WESTERN NOTEBOOK

Right from the Gate: New art exhibition in Kalispell opens with energy

Posted On: Aug. 25 - 2016

The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, opens A Timeless Legacy – Women Artists of Glacier National Park, showcasing the nationally recognized talents of 27 artists and featuring a mix of landscape, wildlife, Native American, and Park subject matter in a range of sizes.

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That Woman At Kinsey

Posted On: Aug. 22 - 2016

Photographer Kelsey Weyerbacher's postgraduate career begins with work on several projects honoring the people of Montana

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What We’re Listening To

Posted On: Aug. 21 - 2016

Poet and lyricist Paul Zarzyski, based out of Great Falls, Montana, contributed the Back 40 poem to this year's Big Sky Journal Arts Issue. Zarzyski is a busy guy and among his many other books, broadsides, and CDs, his most recent project is the brilliant and dang-near-unclassifiable audio performance called Steering With My Knees.  Conceived as a companion to his paperback collection of the same name, Steering With My Knees starts with Zarzyski reading some of his most popular poems (he's justifiably famous as a performer on the cowboy poetry circuit) and pairs these readings with appropriate musical accompaniment. As his website puts it, there's a "Veritable Symphony of Esteemed Musicians Playing Electric/ Acoustic / Lap Steel / Bass / Slide Guitars, Alto and Tenor Sax, Piano, Cello, Drums, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Jaw Harp, Didgeridoo, String Bass, Flugelhorn, Fiddle, Flute, Keyboards, Accordion, Pizzicato Viola, Blues Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Theremin … as well as the application of Electric / Foley / Bell Sounds, Voice Impersonations, and, last but not least, The Singing of Poetry and Lyrics." Snippets can be heard here, and downloads can be had at iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. A paperback version of Steering With My Knees is available at Montana's independent bookstores, as well as online.

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Enduring Legacy: A new cooperative bookstore in Billings, Montana, is slated to open in September

Posted On: Aug. 16 - 2016

Montana’s roots, stretching deep into the soil and its history, have given rise to a new bookstore in Billings, Montana.

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Showcasing the West: Heart of the West Art Show & Sale begins in Bozeman

Posted On: Aug. 11 - 2016

Heart of the West Art Show & Sale begins in Bozeman, Montana, with over 60 premier artists exhibiting their work at the Grandtree Inn.

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Cast Your Line: Non-profit seeks input from fishermen

Posted On: Aug. 04 - 2016

Bozeman-based non-profit seeks input from fishing enthusiasts with a short survey and a chance to win a Simms Waypoints Sling Pack.

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Big Sky Journal’s B-Side

Posted On: Aug. 02 - 2016

Big Sky Journal's editor Allen Morris Jones rejects his own submission

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