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Winter 2013



Your comprehensive guide to Downtown Billings

Small Business Saturday On Nov. 30, all merchants in the downtown area will celebrate the 3rd annual Small Business Saturday. Pages 8-9



Baby, it’s cold outside: Downtown Billings is ripe with indoor entertainment opportunities sure to ignite a festive fire in your hearts. ........................... Pages 10-11 The Entertainer: Jody Grant, Alberta Bair Theater’s enthusiastic new marketing director, invites you behind the velvet rope. ........................................ Pages 14-15

Seasonal Events ............................................... 4-6 Calendar ....................................................... 16-17 Style Watch ...................................................18-19 Feast!.............................................................21-23 Arts & Culture.............................................. 25-29 dotORG ..............................................................30 Backlot ...............................................................31

Downtown Billings for the Holidays Want something just a little different this holiday season for your loved ones? You’ll find it in downtown Billings! Downtown Billings is home to hundreds of small businessmen and women who own and operate an eclectic mix of retail, business and hospitality services. Our merchants have decorated their store fronts and invite you into their little bit of wonderland as you shop their diverse retail offerings like clothing, jewelry, art, shoes, boots, books…the list goes on! And you will love the personalized customer service you receive from our downtown businesses. Let us entertain you this holiday season! Our museums, art galleries and theatres are programmed with your entertainment and enjoyment in mind. ‘Tis the season to stroll the vibrant, clean, and safe streetscapes that lead to our award-winning cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Enjoy local fare and locallybrewed pints of cheer! Grab a friend and join us for the festivities like the Holiday Parade (November 29), Small Business Saturday (November 30), and the Holiday Artwalk and Christmas Stroll (December 6). You’ll find more information on these events and much more in this issue of Destination Downtown. So meet us this season under Skypoint. P.S. Watch out for the mistletoe!

Lisa K. Harmon

Executive Director Downtown Billings Alliance


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Pages 21-23 Cover photo by Casey Page of The Gazette staff

Destination Downtown is a special advertising section of The Billings Gazette. Access Destination Downtown at Sales and Marketing Director Dave Worstell

Special Sections Coordinator Linsay Duty

Digital Media & Classifi ed Advertising Director Ryan Brosseau

Content Editors Brittany Cremer Brenda Maas

Retail Sales Manager Shelli Scott

Section Designer Nadine Bittner

Marketing Director Allyn Hulteng

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Seasonal Events Relighting the Community Christmas Tree Prior to the start of the Holiday Parade, the Community Christmas Tree will be lit in Community Park, across from Billings Central Catholic High School. The Billings Garden Club planted the tree in 1931 as a gift to the city. Although it was dark for 75 years, the tree is once again lit throughout the holiday season. Nov. 29, 6 p.m. Community Park

Merriment at the Moss

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For the 29th year in a row, downtown Billings will kick off the start of the Christmas season with the Holiday Parade. With approximately 100 entries, the festive floats, holiday music and sparkling lights at night make this parade a fun event for all. This year’s theme, “A Christmas Story” is sure to produce creative entries with Santa as the finale. The parade starts at 3rd Ave. and 26th St.; south on 32nd St.; then turns East on 2nd Ave. N., wrapping up in front of the new Federal Courthouse. Arrive early for best viewing, bring cocoa—or purchase from the downtown merchants— dress warm and plan to make an evening of it in downtown Billings. Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Downtown Billings

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Magic abounds at the Moss Mansion with 17 trees decorated by local non-profit organizations. Guests are invited to tour the mansion and vote for their favorite tree with the winning organizations receiving a $150 cash prize for “People’s Choice” and “Best Theme Interpretation.” Visitors will be astonished with the sights of this year’s exciting new theme: A Fairytale Christmas. Tours are $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and military personnel; $6 for students ages 6-17; and children under 5 are free. Nov. 12 – Jan. 4 Tuesday – Saturday: Tours run hourly starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Sunday: Tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Moss Mansion

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Candlelight Tours at the Moss The elaborately decorated Christmas trees sparkle at night during Candlelight Tours. Enjoy a traditional tour of the mansion and learn how the Moss family celebrated the holidays. Live music, libations and dessert are included. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are recommended. Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Moss Mansion

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Billings Symphony’s Nutcracker Ballet

ArtWalk & Christmas Stroll

Larry Mayer of The Gazette staff


Get ready—the sugarplum fairies will soon be here! This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky, never grows old; it’s a classic story produced by a professional ballet company, Billings-area musicians and the most adorable pint-sized local ballerinas. The Billings Symphony Orchestra once again pairs up with the San Diego Ballet to bring this timeless story to life. Nov. 30, 7 p.m. and Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Alberta Bair Theater

Strollers may also shop at downtown stores until 9 p.m., buy their Christmas tree, wreath or garland under Skypoint while enjoying the winter wonderland of window shopping. Pictures with Santa are an added bonus. Dec. 6 , ArtWalk from 5-9 p.m.; Stroll 6-9 p.m., Downtown Billings

Casey Page of The Gazette Staff

Downtown Billings will be hopping the first Friday in December with ArtWalk Billings that runs concurrently with the 22nd Annual Christmas Stroll. Nearly 30 galleries and other merchants will open their doors for visitors to view local artists and their works. Most offer refreshments and snacks along with an opportunity to meet featured artists and see art demonstrations. The artWALKERSbus, which is sponsored by Walkers Grill, is a popular mode of transportation. See for a complete list of participating businesses and bus stops.


Paul Ruhter of The Gazette staff


Holiday Tours For those who prefer the warmth of a cozy vehicle, viewing the holiday lights may become a favored tradition. Several Billings transportation businesses offer a variety of fun ways to view area Christmas lights from the nostalgic to the unique. Call A-Limo at (406) 252-2536 to schedule a customized tour for 1-14 of your closest friends, and bring the hot cocoa. These drivers know all the best spots. Or, consider a nostalgic tour of Billings with a Christmas light trolley tour with cider or hot chocolate and cookies from Montana Fun Adventures. Tours start at 5:30, 7:15 or 9 p.m. during the month of December. For variety, try one of their Wacky Light tours. Mrs. Santa will drive you in a warm touring bus with large viewing windows that seat up to 13 people. Pack up the kids, warm up the cider and travel to decorated theme neighborhoods. Individuals may book on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for $15 per seat with a 6 or 7:30 p.m. departure. Add the private Moss Mansion Candlelight tour for an additional $12. Groups may book December 7 through 22. Call (406) 254-7180 or visit for details or reservations. Total Transportation brings various means of all-ground transportation tours for your group—from only one or two to a large group. Take a horse-drawn carriage, an oldfashioned motorized hay ride, limo, bus tour or load your group into the trolley for a light tour. Tours available Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. Call (406) 252-1778 to book a ride.

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SHOPPING SMALL = BIG BENEFITS Downtown Billings promotes Small Business Saturday

Real deal Merchants will offer some very attractive deals. For example, last year Bin 119 offered $3 mimosas on Small Business Saturday while Neecee’s offered complimentary refreshments and finger food to their customers. In addition, American Express will offer a special $10 credit for a $10 purchase via an American Express credit card on that day. (See sidebar for details.) Participating merchants will display a “Shop Small” logo in their store front. Katie Cline Ellis, owner of Bottega Clothing noted that downtown merchants offer a great way to kick off the Christmas shopping season. “We will offer 30

percent off our entire store that day,” she said, “and the entire weekend as incentive for people to come and support the small businesses downtown.” “We are hoping for really big numbers this year,” noted Harmon. “It’s a great way for the community to show their appreciation for the fabric that ties Billings together—the small business person.” So take a day off from long-distant parking, crowded aisles and long checkout lines to say hello to Small Business Saturday. Likely it will be the most fun and relaxing holiday shopping you experience all season.

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Bob Zellar of The Gazette staff

Imagine a holiday shopping experience where you can park within 50-feet of the store you are visiting; you don’t have to push a cart through crowded aisles; there are no lines at the checkout stand; and, you are greeted by a smiling, knowledgeable sales associate who sincerely wants to help you and just you. This is not a dream. On Nov. 30 all merchants in the downtown area will celebrate the 3rd annual Small Business Saturday. “Holiday shopping in downtown Billings is a wonderful experience from the beautifully decorated store fronts to the individual, specialized customer service to the fact that your dollars spent in local stores stays in your community to benefit your community,” said Lisa Harmon, executive director of Downtown Billings. Participating merchants range from boutiques and restaurants to spas and art galleries, noted Kelly McCandless, communications manager for the Billings Chamber of Commerce. She goes on to explain that “Shop Small” is part of a nationwide program to support small businesses in each and every community. According to the, the small business sector is growing across the U.S. While corporate America has been downsizing, the rate of small business

start-ups has grown and the rate for small business failures has declined. Bringing that to a local level and shopping local just makes sense, noted McCandless. “In downtown Billings over 90 percent of our stores are locally or regionally-owned,” said Harmon, “so invariably when you shop local downtown you are supporting your neighbor, your friend, your family. “ Plus, keeping the dollars local is akin to moving money from your left pocket to your right. When you shop at local small businesses, you help our community grow.

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Baby, it’s cold outside Downtown Billings brims with festive indoor activities By Brittany Cremer

At NOVA, take a break from the stresses of holiday planning to take in a dark comedy like “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” A few belly laughs and you’ll toAs the temperatures drop and the snowflakes flut- tally forget about the logistics of planning the perter, romping around outside with Jack Frost seems fect Christmas feast. less and less appealing. No offense to all you sub-zero snowmobiling en- Dine divine thusiasts. For those of you looking for an exciting afternoon A wide array of fine dining and unique cuisine is or evening out minus the frostbite, we’ve got the available downtown. Craving a juicy steak? No probremedy. Downtown Billings is ripe with indoor enter- lem. In the mood for fresh seafood? We’ve got you tainment opportunities sure to ignite a festive fire in covered. For a chance of pace, try tapas and a glass of your hearts. wine (or your favorite spirit) at one location, travel to Here’s a list (in no particular order) of our favorite an adjacent restaurant for the main course then folindoor wintertime activities. low up with coffee and a sweet treat at Rock Creek Roasters or City Brew. There are several local dining gems waiting to be discovered, and most of them also Take in a show cater fantastic holiday parties, so be sure to inquire. The Alberta Bair Theater, the Billings Symphony and NOVA have a full holiday entertainment lineup Lose yourself at the with some of your favorites and a few new offerings thrown in the mix. Taking in “The Nutcracker” has Library become entrée into the holiday season for several Whether you decide to snuggle into a chair with Billings families, but be sure to check out other headliners coming this season like the Oakridge Boys and your favorite book, try out Billings Public Library’s expansive media center or attend one of the sevKenny Rogers.

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Shop ‘til you drop Boutique shopping at its finest, downtown Billings offers a unique sampling of stores perfect for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Friendly and trained staff are eager to assist in sizing and styling a look that’s uniquely-you!

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Yellowstone Art Museum makes art accessible and interesting for everyone. Rotating displays ranging from sculpture and pottery to oils and watercolors are sure to ensnare your senses and creativity. Come in the morning and stay on into the afternoon for an art class.

Ever wonder how the newspaper arrives, without fail, to your front door every morning? Arrange a tour at The Billings Gazette and see how stories are transformed from a reporter on the scene to Word documents to articles on a page or online. The Gazette’s new distribution center is truly a sight to behold during deadline time. A host of trained staff and professionals work in concert to write, edit, paginate, print, bundle and deliver the paper to your door 365 days a year.

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THE ENTERTAINER Tickets, please. With a be-our-guest smile, the ushers obligingly escort you in. Figure-eighting through an excited crowd, you gently skirt past a row of knees to land at seats E24 and E25—the destination you and your husband have been looking forward to the past two months. While sitting on the cushy, velveteen chairs, you curiously thumb through the playbill. After a few minutes, the auditorium begins to fill with an electric anticipation. The lights dim. The curtain goes up. And the magic takes hold of your heart. As the new marketing director for Alberta Bair Theater (ABT), Jody Grant is familiar with this phenomenon. “The performing arts is all about the experience—the synergy between the performers and the audience,” Grant said. “Live entertainment creates a special, unmatched kind of bond—one that can’t be duplicated.” At the helm of ABT’s marketing department for the past few weeks, Grant said she’s thrilled with the theater’s performance lineup for the fall and winter. “As a consumer of the arts, I always have my antennae up to see what interests people,” Grant said. A natural journalist, Grant enjoys watching the interaction between the performers and the crowd during a show. “It’s so special to see performers speak with the audience in a meaningful way and to witness those connections,” Grant said.

Curtain calling Grant, who is a lifelong fan of theater, various types of music, dance and the performing arts, took a “zig-zag path” to her current position. Originally from Billings, Grant attended college at the State University of New York in New Paltz, studying international relations and journalism. A passion for travel fueled her decision to go to Japan and later, the Czech Republic, to teach English. Grant later moved to Seattle, where she lived for sev-

en years until moving back to Billings in 2001. “Those experiences allowed me to grow and change a lot,” Grant said. Positions in Montana State University Billings’ University Relations office and later, the Outpost refueled her passion for public relations, marketing and journalism. Grant later purchased software to teach herself the skills required to be a graphic designer. Three years at The Billings Gazette then later, the Billings Symphony also helped groom her for her current position, she said. “I’m required to use new marketing tools for each performance in this position,” Grant said. “I love that challenge and the variety.” Sometimes the marketing landscape calls for promotion via Twitter, or Facebook or Instagram. Other times—due to the visual nature of a show—TV is the way to go. “Each show is a new riddle, a new puzzle,” Grant added.

Casey Page of The Gazette staff

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Jody Grant, the new marketing director for Alberta Bair Theater, enjoys watching performers connect with the audience. She calls the performing arts “salve for the soul.”

Casey Page of The Gazette staff


Alberta Bair Theater’s enthusiastic new marketing director invites you behind the velvet rope

Young and old relish in the unique beauty of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, an annual performance at Alberta Bair Theater.

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With a diverse and exciting winter lineup, Grant finds it difficult to pinpoint her favorite. ABT’s production of Hamlet is sure to rouse your Shakespearean musings, she said. Or, perhaps you’ll want to mark your calendar for something totally different, like Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride, a video production of the most incredible skiing and snowboarding destinations in the world. There’s programming for the kiddos, too, like Paige in Full, a production that speaks directly to kids on the tough subject of bullying. “My job is to reach out and find the audience that fits each show,” Grant said. Working in the arts and entertainment realm, Grant admits occasionally feeling star struck. “Kris Kristofferson is an amazing, gentle, down-to-earth and humble man, on top of being ridiculously talented,” Grant said. “I love meeting people who share their gift with the world,” adding that meeting Kenny Rogers in February is going to be “really cool.”

ABT is dedicated to education and student enrichment. As such, the theater presents specially-designed matinees for students and schools at discounted prices. “These performances are not exclusive to schools,” Grant said. “They are open to the public and I would encourage anyone interested to come check them out.” The Alberta Bair also provides professional development workshops for teachers, providing practical learning opportunities that inspire educators to be better teachers. Grant and the team at ABT are always interested in visiting with business owners or members of the community interested in sponsoring a production. Show sponsorships are a way for businesses to help ensure Billings attracts the best talent and reaffirm that the performing arts are a vital part of our community, Grant said. “Entertainment, especially live entertainment transports people outside themselves, their problems, their stresses,” Grant said. “It is salve for the soul.”

Larry Mayer of The Gazette staff

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A directory of the best food Downtown Billings has to offer.

Casual Cuisine

Back Porch Deli 207 N. Broadway (406) 254-9519 Bernie’s Diner 19 N. Broadway (406) 867-6767 The Burger Dive 114 N. 27th St. (406) 281-8292 Café Zydeco 2503 Montana Ave. (406) 248-3440 Denny’s 501 N. 27th St. (406) 256-7335 Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 2519 Montana Ave. (406) 969-3909 Dude Rancher Restaurant 415 N. 29th St. (406) 259-5561 Good Earth Market 3024 Second Ave. N. (406) 259-2622 Harper & Madison 3115 10th Ave. N. (406) 281-8550 Hog Wild Cafe/Party Pig Catering 204 N. 22nd St.  (406) 839-3154 McCormick Café 2419 Montana Ave. (406) 255-9555 Perkins 825 N. 27th St. (406) 248-8320 Pug Mahon’s 3011 First Ave. N.  (406) 259-4190 Rockets Gourmet Wraps & Sodas 2809 First Ave. N. (406) 248-5231

Soup and Such 2716 Third Ave. N. (406) 294-0148 The Soup Place 106 N. Broadway (406) 294-7687 Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery 2525 First Ave. N. (406) 248-3060 Sweetgrass Sandwich Co. 2908 First Ave. N. (406) 252-4282 The Fieldhouse Restaurant 2601 Minnesota Ave., Suite 3 (406) 534-2556

Ethnic Cuisine

The Athenian 18 N. 29th St. (406) 248-5681 Café Italia 2417 Montana Ave (406) 896-9700 Cham Thai & Cuisine 2916 First Ave. N. (406) 256-1812 Ciao Mambo 2301 Montana Ave (406) 325-5100 Don Luis 15 N. 26th St. (406) 256-3355 Guadalajara Mexican Coffee/Specialty Restaurant Shops 17 N. 19th St. Broadway Deli & Café (406) 259-8930 313 N. Broadway Guido’s Pizza (406) 281-8568 3005 First Ave. N. Brockel’s Chocolates (406) 259-1041 117 N. 29th St. La Tinga (406) 248-2705 113 N. 30th St. City Brew (406) 969-8828 1131 N. 27th St. Mamacita’s Café (406) 294-4620 304 N. 19th St. Log Cabin Bakery (406) 252-9950 2519 Montana Ave. Sarah’s Mexican Food (406) 294-5555 310 N. 29th St. Muddy Waters Espresso (406) 256-5234 2817 Second Ave. N. Shanghai Village (406) 294-5555 2926 Second Ave. N. Paula’s Edibles - Specialty (406) 245-6887 Chocolates & Espresso Taste of India 2712 Second Ave. N. 216 N. Broadway (406) 655-0865 (406) 281-8001 Rock Creek Coffee Roasters zpizza 124 N. 28th St. 116 N. Broadway (406) 896-1600 (406) 281-8020 Starbucks 27 N. 27th St. (in Crowne Plaza) (406) 252-7400

Fast Food

Bagel Inc. 3012 Fourth Ave. N. (406) 254-0445 Burger King 520 N. 27th St. (406) 245-7911 Downtown Subs 224 N. 29th St. (406) 256-0353 Hardee’s 608 N. 27th St. (406) 259-3344 Jimmy John’s 122 N. Broadway (406) 281-8282 Kentucky Fried Chicken 719 N. 27th St. (406) 259-2641 Subway 2624 Minnesota Ave. (406) 294-7827 Wendy’s of Montana 2906 Second Ave. N. (406) 248-7647

Fine Dining

Billings Petroleum Club 27 N. 27th St, 22nd Floor (406) 252-6700 Bin 119 119 N. Broadway (406) 294-9119 Crowne Plaza Montana Sky 27 N. 27th St. (406) 252-7400 Jake’s 2701 First Ave. N. (406) 259-9375 Juliano’s 2912 Seventh Ave. N. (406) 248-6400 Lilac 2515 Montana Ave. (406) 969-4959


TEN 19 N. Broadway (406) 867-6767 The Rex 2401 Montana Ave. (406) 245-7477 Walkers American Grill & Tapas Bar 2700 First Ave. N. (406) 245-9291

Sports Bars Bars - Pubs

Angry Hanks 2405 First Ave. N. 20 N. 30th St. (406) 252-3370 Carter’s Brewing 2526 Montana Ave. (406) 252-0663 Himmelberger 3008 First Ave. N. (406) 252-1200 Hooligan’s Sports Bar 111 N. Broadway (406) 259-3328 Montana Brewing Co. 113 N. Broadway (406) 252-9200 Rock Pile 1207 N 27th St.  (406) 245-5985 The Bookie 3011 First Ave. N.  (406) 245-4900 Tiny’s Tavern, Inc. 323 N. 24th St. (406) 259-0826 Uberbrew 2305 Montana Ave. (406) 534-6960 Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company 2123 First Ave. N. (406) 245-0918

Cafe Italia

Good Earth Market

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A directory of the best food Downtown Billings has to offer.

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Blending seasonal ingredients with authentic Italian fare, Café Italia is local gastronomy at its best. Try their very veggie pizza, a study in deliciousness with their from-scratch flatbread and sampling of tasty, fresh vegetables topped in mozzarella.

The deli at Good Earth Market features a bountiful assortment of salads and sandwiches, plus a hot dish menu that changes daily. Always made fresh with organic and locallysourced ingredients, the deli is a delicious alternative to fast food. With a dash of holiday flair, try their delicious cranberry relish with a hint of cilantro and jalapeno.


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Jake’s Downtown

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2417 Montana Ave.

17 N. 29th St.

2701 1st Ave. N.

Known for their authentic, homemade Mexican fare, Guadalajara has been a favorite downtown dining spot for more than 30 years. Their expansive menu offers everything from spiced-just-right tortilla soup to taco platters, burritos and even dessert. Warm up as the weather cools with this delicious plate of beef enchiladas paired with rice and beans.

Bring your appetite to Jake’s Downtown, known for generous portions, signature steaks, fine seafood and tempting lunch specials. A customer favorite is the delectable and eye-appealing lamb shanks paired with fresh, seasonal veggies.

The Rex

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Pug Mahon’s

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A crowd favorite, Stella’s offers hearty breakfasts and tasty lunch specials always served with a smile. Stella’s features a wide range of sweet treats perfect for your holiday party or customized gift basket. Frosted cookies topped with sprinkles, made-from-scratch pies and be-dazzled cupcakes only scratch the surface. Let Stella’s stave off your sweet tooth this holiday season.

Pugs specializes is feel-good food and tales have been told of their legendary, biggerthan-your-plate pork chop sandwich. “It’s my sainted mother’s recipe for a pork chop sandwich,” and owner Bill MacIntyre said and customers rate it as the “world’s best.”

The filling comfort of backyard BBQ has gone gourmet at the Rex. Stop in and try out some of their mouth-watering new smoker items like beef brisket, ribs, links and chicken. Pair one of these entrees with your favorite side, spirit or selection from the expansive tapas menu.

McCormick Café

Back Porch Deli

Café Zydeco

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2401 Montana Ave.

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3011 1st Ave. N.

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2525 1st Ave. N.

2419 Montana Ave.

207 N. Broadway

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McCormick Café is well known for their hearty breakfast choices, but for those looking for lunch, try their smoked bratwurst wrapped in herb dough. This gourmet version of pigs in a blanked will warm your tummy without wearing out your pocketbook.

Nothing spells satisfaction like a cup of warm, hearty soup paired with a delicious sammie. During your next lunch hour, swing by the Back Porch Deli and enjoy their fromscratch sandwich creations, soups, tacos and every-changing board of daily specials.

“Git’ some South in your mouth” at one of Billings’ newest, most unique restaurants. Featuring southern-inspired cuisine, enjoy a fried shrimp Po Boy, crawfish etufee or the ever-popular jambalaya with Andouille sausage. The food is comfort with a Cajun twist!

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Arts & Culture

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The melodic harmonies of the Oak Ridge Boys will be ringing in the spirit of the season at ABT Dec. 5.

Alberta Bair Theater

an exhilarating voyage to the top of the steepest peaks and to the depths of the freshest powder all over the world. Oak Ridge Boys Date & Time: Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Location: ABT Grammy Award-winning music legends The Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit Oak Ridge Boys will celebrate the 24th Anniversary of their annual Christmas Tour in 2013 with a festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics Al Bedoo Shrine Chanters and their biggest hits. Open your ears and tap your toes to the men’s Date & Time: Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Choral Chanters and the women’s “AKZENTS” along Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit with the Billings Pops Orchestra. Date & Time: Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit The Messiah Festival This ageless celebration returns to Billings with four professional soloists joining Billings area musicians and singers to create a truly uplifting and har- A Christmas Carol Take in this time-honored classic with largermonious experience to benefit Meadowlark House. than-life characters and artful set and costumes. Date & Time: Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Share this Dickens treasure with the young and Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit young-at-heart. Date & Time: Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Celebrate the beginning of winter (and ski season) with Ticket To Ride, Warren Miller Entertainment’s newest chapter in the chronicle of the leg- Blues Brothers Revue The Official Blues Brothers Revue recreates the endary film series. Ticket To Ride takes filmgoers on

live concert experience, integrating the humor and songs from the original film and albums and is the only performance recognized by the Belushi estate. Produced by Judy Belushi Pisano and Dan Aykroyd, the Revue pays homage the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. Date & Time: Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

The Fantastiks

It’s not a contemporary character tale. It’s classical simplicity. It’s about a boy who is overly in love with a girl. [Their] fathers are trying to keep them together by pulling them apart. Date & Time: Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

Music of the Sun

Using a string quartet, Native American flutes and drums, ETHEL and Mirabal unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event. Date & Time: Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

Ballroom with a Twist

Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up close and live beneath the fringe, sequins and booming sounds of Rumba bass is a whole other ballgame. Ballroom with a Twist features professional dancers demonstrating the hot moves of Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Jive. Date & Time: Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

Hello, Dolly!

Hello Dolly has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. Jerry Herman’s score is filled with Broadway standards. Date & Time: Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

The Miracle Worker

Few stories are as timeless or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit as well as The Miracle Worker. The stirring dramatization of the story of Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan has been mesmerizing audiences for decades. Date & Time: Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

International Guitar Night

International Guitar Night (IGN) brings together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Date & Time: Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

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Old Ebineezer and his merry storytellers will be performing “A Christmas Carol” at ABT Dec. 19.

The Symphony Tour of Homes offers the unique opportunity to tour festively-decorated homes while listening to live music by Billings Symphony musicians.

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Tickets: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call the BSO&C office at (406) 252-3610.

A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive Christmas with the Chorale This festive concert of seasonal hits and popuvocalist and consummate entertainer, the legendary music icon is one of the elite few whose voice is lar favorites including Vivaldi’s Magnificat, is a deinstantly recognized the world over. Come and be light for the entire family during this magical time amazed yet again. of year! Date & Time: Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Date & Time: Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Patrick Co-Cathedral Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit Tickets: Start at $15 in advance and can be purchased at the Billings Symphony office or online at

Dave Brubeck Tribute

The music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness. Date & Time: Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

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John Mueller’s ‘50s Dance Party

‘50s Dance Party is the authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour. The live performance includes more than two hours of unbridled, high-voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the ‘50s. Date & Time: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit

Flat Stanley with Tim Marrone

Travel the globe with Flat Stanley and discover the cultures of the world through stories, instruCelebrate the spirit of the season by attending ment and song. Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, performed by the San Date & Time: Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Diego Ballet supported by local dancers and singers. Location: ABT Date & Time: Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 at Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit 2 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit Piano Romance Internationally-acclaimed pianist Andrew von Oeyen joins the Billings Symphony as the 2013-14 Holiday Tour of Homes subscription season resumes on Feb. 8 with Piano Tour a handful of extraordinary Billings homes, Romance. Perfect for a Valentine’s date-night, von lavishly decorated to reflect the charm of the holi- Oeyen will perform Rachmaninoff’s romantic piano days, while enjoying seasonal music by the Billings concerto Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, filled Symphony musicians, hot apple cider and cookies. with infinite beauty and emotion. Now in its ninth year, the Holiday Tour of Homes is a Date & Time: Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. tradition you’ll want to share with your friends! Location: ABT Date & Time: Dec. 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets: Call BSO&C at (406) 252-3610 or visit Location: Various locations across Billings

The Nutcracker

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Formerly Venture Theater, NOVA Center for the Performing Arts features several fun and off-beat performances this holiday season.

Billings Public Library

Billings Public Library (formerly Parmly Billings Library) is still open to the public during the transition phase between construction and completion. The Library offers many classes from tax assistance to Spanish and novel writing to computer classes and is Billings’ hub for learning.

Billings Public Library Dedication

Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl. Date & Time: Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Location: NOVA Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: Call NOVA at (406) 591-9535 or visit

Western Heritage Center

Plaid Stripes and Denim: 52 Notable

Date & Time: Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Montana Cowboys Location: In the new building This exhibit features the portraits and poetry of Go to http:\ \ for more information on programming for the month of February Iris Dodge. Date and Time: On display through Dec. 21 Location: Western Heritage Center Celebrating the Grand Opening of Tickets: Free to members: $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors: $1 under age 12. See the Library Date & Time: Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Location: Babcock Theatre with special guest Neil Gaiman Tickets: $20 (Limited seating); buy tickets online at or call (406) 256-2414

Nova Center For The Performing Arts

Amahl and the Night Visitors

This one-act, Menotti opera is a wonderful holiday story of Amahl, a precocious disabled boy, his loving, care-worn mother and the rugged visitors who arrive one night and change Amahl’s life forever. Date & Time: Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Location: NOVA Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: Call NOVA at (406) 591-9535 or visit

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Echoes of Eastern Montana: Stories from an Open Country

This interactive exhibit will share stories of the people of the Yellowstone River Valley and Northern High Plains. Visitors can watch interviews, listen to amazing stories, read personal diaries, peruse family photo albums, copy favorite recipes, learn Crow and Northern Cheyenne words, play interactive games, and hear local music. People in communities as diverse as Wibaux, Colstrip, Laurel, Hardin, Forsyth, Harlowton and Billings tell compelling stories of sacrifice and struggle and offer lessons about leadership, home, and family. Come laugh at outrageous tales and discover the changing world of Eastern Montana. Date & Time: On display through Dec. 31 Location: Western Heritage Center Tickets: Free to members: $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors: $1 under age 12. See

An incessantly ringing phone in a quiet café, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins High Noon Lecture Series Once a month, on the third Thursday, from noon Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur Grant recipient and Pulitzer to 1 pm, the Western Heritage Center offers a free

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Plaid Stripes and Denim: 52 Notable Montana Cowboys is an exhibit on display at the Western Heritage Center that features the portraits and poetry of Iris Dodge.

lecture on an engaging history topic. December’s lecture is “A Pryor Mountain Christmas” with music by Almeda Bradshaw and special guests. Date & Time: Dec. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Location: Western Heritage Center Tickets: Visit


Heritage Playapalooza!

Bring the whole family to the Heritage Playapalooza! where the name of the game is fun! Kids will learn, play and win an array of tried-and-true games ranging from Native American activities to tiddlywinks, hopscotch and jacks. Enjoy Domino’s pizza and Wendy’s chili, a lively, prize-filled day with the family, and support the Western Heritage Center. Date & Time: March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Western Heritage Center Tickets: Admission to event is free and Game/ Food Tickets are 25¢ each, available on-site.

Yellowstone Art Museum Events Winterfair

Grab your loved ones, your coats and mittens and come enjoy a cooler version of Summerfair. Combine a crisp evening of Artwalk with shopping, strolling and snacking in downtown Billings by visiting the YAM. Date & Time: Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m; Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: YAM Tickets: Visit for details.

“Turned Out and Interned”

As a companion program to our exhibition, Abandoned Traces, Brian Liesinger, Executive Director of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center located southwest of Powell, Wyoming, will discuss the impact of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A total of 14,025

people were interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1942 -1945, making the center the third most populated “city” in Wyoming. Only “abandoned traces” remain at the site, but the field where the camp once stood echoes with their stories. Date & Time: Dec. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. Location: YAM in the Murdock Gallery Tickets: For tickets, admission and membership information, log on to

Paint ‘n’ Sip

A perfect evening out! Sample wines while trying your hand at the art of painting. Artist Carol Spielman will be your guide for this fun evening. First glass of wine and all painting materials are included in the price. Date & Time: Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Location: YAM in the Visible Vault Tickets: Pre-register for $35 per person or $60 per couple ($5 more per person at the door)

Valentine’s Date Night

Add art to your Valentine’s special evening. Make your dinner reservation at the YAM, the perfect setting for a romantic evening with live music and great food. Enjoy dinner selections provided by the YAM’s own Raven’s Café d’Art and fine wines from Merry Cellars Family Winery. Wine tasting and bottles for purchase will be available. Complete this memorable evening with a stroll through the exhibition galleries, which are always free on Valentine’s Day. Date & Time: Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Location: YAM Tickets: Call YAM for early reservations at (406) 256-6804 ext.236

Jam at the YAM

Enjoy live tunes in our café the first Friday of each month. Free admission, and YAM members receive their first drink on us!

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BOOTS The Yellowstone Art Museum is full of seasonal works of art, like this portrait titled “November at Norms.”

Exhibitions Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell

Theodore Waddell has brought twentieth-century Modernism into the twenty-first century. He thoughtfully explores ideas about this region where he has lived and worked his entire career. Although Waddell is known primarily as a painter, he has also worked as a sculptor, and Hallowed Absurdities includes a wide range of his sculptural work. From the time of human origins, we have relied on fiction and humor to examine and come to grips with contentious ideas in our society. Humor and visual puns are part of this phenomenon, and in Hallowed Absurdities Waddell uses the physical object to critique myths, convictions and the meanings behind human choices. Date & Time: On display thru January 5, 2014 Location: YAM Tickets: Visit for details

Transitions: Autumn in the Yellowstone River Valley

Education Programs Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids These are docent led classes that will feature a tour of the current exhibitions, followed by a related art activity. Registration opens one week prior to each class. Contact Berenice Munson at (406) 2566804 ext. 232 or Date & Time: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, Ages 5-12 Location: YAM Tickets: $5 members, $6 non-members

Fam at the YAM

Friday family fun night is an open studio event and an opportunity for the whole family to come and make art together. No registration is required. Date & Time: Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Location: YAM Tickets: $6 per child (members) and $7 per child (non-members); Families with 4 or more children $20 flat rate; Adults are free (with child’s admission)

Autumn…it is perhaps the most contempla- Adult Art Education Courses tive season. Artists have been drawn to the blend See for pricing and deof riotous color and melancholy passing of time that scription of the available courses. autumn signifies for centuries. Transitions: Autumn in the Yellowstone River Valley shares the work of Mixed Media Collage notable area artists who revisit this beautiful theme Taught by Renee Audette and find new inspiration in it each year.  This exhiJan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. bition includes recent works by Clyde Aspevig, Bob Barlow, Mike Caskey, James Poulson, and Joe TrakiBead Embellishment Class mas, all of whom live or have lived on or near the Taught by Susan Germer Yellowstone River. Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Date & Time: On display thru January 5, 2014 Location: YAM Plexiglass Journal Tickets: Visit for details Taught by Charlene Margaral Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Downtown Billings hosts annual fundraisers

Food Bank fills empty tummies

Join volunteers at the Food Bank Thursday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for their annual community Thanksgiving Meal. The meal will be offered at the Food Bank, located at 2112 Fourth Ave. The Food Bank believes no one should have to go hungry on Thanksgiving and even offers to arrange for in-home delivery to those who are home-bound. For additional information, or to find out how to volunteer, call (406) 259-2856.

Messiah Festival warms hearts, homes

It’s been scientifically proven that music heals in a huge way. Put this theory into action by participating in the 20th annual Messiah Festival Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Alberta Bair Theater. Sponsored by St. Vincent Healthcare, all funds collected by the event are dedicated to the operation of the Meadowlark House, a free cancer patient lodging facility that provides a “home away from home” for traveling cancer patients. Singer and listener tickets are free to the public and can be picked up at the Alberta Bair Theater. If you are interested in supporting the Messiah Festival or for more information, contact Leslie Stahly at or call (406) 237-3603.

the Festival of Trees, now in its 28th year, is part of that tradition for many Billings families, organizations and businesses. As a major fundraiser for The Family Tree Center, the Festival provides an opportunity for community members to help prevent child abuse in Yellowstone County and surrounding areas. Over the course of four days, more than 10,000 people will pass through the doors to view uniquely decorated holiday trees and participate in a variety of activities. The Festival runs December 5-8 at the Shrine Auditorium. The event kicks off with a Gala Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a corporate table. Friday’s agenda includes special tree viewing, Tea in the Trees, public tree viewing, the ever-popular Family Fun Night and a Craft and Gift show. Saturday is packed with activities including a Brunch with Santa, more tree viewing and MSU-B Writers Roundup. Tree viewing admission is $3 per person or $10 per family. For Gala, Tea in the Trees or Brunch tickets, please call the Family Tree Center at (406) 2529799. All dollars raised at the Festival go toward The Family Tree Center, which provides parents and children with education, support, role modeling and access to other community resources. For more details see or call (406) 252-9799.

the holiday season with its 9th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. throughout Billings. Local families will open their beautifully decorated homes to ticket holders. The self-guided tour features live symphonic holiday music and treats while raising funds for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. Tickets start at $25 in advance, and may be purchased at the Billings Symphony office, 2721 Second Ave. N., Suite 350, or by calling (406) 252-3610, or online at Proceeds from this event help the Symphony fulfill its mission of bringing live quality symphonic music to as many people as possible in our region, whether at a concert or through one of their 15 music education and community engagement programs.

Twelfth Night Celebration

Let your holiday spirit spill over and support the Billings Food Bank with the Twelfth Night Celebration on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The Chefs and Cooks of Montana will delight your palette with an all-youcan-eat smorgasbord of crawfish, shrimp and gumbo—popular fare for this southern tradition. Starting at 5:30 p.m., socialize with no-host cocktails, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, enjoy a silent auction and dance the night away with tunes from a live Dixieland band, the Second Avenue Stompers. All this fun and food supports the financial mission and awareness of the Billings Food Bank. Tickets are $20 per person; patrons can Festival of Trees Symphony Tour of Homes reserve an entire table for 10 people in advance. For Holidays are, of course, all about tradition. And, The Billings Symphony celebrates the spirit of more information or tickets, call (406) 259-2856.


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SPECIAL EVENTS Thursday, December 5th

Gala- Dinner & Tree Auction 6pm Gala Tickets – $75 per person or $800 per reserved table of 8

Friday, December 6th

Tea in the trees 1pm - 3 pm $10 in advance or $12 at the door

Sunday, December 8th

Brunch Among the Trees 11am - 2pm Table for 8 - $120 in advance or $150 at the door Individual Adults - $20 each Children 12 & older - $20; Ages 6-11 - $10; Age 5 & under FREE

A Benefit for Children & Families

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES Friday, December 6th

Special Viewing 9am - 11 am Craft & Gift Show 1pm - 8pm FREE Public Viewing 3pm - 8pm $3 per person, $10 family. 6 & Under Free

Entertainment 5pm - 8pm Family Fun Night 5pm - 8pm

Saturday, December 7th Craft & Gift Show 9am - 8pm FREE Public Viewing 9am - 8pm $3 per person, $10 family. 6 & Under Free

Arctic Art & Playland 9am - 8pm Entertainment 9am - 8pm Brunch with Santa 11am - 1pm MSUB Writer’s Roundup 12pm - 5pm

Shrine Auditorium Dec 5 - Dec 8, 2013

Admission Prices

$3 per person or $10 per family (2 adults) .familytreecenterbillings.or Benefiting The Family Tree Center – Billings Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center • For more information call (406) 252-9799.


Alive for the Holidays

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The Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, located at 914 Division St., still shines every holiday season with events, tours and historic elegance. Built in 1903 by P.B. Moss and his wife, Mattie, the only residents were Mr. and Mrs. Moss, their six children and three servants. The home was designed by the famous New York architect Henry Hardenbergh, who also designed the original Waldorf-Astoria, Plaza Hotel, the Dakota, Williard Hotel and Copley Hotel. Built for $105,000, when most homes averaged $3,000, it has 28 rooms, is 60-feet-square and rises 45 feet into the air. The Moss Mansion remains a cornerstone of downtown Billings today. It is operated by the Billings Preservation Society, Inc.


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Dave Brubeck Tribute February 21 • 7:30pm

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