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Livingston’s Parks Reece Debuts New Paintings

We love Parks Reece, the Livingston painter who marries a fine artist's touch with an eye for the absurd to create his very own genre of Western art. And this Friday he'll be debuting nine new paintings at his gallery as part of the Livingston Art Walk. We're delighted to have Parks as our "artist in residence," and we're proud to be report that one of his new works will be featured on an upcoming New West t-shirt. The opening is Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Parks Reece Gallery in Livingston, and will feature some of Parks' own vittels as well as wine from Ten Spoons Vineyard. Check out for more information.

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SnowGhost Productions Presents Brightblack Morning Light

There's a new production company in town, and they hope to change music as we know it in Whitefish. SnowGhost Productions, the brainchild of Whitefish music enthusiasts Dave Gawe and Brett Allen, is geared toward producing and promoting new music and fresh sounds. SnowGhost is working on a ten concert series that'll unroll this summer. Its first band, Matador-signed Brightblack Morning Light, will play tonight at Grouse Mountain Lodge.

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Listen: Montana Muse, Horse Songs

This segment of Montana Muse, with MusEco's Scott Prinzing features horse songs. Click here to listen to the program. The MusEco Media and Education Project produces Montana Muse and a program called Waste Not Want Not as part of its mission to provide information on the environment, the visual arts, music and Native American issues. The shows are also currently heard on Yellowstone Public Radio.

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A Belated Thanks to New West Flathead Valley Party-Goers

Over 50 of the Flathead Valley's movers and shakers showed up last Thursday night at the Great Northern in Whitefish to celebrate the New West Valley kickoff with us. The sun was shining, the conversation and the microbrew were flowing and the party was just a great time.

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Herding Cats in a Cultural Community

For several years, I’ve been teasing my friend Bonnie about her attempts to herd cats. Last week, I think I saw how it can be done. What you need is an outsider to play the role of a bureaucrat (or dog). The cats Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer has been trying to herd are Bozeman area artists and cultural organizations. For five years, she has been working at organizing something now known as the Bozeman Cultural Council. It all started when Bill Bryan, who runs the Off the Beaten Track travel agency, and George Keremedjev, founder of the American Computer Museum, were brainstorming about how to get Bozeman known as a community remarkable for its arts and cultural facilities, rather than its just being seen as a great jumping off place for fishing trips and tours of Yellowstone Park.

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The Protest Song is Not Dead

One of the first songs I heard criticizing the current administration and the Iraq War was John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s “To Washington” in 2003. It claimed to "[borrow] its melody and arrangement from folk/country icons Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family.”

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Neighbor to Neighbor: Steve Osman’s Search For Pure Vida Paradise

Every dot on a map has its own hidden treasures. So too do neighborhoods and in them the unnoticed people who living only a couple of doors down or further up the block. That's the way it is in my town of Bozeman and in every community under the sun. As part of a continuing New West feature from Bozeman called Neighbor to Neighbor -- in which neighbors interview one another -- we meet Steve and Mary Lou Osman. This story begins on the other side of my own fenceline in the middle of a historic neighborhood, over the lilacs and through the jungle of a prickly raspberry patch. They are MY neighbors. A gardener extraordinaire, Mary Lou is a part-time school teacher; Steve is an artist, creative entrepreneur, occasional fishing guide, and former adventure tour operator. It is his first profession -- as artist -- and the latter one -- former adventure tour operator -- that have commandeered his life and that of Mary Lou's in enigmatic directions.

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One-man Jam Band: Keller Williams Rocks Copper (Bozeman, Missoula Next)

Music and mountains go together like … well, bread and butter. OK, so it's cliché, but events like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, or the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria show it's true, and one of the hottest trends in Colorado mountain towns is to blow out the end of the ski season with big-name artists headlining slopeside concerts. Part of the deal is to try drum up some business for the ski areas during a season when visits traditionally start to trail off. With shirtsleeve weather in Boulder and Denver, those hardcore skiers and boarders who couldn't wait to ski back in October are busy dusting off their golf clubs and greasing up the chains of their mountain bikes. Whatever the reason, we all benefit when Breckenridge brings Ozomatli to town (April 22), or when Keller Williams helps wind down a perfect ski spring day at Copper Mountain. That was the case just this past Sunday, when Williams rocked the house at the resort's Burning Stones Plaza just in time for apres ski.

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Wim Wenders’ ‘Don’t Come Knocking’ Makes Butte Outshine Even Sam Shepard

By Seonaid Campbell To critique Wim Wenders new film "Don't Come Knocking" upon its Montana premiere would be to miss the point of the unique filmic experience enjoyed by the 1,230 plus people who packed the Mother Lode Theater in uptown Butte Friday night to watch as their town was reflected back to them through the eyes of the famous German filmmaker. The audience loved it, but they had to work to love it. Severe technical difficulties with the projector, which could have forced the sponsors to cancel the event, continued throughout the show. The center of the screen was consistently out of focus, the audio was spotty, and the effect was sometimes nauseating. Yet Wenders, who'd known of the projector trouble beforehand introduced his film with aplomb. "This is better than the Cannes Film Festival!" he said.

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Wim Wenders Earns His Belt Buckle in Butte

  Wim Wenders in Butte.

Photo by Glenn Bodish.

By Seonaid Campbell

Friday night in Butte Wim Wenders showed me his belt buckle. It was impressive. Styled like that of a rodeo cowboy, it complemented the tall, German filmmaker's Berlin-meets-Butte get-up of black pants, black boots, gray-striped shirt bound by a silver and black onyx bolo tie, and black knee-length overcoat. The buckle read, "Don't Come Knocking…if this trailer's rocking."

"Don't Come Knocking" (Read the New West review here) is the title of Wenders' latest film, which was set and filmed in the Mining City. And the Finlen Hotel in uptown Butte was rocking Friday night as the filmmaker and local VIPs gathered to celebrate the film's premiere at the Mother Lode Theater.

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