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

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All four members of the LA Guitar Quartet teach and perform at this year's festival. (Photo by Adrian
San Vicente)

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:

“Play with the Masters” with Dweezil Zappa and Shane Theriot. This course is a full six-day program for advanced players. Zappa and Theriot will share their techniques and lessons they have learned with focus on individual playing styles. Grammy®-winner Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, is an eclectic artist who plays a mix of rock, blues, jazz, fusion and metal and has 12 albums of… Read more

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It’s show time for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

Hollywood has a long tradition of rolling out the red carpet for world premiere movies. Polson has brought that tradition to northwest Montana with its third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, slated for Jan. 23-25 at the Showboat Cinema. FLIC, which was recognized as one of the top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the United States, offers full-length features, shorts, animation and documentaries, and a broad array of international films. Read more

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Seeley Lake Winterfest offers three weekends of fun

Seeley Lake celebrates all that winter offers over three weekends, Jan. 17-Feb. 1, with the Wild West Winterfest. Weekend 1: Fun kicks off with the Driftriders’ Snow Ball, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Community Hall; and a 7 p.m. reading by Malcolm Brooks from his new book, Painted Horses, at Grizzly Claw Trading Company. The Driftriders’ snowmobile poker run takes to the woods and backcountry trails at 9 a.m. Sunday. Read more

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First Night: A celebration of art, place and the passage of time

Twenty-one years ago, Tom Benson harmonized with a quartet as part of the inaugural First Night Missoula. It was bitterly cold, he recalls, and their venue was overflowing with an appreciative crowd. When he joined a throng at the county courthouse for the countdown to midnight, he heard the same stories all around: venues were packed and the audiences loved it all. “That’s when I realized this is not about one act, it’s about the whole shebang,” he says. Read more

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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

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Broad Comedy turns 15: “We shop for material from life”

Broad Comedy, Bozeman’s homegrown, all-woman comedy troupe, celebrates its 15th anniversary with three shows Nov. 20-22 at the Emerson Center. In honor of that milestone, we asked Katie Goodman a few questions about the company she and her husband, Soren Kisel, founded in 1999. She took time out from preparing for a show at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City to email answers. Read more

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Herb Alpert, on “the things that spark us”

Trumpeter Herb Alpert, who will blow his horn in Whitefish and Bozeman this month, has left an indelible mark on the music world, where his influence as a producer, musician and philanthropist are unrivaled. “Artists have to have courage, but it goes a little further,” Alpert said in a recent telephone interview. “Timing plays a big part. Timing has definitely been on my side. I couldn’t have started A&M in today’s world.” At almost 80, timing is still on Alpert’s side. Read more

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