New batch of Nutcrackers fills stages across Montana

It's that season again, when young Clara falls asleep, cradling her beloved Nutcracker doll, and awakens to a grand adventure, beginning with a battle between the Nutcracker Prince and the Mouse King, followed by magical excursions to the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. Ballet dancers across Montana toe up to Tchaikovsky's elegant score, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Here's our round-up: Read more



Steve Betz | Kaleidoscope

Helena guitarist/songwriter Steve Betz has cut a new CD featuring his trademark “feel-good Americana with Christian threads.” All the songs are his, save Ray Golden’s “Have You.” Betz’s fine cast of music-makers includes co-producer Dan Nichols on percussion, Mike Killeen on acoustic and electric guitars and background vocals, and Terry O’Hare on bass and electric and acoustic guitars. Read more



Missoula Community Theatre gift wraps “Winter Wonderettes”

Tickets are selling fast to Missoula Community Theatre's production of "Winter Wonderettes" – a family-friendly, entertaining musical, perfectly gift-wrapped for the holidays! The show plays Dec. 12-14 and 17-21 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts in Missoula. Andy Meyers is the show’s guest director and Lizzie Hatfield provides music direction in a show that's packed with humor and holiday tunes. Read more



Peter Fromm | If Not For This

Maddy and Dalt call themselves “The Luckies” because their love is so large. “There’s no way anything this huge could ever happen again, not in this universe. We’ve used it up. All the luck.” Well, except the bad luck that inflicts Maddy with multiple sclerosis – a mean disease that gradually steals everything from this strong, vital young river runner, except love. Author Pete Fromm’s new novel generously imagines the lives of Dalt and Maddy … Read more



Tim Holmes | “The Metaphysical Maps”

In his series, “The Metaphysical Maps,” Helena artist Tim Holmes combines the precision aesthetics of antique maps with the looseness of abstract expressionist painting. The series is on display through Nov. 30 at Rocky Mountain Map Gallery in Missoula. These detailed and seemingly accurate charts of internal experiences expose a messy reality that, despite our attempts at understanding, lends itself to nothing like precision. Read more



Step outdoors with Glacier Institute’s winter course offerings

The Glacier Institute has added three new courses for the winter season, aimed at encouraging folks to get out and enjoy hiking and learning in the great outdoors during this season of solitude. Explore Glacier National Park's wintry wonderland during Winter Ecology, Dec. 6; Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation, Jan. 10; and Winter Birds of Prey, March 7. Read more