At the Black Mountain kiln, women keep the fire burning

At the Black Mountain kiln, women keep the fire burning

The crew on Black Mountain has been taking turns feeding a wood-fired kiln 24 hours a day, and by the time I get up there, they've been doing that for seven days straight.

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Controlling chaos in UM's Noises Off

Michael Frayn's Noises Off is a play within a play in which each plate of sardines, each faulty door knob and each bottle of whiskey is crucial to the unfolding action.

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The voodoo verse of Mark Gibbons' The Imitation Blues

You know that feeling you get when you buy something local to support the community, then you discover it's actually something you need, something you want, and it's damn good to boot?

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Hulu's Handmaid's Tale brings Margaret Atwood's classic dystopia one step closer to current

For the sake of this particular conversation, forget everything I've said about television being an inferior (to cinema) storytelling medium.

(Television)  

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Jamie and Travis Present... the strangely ordinary essence of Missoula

Travis Yost likes to imagine Missoula as a fictional place, a mountain town where colorful characters hold down strange jobs, circling around each other in coffee shops, bars and breweries, making art, entertaining one another in new and absurd ways and sometimes having soul-searching conversations.

Apr 20, 2017

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The Beet Tops keep square dancing alive and kicking

For a long time, square dancing has been viewed as a relic—enjoyed by the old and rural, exiled to barns and fields.

(Music)   Apr 20, 2017

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Gwen Florio's 'Reservations' mixes thrills and indigenous politics

In the opening scene of Gwen Florio's latest book, an old Navajo man sets up his lawn chair in the middle of the Arizona desert on a day that promises to be a scorcher.

(Books)   Apr 20, 2017

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'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

My mom's Netflix account has been working overtime lately to provide me, my roommates and untold ex-boyfriends a constant stream of programming.

(Film)   Apr 20, 2017

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The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel

When Mike Steinberg took over the International Wildlife Film Festival four years ago, Chuck Jonkel paid him a visit at the Roxy Theater.

Apr 13, 2017

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Three must-see features at this year's International Wildlife Film Festival

David Attenborough's Light on Earth

(Film)   Apr 13, 2017

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For John Gierach, fly fishing is freedom

Over the course of 19 books, John Gierach has emerged as a fantastic writer and a remarkable observer of people and the natural world.

(Books)   Apr 13, 2017

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On record: Portraits, by Pale People

Portraits opens with urgent, banging, staccato keyboard, followed by Mack Gilcrest's theatrical voice soaring: "The robots come to kill me, summer 2003!"

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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On Record: Ladybug, by Joseph Running Crane and the Dirty Birds

Joseph Running Crane first showed up on the Missoula music scene almost 10 years ago with Goddammitboyhowdy, a fast and loose punk band nurtured in Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation.

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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On Record: Emperor of Sand, by Mastodon

On their new album, prog-metal heroes Mastodon spin a tale of a man cursed with certain death as he hopelessly perseveres through an endless desert.

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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Photographer Brian Christianson captures Missoula's epic winter

During this transitional season, when spring seems hesitant to grab hold, it's easy to long for the summer months ahead and try to block winter from your mind, no matter how epic it was.

(The Arts)   Apr 6, 2017

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John Floridis celebrates 25 years of Musician's Spotlight

Musician's Spotlight has been on the air for 25 years, long enough to survive several evolutionary jumps in recording technology.

Apr 6, 2017

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Savoring Jim Harrison's enormous appetite

Jim Harrison's new collection of food essays, A Really Big Lunch, was released exactly one year after his death.

(Books)   Apr 6, 2017

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Like Groundhog Day, but without the funny

In Before I Fall, we meet high school senior Sam (Zoey Deutch) as she floats through a typical day in any popular, rich girl's life.

(Film)   Apr 6, 2017

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Bare Bait Dance pairs music with movement in Surge

In many ways, Bare Bait Dance's spring showcase, Surge, lives up to its title.

(Dance)   Mar 30, 2017

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How Fantasy Suite turns reality TV into real emotion

Fantasy Suite's song "Even More" begins with a soft bass line and loose guitar strumming that evokes the desperation and wistfulness of a Fleetwood Mac song.

Mar 30, 2017

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On record: Adult Teen, by Lisa Prank

It's been almost exactly a year since Lisa Prank played in Missoula for the first time.

(Music)   Mar 30, 2017

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On record: Blindfaller, by Mandolin Orange

There are a lot of sloppy, boring Americana-folk bands out there, but Mandolin Orange is their opposite.

(Music)   Mar 30, 2017

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On record: A Crow Looked at Me, by Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum's wife, artist Geneviève Castrée, died of pancreatic cancer in July 2016, leaving Elverum with the couple's 18-month-old daughter and an otherwise empty house.

(Music)   Mar 30, 2017

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Olivier Assayas sustains suspense with Personal Shopper

You can tell that director Olivier Assayas wrote Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart in mind.

(Film)   Mar 30, 2017

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Caitlin Hofmeister puts failure in perspective on her new podcast, 'You're doing just fine'

Caitlin Hofmeister is not a person you expect to be contemplating failure.

Mar 23, 2017

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Mega Bog's Erin Birgy talks sax appeal

Mega Bog is Brooklyn's Erin Birgy accompanied by a rotating cast of Brooklyn- and Seattle-based musicians, including Will Murdoch from Iji and Meg Duffy of Hand Habits.

(Music)   Mar 23, 2017

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