Last call: Rock Lotto says goodbye with a tribute to 1986

Last call: Rock Lotto says goodbye with a tribute to 1986

On a recent Friday night, Jason McMackin stood on a chair at the Ole Beck VFW bar surrounded by people knocking back beers, listening to him speak.

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In 'The Unsettlers,' Mark Sundeen looks for lives well lived

Mark Sundeen, as his books attest, is a seeker.

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'I Am Not Your Negro' brings James Baldwin back

There's something undeniably confrontational about director Raoul Peck's Academy Award-nominated documentary.

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On record: Punknique, by MASS FM

MASS FM's Doug Smith is a singer who can get away with using words like "beseeched" in his rock-and-roll lyrics without sounding like a douchebag.

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On record: And Then Like Lions, by Blind Pilot

All weekend I tried to listen to Blind Pilot's third album And Then Like Lions: in the car, while I worked, while I walked my dog.

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On record: We Were Wild, by Esmé Patterson

Esmé Patterson has full command of every indie-rock vocal ejaculation possible.

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The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al

During a recent Sunday night session at Imagine Nation Brewing called Jazzination, Antonio Al folds his long frame behind a small sparkly red drum kit and starts snapping out a beat.

Feb 16, 2017

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Coyote and cocktails meet in Ryan Feddersen's MAM exhibit

With an installation called "Coyote Now!"

(The Arts)   Feb 16, 2017

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Talking Ursus arctos, from Glacier to Gobi, with Whitefish biologist Doug Chadwick

It's easy to get the impression that only young daredevils with snowboards and climbing gear are having real adventures these days.

(Books)   Feb 16, 2017

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Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness' requires a strong stomach

There's a temptation facing reviewers to anticipate the commercial prospects of movies before they are released.

(Film)   Feb 16, 2017

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The life and loves and lyrics of Izaak Opatz

Some of the best country music, whether from classic singers like Connie Smith and Patsy Cline or alt-country artists like Robbie Fulks, deals in transparent denial.

Feb 9, 2017

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Billings comedian Will Thomas on bombing, picking up the pieces, and the pros of showing up

Billings comedian Will Thomas is known by other comedians as the guy who will drive anywhere that will offer him a stage and a microphone—and his commitment has paid off.

(The Arts)   Feb 9, 2017

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Looking for love in the multiverse of 'Constellations'

Constellations asks the question: What if the consequences of all possible choices coexist as parallel realities?

(Theater)   Feb 9, 2017

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'20th Century Women' reconstructs the feminist moment, circa 1979

There's sex—some—though with more awkwardness and regrets than action.

(Film)   Feb 9, 2017

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Tattoo artist Rob Rez adds a paint brush to his arsenal

Rob Rez's corner inside Bound by Glory Tattoo is decorated with deer skulls, a bandolier stuffed with bullets and rows of tattoo designs detailed in lush colors.

Feb 2, 2017

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UM visiting writer Sandra Lim reads poems of longing and despair

My first poetry teacher told me that all poems are about longing and despair.

(Books)   Feb 2, 2017

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On record: Magpies, Jonny Fritz, Blue Rodeo

Magpies, Annex

(Music)   Feb 2, 2017

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Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' takes risks that American films won't

Finally, Montanans get a chance to see one of the most provocative, sexy and complex films of 2016.

(Film)   Feb 2, 2017

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Anti-Semites see 'They Live' as a coded warning of Jewish control. They're missing the point entirely.

Earlier this month, director John Carpenter took to Twitter to correct a theory about his 1988 film They Live.

Jan 26, 2017

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James Hamblin on what we know—and how we communicate—about human health

Doctor-turned-journalist James Hamblin is supremely interested in how the human body works, as well as how healthcare writers can best educate the public about the issues of health and wellness.

(Books)   Jan 26, 2017

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Up yours: a feminist soundtrack

On the way to Helena for Saturday's Women's March on Montana, our carload of women listened to a playlist made for the occasion.

(Music)   Jan 26, 2017

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Matthew McConaughey does the Oscar hustle in 'Gold'

Do you enjoy watching men get excited about making lots of money?

(Film)   Jan 26, 2017

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How a brush with Tennessee Williams led a doctor back to theater

Peter Philips was a young surgical intern at New York City's Bellevue Hospital when he decided one day, on impulse, to fly to Jamaica.

Jan 19, 2017

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Ceramacist David Hiltner and the anticipation of uncertainty

When David Hiltner says he's passionate about ceramics, he's not just talking about making clay vessels.

(The Arts)   Jan 19, 2017

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Unearthing Paradise rallies for wild places

Poet and GIS analyst Max Hjortsberg is no stranger to the horrors of industrial gold mining.

(Books)   Jan 19, 2017

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The Founder nails a fast-food origin story

Nothing is more American than McDonald's, and that's what makes The Founder horrifying.

(Film)   Jan 19, 2017

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