New+Notable

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It’s show time for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

Hollywood has a long tradition of rolling out the red carpet for world premiere movies. Polson has brought that tradition to northwest Montana with its third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, slated for Jan. 23-25 at the Showboat Cinema. FLIC, which was recognized as one of the top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the United States, offers full-length features, shorts, animation and documentaries, and a broad array of international films. Read more

Music+CDs

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The Molotov Quintet | Ridin’ Sideways

Combine two extremely gifted musicians (Aaron Banfield and Gabe Lavin). Add equal parts talent from Loren Block, Alex Schwab and Jelani Mahiri. Mix in Latin, flamenco, Brazilian, Arabic, and jazz influences. Shake well, then pop Ridin’ Sideways – The Molotov Quintet’s all original debut – into an appropriate listening device, and enjoy the dynamism of the group’s live performances. Read more

Theatre+Dance

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Montana Rep launches national tour of “The Great Gatsby” with statewide tour

Witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre launches a national tour of “The Great Gatsby” this month with productions in seven Montana towns. “I first read 'The Great Gatsby' in one thrilling afternoon on the Jersey shore during high school, and I have long dreamed of bringing the novel to the stage,” writes Greg Johnson, the company’s artistic director. Read more

Books+Readings

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Ken Egan Jr. | Montana 1864, Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year

Ken Egan, director of Humanities Montana, has authored a very engaging synopsis of the year that Montana became a territory. Book chapters, which correspond to the months of the year, trace various events that occurred each month in 1864. And what a year it was! The book brims with entertaining vignettes about many Montana historical characters, all neatly packaged in a timeline. Read more

Artists+Exhibits

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Ken Morsette | New Works

Ken Morsette (White Feather), an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, shares new acrylic works that primarily reflect Native American and wildlife themes Feb. 1-May 1 at Four Winds Gallery in the Emerson Center in Bozeman. An opening reception is slated for 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Morsette writes, "I try to capture my inner feeling as an indigenous American through the creations of my art." Read more

Sports+Recreation

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Whitefish hosts World Ski Joring Championships

It's winter, it's Montana, and it's wild! Big Sky Country's own exciting and unique form of extreme sports is here, with the most money, the largest field of competitors, and for spectators, the biggest party on snow! The World Ski Joring Championships, Jan. 23-25 at the airport in Whitefish, are marked by the largest cash purse on the entire skijoring race circuit, estimated at over $20,000 this year. Read more