Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop announces line-up for 2015 festival

Registration is now open to attend the sixth annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop that will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 6 at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. A professional staff of teaching musicians will be joined by 12 world-renowned guitar artists for this year's workshop, which focuses on 10 distinct guitar styles offering students a choice of which master artist they would like to learn from. The classes for 2015 are: Read more



The Molotov Quintet | Ridin’ Sideways

Combine two extremely gifted musicians (Aaron Banfield and Gabe Lavin). Add equal parts talent from Loren Block, Alex Schwab and Jelani Mahiri. Mix in Latin, flamenco, Brazilian, Arabic, and jazz influences. Shake well, then pop Ridin’ Sideways – The Molotov Quintet’s all original debut – into an appropriate listening device, and enjoy the dynamism of the group’s live performances. Read more



Montana Rep launches national tour of “The Great Gatsby” with statewide tour

Witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre launches a national tour of “The Great Gatsby” this month with productions in seven Montana towns. “I first read 'The Great Gatsby' in one thrilling afternoon on the Jersey shore during high school, and I have long dreamed of bringing the novel to the stage,” writes Greg Johnson, the company’s artistic director. Read more



Ken Egan Jr. | Montana 1864, Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year

Ken Egan, director of Humanities Montana, has authored a very engaging synopsis of the year that Montana became a territory. Book chapters, which correspond to the months of the year, trace various events that occurred each month in 1864. And what a year it was! The book brims with entertaining vignettes about many Montana historical characters, all neatly packaged in a timeline. Read more



Four Charles M. Russell watercolors consigned to live auction of The Russell

Four original watercolor paintings by Charles M. Russell have been consigned to the live auction on Saturday, March 21, for "The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum." The first watercolor, "An Indian War Party," was painted in 1902 and is estimated to sell for $250,000 to $300,000. Experts consider this a completely finished work rather than a study because the figures are surprisingly complicated. 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