Celebrate Montana art at Helena showcase and sale

Gifted artists from across the state gather from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Colonial Red Lion Inn for Celebrate Montana Art, the fourth annual MAP Showcase and Sale. Admission is free. Sixty-five artists who have completed, or are participating in, the Montana Arts Council’s Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) exhibit and sell artwork inspired by the rich landscape, diversity of spirit and eclectic life beneath the Big Sky. Read more



Steve Betz | Kaleidoscope

Helena guitarist/songwriter Steve Betz has cut a new CD featuring his trademark “feel-good Americana with Christian threads.” All the songs are his, save Ray Golden’s “Have You.” Betz’s fine cast of music-makers includes co-producer Dan Nichols on percussion, Mike Killeen on acoustic and electric guitars and background vocals, and Terry O’Hare on bass and electric and acoustic guitars. Read more



Stumptown Players premieres “No Time for Love”

Stumptown Players stages the world premiere of “No Time for Love,” a modern-day comedy by Montana playwright Kathy Witkowsky, at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Nov. 6-15 in the KM Theatre in the historic KM Building in Kalispell. Directed by Linda Grinde, the play is described as “a witty, fast-paced social satire exploring how technology has affected relationships … Think cell phones, Internet dating and sperm donors, with a satirical twist.” Read more



Paul Zarzyski: Poet lariat of the Rockies

It’s a cool summer afternoon just outside of Great Falls, and Paul Zarzyski wants to talk about his stuffed mink. Respectfully christened Mister Mink, the animal sits glassy-eyed in the poet’s cluttered studio among colorful neckties, photographs, and trinkets. “Mister Mink gave me a poem,” Zarzyski says. “I have an old washing machine that gave me a poem, too." His new book, Steering with my Knees, is dedicated to friends, lovers, colleagues, acquaintances, mentors, as well as, of course, Mr. Mink. Read more



Iconic LEGO® takes new form in “The Art of the Brick”

The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings hosts "The Art of the Brick®," an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. On display through Jan. 4, "The Art of the Brick" is one of the largest and most popular art exhibitions touring the globe, heralded by CNN as "one of the top 12 must-see exhibits in the world." The artist's aim is "to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before." Read more



Ski Swaps: Get in gear for the season

Skiers and snowboarders are gearing up for the season – and what better way to shed old equipment and find great bargains on gear than ski swaps. Our round-up includes ski swaps in Kalispell, Oct. 4-5; in Great Falls, Oct. 17-18; and Bozeman, Nov. 1-2. All of them benefit local ski clubs that promote the sport and encourage youngsters to learn how to ski. Read more