New+Notable

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Blue Man Group celebrates wonder, discovery (and paint)

Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that combine music, comedy, science, multimedia elements and lots of paint. Three bald, blue characters escort audiences in Missoula, Billings and Spokane on a funny, intelligent and visually stunning adventure, accompanied by the haunting tribal rhythms of a live band. “We can learn from the Blue Man not to be afraid to break rules and to twist everything a little,” says founder Phil Stanton. Read more

Music+CDs

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20 Grand | Don’t Hoard the Funk

These first-rate Whitefish musicians recently released a debut album, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. The band live-tracked and recorded the album in two days in analog format. The production is crisp and clean, and all the pieces come together in exuberant, controlled chaos. You can tell this gang enjoys making the instruments talk. As Kanter chants in “Bushwick”: “We came here to rock the jam, everybody throw your hands.” And we do! Read more

Theatre+Dance

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Whitefish Theatre Company opens season with “Harvey”

The Whitefish Theatre Company opens its 2014-2015 theatre season with a production of "Harvey," made famous by the 1951 movie version starring Jimmy Stewart, at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. This endearing comedy about how real friends are hard to find continues through Oct. 19, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. “This is an ageless story that pulls us in with its warmth and with its wisdom,” says director Nancy Nei. Read more

Books+Readings

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Emerson Hough | Rough Trip Through Yellowstone

Talented journalist Emerson Hough was sent west in 1894 by Forest and Stream magazine to document the number of buffalo (estimated to be between 150 and 200 head) remaining within the borders of Yellowstone Park. Scott Herring edits this compilation of 14 articles he wrote about the trip, subtitled The Epic 1894 Winter Expedition of Emerson Hough, F. Jay Haynes, and Billy Hofer. Read more

Artists+Exhibits

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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

Sports+Recreation

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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