30 under the big tent at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. Performers include progressive rock torchbearer Dweezil Zappa, Blood, Sweat and Tears alumnus Mike Stern, blues guitarist Ana Popovic, singer-songwriters Emily Elbert and Shelby Lynne,  jazz fusion luminary Lee Ritenour, guitarist and composer David Leisner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates. Read more

Music+CDs

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Kalispell composer contributes three works to Gettysburg at 150

Kalispell composer Craig Naylor has three ambitious pieces on Gettysburg at 150: Music of the American Civil War 1863-2013, a recent CD commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of America’s homegrown war. The compositions are nestled among 10 jewels of music from that period, including “Oh Shenandoah” and “Ashokan Farewell,” performed by the Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Read more

Theatre+Dance

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Bigfork Summer Playhouse: Tragedy, comedy and scantily-clad steelworkers

The summer season is in full swing at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, with a selection ranging from Broadway faves to a laugh-out-loud tale of the travails and triumphs of scantily clad steelworkers. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 23, and Monday, Aug. 4, and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 13 and 20 and Aug. 10 and 17, at the theatre in Bigfork. Read more

Books+Readings

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Bryce Andrews | Badluck Way, A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

As Bryce Andrews recounts a year spent on the Sun Ranch, an enormous spread that sprawls along the Madison River, his words bristle and glisten, much like the wolves that enthrall the young cowboy. “The wolf came up Beaver Creek quiet as fog,” he writes of the enigmatic, ominous predators. “Wolves inhabit a landscape humans can never know. Their forest is different from the one we walk through – more intelligible, bursting at the seams with information.” Read more

Artists+Exhibits

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Sandra Dal Poggetto | “Meditations on the Field”

Helena-based artist Sandra Dal Poggetto uses an abstract language and fragments of the western landscape – hide, feathers, wood and wire – to create evocative paintings and drawings in a solo exhibition, on display through Sept. 27 at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana in Missoula. Pulitzer-Prize winning author/critic Mark Stevens describes her paintings as “truthful reflection[s] of our culture’s complex relations to the landscape of the West.” Read more

Sports+Recreation

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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, www.facebook.com/LivelyTimes, for race-entry giveaways. Read more