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If the dark days and cold nights have you hovering around the TV at night watching Jimmy Buffet act his behind off on the "Hawaii Five-O" reboot, boy do we have good news. Missoula's Wilderness Watch and the Sustainable Business Council are hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Wilma Theatre, with eight films that will take you all over our remarkable earth, to places striking and troubled.

Some of the films, such as Big Rigs, are local in scope. Big Rigs focuses on the recent controversy surrounding the industrial transportation corridor, a narrow, mostly rural stretch of highway intended to transport large-scale oilfield equipment through Idaho and Montana, including equipment bound for the Alberta Tar Sands. The film was directed and produced by locals Holly Schroeder and Jane Grochowski.

Remember The Story of Stuff, directed by Annie Leonard? Two years ago the internet was agog over this film about modern-day consumption. At Big Sky High School, some local parents were upset that the film was used as educational material. Be sure to get the kids down to Leonard's exceptional, straightforward explanation of emissions trading in The Story of Cap and Trade.

Although Garfield County in Colorado seems far away, the explosion in drilling and hydraulic fracturing in that part of the world has some Montanans concerned that advancements in oil and gas recovery could allow for drilling in pristine places where it once seemed impossible. The Emmy-winning Split Estate uncovers the impact of natural gas drilling on the people and places of Garfield County.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival isn't just a ride on the bummer train. No Impact Man demonstrates how a couple with a toddler can live close to carbon-neutral—without electricity, eating locally-sourced food, not making garbage and not even using the elevator in their building. They accomplish all of this in New York City.

Practice what you preach, people. If you're not sure what to preach, maybe a trip to the film festival will give you some ideas.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival screens at the Wilma Theatre Thu., Dec. 1 at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 or 2-for-1 for students, available on Mon., Nov. 28 at Rockin Rudy's and the Trail Head.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER


Thanksgiving with the fam got you down? No big d. Tell 'em you got called into work and haul your hind end down to Big Sky Resort's season opener. Early season lift tickets are only $58. Yes, I am being facetious about the lift ticket price.

Lookout Pass opened for a minute last weekend, but they are on their regular schedule beginning today. 9–4 PM PST.

Gobble, gobble, go! The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run is a flat out and back fun-a-thon on the Kim Williams Trail, beginning and ending at Toole Park. Prizes. Strollers and walkers allowed. Gloves for participants. Sounds like MSO to me. 9:30 AM. Go to to register and for more info.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.


Pull up the suspenders on the woolen knickers or slink into your spandex "Go" suit and check out the fun and frolic that is the five-days long Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone. New trails, kids' clinics and a fashion show (fer sheezy!).

Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about being awesome, past glories, and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.


No messing around here. Snowbowl might open today. Just to be safe, check the website before you head up the hill. Also, pick up your season passes before Saturday instead of crying about the long lines. You've been warned. Buy your lift tickets before Dec. 8 and save 8 bones.


The Montucky Snowboard Team wants to teach your children to ride with pride. Come to their informational meeting at the Missoula Public Library and get the low down. 6–8 PM. Ages 8–18. Call Sarris at 396-0587 or check out their Facebook page.


No more not knowing more is the phrase that pays this winter. Check out clinical herbalist Britta Bloedorn's lecture Local Herbal Remedies and Botanical Medicine for the Fall Season, at the Montana Natural History Center. 7 PM. $4 suggested donation.


You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

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