Local skiers, snowboarders and beer drinkers face an epic decision tonight as the Fourth Annual Burning Dog Pray for Snow party kicks off at Big Sky Brewery at 6 p.m., and the sick ski porn flick The Way I See It makes its local premiere at 8 p.m.
Let's break down the two events in hopes of planning your gnarly pre-winter festivities:
Burning Dog: A 40-foot tall dog-like sculpture gloriously set aflame, plus tons of other stuff and a killer headlining band.
The Way I See It: The Matchstick Productions' name, which carries some weight. Plus Mark Abma and Eric Hjorleifson in the backwoods of British Columbia, footage of Ingrid Backstrom and her brother Arne, who recently passed away, and Colby West, who's funny.
Burning Dog: Tons of vendors, door prizes and games, including something called "beer quaffing," which just sounds naughty. (It's like a relay race, from what we understand.)
The Way I See It: According to one review, "An epic kicker at Alyeska with Bobby Brown and friends."
Burning Dog: The Ike Reilly Assassination, which has played a bunch of great shows over the years in Missoula. Cash for Junkers is also on the lineup.
The Way I See It: Great soundtrack opens with Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls."
Burning Dog: Spin called Reilly's Lollapalooza set a highlight of this year's concert, labeling him "The Best Barroom Poet Nobody Knows Outside the 312."
The Way I See It: Recently named by ESPN as "Best Picture" among the ski porn genre.
Drink of Choice
Burning Dog: Anything brewed by Big Sky.
The Way I See It: Red Bull.
Burning Dog: Also showing a movie! TeleVision by Powder Whore. See the trailer here:
The Way I See It: Official trailer here:
Price and place
Burning Dog: Big Sky Brewery, 6 p.m., $9
The Way I See It: Wilma Theatre, 8 p.m., $15
Clearly, the answer is to find some way to hit both. We hear Ike doesn't go on until 9ish, so perhaps start at Pray for Snow, swing past the Wilma at 8, then high-tail it back for most of Ike's set. If you can conquer backcountry terrain, or black diamonds at SnowBowl, surely you can figure out a way to navigate these events.