Maggy Rozycki Hiltner reconstitutes the symbols of American quilting

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner reconstitutes the symbols of American quilting

The story behind Maggy Rozycki Hiltner's "Requiem" begins with a quilt that was locked away for almost 100 years.

May 25, 2017

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Raven Digitalis talks science, magick and Esoteric Empathy

Raven Digitalis's new book, Esoteric Empathy, begins with a quote from Albert Einstein pulled from a 1950 letter that the scientist wrote to Robert S. Marcus of the World Jewish Congress.

(Books)   May 25, 2017

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On Record: Is It Ok?, by VTO

VTO might be the oldest surviving Missoula punk band from the Jay's Upstairs era (and before), though the lineup has changed and the members took some breaks to start families and local businesses.

(Music)   May 25, 2017

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On Record: Charcoal Squids, by Charcoal Squids

Missoula is one of those lucky places where, often enough, talented musicians move in from somewhere else as an essentially ready-to-go band, put down roots and blow everybody's minds.

(Music)   May 25, 2017

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On Record: Heartworms, by The Shins

For many listeners, the opening notes of Oh, Inverted World bring back 2001 in vivid detail: the heyday of indie pop and a time of carefree and unpretentious, if not simple, rock tunes.

(Music)   May 25, 2017

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Photographer Holly Andres takes a turn to the political at Radius Gallery

Holly Andres makes photographs that evoke the simmering terror of a Hitchcock film mixed with the precariousness of adolescent awakening.

May 18, 2017

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Behold the genre-bending audacity of J. Robert Lennon's Broken River

What a delicious, heartbreaking, hilarious and true work we have in J. Robert Lennon's eighth novel, Broken River.

(Books)   May 18, 2017

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Buster's Mal Heart is a visual poem about the suffocating sadness of a world in which we're victim to unfair rules. How does that make you feel?

It's been a minute since I've had the pleasure of sending you into a dark theater to trip out in the immersive glow of a bizarre story, but writer and director Sarah Adina Smith's latest feature, Buster's Mal Heart, delivers the opportunity.

(Film)   May 18, 2017

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On Record: Yours Conditionally, by Tennis

Tennis is annoying, at least on paper.

(Music)   May 18, 2017

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On Record: Trumpeting Ecstasy, by Full of Hell

Bands like Full of Hell don't demand your attention so much as they seem to threaten your life for it.

(Music)   May 18, 2017

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Amy Martin's podcast "Threshold" tells the story of bison—just don't call it 'environmental'

A few years ago, Amy Martin shed her skin as a local musician and went back to her roots as a radio journalist.

May 11, 2017

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Who is former Fleet Fox Father John Misty trying to be?

Fleet Foxes will play the Wilma next week, and former drummer Josh Tillman won't be with them.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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Moms on film: a Mother's Day compendium

Mother's Day: a time for appreciating the women who birthed us, for being appreciated by our children, and for longer than usual brunch lines.

(Film)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Shovels, by Shovels

The band Shovels doesn't have much internet presence, and their only album—a cassette that sold out after 100 copies—is from 2013, the year they became a band.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: The Rotties, by The Rotties

The Rotties most recent album (another eponymous cassette) sounds like a punk-rock party album with all the trappings, including metal-tinged melodies, punk beats and petulant vocals.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Then and Now , by Dave Scott and Crazy Dog

Let's just go ahead and call it the Neil Young Conundrum.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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A new collective looks to rebuild an all-ages music scene

The number of big-name shows at the Top Hat and the Wilma, plus upcoming summer concerts at the Big Sky and Kettlehouse amphitheaters, gives the impression that Missoula is rich with music.

May 4, 2017

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Dinner in the alley: Marshall Granger's not-so-big night out

Marshall Granger's A Couple Goes Out to Eat seems straightforward on the surface.

(The Arts)   May 4, 2017

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The beginner's guide to author Jim Shepard

About 10 years ago, I sat down at the Union Club to interview Jim Shepard, UM's Engelhard Writer in Residence at the time and, in my view, the greatest living American fiction writer (short story division), and over two or three rounds of whiskey, I did my very best to get an answer to a question that puzzled me then and puzzles me still.

(Books)   May 4, 2017

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'The Dinner': just a little too much to swallow

A total lack of likeable characters isn't necessarily immediate cause to dislike a film.

(Film)   May 4, 2017

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At the Black Mountain kiln, women keep the fire burning

The crew on Black Mountain has been taking turns feeding a wood-fired kiln 24 hours a day, and by the time I get up there, they've been doing that for seven days straight.

Apr 27, 2017

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Controlling chaos in UM's Noises Off

Michael Frayn's Noises Off is a play within a play in which each plate of sardines, each faulty door knob and each bottle of whiskey is crucial to the unfolding action.

(Theater)   Apr 27, 2017

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The voodoo verse of Mark Gibbons' The Imitation Blues

You know that feeling you get when you buy something local to support the community, then you discover it's actually something you need, something you want, and it's damn good to boot?

(Books)   Apr 27, 2017

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Hulu's Handmaid's Tale brings Margaret Atwood's classic dystopia one step closer to current

For the sake of this particular conversation, forget everything I've said about television being an inferior (to cinema) storytelling medium.

(Television)   Apr 27, 2017

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