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Buy handcrafted goodies and support Montana artists and artisans

Opportunities abound to fill stockings and stock up on handcrafted goodies, and support Montana artists and artisans in the process. A few samples of art and craft festivals around the region, beginning on Thanksgiving weekend, include the following events. Read more

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Artist Ben Steele celebrates 93rd birthday

Artist Ben Steele will be celebrated with exhibits throughout Montana this fall and at a special celebration at the Western Heritage Center in Billings on Nov. 17, marking his 93rd birthday. Steele – who survived the grueling Bataan Death March during World War II and three years as a Japanese prisoner of war – has chronicled those experiences in drawings and paintings.

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Gordon Lightfoot performs in Bozeman and Helena

Modern-day troubadour and Canadian folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot, who has touched millions with his thoughtful, evocative portraits of life and landscape, performs Nov. 19 in Bozeman and Nov. 20 in Helena. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he's recorded over 200 songs, including such classic hits as "Sundown," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Read more

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The Second City brings “Fair and Unbalanced” to three Montana towns

The Second City, recently called “Improv’s Harvard” by Vanity Fair, brings its veritable “Who’s Who of Comedy” to Dillon, Helena and Whitefish. Their production, called “Fair and Unbalanced,” takes unbridled comic pleasure in the foibles of present-day America. No institution escapes the satiric eye of these wiseguys – from the blowhards of the Beltway to the Hollywood elite. Read more

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Montana Festival of the Book rounds up more than 100 authors

The 11th annual Montana Festival of the Book celebrates the literature of the West by showcasing over 100 authors in a variety of readings, discussions, exhibits, signings, receptions and other special events, Oct. 28-30 in downtown Missoula. Highlights include Friday's gala reading, with Jess Walter, Robert Wrigley and C.J. Box, and Saturday's first-ever “A Shiver Runs Through It,” featuring frightful original stories. Read more

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Alternative healing at heart of Art and Soul Festival

The annual Art & Soul Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23 in Billings, brings a wealth of healing modalities, family-oriented activities, and art and crafts to the Shrine Auditorium. The festival, which benefits the Koncerts for Kids Series, features a line-up of more than 45 art and crafts vendors and alternative healing practitioners from Montana, Wyoming and beyond. Read more • (1) Comments

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Great Northwest Oktoberfest brings all things Bavarian to Whitefish

The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce is hosting the inaugural Great Northwest Oktoberfest, with authentic German food, beer, music, dancing and some crazy contests Oct. 14-17 in Depot Park. A giant 60-by-90-foot "beer tent" encloses table seating for 400, a stage and dance floor and Canada's top polka band, The Western Senators, deliver polka, waltzes, oom-pah and killer western swing. Read more

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