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Friday, March 3, 2017

Vintage bikes to be exhibited as First Friday art show

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 12:03 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s a rule of the universe that cycling nerds can’t talk about old bikes without telling you about our own. I’ll be quick. Mine’s a 1973 Raleigh International that I rebuilt (rather amateurishly) from the frame up. The lugs are gorgeous. I had it painted gold, then asked a shop to cut the frame in half so my bike and I could travel the world together. That never happened, and now this vintage Frankenstein’s Monster sits in my basement.

Anyway, the bikes to be showcased on First Friday have had a lot more TLC than my Raleigh. In fact, the word on the street as that these wheels are road ready. “They’re not just bikes that he has sitting on a rack and polishes and keeps in this pristine condition,” says Missoula Bicycle Works owner Alex Gallego. “They are in pretty pristine condition, but he rides these bikes.”
Larry Lockwood will display his collection of restored vintage road bikes at Missoula Bicycle Works tonight as part of a First Friday show. - PHOTO BY DEREK BROUWER
  • Photo by Derek Brouwer
  • Larry Lockwood will display his collection of restored vintage road bikes at Missoula Bicycle Works tonight as part of a First Friday show.

That rider is Larry Lockwood, who after retiring has made a hobby of finding and restoring (and riding again) the kinds of bikes he rode in the 70s. "Missoula in the early 70s was pretty much a cycling hotbed," he says, before pulling out old photos of group rides. One of the bikes on display tonight is the same machine he's riding in the photos.

"I consider them to be works of art," he says.

Gallego decided to organize the show after realizing that Lockwood and another of his customers, Dirk Visser, had amassed impressive collections of bikes that date back to the 40s. Gallego starts reading the list to me: a couple Hetchens, a Claud Butler, a Porsche mountain bike, and a mid-80s Kestrel roadie with one of the first carbon frames around. Gallego remembers eyeing those Kestrels himself back when they were produced. “I was absolutely blown away,” he says. I imagine I will be, too.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Five more things to do at the Big Sky Doc Fest

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Being Evel
  • Being Evel
As if we didn't already give you enough to do.

1. It was a blow to fans everywhere when Carrie Fisher died in late December, and even more heartbreaking when her mom, Debbie Reynolds, died the next day. Strangely enough, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival had planned to show the HBO film Bright Lights—an intimate portrait of the  pair—to open the festival. Bright Lights uses vintage family film and recent interviews to tell the story of the mother-daughter legacy in a way that seems more poignant now than ever.
Tonight, Fri., Feb. 17, at the Wilma, at 7 PM. Free.

2. You barely need to be a conscious human being to know that podcasts are blowing up everywhere. If you're like me, you've got dozens of subscriptions loaded on your phone, including everything from RadioLab and 2 Dope Queens to Missoula-based Last Best Stories, which features slice-of-life tales about Montana people and critters. This year at BSDFF, podcasts get their due as genre of documentary storytelling. Jule Banville, UM School of Journalism professor and producer of Last Best Stories, has set up a listening lounge at Montgomery Distillery to showcase several audio shorts. You can sip an artisan cocktail and plug in to hear stories about, among other things, a bear encounter, a river trip gone wrong, a surprise brunch with David Bowie, and a woman who inherited a small Montana town but doesn't want it.
At Montgomery Distillery Sat., Feb. 18, through Sat., Feb. 25, from 3 PM to 6 PM. Sponsored by UM's School of Journalism and Last Best Stories.

3. In this week's coverage of the festival we wrote about EyeSteelFilm, a Canadian film collective that often deals in experimental works, 17 of which will be showcased as part of a retrospective at this year's festival. Another retrospective will focus on Daniel Junge, an Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker whose 2015 film, Being Evel, explores the life of Butte-born stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel. The festival will show 10 of Junge's films including Saving Face, about acid attacks on women in Pakistan, and They Killed Sister Dorothy, about a nun from Ohio killed in the Brazilian rainforest.
Being Evel screens at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 18, at 3 PM.

4. If you're a filmmaker or a film geek, you might be interested in Big Sky Pitch, an open-to-the-public event  where you can watch filmmakers pitch documentary ideas and in-progress films to a panel of producers from ESPN Films, Film Independent, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute and New York Times Video. Ten projects have been accepted and will each get 20 minutes to dazzle the panel in the hopes of getting funding.
At the UC Theatre Thu., Feb. 23, starting at 9 AM. Free.

5. Viewing films is the most obvious part of the Big Sky Doc Fest, but for aspiring and professional filmmakers it's also an opportunity to network and learn. Doc Shops is a set of workshops on documentary journalism, branding, crowd-funding, technology and distribution. There's even a Filmmaking 101 workshop for those just dipping their toes in. These classes are hosted by companies and organizations from all over, including The Audience Awards, Epic Montana and The Atlantic. The cost is $150, but the workshops are free to UM and MSU students.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Palace Lounge to close as a live music venue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Missoula band Tiny Plastic Stars playing the Palace in September 2016. - PHOTO BY AMY DONOVAN
  • photo by Amy Donovan
  • Missoula band Tiny Plastic Stars playing the Palace in September 2016.

The Palace Lounge will close its doors as a live music venue after Sat., Feb. 25, according to a press release from Scott MacIntyre, owner of the four-bar complex that includes Palace, Badlander, Golden Rose and Savoy.

"Given the competitive demands of a live music venue in Missoula, the owners of The Palace have decided to switch directions of the venue to better diversify their businesses and focus more on the music scene in the Badlander," MacIntyre wrote.

The basement bar is slated to reopen on March 17 as a billiard room called Three on the Side, a reference to a difficult billiards shot. That opening will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the complex. According to the release, the space will host several pool tables, games, television, seating and a full bar. The final live show at the Palace on Feb. 25 will also be the final Rock Lotto (Rock Lotto V: The Final Countdown), an annual event where musicians throw their names into a hat and are randomly placed in bands, with which they play for one night only.

The Palace has been home to the independent rock scene, and is one of just a couple of venues in town that cater to the DIY scene. The basement space has been a dive bar and live-show venue since at least the late-1980s, when it was called the DownUnder. It later became Club X and then Trendz. Over the years the space has hosted several artists who later became big, including the Offspring, Red Fang and Reggie Watts.

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