Arts & Culture

Penguin Random House Publishers

New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson departs from the familiar Wyoming setting fans have come to expect. Instead he sends his ficticous Sheriff Walt Longmire to Mexico to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped by a villan from his previous book. 

courtesy Pete Tolton and Stan Parker

The center to any good story is the people in it. A film being produced by Stan Parker and Peter Tolton, focuses on the father-son duo of Jim Markel, Sr., and Jim Markel, Jr., as they travel through Vietnam to re-visit the places Jim Sr. was stationed during the Vietnam War.

As filmmakers, Parker and Tolton believe in the power of story to spread empathy and understanding. By giving audiences the chance to step outside their lives for even a moment, film presents opportunities for fresh perspective, thoughtful reflection, and personal discovery.

Through screenings in the community and the conversation to follow, this film will enrich viewers with a stronger understanding of the veteran experience and encourage dialogue among families and friends. This is strengthening communities with art that matters.


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Playlist #1919 Aug. 17, 2018

“I Want A Little Girl”, T-Bone Walker, The Natural Blues, Charly Records

“Glamour Girl”, T-Bone Walker, The Complete Imperial Recordings 1950-1954, EMI Records

“Party Girl”, T-Bone Walker, The Complete Imperial Recordings 1950-1954, EMI Records

“Playgirl”, Andy Santana, Watch Your Step, Delta Groove Music, http://www.deltagrooveproductions.com

Stella Fong

When my husband and I discovered Mas Taco in Red Lodge, we were transported to a former life in San Diego. The food at this small taqueria created by Chef Michael Muirhead reproduces the fresh and flavorful cuisine found in small eateries north of the Mexican border in California. 

Chef Muirhead makes everything from scratch. Corn tortillas are hand pressed from masa dough with salsas chopped and assembled in house. “We do every taco to order, with tortillas hand pressed to order no matter how busy it is,” Muirhead shared. 

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Playlist #1918 Aug 10, 2018

“Where The Yellow Cross The Dog”, Corey Harris, Downhome Sophisticates, Rounder Records, http://www.coreyharrisband.com http://www.rounder.com

“New Frisco Train”, Bukka White, Memphis Country Blues vol. 1, Memphis Archives

“Morning Train”, Precious Bryant, The Truth, Terminus Records, http://www.terminusrecords.com

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Playlist #1917 Aug. 3, 2018

“Midnight Special Blues”, Sam Collins, Jailhouse Blues, Yazoo Records

“Yellow Dog Blues”, Sam Collins, Jailhouse Blues, Yazoo Records

“Too Too Train Blues”, Big Bill Broonzy, Good Time Tonight, Columbia Records, http://www.broonzy.com http://www.columbiarecords.com

“Kassie Jones pt. 1”, Furry Lewis, In His Prime 1927-1928, Yazoo Records

“Kassie Jones pt. 2”, Furry Lewis, In His Prime 1927-1928, Yazoo Records

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Playlist #1916 Jul. 27, 2018

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“Commit A Crime”, Howlin’ Wolf, The Chess Box, MCA/Chess Records, http://www.howlinwolf.com

“Commit A Crime”, Slackjaw, It’s Always Something, self release, http://www.slackjawbluesband.com

Anna Paige

For nearly thirty years, Billings-based artist Gordon McConnell has created works derived from Western film stills and informed by his sustained study of the history of the American West and its representations in literature, art, film, and photography.

When the West Was Won: Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell  is a new exhibition at the Northcutt Steele Gallery, on the campus of Montana State University Billings, which runs from September 5 to October 11.


Stella Fong

In a strip mall right off of Grand Avenue in midtown Billings is Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion. This restaurant offers over 259 different menu items from Japan, Thailand, China and Korea, bringing a sampling of Asian cuisine to diners. Fusion food combines ingredients and flavors from Asia with American touches. Already featuring sushi, sashimi, curries, noodles and stir-fries, the restaurant recently offered the option of Korean Barbecue, the first in Montana.

Kay Erickson

At the age of 5, Trent Ayers noticed there were people in need.

He wanted to help. So he came up with this idea: ask people for donations of household items and then give them away. That was the start for this community philanthropist.

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