Irish Studies launches month of music, film and events

Thanks to our friends at the University of Montana’s Irish Studies program, Missoula is awash in Celtic-flavored events this month, including concerts by Irish fiddler James Kelly March 7 (and March 6 in Butte) and Liam O'Maonlai March 21 (March 20 in Butte). Lectures, films, a parade, banquet and auction celebrate Ireland's patron saint. Festivities culminate in raffle drawing for a trip for two to Ireland. Read more



“Strum and Drum” concert supports guitar classes at Salish Kootenai College

“Strum and Drum,” a benefit concert to support the launch of a new guitar education program at the Salish and Kootenai College, is slated for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre on the SKC campus in Pablo. The program features many leading musicians from Northwest Montana, including Jack Gladstone, Rob Quist and Halladay Quist, Tim Torgerson, Kevin Van Dort and Mike Murray. Read more



Solero Flamenco shares the passion and energy of flamenco

Houston's premier flamenco performance company shares the tradition and essence of flamenco with trademark passion and energy in two concerts: 6-8 p.m. March 13 at the Top Hat and 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Flathead Lake Brewing Company. The group also teaches at Rocky Mountain Ballet studio before heading to Great Falls for an artists' residency and performance. Read more



Fourth of July Creek wins Montana Book Award

The 2014 Montana Book Award winner is Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. His debut novel is escribed as "a timely and unflinching meditation on freedom, community, paranoia, dignity, rugged independence, and the reverberations of brutality and neglect in the lives of the most innocent." The three honor books are Astoria by Peter Stark, Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn and The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan. Read more



Art Auction 47 | Festive event celebrates artists and the YAM

The Yellowstone Art Museum celebrates its 47th annual art auction March 7 at the museum in Billings. The YAM’s most significant fundraising event generates proceeds to support exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year, while supporting artists living and working in the region.  Festivities begin at 5 p.m. March 7 and feature a dinner and dessert buffet catered by Thomas Nelson Catering. Live auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more



Whitefish hosts World Ski Joring Championships

It's winter, it's Montana, and it's wild! Big Sky Country's own exciting and unique form of extreme sports is here, with the most money, the largest field of competitors, and for spectators, the biggest party on snow! The World Ski Joring Championships, Jan. 23-25 at the airport in Whitefish, are marked by the largest cash purse on the entire skijoring race circuit, estimated at over $20,000 this year. Read more