News flash! On March 23 the James Sewell Ballet group will be performing in Big Sky on the WMPAC stage for their sixth annual winter performance there. If you have not had a chance to experience one of their one-of-a-kind shows, now is your chance.
I thought I knew Ira Glass.
I've heard his name all the time on NPR, and I've heard many of his shows over the years, but after his performance here in Big Sky on March 9, called “Seven things I’ve learned,” I realized: I’ve likely never heard one of his stories from beginning to end.
What can I say? The musical “The Last Five Years,” performed recently at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center was amazing.
There are two types of art that I love and appreciate the most: art that is fun and easy to enjoy, and art that really engages my mind and makes me think. The other night, Eighth Blackbird brought both of those together for me. The music was enjoyable to listen to and also made me wonder: What is music, and what is art?
Billings native Kira Fercho either loves or hates things. There is no in-between. Exercising self-control, she makes one New Year’s resolution per year to do something she hates. One year that was to endlessly listen to Mariah Carey’s music. “And now I love it,” she said.
"Expect to be blown away!" was what Pam Flach said to me as she recounted how much she loved the Take 6 show that graced the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center back in 2015. I figured, if WMPAC invites a performance back a second time, you know it's going to be amazing!
Most of us who have spent some time in the mountains know the amazing splendor of a great alpenglow. An experience that comes to mind for me was while snowboarding through knee deep powder, at what felt like 140 mph, with my hair on fire. At that moment I was so exhilarated.
It is clear that to Brett Ozment art is freedom and freedom is art. He left the familiarity of his Missouri home with long nights spent fishing on the Jacks Fork River and moved to Montana over a decade ago to chase the powder and carve into slopes. Fishing had been his only artform – he’d skip high school classes to cast a line.
It’s easy to recognize that Brian Stumpf hit local celebrity status ages ago. He handed out more high-fives in a 10-minute timeframe before his recent après ski gig at Scissorbills Saloon than most people get to in a year. He’s nonchalant when called out on it.
Mike Haring stuffed $600 in his pocket and bought a one-way ticket to Europe when he was 21 years old. He stayed for 13 months – surviving by playing music on the streets.
“This was 1985,” he explained. “There were no cell phones; no credit cards.”