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As the bullwheel turns: This season marks 50 years of skiing at the Bowl.

7am to 10pm Every Day Cover PHoto: andy kemmis, Ross Peterson. Taken at Snowbowl on April 23, 2011. postseason.

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Brewery & Winery D i r e c t o r y

BREWERIES –––––– Bayern Brewing

Tasting Room, Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm Weekends, Noon-8pm 1507 Montana • Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 721-1482 •

Bayern Brewing is steeped in the rich tradition of Bavaria, a region renowned for producing the region’s most sophisticated beer. We brew our beers in strict accordance of German law of Purity “Reinheitsgebot” of 1516. That means no berries, artificial carbonation, or other strange ingredients are used in the process. All you will find in a Bayern Brew is barley, yeast, hops, water, and the experience of two German master brewers.

BEER & WINE RETAIL –––––– Liquid Planet

Brewers of award winning beers including Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Olde Bongwater Hemp Porter, and Double Haul IPA. The Kettlehouse operates two breweries near the heart of downtown Missoula. Come visit us at our Northside location on Wednesdays and help support local non profits.

Tamarack Brewing Company

2 Locations: 105 Blacktail Road • Lakeside, MT 59922 (406) 844-0244 231 W. Front • Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 830-3113

Tamarack Brewing Company is proud to be a casual brew pub where people can enjoy wonderful pub fare and handcrafted ales in an unassuming and friendly atmosphere. Join us at The ‘Rack’ in both Lakeside and Missoula... Think Local, Drink Local!


ur third edition of the Corridor finds us quickly moving into the winter madness of the holiday season while also finding time to embark on snowy outdoor adventures. I admit I am not a huge fan of the frozen vehicle and the extra time on icy roads to get around, but it’s worth the scenic wonders winter brings to the valley and the amazing skiing, sledding, hiking, and other opportunities it presents. Sitting around the fire drinking a local special-edition brew is a toasty way to enjoy the extra evening hours with friends and loved ones. Please enjoy this holiday edition of Corridor as present outdoor recreation opportunities and community art & events as well as a host of other features we hope you are quickly getting to know and love. Happy Holidays Missoula! Sincerely, Jim McGowan Publisher, Corridor

223 N Higgins Ave • Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 541-4541 • Experience the world with over 500 wines & 150 beers from over 20 different countries! Vino Trio special: Buy any 2 bottles of wine and get 20% off any third bottle. Mixer Sixer Special: Mix and match any 6 beer singles and save 20%. Now featuring selections from Wine Guy Mike - wineguymike.

Kettlehouse Brewing Company Montana Brewers Association 2 Locations: 602 Myrtle Street • Missoula, MT 59801 313 N 1st St W • Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 728-1660 •


Publisher Jim McGowan SALES AND PROMOTIONS DIrector Brooke Redpath

P.O. Box 763 • Helena, MT 59624 406-439-8075 •

The Montana Brewers Association is devoted to the development of a strong, responsible, and growing craft brewing industry in Montana, and Montana brewers are committed to producing the finest handcrafted beers in the country. Go to to join the Brew Crew and enjoy 20 brews for $25, and for information about our annual Montana Brewers Festival.


Art Director, Design Michael Lake

Montana Wine & Beer Festival Save the Date!

Summit Beverage and the Grizzly Scholarship Association will present the 7th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012. More details to come!


COPY EDITOR Stephanie Bull

Worden’s Market and Deli

451 N Higgins Ave • Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 549-1293 •

Best Deli - every year. Best Retail Beer Selection always. Best Wine Shop - still. As voted by Missoula consumers over the last 20 years. At your service daily in Historic Downtown Missoula. Downtown, Where Missoula Lives!

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Grizzly Liquor Wine & Spirits

Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6:30pm and Sat, 9am-6pm. 110 W Spruce St, Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 549-7723 • Voted Missoula’s #1 liquor store for several years! Come check out our great variety of low-priced wines!

PHOTOGRAPHY Andy Kemmis Taylar Robbins Nathan Whitmont CONTRIBUTORs Stan Cohen WineGuyMike Chelsi Moy John Engen Heather Thuesen Mark Gibbons Tom Benson Taylor Heggen Hannah Reagan Jason Hogan Lorinda Mattson Michael Lake Atom Potts Dirk Lee ADVERTISING Tara Halls Linda Otway Melinda Long Shelly Parge Deanna Levine Sara Nelson Mindy Tweet Deb Larson

Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. 4175 Rattlesnake Dr • Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 549-8703 •

Escape a short distance up the Rattlesnake to Montana wine country for flights and glasses of award-winning organic wines with no added sulfites. Open year-round, winter seating indoors by candlelight. Live music Fridays and Saturdays. Partake in our delicious antipasto plates or bring your own food. We ship wine - come taste your options for a Made in Montana gift.

The Corridor was created to provide you with a one stop view of the culture, events, and happenings that make Missoula the interesting and fun place we all love. We hope this becomes a monthly tool for you to use to find out what and where to go over the next 30 days. Enjoy this positive look at our great community and all it has to offer!


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as the bullwheel turns BY: stan cohen | PHOTOS BY: ANDY KEMmIS


s the bullwheel turns� this season marks 50 years of skiing at the Bowl! It all started in 1961, when the operators of Snow Park on TV Mountain, Dave Flaccus and Bob Johnson joined up with Pinky McDonald and moved their Poma lift to Sunrise Bowl (where the current T-bar is located). They were looking for more vertical and better snow and had scouted out the terrain for several years before, even putting a portable rope tow up near High Roller the winter earlier. Besides the Poma lift, the Snowbowl Day Lodge was built in 1961. The upper chalet (Grizzly Chalet) and the original Grizzly lift first operated during the 62-63 season with upper mountain

lEFT: Chris Bacon hiking in the backcountry, 2011. tOP: SNOWBowl, March 2011. bOTTOM: Ross Peterson. Taken at Snowbowl on April 23, 2011. Postseason.

transportation provided by two rope tows. A milestone event in the Bowl’s history was hosting the 1967 National Alpine Championships, the most important alpine competition in the country at that time. For the event several new runs were cut, a ski shop and beer stube were built (both burned down many years ago) and a T-bar was installed to get to the top of Big Sky Mountain (where the current LaValle lift is now). The race itself was a success but the expense of putting on the event and the related improvements caused severe financial stress. Several reorganizations followed and not many improvements until 1983 when the Poma lift was replaced with the T-bar on Sunrise Bowl along with a number


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Kurt Scott. Taken at Snowbowl on April 23, 2011. POSTsEAsOn.

December 2011 of trail improvements. Unfortunately that season the upper T-bar was badly damaged and the ski shop burned down. But life at the Bowl went on and after another reorganization in 1984, the old upper T-bar was replaced with the LaValle chairlift and several new runs were constructed. Over the years since, more improvements followed including the upgrading of the Grizzly lift, snowmaking, more trails, construction of the Gelandesprung Lodge, additions and improvement to the Last Run Inn and the Snowbowl Lodge. To celebrate the 50th anniversary we have all sorts of things planned including a bunch of souvenir items, a special edition of the Goodtimes, an old timers day and from Bayern Brewery, a new brew for the Snowbowl anniversary, “Groomer.” For more on the history of Snowbowl and all the early ski areas in Montana you

should get Stan Cohen’s book Downhill in Montana (information for this article is courtesy of Stan, who is also the editor of the Goodtimes.) Stan will be releasing a cool DVD of the early years of skiing before the 1970’s and the modern age. So now in 2011, the Bowl is about to complete its biggest project ever, the reconstruction of Snowbowl Road. It has taken nearly ten years and been totally financed by the Bowl (it could have been a pretty fancy chairlift!). Thanks to all of you for your support and to Pat and his crew, Bill, Chris, Jesse, Jay and Nick and all the past maintenance staff who have done all the work. Next time you come up don’t miss checking out the shiny new guardrail! We had a great summer at the Bowl. John and Kirk loaded more mountain bikes and riders than ever and weddings every weekend kept Garland, Andy, Erica, Jen,

Andy M., Ron and Joe and the Last Run staff busy. The expansive plan to TV Mountain is moving forward. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) was published last spring and the comments are being evaluated and will be addressed in the final EIS. The final EIS is scheduled to be published before the end of this year so we are expecting a decision from the Forest Service this ski season. For the 50th anniversary we are hoping to get the OK to bring skiing back to where the Bowl started on TV Mountain! The word from the Nation Weather Service is that La Niña will be back in town this winter so get ready for another big snow year. Passes and coupons are available at the Snowbowl Online Store We look forward to seeing you soon.



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provided by Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce


ust a short scenic one hour drive north of Missoula , the small town of Seeley Lake is thriving with a variety of winter recreation activities including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skate skiing, ice fishing and many more. This quaint mountain town is the perfect destination to get outside and play in the snow. Snowmobilers ride forever on over 350 miles of groomed trails. The types of trails range from novice to expert with some beautiful open park areas that create the perfect winter playground. Snowmobiling is an easy sport that gets you to some incredible backcountry territory where the views will take your breath away. Make sure to stop in at the warming hut to take the chill off and meet some fellow enthusiasts. The Driftriders snowmobile club maintains the extensive trail system and keeps everyone informed through their website: You’ll find all the information needed to plan your Seeley Lake snowmobile trip online. There is a trail map that can be downloaded from the website, or found in retail locations around town. The map contains detailed information about the trails including distance and difficulty. On the website, you’ll also find a listing of upcoming social events like poker runs and fundraisers.

Up to date snow conditions and tracking software let you know when and where the Pisten Bully Groomer has been. Many locals and visitors sled with their own machines, but if you’re new to the sport, or would like to take a friend along, there are two rental shops right in Seeley Lake. Both shops have a variety of snow machines and gear. They also offer guide service which is a huge help to get you started with a safe and fun ride. The great thing about winter sport in Seeley Lake is there’s plenty of room for more than one activity. While the snowmobilers are out and about through town and trails, the Nordic skiers glide across tracks at the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trail System. With 18 kilometers of classic cross-country and skate skiing trails you’re bound to find just the place you want to be. The trailhead is located just off of Highway 83 North. If you’re new to the sport, the local club offers clinics with friendly excellent instruction. Nordic skiing is a beautiful sport, can be done by young or old, and does as much for your body as you soul. This small town has its sites set on large plans. The Nordic Club along with the Forest Service is working hard to develop several pods of trails throughout the valley and aspires to create a world class trail system to attract large skiing events. outlines snow and trail conditions as well as upcoming events. Horse drawn sleigh rides offered by Blackfoot Wagon & Carriage add a nostalgic touch to the list of Seeley Lake winter activities. Let Tug & Willie and Charlotte & Roxie, massive black Percheron draft horses, pull you around the Double Arrow with a group of friends celebrating holiday cheer. Or opt for the romantic antique cutter sleigh for that classic horse drawn sleigh experience. This unique activity makes for some special memories and photo opportunities. Snowshoeing has become a popular activity for those who enjoy being outside, and like to trek through the deep snow in Seeley Lake. Snowshoeing is great exercise, the gear is relatively inexpensive, and you can snowshoe just about anywhere. Seeley Lake does have a designated snowshoe area just behind the Community Center, adjacent to the cross-country ski trails. While the cold weather brings snow to cover our hills and valleys, lake ice freezes to several feet deep creating another landscape for those who seek outdoor sport this time of year. Keep your eye on the frozen lakes for ice fishing, pond hockey, or the elegant blade of an early morning skater carving figure eights in the glittering ice. Again, there’s a wide variety of winter

sport in the valley, and plenty of room to enjoy it all. Though we do love snow, when the festivities and visitors of the holidays are gone, cabin fever can begin to set in. To liven things up a bit the Chamber of Commerce hosts Winterfest the third weekend of January. This year’s theme is “Snow Dance.” Make sure to visit Seeley Lake to experience some great fun in the snow. The whole town turns out for Friday night’s torch light parade. Everyone brings their Christmas tree, and the fire department torches the heap of trees and the biggest campfire of the year warms the town while the kids slide down the snowplow berms and the adults visit and catch up on winter comings and goings. Saturday night features Dessertfest with live entertainment, a chili and soup cook off, fabulous desserts and great auction items. Sunday wraps up the weekend with the Lion’s Club Ice Skating Party, snowsculpting awards and Two Valley Stage brings Jack Gladstone to town for a concert. Winterfest is only one of many winter events that take place in Seeley Lake. There’s a Pond Hockey Tournament, Winter Biathalon, OSCR Ski Race, Snow Joke Half Marathon and Pike on Ice Fishing Derby to name a few. Visit the Chamber’s website: for dates

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and information. This quaint, picturesque western town offers visitors a reprieve from the fastpaced, hustle and bustle of city life. The area offers a variety of quality restaurants, coffee bistros, and gift shops. Lodging choices range from full-service resorts, to charming inns, rustic lodges and cabins, as well as motels, guest ranches, vacation homes, and condominiums. The residents are welcoming and willing to share their recreational passions with visitors--freely sharing stories at the local eateries, lodges, coffeehouses or saloons. We pride ourselves on the friendly, personalized service we provide for our visitors. Although the setting seems remote, Seeley Lake offers top notch spa services, hair and nail salons, fine dining, casual fare, exceptional wine lists, local micro brews on tap, gaming, and sports bars. Practical services are available, such as medical clinic, gasoline, car and snowmobile repair, hardware supplies, fishing tackle, just to name a few. If you need to combine work and play, full service conference facilities provide the technology required in today’s business world. Are you looking for a magical setting for a winter wedding? Several locations fit the bill. Are you hosting a family reunion, family members with

a variety of activity levels? No problem. There is something here for everyone. Alpine Artisans provide the forum for talented local artists to open their studios to guests. A changing art display can be viewed at the Seeley Swan Medical Center. Two Valleys stage brings music, drama, and dance professionals from all around the country. Open Book Clubs highlight local talent. The Historical Society maintains exhibits featuring Seeley-Swan artifacts at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum. With all these things to do, it may seem daunting on where to begin with the planning. The local Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center is a great start. Many lodging facilities maintain websites with activity and event information, like,, TheLodgesonSeeleyLake. com, and There’s a wide variety of outdoor activities in the winter. Seeley Lake is the best place to experience them, because there’s incredible snow, plenty of territory, and friendly people who are ready to share their love of this beautiful mountain town with you.



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Dear John a Q&A with the Mayor

If you were a snowman fixing to melt with the spring thaw, what would be the top 3 things on your bucket list?


challenging question, inasmuch as I feel compelled to approach the answer from a snowman’s perspective, which is considerably different from a mayor’s perspective or my personal preferences. If the question were posed to the mayor, the answers would be something like: 1. Buy a water company. 2. Fix the economy and rebuild the middle class in Missoula. 3. Ensure no one goes homeless or hungry in our community. If the question were posed to John Engen, Missoula native, the answers would be something like the last two answers above, with the addition of: 1. Invent a calorie-free, free-range, organic, humane, natural bacon, then consume it in large quantities. But the question is all about what makes a snowman, whose fate rests in the intemperate hands of fickle nature, tick. In that frozen noggin, beneath the carrot, coal and button accessories; atop the three globes that comprise the base, middle and top of his countenance; under that cap or top hat or other cranial adornment, what’s going on? My best guess as to the top three things a snowman would want to experience before returning to the watery state whence he (or she, for that matter, because there are at least as many snowwomen as snowmen;

let’s go with snowpersons) came: 1.  Have a long talk with meteorologist Mark Heyka. If my existence were largely dependent on the weather and my comfort a product of the daily shifts in temperature from morning to night, I’d give the always affable, professional and thorough weatherman, a Missoula institution, a call. “Mr. Heyka,” I’d say, “If it’s cold I’m cool and if it’s hot I’m toast, so if you could hit me with the big Doppler picture, I could do some real planning as to how to manage my schedule. If it’s going to be good-and-cold for a spell, I’ll answer some e-mail, maybe get the carrot-nose peeled a bit, deal with the unsightly damage the neighbors’ dogs insist on inflicting on my lower globes, and start watching the first season of ‘Mad Men’ on Netflix. If it’s going to warm up, I’m going to attempt to learn human speech and lease a walk-in freezer.” 2. Get better arms. Frankly, the sticks are as functional as they are attractive and while they’re OK for scratching an itch, you just can’t tie a decent fly. 3. Fight global warming. I prefer summers in Montana, but for the sake of all those snowpersons out there, I hope the big chill lasts until at least Valentine’s Day.

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BREWSKI Bayern brews special Snowbowl beer in honor of 50th BY: chelsi moy of the missoulian


ontana Snowbowl is grooming for the big occasion. The local, family-operated ski area celebrates its 50th anniversary this season and Snowbowl owners Brad and Ronnie Morris will toast the golden anniversary with a pint of Bayern Brewery’s recently announced microbrew, Groomer, a beer created to celebrate the ski area’s big birthday season. On Oct. 25, Bayern began making the batch of dark organic winter Marzen, a German-style lager. Using 2,000 pounds of grains and about 30 pounds of hops, Bayern Brewery owner Jurgen Knoller will make 1,300 gallons of the brewery’s firstever organic beer. “(Snowbowl has) the best pizza anywhere,” Knoller said. “It will go really well with that.” Snow Park, a poma-lift only ski area moved slightly east in 1961 and became Montana Snowbowl, a ski area that now accommodates upward of 63,000 skier visits each year. It’s survived financial struggles, fires and multiple owners. For the past 27 years, the Morrises have owned the ski area and are looking to expanding not only the ski area boundaries, but selection of beers at Snowbowl’s Last Run Inn. Among them will be Groomer, a name Ronnie Morris, who is fan of microbrews, came up with. Last year, Montana ski areas experienced an epic ski season full of powder days but still some Snowbowl customers wanted to know where they could find the packed groomers. “Now I can tell them you can always find a groomer at the bar,” Morris said. The brewing process takes about seven hours. The unfiltered Bavarian microbrew will taste mild in hops and have a mild to strong full-body taste with a deep dark color. The hops are from Germany and the barley is from Montana. In trying to create Snowbowl’s beer, there were some obvious parameters that needed to be followed, Knoller said. It’s winter and people like to drink dark beers in the winter, he said. And at 5.3 percent alcohol content, it won’t be “so intoxicating that people can’t make it off the mountain.” Compared to Bayern’s Face Plant Doppelweizen, Groomer is lighter in alcohol but darker in color. Groomer will join the other 13 beers Bayern has on in its lineup. Groomer be available on tap at various restaurants and bars, including, of course, Snowbowl’s bar Last Run Inn. The brewery does not intend to bottle the brew. But if it’s popular, it’s possible Groomer will return for Snowbowl’s future birthdays. Reporter Chelsi Moy can be reached at 523-5260 or at

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BIG SKY brewing co.


rinking a couple of Big Sky’s Powder Hound Winter Ales is a great way to end an epic day in the snow. Whether you have been skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, sledding, throwing snowballs, or making snow angels; you’ll love the bold flavor that comes from brewing a beer with four malts that features five hop additions including a final dry-hopping to complete the avalanche of aroma. If you are a skier, you know that the real fun starts when you leave the groomers and head for the powder. That’s the way we think of Powder Hound, it’s the winter beer to turn to when you are looking to leave the ordinary and head out-of-bounds for a bigger, more adventurous ale! Powder Hound Winter Ale is brewed with Pale, Caramel Munich, and Biscuit malts along with Flaked Barley. Big Sky’s brewers then add Hallertau, Centennial, Palisade, and Zythos hops. This combination makes for a very tasty blend of malty sweetness and earthiness balanced by the pine, citrus, and candy notes the hops contribute. Powder Hound pours a beautiful copper gold color and contains 7.2% alcohol by volume. It is available in bottles and on draft all over Montana and throughout the Western U.S.

Draught Works


ust in time for the Holidays, Draught Works will be releasing their first seasonal brew, a tribute beer from Milestown Brewing of Miles City, Kettle House Brewing co. MT, the brewery that Draught Works ou hold in your hands our award Brewer and Co-Owner, Jeff Grant’s winning Cold Smoke Scotch Ale. father owned and operated for over ten Brewed with Montana grown years. The recipe is a play-off of Milestown’s and malted barley, hops from the original “Half-nuts Rye”, with a few minor Yakima Valley and pure water tweaks and an increased gravity to achieve from Missoula’s aquifer-it’s a the desirable “winter warming” effect. What a great time to commemorate and show dark, smooth ale with a slightly sweet coffee appreciation for the upbringing that helped finish. Named after the light, bottomless powder inspire Draught Works! that falls in Montana, Cold Smoke is the Half-Nuts Rye is a full bodied Brown transcendent powder experience craved by Ale brewed with Pale, Crystal, Chocolate skiers and boarders. What you hear on Cold and Munich malts, along with a portion of Smoke days: “Face shots!” “Snorkels!” “No malted rye to create a slightly spicy, nutty rye friends on a powder day!” If you have ridden character to further add to the complexity. Cold Smoke, you know what I mean. There is also an addition of natural hazelnut, Kettlehouse Brewing Company, LLC further enhancing the subtle nutty- operates two breweries within a long fly character. Half-nuts Rye is hopped with cast of the Clark Fork River in Missoula, traditional English hop verities lending an Montana. Our mission is to match the earthy aroma, blending well with the malt quality of our beers to the quality of the Montana experience. and nut character.



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Have You Been Naughty Or Nice?


egardless of whether you have been naughty or nice, WineGuyMike has some great holiday gift advice. It’s always fun to drink wine, and to try new wines, especially if there is someone in your group who knows a little bit about wine. The holiday season is upon us, and no matter what holiday you celebrate – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or Festivus – one tradition is a certainty: exchanging gifts. The very thought of shopping for the “right” wine or wine gift can be cause for great trepidation within the hearts of many. I think about this each year as I’m approached by a number of people reaching out for help in choosing the perfect wine gifts. To make matters more difficult, it is usually the boss or the wine aficionado in your group whose gift is the greatest struggle. Take a deep breath and remember: This is a great time of year to celebrate friendships, family and to be truly thankful for the abundance we enjoy in our everyday lives. Before you go shopping, I recommend making a list of the people you are going to buy wine gifts for. Ask yourself: Do they like white or red wine? When you go to their home and you enjoy a glass of wine, do they use wine glasses or are they utilizing the colorful plastic soda cups they have collected from the drive-thru at their favorite fast food restaurant? How much does that important person in your life normally spend when they buy wine? Does the person you’re considering ever decant or aerate the wine they share with you? Finally, how much are you going to spend, especially when considering the boss? The boss is always the hardest one to shop for. What is the right gift

for my boss, and how much should I spend? The hardest question to answer may even be does he deserve a gift at all? Shopping for wine or winerelated gifts should be a pleasurable and gratifying process, more of an experience than a chore. Sure, there are numerous Internet sites and discount retail stores where you can make cheap, soulless purchases, but they lack the personal experience I desire, especially when thoughtfully considering a gift for someone important in my life. As I was shopping a few days ago at Liquid Planet in downtown Missoula, I realized that this is the experience I desire. Their retail manager, Heather, has done a beautiful job in merchandising the store, and in particular the wine section. I have many female friends who love shoe shopping and every time I overhear any of them discussing that experience I know how they might feel. The wine section in Liquid Planet is all of that for me; it has the right feng shui. Isn’t wine all about balance and structure anyway? When picking out a gift, there are a multitude of great wine gift ideas. With strategic planning prior to shopping you will find the perfect gift for that special someone. Let’s start with the wine. Red wine on the simplest level is light, medium or full bodied. Red wine will have aromas of red or black fruit; you may smell spice, earthiness or even some tobacco and leather. My favorite, however, is when I can sense the smell of bacon in my wine. That’s right, I said bacon, and many French winemakers would tell you that they strive to have the sense of animal in their wines. This is a component of the French term “terroir,” or a sense of place. Does the person you are shopping


for like red wines that express more fruit or do they prefer a more tactile sensation or the grittiness we feel in our mouth from the tannins more prevalent in red wines? This grittiness is what some relate as the dryness of a red wine. White wines present very different tastes and scents than red wines. Aromas in white wines will vary, with scents of flowers, fruit, citrus or beautiful tropical fruits being common. In your mouth a white wine may taste tart, express minerals like stone or slate, or it may even be somewhat sweet. If wine is something you are considering as a gift ask yourself. How much am I willing to spend and what do I think that special someone enjoys in their wine? If these queries seem overwhelming, do not despair. Visit www.WineGuyMike. for a special page of recommendations on the various types of red or white wine styles and price points that will allow you to select the perfect wine for the special person in your life. How about wine glasses? Many are unaware how important wine glasses are if you are a serious wine consumer. The Riedel wine glass company has been around for 300 years. Their glasses are a masterful combination, artfully blending form and function. Good wine glasses are designed to allow you to visually examine wine, focus the aroma of the wine correctly, and then deliver the wine on your palate in exactly the right spot. If you visit the WineGuyMike blog and do a search on Riedel, you will find extensive information concerning the various types of wine glasses, a highly interesting topic. Wine decanters are also a terrific gift to consider for a wine lover. Decanting wine is a worthwhile effort,

even though you have one extra dish to wash the following day, save the possibility you used one of the new aerators. Decanting is generally a process reserved explicitly for red wines. When a wine is poured into a traditional decanter the wine is thoroughly exposed to oxygen, which helps to open the wine, sort of like a genie that is bottled up but when you let them out they have room to breathe and really come to life and express themselves. There are a multitude of differing decanters; some are even attached right to the bottle – certainly not traditional, but clever nonetheless. If you care to learn more, this topic is also discussed in depth on my blog. Aerators are devices of decanting “in the moment.” This process has gained popularity and can be terrific for spontaneous gatherings in the home or is an option when headed to a casual restaurant or bar. I still prefer traditional decanting, but if company arrives unexpectedly at your front door this holiday season, as it is apt to do, and you want to share a glass of wine, the aerators are a great option. Remember, as a rule all wines benefit from being decanted or aerated. I would recommend a traditional decanting device for more expensive wines as it leaves the more complex components of the wine intact. You don’t want to bruise the fruit! I have many more wonderful gift ideas from Liquid Planet to share with you on my blog at www.WineGuyMike. I want to encourage you to head downtown to Liquid Planet and see the comprehensive wine gift selection they offer. It truly is a holiday shopping experience. I wish you and your family a holiday season filled with good cheer, health and abundance.

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Top TEN Tech gifts


By Michael Lake

’ve heard it said that men in general are notoriously hard to shop for. What do you buy a guy that seemingly has a wealth of gadgets, tech toys and other assorted goodies? Well, I’m glad you asked. In our modern world, technology it seems doubles its computing power every 47 seconds. (I made that up.) But it could be true. Might as well be. How many times can the world turn about its axis without seeing another commercial for a new device, or the latest CPU, or a new handheld super computer? Luckily for dudes like me, that’s just the way we like it. A veritable candy store of geekapproved gizmos.

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Sit back and let me illuminate the best of the best gifts your nerdy loved ones will love this holiday season.

7. For heaven’s sakes, if you don’t have a tablet, get one! Invest in the iPad 2, or the Motorola Xoom. These devices will change your life, sometimes for the better. My recommendations are based strictly (and completely unscientifically) on a hardware to awesome looking ratio. Get one. You will not be sorry.

10. An audiophile. Yep, it’s a real word. It describes someone who is a sound snob. Much akin to a wine sommelier, or a food critic. Audiophiles appreciate the finest sound money has to offer. Price be damned, these headphones will quench even the most critical ears. Sennheiser HD800 sennheiser-hd-800.php

If you can’t afford $1,500 for a set of headphones (about as much as my car which does includes speakers), check these out for a relatively cheap $55. Koss Pro4AAT Titanium Pro Headphones B00008Z1QI/ref=pd_cp_e_1

9. If you like great audio, chances are you’re a stickler for great video as well. Home theater has come a long way in the past five years. Now you can emulate a decent movie-going experience in the comfort of your own home. If your guy or you love amazing visuals, check this out. Panasonic TC-PVT30 - reasonably priced at $2,500. flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tcp55vt30/4505-6482_7-34468892.html

Or you can go the route of the HD projector. Ever want a viewing screen that’s bigger than your wall? That’s right, we’re talking 20 feet of movie bliss.

8. OK, let’s cover something that’s usually overlooked in the gadget department. Personal hygiene. Yeah, I said it. Most dudes don’t talk about hygiene, being emotionally aloof, and distant even with their closest friends. Get the guy a decent electric shaver. It’s still a power tool if you think about it. Panasonic Vortex ES8109S

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4.  Who’s bad at taking (and following) directions? This guy! And that guy, and that guy over there. ... Sure, asking him to stop for directions is like asking him to wear a tutu at a boxing match. It’s just not going to happen. So why not get him a “power tool/gadget” that lets him feel like a man – if only for a few nano seconds, as he asks himself why that GPS has the voice of a woman. Magellan RoadMate 5045-LM h  ttp:// RoadMate/Magellan-RoadMate-5045-LM

3. K  indle Fire. Yeah the name sounds like you should be using it to build a fire, but this gift will make any dude jealous. Ladies, don’t be surprised if Santa leaves this under the tree this year. This Kindle can play Angry Birds, has access to the android market, has built-in wi-fi and ... it also has books. Kindle Fire

2. Finding a pen is hard enough. Losing this pen would break your heart. The Inkling is a pen you write/draw/whatever with — and that can transfer it all back to your computer. Photoshop guru? With this you’ll be the maharaja of tech.

6.  Discerning movie makers and soccer moms and dads around the globe will appreciate this one: a digital camcorder that does nifty tryx. And that’s not a typo. The Casio Tryx has an outer handle that swivels and rotates, so you can prop it up like a tripod or grip it in the fist like brass knuckles. Get it? It performs tricks! ... Eye roll...

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5.  For the video gamer in your life, get them a life ... a digital life! Sigh. There are scads of new games out this year, but for the RPG gamer out there, Skyrim may be the last game he plays for the next 300-plus hours. It’s literally that massive. I confess that rating a game based on its play through time is geeky. But hey, for dudes looking to maximize their dollar spent per hour played, this one’s the tops. aspx

1. Last but not least is the gift that any selfrespecting, self-proclaimed tech person would die rather than be without ... drum roll ... Smart phones. iPhones, Motorolas, and Samsungs oh my!

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There’s my top 10. I hope it helps. Until next month, geek on!


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Revival of

La FĂŠe Verte


o spirit is as scandalized with erroneous fictions or held in as much mythopoetic awe and esteem as much as absinthe. La FÊe Verte (The Green Fairy) flits in between the pages of beverage history, weaving the romanticized notions of Muse with the terrifying myths of Madness. At the risk of touching on what by outside appearances is a taboo subject, absinthe merits a closer look for its impact on the global beverage history in its relatively short lifespan. Outside of all of the overblown myths and notions, absinthe’s ingredient makeup is relatively simple. The main components of a good absinthe are grand wormwood (Artemesia absinthium, for you science geeks), fennel and anise, as well as differing combinations of other herbs, depending on the origin of distillation. Throughout history wormwood infusions have been used for medicinal properties specifically in treatment of gastrointestinal parasites, menstrual pains and as a mild sedative. Medicinal properties aside, it is in part the grand wormwood that gives absinthe some notoriety since it contains thujone, a substance related to menthol that has chemical properties similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component in marijuana. Though disappointing to some, scientific studies have proven over and over that the two are distinctly unrelated in regards to psychoactive properties. The only similarity between thujone and THC seems to be the mystery of exactly how these naturally occurring substances directly work on the brain. There are two types of absinthe, absinthe blanche (clear) and absinthe verte (green). Green absinthe is derived from the chlorophyll from herbs added after distillation, and is the drink being referenced by the moniker Green Fairy. Often incorrectly classified as a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with sugars, and thusly is properly termed an aperitif spirit. The flavor of absinthe is distinctively anise-based, though like other spirits, if it is a star-quality absinthe, the more complex layers of herbs and woodnotes will develop on the palate. And, like the legend dictates, it is highly alcoholic in its distillation, clocking in at anywhere between 110-144 proof (55-72% abv), which surpasses the average of whiskey at 80 proof (40% abv). Part of the fun of absinthe is how it is consumed; this should not be your pick for a game of Quarters! Because the botanical components of anise and fennel oils will not dissolve in water, higher proof alcohol is required to produce the absinthe, which makes it unsuitable for drinking as a straight shot. Not only is it unpleasant when taken

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neat, much of the aromatics are missed as well. When diluted in ice water, the oils from the anise and fennel get knocked out of the absinthe and create a cloudy effect called a louche (the French term for turbulent, or cloudy). Traditionally, absinthe is poured into a glass, a slotted absinthe spoon placed over the glass, with a sugar cube on top of the spoon. Then ice water is then slowly dripped or poured over the cube to sweeten the absinthe, and the water is poured until the sugar mostly dissolves. The absinthe will turn an opalescent and translucent color as the louche develops, and the full aromatics of the absinthe are released. It has become a current fad to light the sugar on fire on the spoon, but I have never personally ascribed to this method, as the sugar caramelizes and ruins the taste of the absinthe. Not to mention, it’s dangerous, since with the wrong move the sugar cube could possibly ignite the highly volatile absinthe in the glass! The history of the first absinthe distillation is a bit, pun intended, cloudy. The legend of it claims that a certain French doctor in exile, Dr Pierre Ordinaire, began the first distillations of absinthe elixirs, but no accounts verify this. History does agree that sometime in the 1790s in France, interest in distilling absinthe and providing it to commercial masses began. Its original competitor was wine due to heavy bacterial contaminants in the water supplies. Wine was added to the unsafe water, because the alcohol content was just enough to make it safe to drink, and thusly made it consumed by the masses. Because of this, absinthe was primarily consumed by the upper class, to distinguish amongst the more bourgeois wine drinkers. However, in the late nineteenth century, aphylloxera beetle epidemic decimated the wine crops of France, and the prices of wine soared. The higher alcohol content and lower comparable price of absinthe made it available then to every working man, and it could be diluted in water more effectively than wine. Alongside this social change, the bohemian movement began to rise on a global scale, and starving artists and authors such as Picasso, Wilde, Toulouse-Lautrec, Poe, Debussy, Van Gogh, Gauguin & Hemingway began to lavish their attention (and their arts) on their Green Fairy muse. Absinthe houses were everywhere from the streets of Paris to the corners of New Orleans, and like any other spirit within an economic climate, cheap knockoffs by unscrupulous distilleries developed, and absinthes containing highly toxic substitutions such as antimony chloride and copper sulfate coloring began making their way to the masses. Literal

madness ensued, stamping the association of absinthe drinking with such violent acts as Van Gogh’s love-maddened earhacking, Hemingway’s alcoholism, and emanations of the haunting Green Fairy depicted in works of art and prose by those abusing it. “Absinthism” soared to become a social disease that politicians deemed necessary to eradicate. Seeking to emphasize the “sin” in absinthe, politicians sought to literally demonize its properties, heavily emphasizing psychoactive qualities ensconced within the eerie green liquid. Propaganda declaring that absinthism caused criminal insanity, tuberculosis and epilepsy caused an official ban of absinthe in most countries in 1915. After strict regulations were put into place, absinthe became legally available in banned countries after 1988. An absinthe revival ensued, and interest in its lavish ceremony increased. So now that it’s been demystified, are you ready to try some? I have it on excellent authority that neither the pre-banned, bootlegged, nor the currently released absinthes provide any sort of intergalactic hallucinogenic experience, unless you’re talking about it with someone who has never actually tried drinking it themselves. You won’t develop ninja skills, see mad tracers, or start bending the spacetime continuum with your mind (sorry). However, like any spirit that contains high alcohol by volume, lack of moderation of absinthe can result in having the mind erased. So be responsible when imbibing! Missoula doesn’t offer overmuch in the selections of absinthe, but I feel that they offer enough to the intrepid beverage experimenter. If you’re Montana-proud, Ridge Distillery out of Kalispell has both a beautiful expression of Absinthe Verte and Absinthe Blanche. Grizzly Liquor carries Ridge’s Extrait d’ Absinthe Verte; it is complex and smooth with a rich, opaline louche. Beginners and seasoned absinthe drinkers alike should really enjoy this one. I highly recommend visiting The Wormwood Society (www. for information on how to drink absinthe. If you’re a seasoned absintheur looking to get in touch with your inner American bohemian, try Ernest Hemingway’s “Death in the Afternoon.” Pour 1½ ounces of absinthe into a champagne flute, and pour 4 ounces of Brut Champagne over it. Then you, too, can have your own “Midnight in Paris”.



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grass roots poetry BY: MARK GIBBONS Illustration BY: Dirk lee


(cedilla) is a hook-like mark put under c in some French words to show that it is to be sounded like a voiceless s. When Tim Cook and Peter Clavin chose a symbol for sound (fallen out of fashion) as the title for their literary magazine, it seemed like a viable name for a handmade lit-rag to me. I was flattered to be included in ç/iv. and excited when they asked if I’d consider editing the next issue. They thought a homeboy like me might give the magazine more of a “Montana” flavor. So I took them up on their offer and looked forward to putting together a journal of stuff I liked, done by people I knew. My original vision for this issue was a rip-off of the old Montana Gothics done in the late seventies and early eighties, back when I had a manuscript of poems entitled Unwanted Outlaw—that nobody wanted. So I “published” myself at birthdays, weddings, and funerals; on refrigerators, dresser mirrors, and barroom walls. My audience didn’t give a damn about iambs, Iowa, or the New York School. Some of them knew the beats, Bukowski, or the Black Mountain boys; maybe Wilde or Blake, uncle Walt or e.e. or possibly Dr. Bill Carlos Willy. But most had been educated by the poets of rock and roll, and those voices trained in the school of hard knocks.

Pete and Tim’s grad-school-lark-of-a-selfpublished-collection-of-the-marginalized-masses (who love to create just for the fun of it) reminded me of time spent in the back room of Garden City News thumbing through the latest from City Lights and New Directions, “back in the days” when I saw “The King of Hearts” at the Crystal Theater for the third time or fourth time, and sat at the Hat or Luke’s or Connie’s or Eddie’s musing about doing a “litrag” project like Ç. This was my chance to make a grassroots collection, something that would mark that I was here with these folks—and we sang. After Ed Lahey died in May, I decided to dedicate this issue to him. Ed was a good friend and one Hell of a poet who never saw a lot of “success.” Late in life he was discovered by Clark City Press and acknowledged with the Governor’s Award for Literature but spent most of his life in poverty and obscurity. So this issue of Ç is also the birth of Blind Horses Press—nothing fancy, just a hands-on little-press dedicated to keeping the voices of “local heroes” in print, and Ed’s the perfect poster boy: he was the king of the chapbook and refrigerator poems. All proceeds from this project will go to the second Blind Horses publication: an Ed Lahey Memorial Chapbook competition to be kicked off in 2012. ç/v. contains unpublished work by Ed;

photography by Lee Nye and David J. Spear; artwork by Dirk Lee and (founding ç member) Brendan Stewart; the first act of a play by Claude Alick; essays by Fred Haefle and Tamara Love; a chapter from Caroline Patterson’s novel; fiction by Jeremy Smith and Michel Valentin; and poems, lots and lots of poems from Sheryl Noethe, Paul Zarzyski, Rick DeMarinis, and David E. Thomas to Marylor Wilson, Zan Bockes, Rebecca Knotts, and Robert E. Lee and on and on—and oh yes—a shameless demonstration of editorial prerogative—no one gets more pages than Gibbons—even my sons are in it (yes, it’s good to be the editor). AND, of course, because Missoula is Missoula, the publication party/reading on December 10th at the Crystal Theater will happen in large part because of the generosity of many individuals and businesses. The Jeanette Rankin Peace Center is sponsoring the event which the Crystal helped put together, and I want to thank Missoula Copy Center, Missoula’s Office City, Fact & Fiction, and U of M, plus a long list of donors who made this journal and celebration possible. Come to the party, pick up a mag; somebody you know is inside.

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CEDILLA V. release party Saturday, December 10, 2011 Crystal Theater The book release celebration, sponsored by the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, is at the Crystal Theater on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00pm. The $5 price of admission will get you a discount on purchasing a copy of the magazine. There is a limited edition of Cedilla V. and copies will be sold for $25 each. All proceeds from the event and the sale of the journals will go toward the next publishing project at Blind Horses Press.

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MSO HUB Community Corner


or many, the holiday season is one of the few times during the year that adults and their older loved ones spend quality time together. This may be a time when families discuss the difficult decisions about finding care for an older relative. Many questions arise. You may wonder about a loved one’s safety at home. You may want to explore options for long-term care planning. What better holiday gift than to be assured your loved one has the services they need to remain living in their home? The Care Solutions program at Missoula Aging Services (MAS) helps families understand and select the services to fit a person’s needs, situation and budget. We can help with such things as caregiver respite and support, medication management, nutrition assessment, home safety evaluation and much more. We invite you to learn more about Care Solutions as your family explores options for an older family member’s care. But not all older adults have family and friends with them to enjoy the holidays. For many, the holidays are especially lonely. Perhaps you’d like to help lift their spirits with a gift of your time. Over 100 volunteers deliver Meals On Wheels to homebound seniors and adults

with disabilities in Missoula County. During winter months, we need volunteers to deliver regular routes as well as substitute for vacationing drivers. At Christmas, this service becomes even more important when every Meals On Wheels client receives a small gift delivered with their holiday meal. For many of these homebound elders, this gift provided by anonymous “Secret Santas” is the only gift under their tree. Imagine bringing someone not only a nutritious meal and important safety check, but also a small gift and holiday greeting! Because of people like you who help us celebrate the true spirit of the season, our older neighbors are not forgotten. If you aren’t able to volunteer, you can still make a difference in the life of a senior. Visit our website at www.missoulaagingservices. org to make a donation. When you volunteer or donate to MAS, you join hundreds of other community members who share a common appreciation, concern and responsibility to provide for older residents living in Missoula County. Your special holiday gift will help sustain MAS programs throughout the year and lift the spirits of those who most need your help. Thank you for helping to celebrate the true spirit of the season.

MSO Hub is a perfect example of community partnerships coming together. The Hub is a place for locals and visitors to gather, shop and learn more about Missoula and the wonderful things our beautiful city has to offer. In the spirit of community, the MSO Hub has named their window display and corresponding retail space on the corner of Higgins & Main, the “Community Corner,” a space that is donated to local non-profits in two week intervals. This gives each organization high traffic exposure in downtown and the opportunity to sell their products in a central and convenient location.

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Cig Girls

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ith its rich and colorful history, tales of notorious police raids on struggling, depression era theaters, sensation, spectacle and scandal, the very mention of the word “Burlesque” is bound to raise an eyebrow or two. In the late 1860s, Burlesque, was brought to the United States by a British-born vaudevillian performer named Lydia Thompson. She and her all-female troupe, the “British Blondes”, parodied traditional theatrical productions, and featured ladies in costumes considered risque for the time period. Yet, the British Blondes couldn’t have been more popular! American Burlesque thus evolved into shows featuring vaudevillian comedic acts, skits, musical entertainment, and of course, the occasional strip tease or “cooch show.” Despite its popularity, Burlesque inevitably fell out of favor due to legislative crack-downs, and harsh censorship in the 1940s. Burlesque eventually evolved into what we now know as modern day exotic dancing. Due to a new generation hungry for the nostalgia, romance, and glamor of this classic form of entertainment, Burlesque has very recently enjoyed a huge comeback in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Celebrating performers of every shape, size and gender (yes, there is


a magical thing called Boylesque that features all male dancers!), Burlesque is back, bigger than ever, and can be found just about anywhere in the form of traveling troupes, Burlesque schools, and conventions. So what’s the difference between “stripping” and Burlesque? Quite simply, the act of stripping is about revealing nudity, whereas Burlesque is an entertainment art, based around dance, musicality, and putting an emphasis on the journey as opposed to the destination. A local troupe known as The Cigarette Girls Burlesque is making sure that the “art of the tease” is alive and well here in the city of Missoula. By day, members of the troupe lead ordinary lives, just like any other Missoulian. However, when night falls, and the curtain rises, “ordinary” is no longer applicable. Especially with highly evocative stage names like Stella Pearl, Mamma Ry, Birdie La Rouge, Vox Moxxi, Ruby Riddle, Maggie McMuffin, Vanda Haze, Lolita Lola Lay, and The DeVille Sisters, a Cigarette Girls Burlesque show is truly reminiscent of that classic bygone era. With the snap of a garter, and the oh-so-sultry removal of a long, velvet glove, these talented ladies have teased and taunted their ways into the heart and imagination of Missoula, with as much skill and showmanship as their big

city contemporaries. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand, Lili St Cyr, and Joesphine Baker, each of the Cigarette Girls is as colorful as the next as they deliver classic bump n’ grind, and modern Neo-Burlesque. In the year since the troupe formed, The Cigarette Girls have been gaining tremendous popularity in the downtown music scene. Having performed multiple times at The Top Hat with The Cold Hard Cash Show, audience attendance had been hitting max capacity. With a smattering of comedy, whip-smart wit, and devilish hoochie coo, they are sure to light up the stage and quicken your pulse rate. So, leave the kids with a baby sitter, loosen your collar, grab a fancy drink and enjoy the next Cigarette Girls Burlesque show!

The Cigarette Girls Burlesque December 16 & 17 | Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8pm The Crystal Theater Tickets available at The Bridge Pizza 600 S. Higgins Ave $10 in advance | $15 at the door

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DEcember EVENTS CALENDAR To submit your events to the calendar, please email

MISSOULA DECEMBER EVENTS CHILDREN 2 Family Friendly Friday featuring Bombo, 6-8 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. 4 Family Storytime, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 6 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Call 721-2665 or go to www. 8, 15 miniNaturalist pre-K program, 10 a.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., $1 for MNHC members, $3 nonmembers. The miniNaturalist program will engage youngsters in the exploration of the natural world through hands-on activities, games and play. Emphasis will be on observation, sensory skills and imagination in hopes of cultivating a positive connection with nature at an age when children are just beginning to explore the world around them. Best for ages 2-5; children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 327-0405 or go to 9 Family Friendly Friday featuring the Missoula Irish Dancers, 6-8 p.m, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. 10 F amily Storytime, 11 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 10 S aturday Family Art Workshop featuring holiday card making, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., $5. Make a variety of cards to celebrate the season using printmaking, collage and color. Workshops are for all ages; children 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Preregister to ensure space; call 728-0447, Ext. 228. or go to www.missoulaartmuseum. org. 10 S aturday Kids’ Activity, “Snowshoe Stomp!” 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. A day of snowshoeing and exploring the snow-covered winter world. This program includes travel to Lolo Pass area; MNHC bus will provide transportation. Best for ages 5 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www. or call 327-0405. 11 F amily Storytime, 2 p.m.; Foods for Fines Week, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 13 T  iny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 13 K  ids Klub, 4-7 p.m., Southgate Mall, Sears

Court. Make a holiday decoration. Call 541-2263. 18 Family Storytime, 2 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 27 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 31 Family Storytime, 11 a.m.; First Night event at library, 2 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www.

FILM 5 Film “American Photography: A Century of Images,” 5:30 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. In conjunction with the Ansel Adams exhibition. Go to www. for information on the films. 8 Peace & Justice Film Series featuring “What Would Jesus Buy?” 7 p.m., University of Montana, University Center Theater, donations accepted. Visit www.

LEARN 3 Saturday Discovery Evening, “Night Sky Astronomy,” 7-10 p.m., meet at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., $5 suggested donation. Celebrate the clear, cold night sky and learn about winter’s visible celestial objects in a presentation by the Western Montana Astronomical Association. Use telescopes for viewing and enjoy hot chocolate. Register at www. or 327-0405. 4, 18 “Earth Ethics,” a discussion led by Louisa 20Dupuis, 2-4 p.m., Missoula Public Library, large meeting room, 301 E. Main St. “What will it take to change our attitude toward nature?” Discussion covers ecology, political, social and spiritual. Email louisadupuis@ 7 Evening Lecture, “An Evening of Astronomy and Astrophysics,” with Dr. Nate McCrady, professor of astrophysics at the University of Montana, 7 p.m., Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free. Visit www. or call 327-0405. 13 “Taking a Great Photograph” by Doug Johnson, 7-9 p.m., Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 216 N. Higgins Ave. Call 5430171 or go to 14 Teen Open Studio featuring hand-drawn posters with Matt LaRubbio, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. For

ages 13-18. All supplies provided. LaRubbio is a silkscreen artist who designs both posters and T-shirts. All of his designs start with a simple idea and a drawing. Call 7280447 or go to

LIT 2 The Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana 2011 Fall Reading Series, 7 p.m., University of Montana, Turner Hall, Dell Brown Room. Featuring Rick Bass, author of more than 20 books, including “Nashville Chrome.” Call Karin Schalm, 2435267, or email 3 Writer’s Anonymous, 10 a.m.; Holiday Storytime with special guest, 11 a.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 3 Suzanne Vernon reads from “Montana, Voices of the Swan,” 7 p.m., Grizzly Claw Trading Co., Seeley Lake. The book is a collection of interviews with longtime residents of the Swan Valley. Call (406) 6770008. 3 Donna Love signs “The Wild Life of Elk,” 1-2:30 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave.

Missoula’s Christmas Tree, which will take place promptly at 6:30 pm. Free coffee, cocoa and cookies will be available for everyone, and the Christian Life Center (CLC) Choir will perform its annual holiday concert for the community. 3 Teen Challenge annual craft bazaar, 10 a.m.3 p.m., City Life Center, 1515 Fairview. 3 Christmas tea and craft sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Flynn Ranch House, 2298 Tipperary Way., $8. Adults only. Proceeds benefit historic preservation. Call 360-4870. 3 Lincoln’s annual Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lincoln Community Hall. Call (406) 362-4438. 3 Helping Hands of Alberton’s 16th annual benefit auction, noon, River Edge Resort, Alberton. Fish and chips will be served at noon and the live auction begins at 1 p.m. Helping Hands is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide Christmas for children in need in both Mineral and Missoula counties, as well as offer assistance to families in need throughout the year. For more information, call (406) 722-0061.

11Renee D’Aoust signs “Body of a Dancer,” 1-3 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Call 721-2881.

3 Creativity For Life, hands-on workshops for people suffering illness or loss, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Living Art Studio, Warehouse Mall, 725 W. Alder St., Suite 17, donations accepted. Registration not required, but appreciated. Featuring celebration fairies with Beth Jaffe. Sponsored by Living Art of Montana. Call 549-5329 or go to www.


3 Hellgate Elementary PTA craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hellgate Elementary School, gym and commons, 2385 Flynn Lane.

4, 11, 18 Second Wind Reading series sponsored by the University of Montana Creative Writers, 5 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.

1-3 2011 University of Montana Holiday Art Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, UM, University Center. Call 243-5622 or go to artfairs. 2 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) and Preschool (19 months-5 years) storytimes, 10:30 p.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon, come work on your craft project, board room; Young Adult Writers group, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 3 Santa’s Arrival & Parade of Lights, Downtown Missoula. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 1 pm and spend the day at the Holiday InnDowntown at the Park (200 S. Pattee) taking Christmas wishes and photos with children. The afternoon will feature holiday shopping and a dozen family activities throughout Downtown. Sponsored by The University of Montana, the Parade of Lights will commence at 6 pm at 4th & Higgins and travel north to the Crossings Public Art (Red XXXXs) for the bonfire and the annual lighting of

4 “Pay It Forward” or “Give It Back”, 25th Anniversary Appreciation Gala. 5 and 7 p.m. Crystal Theater. Acclaimed performing songwriter Jenn Adams joins forces with multi-instrumentalist, Lawrence Duncan for an acoustic evening of Folk, Blues and Jazz. Songs centered on peace and community will share the spotlight with original tunes and favorite takes on classic covers. Free to JRPC members, public $12.00 at the door. More info at 5 Computer Class, 6 p.m.; Scrabble, 6 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 7 Computer Class, 12:30 and 6 p.m.; Family Storytime-6:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 8 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; Friends of MPL, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish Conversation Group, noon; Paws for Reading, read to a certified reading assistance dog, 3

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p.m.; LEGO Club, ages 6-12, come build with Legos, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 8-10 Annual Sculpture and Ceramics Juried show and sale, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, University of Montana, Art Annex. Call 243-4181. Benefits the UM Emerging Ceramic Artists and the Sculpture Student Association. 9 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) and Preschool (19 months-5 years) storytimes, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon, come work on your craft project; Young Adult Writers group, 3:30 p.m.; Madrigal dinner and performance, Frenchtown Branch of MPL; World-Wide Cinema, “Human Resources,” 7 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 10Holiday Craft Fair hosted by Kid Central Preschool, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds, Home Arts Building. Call 7212145. 10Missoula International Choral Festival Barnes & Noble book fair, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St. Performances include Missoula Mendelssohn Club, 11 a.m.; Big Sky High School Sky Blues, 11:40 a.m.; Dolce Canto Octet, 12:20 p.m.; Five Valleys Chorus, 1 p.m.; Hellgate High School Chevaliers, 1:40 p.m.; The Coyote Choir, 2:20 p.m. Call 721-7985 or go to 10 Creativity For Life, hands-on workshops for people suffering illness or loss, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Living Art Studio, Warehouse Mall, 725 W. Alder St., Suite 17, donations accepted. Registration not required, but appreciated. Featuring winter journals with Hobie Hare. Sponsored by Living Art of Montana. Call Living Art at 549-5329 or go to 10“Off White Christmas” Holiday Show and CD Release Party with Bob Wire and Friends. 7:30 p.m. Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W Main. Bob Wire will be performing songs from his brand new CD “Off White Christmas”. Hosted by Ann Szalda-Petree and Teresa Waldorf of KBGA’s “Ann and Teresa and Ann Show.” Special guests Eden Atwood and Claude Pineault. Tickets are available at the door at 7 p.m. $12, $8 for students, or in advance for $10 at 11Fifth annual holiday MADE fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. Along with more than 175 artists, Santa Claus makes an appearance, 3-5 p.m., Zootown Arts Community Center and Selvedge Studio hosts an inexpensive art activity, and Mountain Mojo hosts a photo booth. Presented by REcreate designs, Courtney Blazon Illustrations and natural elements jewelry. Call 214-9078. 12Computer Class, 6 p.m.; Scrabble, 6 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 14Computer Class-12:30 and 6 p.m.; Afternoon

Matinee, “3 Godfathers,” 2 p.m.; Scribbles, young adults writers group, 4 p.m.; Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 15Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish Conversation Group, noon; PAWS for Reading, read to a certified reading assistance dog, 3 p.m.; LEGO Club, ages 6-12, come build with Legos, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 16Tiny Tales (0-18 months) and Preschool (19 months-5 years) Storytimes, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon, come work on your craft project, board room; Young Adult Writers group, 3:30 p.m.; Cheap Date Night, “Cowboys and Aliens,” 7 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 17Family Storytime, 11 a.m.; PAWS for Reading, read to a certified reading assistance dog, 11:30 a.m.; holiday cookie decorating and crafts, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 17 Creativity For Life, hands-on workshops for people suffering illness or loss, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Living Art Studio, Warehouse Mall, 725 W. Alder St., Suite 17, donations accepted. Registration not required, but appreciated. Featuring winter warmth-yarn looms with Odette Grassi. Sponsored by Living Art of Montana. Call Living Art at 5495329 or go to 18“The Tibetan Tradition of Mind Training,” a one-day meditation retreat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 102 McLeod Ave., $25-$50 suggested donation, students free. Break from 12:302:30; participants are invited to stay for a potluck lunch. Instructed by David Curtis, president, Big Sky Mind and the Tibetan Language Institute. Call 961-5131 or email 19Computer Class, 6 p.m.; Scrabble, 6 p.m., Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 19Christmas dance, 8-9:30 p.m., Lolo Square and Round Dance Center, 2 1/2 miles west of Lolo on U.S. Highway 12. Call 549-9437 or 273-0141. 20Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; VolunTeens, for teens interested in volunteering at the library, 4-5:30 p.m.; library board, 6 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 21Computer Class, 12:30 and 6 p.m.; Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m.; Third Wednesday Book Group (“Kim”), 7 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 22 Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish Conversation Group, noon; Paws for Reading, read to a certified reading assistance dog, 3 p.m.; LEGO Club, ages 6-12, come build with Legos, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula

Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 23Tiny Tales (0-18 months) and Preschool (19 months-5 years) storytimes, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon, come work on your craft project; Young Adult Writers group, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 28Computer Class, 12:30 and 6 p.m.; Afternoon Matinee, “My Little Chickadee,” 2 p.m.; Scribbles, young adults writers group, 4 p.m.; Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m.; Socrates Cafe, 7 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www. 29Tiny Tales (0-18 months) Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish Conversation Group, noon; Paws for Reading, read to a certified reading assistance dog, 3 p.m.; LEGO Club, ages 6-12, come build with Legos, 3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to 30Tiny Tales (0-18 months) and Preschool (19 months-5 years) storytimes, 10:30 a.m.; Yarns @ the Library, noon; come work on your craft project, board room; Young Adult Writers group-3:30 p.m.; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665 or go to www.


3T  om Catmull & The Clerics perform, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. No cover. 3 Josh Clinger Trio performs folk, rock, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St., $3. 3T  he Basement Boyz, local jazz collective, performs, 8-10 p.m., Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier Drive, $5 at the door. 3 S aturday Night Shuffle featuring electronic night, 9:30 p.m., Sean Kelly’s, 130 W. Pine St., $3, Benefits Entertainment Management at the University of Montana and the Make-AWish Foundation. 3-4 Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents “Holiday Pops!” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, University of Montana, University Theatre. Featuring holiday music from around the world, music director Darko Butorac, chorale director Dean Peterson and a go to from Santa. For more information and tickets, go to, call 721-3194 or stop by 320 E. Main St. 4T  he University of Montana School of Music presents a Student Recital Series featuring Katie Raffety, Senior recital, saxophone, 7:30 p.m., MRH, no charge. 4, 11, 18 Javier Ryan presents the Zootown Acoustic Throwdown featuring multiple artists, showcasing Missoula’s songwriting talent, 10 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St.

31 First Night Missoula, various venues, buttons $12 through Dec. 30, $15 on Dec. 31, children 7 and younger free when accompanied by button-wearing adult, button plus $2 ticket for First Night Idol. Buttons available at retail outlets in the Missoula area and Bitterroot Valley, 532-3240 with credit card and www. Featuring music, performing arts, First Night Idol and more. For complete schedule, go to www.

5 Chad Fadely and Bill Neaves perform, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave.

31First Night Hat Parade, 1 p.m., Southgate Mall. Decorate a hat for the parade from noon to 1 p.m. in J.C. Penney Court. Mayor John Engen will serve as grand marshal. Demonstrations by Missoula Taekwondo Center and Missoula Youth Fencing will follow. Call 541-2263.

8K  ung Fu Kongress and Greenstar perform, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St., $5.

31 “A Night on the Town,” a New York-themed New Year’s Eve party presented by Partners in Home Care and the Hilton Garden Inn, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., $100. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, complimentary champagne toast, party favors, giveaways, silent auction and raffle, New York-style ball drop. Call 532-5309 or email

MUSIC 2 University of Montana Women’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m., UM, Music Recital Hall. Call 243-6880. 2 Lefty Lucy performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 3 Avenged Sevenfold Adams Center, 6:30 p.m.

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6U  niversity of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble and UM concert Band, 7:30 p.m., UM, University Theatre. Call 243-6880. 7U  niversity of Montana Symphony Orchestra performs, 7:30 p.m., UM, University Theatre. Call 243-6880. 8U  niversity of Montana University Choir and Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m., UM, University Theatre. Call 243-6880.

9T  ubaChristmas performance, 7-8:30 p.m., Southgate Mall, Clock Court. Registration and rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sentinel High School, band room, 901 South Ave. W. Featuring local tubists and euphoniumists. Call 728-2403, Ext. 7041. 9T  he JuBELLation Handbell Choir and Missoula Community Chorus Concert under the direction of Tod Trimble, present their annual December concert, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 217 Tremont St., $8. The Handbell choir will be performing four works with the chorus: “Evergreen,” which includes the pipe organ and has a chant-like melody against a haunting background; “Love Came Down at Christmas”; “Carol of the Bells”; and “Silver Bells.” The chorus will also be performing a new piece titled “Softly the Night is Sleeping,” composed by Sally Ethridge (former handbell choir director at First United Methodist Church). JuBELLation will also perform two solo works titled “Farandole,” composed by George Bizet; and “Jazz Gloria,” from the collection of Natalie Sleeth, which includes percussion and string bass.


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9 MKVR performs, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. 9 Zeppo MT performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 10Cash for Junkers performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 10YAMN performs with the Quick and Easy Boys, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. 10University of Montana Concerto Aria competition finals, 7:30 p.m., UM, Music Recital Hall. Call 243-6880. 11 A  nnual Christmas Handbell Concert, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., free, good-will offering to benefit Family Promise of Missoula. Three Missoula handbell choirs, more than 50 ringers in all, have combined their talents during this holiday season. The participating choirs include First Lutheran Church, Melissa Johns, director; First United Methodist Church, Cindy McAfee, director; and First Presbyterian Church, Tomi Kent, drector. They will present a variety of music, including favorites such as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “We Three Kings,” “Mary Did You Know” and “Stille, Stille, Stille.” Additional pieces in which all three choirs join together include “Greensleeves” and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” which includes the organ played by Peter Edwards. 11 S tring Orchestra of the Rockies: Shall We Dance? - University Theatre @ 3 p.m.

GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 12 D  iscount Quartet, with Steve Kalling, Keaton Wilson and Jeff Francis, performs, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. 12 S entinel High School Bands present Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. Sentinel High School Margaret Johnson Theater. The Concert, Spartan, Jazz and Symphony bands will perform. A hosted reception will follow in the foyer with desserts and beverages by the Band Parents Organization. Honorary admission is a Food Bank donation item!! 16 Joan Zen performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 16 Zeppo performs, Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. 17 W  hiskey Rebellion performs, 9 p.m., Sunrise Saloon, 1100 Regent St. 17Russ Nasset & The Revelators perform, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 17The Wild Coyote Band performs, 9 p.m., The Lumberjack, Lolo. 17Missoula’s premier vocal ensemble Dolce Canto will present their December concert “O Magnum Mysterium” 7:30 p.m. University of Montana Music Recital Hall. Dolce Canto is pleased to showcase guest artists Michael Millham, guitar, and the Missoula Mendelssohn Club under the direction of Dean Peterson, on this program. Tickets may be purchased at Fact & Fiction, Rockin Rudy’s, and Worden’s Market, or via the choir’s website at The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students.


19The Accousticals, with Richie Reinholdt, Chad Fadely, Andy Dunnigan and Ted Lowe, perform, 7-10 p.m., Red Bird, 111 N. Higgins Ave. 22Three Eared Dog performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. No cover. 30Whiskey Rebellion performs, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 31New Year’s Eve party with Beyond the Pale, Union Club, 208 E. Main St.

PERFORMANCE ART 2-3, 6-10 The University of Montana presents “You Can’t Take It with You,” 7:30 p.m. and Dec 3 at 2:00 p.m., Montana Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M Campus, $20 general; $16 seniors (60+)/students (any school ID required); $10 children 12 & under. Go to 2 Brian Regan - comedy - University Theatre 7 p.m.

GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 2Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 8 p.m. MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $21. Call 728-7529 or go to 3“Standing Womb Only!” return engagement starring Teresa Waldorf, Ann Szalda-Petree, Rosie Ayers, Salina Chatlain, Anne-Marie Williams and Amy Lala , 7:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave., $10 at the door. Call 721-6722. 3Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 2 and 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $17 matinee, $21 evening. Call 728-7529 or go to 3The Met: Live in HD presents Handel’s “Rodelinda,” 10:30 a.m., Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets on sale at www., Rockin Rudy’s and Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers. Call (406) 322-2589. 4Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 2 and 6:30 p.m. MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $17 matinee, $19 adults and $15 children for evening performance. Call 728-7529 or go to 6-10 University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance presents “Dance Up Close: Fall Dance Showcase,” 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 10, UM, Masquer Theatre. Call 243-4581 or go to 7Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $19 adults, $15 children. Call 728-7529 or go to 8-9 Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 8 p.m. MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $21. Call 728-7529 or go to

10Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 2 and 8 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $17 matinee, $21 evening. Call 728-7529 or go to 10The Met: Live in HD presents Gounod’s “Faust,” 11 a.m., Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Tickets available at www., Rockin’ Rudy’s and Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers. Call (406) 322-2589. 11Missoula Community Theatre presents “She Loves Me,” 2 and 6:30 p.m., MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St., $17 matinee, $19 adults and $15 children for evening performance. Call 728-7529 or go to 16, 17 The Cigarette Girls Burlesque, 8 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m. The Crystal. Tickets available at The Bridge Pizza, 600 S Higgins. $10 advance, $15 at the door, $5 student rush. 16Garden City Ballet “Nutcracker” - Montana Theatre @ 7:30 p.m. HUB LOGO 17Garden City Ballet “Nutcracker”- Montana Theatre @ 2 p.m. and @ 7:30 p.m. HUB LOGO 18Garden City Ballet “Nutcracker”- Montana Theatre @ 2 p.m. HUB LOGO

SPORT 7 Griz Basketball vs Montana Tech Adams Center, 7 p.m.

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GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 10Griz Basketball vs Nevada Adams Center, 7 p.m.

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GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 22Griz Basketball vs Utah Valley State Adams Center, 7 p.m.

GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 28Griz Basketball vs PSU Adams Center, 7 p.m.

GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 29Lady Griz 31st Classic Adams Center, 5 p.m.

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GET TICKETS! 406.543.3300 VISUAL ART 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., Dana Gallery, 248 N. Higgins Ave. Featuring work by Iranian artist Rashin Kehy. Call 721-3154 or go to 2 First Friday reception, 5-9 p.m., Montana Art and Framing, 709 Ronan St. Featuring “Artful History Reproductions” shown by Kim Lugthart. A collection of maps from Montana’s territorial days and beyond. Call 541-7100. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 216 N. Higgins Ave. Featuring “Emerging,” an exhibition by 2011 Career Training Advanced Intensive graduates. Call 543-0171. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., Betty’s Divine, 521 S. Higgins Ave. Featuring Rosemary Visser. The show includes pieces that depict women of the 1940s to 1950s inspired by Alberto Vargas and the flirty innocence of the women he painted. Call 721-4777. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., The Brink Gallery, 111 W. Front St. Featuring “Reshuffle” a group exhibition featuring Steven Krutek, Jonathan Marquis, Brandon Reintjes, Travis David Smith. Call 728-5251. 2 First Friday reception, 5:30-9 p.m., The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. Featuring a holiday exhibition and sale of work by current and past Clay Studio residents, and local and national artists. Call 543-0509. 2 First Friday reception, 4-6 p.m., University of Montana, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Meloy and Paxson galleries, $5 suggested donation. Featuring “Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies” and “Francis Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits.” Call 2432019. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., The Artists’ Shop, 304 N. Higgins Ave. Featuring “Artists’ Showcase,” work by members of the Artists’ Shop, including woodworking, stained glass, jewelry, photography, fused glass, calligraphy, ceramics, T-shirts, rock work and handwoven garments. Call 543-6393 or www. 2 Winter DIY Bazaar, 2-8 p.m., Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Open to all artists and craftspeople. Email 2 “Art in the Bar” featuring a collection of new works by the Rocky Mountain Photo Club, Union Club, 208 E. Main St. 2 First Friday, 5-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Enjoy the choral music of Dolce Canto at 6 p.m. Then join Willem Volkersz for a talk about his sculpture “Childhood (Lost).” Explore the ways in which it incorporates and contrasts symbols with objects from popular culture at 7 p.m. Call 728-0447 or go to www. 2 F irst Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., Murphy-Jubb

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Fine Art, 210 N Higgins #300. Murphy Jubb Fine Art presents new works by Kendahl Jan Jubb and music by Stan Anglen, guitar and voice. 2 First Friday reception, 6-8 p.m., Studio D Gallery, 420 N Higgins. Studio D for December will showcase new works from M. Scott Miller, along with “Bannack Days” posters. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m., Monte Dolack Gallery, 139 W Front. For December First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will be celebrating the release of a new limited edition archival digital print Yellowstone Falls, 2011. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Brunswick Gallery, 223 W Railroad. The Brunswick Artists’ Studios Holiday Exhibit is at the Brunswick Gallery for six days: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17. Artists showing: Behan, Brown, Carlson, Leutzinger, Millar, Parker, Swanson, Valenzuela. 2 First Friday reception, 5-7:30 p.m. Computer Central, 136 E Broadway. Computer Central presents nationally published sports artist and Montana native Dan Stromme. He will share some of his most recent sports

memorabilia art titled “Painted Jerseys.” Light refreshments will be served. Custom orders will be taken during the event. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Central Bar and Grill, 143 W Broadway. Local photography enthusiast Scott Adler will be displaying some of his photographs at the Central Bar & Grill. In this display, Scott shows his view of some of the artistic architecture in Butte. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. The Dark Room, 135 N Higgins. The Dark Room presents the UM Wilderness Institute: A Collection of Wildlife and Landscape Pictures. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. House Design Studio, 133 N Higgins. For December First Friday, House will be featuring a solo exhibition from Jennifer Bardsley. Original new paintings reveal abstracted forms that are derived from geological strata, geographic topography, and the layers of sediment. Last year Bardsley lived in New Zealand and was inspired by the similar geology to Montana for this new body of work. For more info visit, 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Butterfly Herbs, 232 N Higgins. For December The Art

Wall at Butterfly Herbs presents “new work” by Dirk E. Lee. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Lambros ERA, 420 N Higgins, Ste C. Lambros ERA presents First Friday and First Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Handcrafted for the Holidays: The Art of Missoula. Unique Gifts – Paintings, Prints, Jewelry, Stationary Cards, and more. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. The Loft, 119 W Main. The Loft presents works of Marti de Alva of River Song Photography in Arlee. Visit 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. The Zootown Brew, 121 W Broadway. Zootown brew presents work of Jessie McGee. She was raised in Laurel, graduated from Laurel High School.



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In 2007 her life was dramatically changed when she suffered a traumatic brain injury. She has since been opened up to a world of art. These are her interpretations of life, pain, and happiness. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Smooch Cosmetic Boutique, 125 E Main. Smooch is happy to host Debbie Erbacher for December’s First Friday. Debbie will be showcasing her beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Rings, necklaces, many great pieces to choose from! 2 First Friday reception, 6-9 p.m. Brooks and Browns at the Holiday Inn, 200 S Pattee. Brooks and Browns in the Holiday Inn Downtown will be showcasing Missoula based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer John Floridis. He has been named Missoula’s best musician by the Missoula Independent and performed in the Western region for over a decade. CD’s on Sale for $10 6-9 p.m. There will be Art from various artists on Sale and Free Wine at start of show. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. The Tides at Bathing Beauties, 501 S Higgins. The Tides at Bathing Beauties presents Montana Poet Laureate Sheryl Noethe presenting A Poet’s Jewels. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Crystal Theatre, 515 S Higgins. The Crystal is ecstatic to be presenting a First Friday experience for all the senses. Join us behind The Silk Road to watch, listen, feel, smell, and taste this event from many different local artists. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Hunter Bay Coffee at First Interstate Bank, 101 E Front. Local artist Melissa Lent, invites you to join her for live music and beverages during the Opening Reception of “The Silent Interaction”, a collection of contemporary fine art photographs that celebrate traditional photomontage processes. 2 First Friday reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Sotto Voce, 111 W Main. The Angel Band plays a vast array of traditional musical styles. Long time Missoula musicians Ellie Nuno and Stuart Williams merge a unusual combination of instruments to create an enchanting sound. This acoustic duo brings the fiddle and concertina to life. Sure to provoke dancing and make the winter in Montana feel a little shorter. 2 First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. A Carousel for Missoula, 101 Carousel Drive. First Friday marks the beginning of the Holiday Art Show at the Carousel. Many of the artist who continue to volunteer at A Carousel for Missoula will be displaying and selling carvings and other works of art at the Carousel, in Caras Park. This special holiday display and sale will continue until Christmas, or until all items have been sold. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Carousel and Dragon Hollow Playarea. During First Friday, artists will be on hand; cookies and punch will be served. For more information, please call Theresa at 549-8382.


3 Ansel Adams exhibition tour with Marcy James, noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Call 728-0447 or go to www. 3 Drop-In holiday project, noon-2:30 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. In conjunction with the Missoula Downtown Association’s Holiday Parade of Lights event, drop by the museum to participate in a free holiday hands-on project. Call 728-0447 or go to 4, 11, 18 “Ansel Adams: A Legacy Tours,” noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. MAM staff will share their insights on the art and life of Ansel Adams. Tours will continue on Sundays through April 15. Call 728-0447 or go to 7, 14 Open Figure Drawing: Non-instructed, 6-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St., $5/$7. This ongoing session provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live model in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants must be age 18 or older. Call 728-0447 or go to 10 Ansel Adams exhibition tour with John Calsbeek, noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Calsbeek is the preparator and assistant curator at MAM. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montana in 2003. Calsbeek ran the University Center Gallery and was the gallery director at Gallery Saintonge, Missoula, before finding his place at MAM. Call 7280447 or go to 15“Artini: A Story to Tell,” 5:30-9 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Exhibiting artist Debra Magpie Earling tells the tale of the iconic Sacajawea in her work with Peter Koch, “The Journals of Sacajawea,” 6 p.m. Poet Melissa Kwasny will join Earling and read her poetic tales. Hear narratives from friends and neighbors in Missoula Moth, 7 p.m., while the musical stylings of “The Liberace of Missoula,” Asaph Adonai, provide a backdrop. Call 728-0447 or go to 17Ansel Adams exhibition tour with Ted Hughes, noon, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Hughes is the registrar at the Missoula Art Museum. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Montana. Call 728-0447 or go to www.

FLATHEAD DECEMBER EVENTS CHILDREN 10 Children’s holiday party, 2-3:30 p.m., La Provence Restaurant, Bigfork. Children are invited to eat treats, have Christmas fun and meet Santa. Call (406) 837-5888.

FILM 12 Reel Faith Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Community Congregational Church, Kalispell. The church will show the film “Becket” and have a discussion afterward.

LIT 8 The Montana History Book Club meets, 6:30 p.m., The Museum at Central School, Kalispell. The club will discuss Tom Groneberg’s “One Good Horse.” Call (406) 756-8381.

MISC. 2 Inaugural Festival of Trees gala and auction, 7 p.m., Bigfork Museum of Art and History, Bigfork, $25 members, $35 for nonmembers. The festival is a benefit for the museum. Auction items include several artificial full-size decorated trees, 3-foot trees, wreaths and centerpieces. The Festival of Trees will be available for viewing through Dec. 3. Call (406) 837-6927. 2,9, 16, 23, 30 Doug and Debbie Karokee. Sportpage in Polson. 2 Lighting of the Tree of Life, 6 p.m., Libby. Call Laura Sedler, 529-6695. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 Christmas tours of the Conrad Mansion Museum, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily, Kalispell, $8. Reservations required. Call (406) 755-2166. 3, 10 Holiday Tea Party & Pictures with Santa. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Bring the little ones in their Sunday finest for this very special white glove service tea party in the Boat Club dining room! Pictures with Santa will be by the fire in the lobby. Reservations required. Call 406-863-4040. 3 Holiday Parade on Electric Avenue, lineup at Bigfork High School at 5:30 p.m., parade at 6 p.m., Bigfork. Kids can visit Santa after the parade from 6-8 p.m. at the Bigfork Station. 3 Holidayfest, 9 a.m., Lakeside School, gymnasium, Lakeside. Arts and crafts vendors, Festival of Flavors, cookie decorating, face painting, Christmas trees and wreaths, musical entertainment, raffles, silent auctions, live auction at 1 p.m. and kids can get photos with Santa until 1 p.m. 3,10, 17 Free carriage rides on Electric Avenue, 2-5 p.m., Bigfork. Hay rides follow from 5-8 p.m. Town merchants will stay open late for shopping. 7,14, 21, 28 “What About Bob” Karokee. about 6:30 p.m. Eastshore Smokehouse, Hwy 35, Polson. 9 Celebrate Raw Fish. 5 p.m. The Raven, Woods Bay - Bigfork. Reservations only. 9 Festival of Trees, Libby. Public tree viewing is from 3-8 p.m., Santa Wonderland from 5-8 p.m., SJLH Auxiliary bake sale from 3-7 p.m. and children’s activities from 5-7:30 p.m. Call (406) 383-7140 or (406) 293-0888.

10 2  2nd annual “Christmas At Our House Dinner,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Armed Forces Reserve Center, Kalispell. Free dinner from soldiers and volunteers in the Flathead Valley. Santa arrives at 2 p.m. 10 Libby Festival of Trees gala dance, 6:30-midnight, Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby. Call (406) 383-7140 or (406) 293-0888. 12 Christmas at the Symes. 12-3 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Bazaar, Chamber Drawings, Free Candy Canes & Pictures with Santa, Caroling, Door Prizes. 14Caroling, punch and cookies, 5 p.m., Lake View Care Center, Bigfork. Call (406) 837-5888. 15 Children’s Christmas, 3 p.m., Conrad Mansion, Kalispell, $10 children, $3 adults. Kids can visit Santa, receive a gift and take a short tour of the mansion. Visit includes a free photo with Santa. Reservations required. Call (406) 755-2166. 17 Santa Paws, 2-5 p.m., Bigfork Station, Bigfork. Bring pets to get their pictures taken with Santa. Bring your own camera. Call (406) 837-5888. 17 Winter Solstice. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Nativity Scene, Caroling, Labyrinth. 21-25 Cookies & Piano Music in the lobby. 3-6 p.m. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Try a pumpkin martinini from the Boat Club and snuggle up by the fire for a cheerful holiday experience that will warm the soul. 23 “A Rockin’ Christmas” concert and dance with the Copper Mountain Band, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby, $15. Tickets available at Cabinet Books, The Printing Press, Kootenai Valley Records, Homesteaders, Last Straw Cafe and Libby Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (406) 293-9643. 24 Santa’s Last Stop Christmas Eve. 3:30-6 p.m. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Bring the children for their last requests of Santa and enjoy the piano music in the lobby. A special message about the true meaning of Christmas will take place at 5pm. 24 Jack Wallard Quartet Christmas Eve Dinner. 4-9 p.m. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Boat Club Dining Room. Bring your family for a festive meal with beautiful live music. Dinner options include Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Juniper Rubbed Bacon Wrapped Bison Tenderloin and Seared Diver Scallops. 25 Christmas Dinner. 3-8 p.m. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Dinner options include Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Juniper Rubbed Bacon Wrapped Bison Tenderloin and Seared Diver Scallops. 31 New Year’s Eve Live Music & Fireworks. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Starting at 5pm the dining room will be serving King Crab Legs or Roast Beef Tenderloin. Join us for a New Year’s celebration featuring the Kenny James Miller Band at 9pm and fireworks at midnight! 31 N  ew Year’s party, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Brumar Estate, 29408 Broken Leg Road, Bigfork. Plated dinner followed by music and fun with John Dunnigan. Call (406) 837-2231.

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31 F irst Night Flathead, 2 p.m.-12:30 a.m., various locations around the Flathead Valley, $12 in advance, $14 at the door. An alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve gala featuring live music, performing arts, food and youth activities. For full schedule, call (406) 253-2471 or visit www.

16 C  abin Fever, “Ugly Sweater Party,” 7:30 p.m. Ninepipes Lodge, Bar and Restaurant. Mission Valley, Hwy 93.

31 P risoners of Time New Year’s Eve Party Rock til Midnight. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. No cover, fireworks at midnight.

17 G  ladys Friday Band performs, 9 p.m. The Sportspage, Polson.

31 N  ew Year’s Eve Party. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Bigfork Mountain Lake Lodge. 14735 Sylvan Drive - Bigfork. DJ music by Scott B. Productions . 406-837-3800. $35 per person cover charge. 1/5 Karokee with Denise. 8 p.m. Sitting Duck, Woods Bay.

MUSIC 2 Christian Johnson Project featuring Terrance McClelland. 10 p.m. The Craggy Range in Whitefish. 406-862-7550. 2 Blue Smoke. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Bluegrass & more. 3 Christian Johnson Project. 8:30 p.m. Swanee’s in Polson. 406-883-1425. 3 Gladys Friday Band along with numerous bands at VFW Polson - benefit dance for Owen Schwab starting at 8 p.m. 3 Kathy Colton & The Reluctants. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Folk & originals. 3 “Touch of Christmas” concert, 6 p.m., Bigfork Theatre, Bigfork. 5 Libby High School Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby. Call (406) 293-8802. 8 Mega Karma performs, 6-8 p.m., Eastshore Smokehouse, Montana Highway 35, Polson. 8 Christian Johnson Acoustic Showcase. 8 p.m. The Blue Canyon Kitchen & Garden in the Garden Hilton, Kalispell . 406-758-2583. 9 Carla Green. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Jazz. 9 Gladys Friday Band performs at St. Luke’s Christmas party, 8 p.m., Community Center, Ronan. 9 Christian Johnson & Loose Caboose. 9 p.m. Eagles Club in Kalispell. 406-752-7265. 10 Mark Chase. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Folk/Bluegrass.

16 A  cousta Voodoo. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Acoustic Rock n Roll. 17 D  avid Boone. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Acoustic Folk.

18 “ Messiah,” 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby, donations accepted. Call (406) 293-8802. 19 L ibby Middle and High School Choir concert, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby. Call (406) 293-8802. 22 C  hristian Johnson Acoustic Showcase. 8 p.m. The Blue Canyon Kitchen & Garden in the Garden Hilton, Kalispell. 406-7582583. 23 Larry Hirshberg. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Acoustic Folk. 24 Brother Music. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Blues. 25 John Patrick Williams playing at Christmas Dinner. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Bluegrass & more. 29 Christian Johnson Acoustic Showcase. 8 p.m. The Blue Canyon Kitchen & Garden in the Garden Hilton, Kalispell. 406-758-2583. 30 John Patrick Williams. 8-10 p.m. Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Singer songwriter/Originals. 31 Cabin Fever, “New Year’s Eve Party,” 8:00 p.m. Ninepipes Lodge, Bar and Restaurant. Mission Valley, Hwy 93.

PERFORMANCE ART 1-4, 9-11, 16-18 “The Sound of Music,” 7:30 p.m. (4 p.m. Sundays), O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish, $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students. Call (406) 862-5371 or visit www. 2 Kootenai Valley “Nutcracker,” 2 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby, $25 family of four, $10 adults, $6 seniors and children. Have your picture taken with Santa, the Sugar Plum Faerie, Clara, Herr Drossylmeyer or other Nutcracker characters. Tickets available at Cabinet Books, The Printing Press, Kootenai Valley Record, Last Straw Cafe, Homesteaders, Libby Area Chamber of Commerce and Hava Java.

15 Libby Middle School Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby. Call (406) 293-8802.

2-3 Kootenai Valley “Nutcracker,” 8 p.m., Libby Memorial Events Center, Libby, $12, $8 seniors and younger than 12. Tickets available at Cabinet Books, The Printing Press, Kootenai Valley Record, Last Straw Cafe, Homesteaders, Libby Area Chamber of Commerce, Hava Java.

15 Christian Johnson Acoustic Showcase. 8 p.m. The Blue Canyon Kitchen & Garden in the Garden Hilton, Kalispell. 406-758-2583.

2-4, 8-10 “Annie: The Musical,” 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sundays), Flathead Valley Community College Theatre, Kalispell, $10 general, $5 seniors, students free. Tickets available at

10 Christian Johnson & Loose Caboose. 8:30 p.m. Eagles Club in Kalispell. 406-752-7265. and the FVCC Bookstore by calling (406) 756-3814. 10 Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre presents “A Christmas Presentation,” Ronan Performing Arts Center, Ronan. For tickets and information, call 676-5323 or 531-1846.

BITTERROOT DECEMBER EVENTS FILM 17 Cheap Movie Night, 7 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Popcorn provided; bring your own drink. Call 777-5061 or visit www.

LEARN 6 Origami lantern folding, 6-7 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. Call 363-1670 to register.

LIT 2 Jane Lambert signs her new book, “Charlie Russell, The Cowboy Years,” 5 p.m.m, High Country Bar, Stevensville. 8 The Bitterroot Public Library’s Fellowship Club meets to discuss “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom” by Don Miguel Angel Ruiz, 6 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, Hamilton. Call 363-1670.

MISC. 1-3 Nativity and angel exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville. Call 777-5734. 2-3 “A Montana Country Christmas,” downtown Stevensville. Parade of lights, decorations, open houses with Christmas treats at businesses, horse and wagon rides throughout the evening, hayrides, caroling and Santa’s arrival for pictures. 2-4 Winter Gun Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Call (406) 633-2206. 3 Cookie Walk and Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., HRC Building 316 N. Third St., Hamilton. Cookies of every flavor, shape and size, along with candies, pies, cakes, breads and jar gifts to ring in the sweet season. Shoppers can pick and choose their favorite cookies, which are sold by the pound, and stock up on other individually priced treats. Restricted diet offerings also available. Raffle for a homemade gingerbread creation and – back by popular demand – homemade drink cozies, potholders and jewelry. All proceeds will go to Montana Companion Animal Network to help homeless pets. Call 642-3785 or visit


17 D  aly Mansion Community Christmas Party, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton, $5 adults, $2 children. Live holiday music by the Bitterroot Ragtime Society, harp and flute with Jane Shigley and Jean Matthews, piano with Joan Roe, performances by the River Street Dance Theater, Archive Team book signing of “Copper Gleanings,” self-guided tours of the mansion, cookie decorating, crafting, children’s storytime with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa and refreshments. Call 363-6004, Ext. 3.

MUSIC 2 “ Holiday Songs” by Charla Bauman, 6 p.m., North Valley Public Library, 208 Main St., Stevensville. Visit 10 T  he Low Down Whiskey Rebels perform, 6 p.m., Bitterroot Brewery, Hamilton. 31 T  he Wild Coyote Band performs, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Eagles, Hamilton.

PERFORMANCE ART 2-3 Ballet Bitterroot Performing Arts presents “Dreams of Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Hamilton Performing Arts Center. Starring Courtney Miller as “Clara.” Tickets available at Wireless Connection in the Sportsman Business Complex, Hamilton. 2-4 Hamilton Players present “Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” 8 p.m., Hamilton Playhouse, Hamilton. For tickets and information, call 375-9050 or visit 2-4, 9-11 “A Christmas Story,” 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Stevensville Playhouse, 319 Main St., www. 9-10 Hamilton Players Fall Theatre School Production, “Tis the Season,” Hamilton Playhouse, Hamilton. Call 375-9050 or visit

VISUAL ART 2 F irst Friday events, downtown Stevensville and Hamilton. Visit www.

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ecember is upon us. And with that comes seasonal performances and other cultural events every weekend. First Friday Gallery Night features numerous artist retrospectives and holiday shows. The annual Festival of Trees, benefiting Mountain Home Montana, also occurs this first weekend, as does Missoula Downtown Associations’ Parade of Lights. All this on the same weekend that the Griz open the Football playoffs! This continues through the month, with holiday craft fairs at the Fairgrounds, the Holiday Inn Downtown, the Clay Studio, and several other locations. And then there is the music. Holiday music has a long tradition, dating back to Roman times, when Winter Solstice songs were quite popular, developing into the earliest Christmas carols. Because they were sung in Latin, though, only a few could understand the message. During the Renaissance, nativity plays were all the rage throughout Europe, with carols sung in the local language so that more could understand. Christmas carols became even more popular during the Reformation, as Protestants and Catholics, competing for the hearts and minds of the masses, both encouraged music as a part of worship. Although the

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England of Oliver Cromwell outlawed such music as sinful, Christmas carols made a big comeback in that country by the nineteenth century. The popularity of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” as literature and now on radio and television, made complete with the image of Londoners wassailing through the streets, remains a powerful symbol in our culture. Looking at the December calendar, Missoula is following this tradition in a big way. Even if you missed Handel’s “Messiah” just after Thanksgiving, you can still catch up with holiday music. This first weekend we have the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale performing their annual Holiday Pops Concert complete with a visit from Santa. The following weekend features the Missoula Community Chorus and the String Orchestra of the Rockies performing on different evenings. By mid-month it’s time for the Garden City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” as well as Dolce Canto’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” After that, it’s up to all the community church choirs singing at Christmas services all over town. To top off the season, you can ring in the New Year singing “Auld Lang Syne” with the Ed Norton Big Band at First Night Missoula. Enjoy this festive season. As always, there is no shortage of things to do.

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now is on the ground, along with all of the winter weather advisories, and the holiday season is approaching. These are things that Missoulians come to expect, but it also means the Garden City Ballet, Missoula’s ballet company, proudly presents Missoula’s very own Nutcracker of 2011. Garden City Ballet’s Nutcracker is a classic tale of intrigue, fantasy, and irresistible ballet. This holiday favorite has delighted young and old alike for over a century, all around the world. What a treat that Garden City Ballet has offered 27 years of ever-changing productions of The Nutcracker, featuring the talent of Missoula dancers, actors, gymnasts and performers. You will delight in seeing the very young to the seasoned professionals in this thrilling, magical, and beautiful production — where new and familiar faces will grace the stage. The majority of Garden City Ballet dancers have been training at local ballet studios for years. Among them are five high school seniors dancing principle roles throughout the show; Katelyn Grenager, Taylor Heggen, Tessa Richards, Regan Samson and Molly Stark-Ragsdale. There are also participants from the University of Montana, as well as recognized and accomplished local actors who have been seen on stages like the Missoula Children’s Theater, The Opera House Theatre Company of Philipsburg, and The Brewery

Follies of Virginia City. Principle choreographer Colleen Rosbarsky and producing director Mike Verdon have many years of experience with Garden City Ballet. Rosbarsky appeared in her first Garden City Ballet Nutcracker in 1987, and Verdon’s many appearances as Herr Drosselmeyer go all the way back to 1990. This year Rosbarsky, along with veteran choreographer Michele Antonioli, Jordan Dehline, and guest choreographer Kelley Durbin from Mismo Gymnastics, take the artistic reins, crafting beautiful and aesthetically pleasing ballet pieces throughout the production, as well as a high-flying Russian variation. Verdon, who also works as Director of the Brewery Follies of Virginia City, Montana, steps out of the role of Herr Drosselmeyer this year to direct the narrative of this timeless piece. Debuting in the 2011 Nutcracker in the role of Herr Drosselmeyer is one of Missoula’s favorite actors, David Mills-Low. The Nutcracker, written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, finds it’s origins from the eerie fairytale written by German author E.T.A. Hoffman, later adapted by French author Alexandre Dumas. It is from the Dumas piece that Tchaikovsky was inspired to write this ballet, with its tale of wizardry and fantasy, as a showpiece for new instruments for the orchestras of his time. In this story, the Silberhaus family gathers for their Christmas Eve celebration

and young Clara, played by Peyton Humphries-McGovern, is excited because as she is coming of age, tonight she will dance and waltz with the grownups at the party. However, with her excitement comes the trepidation of what her eccentric Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, will have in store for her. Drosselmeyer, known to the community as a wizard, clock-maker, and doll-maker, presents Clara with a simple gift in the form of a Nutcracker doll. With this gift, Drosselmeyer casts his spell on Clara, who instantly understands this gift to be quite special. Later, much to Clara’s surprise, Drosselmeyer brings the Nutcracker doll to life as a Nutcracker Prince with orders to battle the evil Mouse King, played by Cort Jensen. The living Nutcracker Prince, played by Garden City Ballet and Nutcracker veteran Collin Ranf, battles against the Mouse King in a marvelous melee involving a combination of some forty soldiers and mice. Drosselmeyer then leads Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In this land of enchantment, they will watch and dance in famous ballet variations ranging from a mysterious nightingale to the Waltz of the Flowers. One of the highlights for 2011 is Mismo’s presentation of the Russian variation, filled with spectacular acrobatics. Then come the real headliners: The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier,

dancing their eternally famous Pas de Deux. Garden City Ballet is thrilled to once again welcome, in these roles, guest artists Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud from Utah’s Ballet West. A truly magnetic duo, the performances of Bennett and Ruud promise to be a special treat for Missoula audiences. Evening shows will be held Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 pm ($25 per ticket, plus fees). Matinees will be offered Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 pm ($20 per ticket, plus fees). All performances will be in the Montana Theatre (PAR-TV building, across from the Adams Center) on the University of Montana campus. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at the MSO Hub Box Office located at 140 N Higgins in downtown Missoula, online at www., by phone (406) 243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA, or from any of the following GrizTix outlets: Adams Center, Worden’s Market, Southgate Mall, The Source in the UC. Garden City Ballet is a non-profit organization. To learn more, please visit

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t first I was skeptical. The school had threatened to cancel dances if, as a student body, we couldn’t figure out how to dance “appropriately.” The beginning of my sophomore year was marked by threats from the administration following a display of grinding at that year’s annual Homecoming dance. Throughout the year, it was not uncommon to walk the halls and overhear student conversations focused on the new policies. Conversations ranged from boycotting dances to dramatic cries of self-expression through dance. None of the conversations were altogether positive, and I’ll admit I happily hopped on the student bandwagon to boycott dances. Around this same time, the administration began enforcing required dance lessons. PE became a time to set students up in a circle and teach them basic Swing steps. Students displayed minimal excitement in regards to this change in curriculum. At school, teachers would talk to the students in advisory groups. I remember one group


veryone in America has seen the classic ‘80s film “Footloose”. Well, technically speaking, we haven’t, but we know generally what happens. The preacher/ mayor/cult leader of a small Midwestern town bans dancing. Kevin Bacon arrives, dancing ensues, Kenny Loggins sings for a while, and we’re done. They’re actually showing a remake as we speak. And that’s because the story, while silly, is essentially timeless. Teenagers are going to dance in the way they want to, and older generations object, offended by the brazen sexuality of said dances. It’s a tale as old as time or at any rate as old as the waltz. As hard as it may be to believe, the waltz was once denounced as highly immoral and banned by various religious sects. When it arrived in the United States in about 1820, it was believed to be simulating intercourse and was considered unsuitable for polite society. The same thing happened with the



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meeting in which my English teacher stressed how inappropriate it was for students to engage in “simulated sex” at school dances. She asked us if we would act that way in front of our grandparents. Gross. Another teacher pointed out how uncomfortable it was for him to see while he chaperoned. It made me think that if, as a student body, we could change our perspective; we might understand that the administration’s decisions were not so unreasonable. Regardless of the attempts to change things by the administration, students remained stubbornly defiant. I was fortunate enough to attend Prom later that year. My date and I eventually agreed to accept the new policy as an opportunity to learn something. By embracing the opportunity, I learned that swinging around was actually pretty fun. We practiced a variety of lifts and flips until it came time for the actual dance. Along with several other couples we took to the dance floor and showed off our new moves, but not everyone acted similarly. Rebellious seniors still insisted on throwing the rules back

in the administration’s face, which only ended up creating more tension. Now as a senior, I see an incredible transformation in the student body since that first year. This year, students attending dances might see a variety of advanced swing steps and even a few lifts. As a student body, we have grown to embrace the traditional styles of dance and create our own variation of it. Today in our advisory groups, instead of talking about the issues, we practice the steps with the help of our teachers. Dances have become an issue for schools across the nation. At LSH, we have certainly had our own struggles with inappropriate dancing and defiance but as a student body, these issues have helped us grow. Instead of complaining about having to learn what an underarm turn is, we can now easily go from closed position to an underarm turn and end in open position. I can now proudly say I’m a skeptic turned dance enthusiast.

Charleston a century later. And the twist. And disco. Now, grinding is the latest dance to be derided as immoral by the powers that be. Naturally, grinding is the most overtly sexual dance to raise these objections. It must be said that grinding is fairly explicit. But it is not simulated sex any more than the waltz once was. No matter how staid the dance in question is, dancing is essentially a mating ritual. But it certainly isn’t mating itself. It’s a mistake to confuse dancing with sex, no matter how much they resemble one another. The people who are going to have sex are going to have sex. The people that aren’t …aren’t, whether they grind or not. People still got motel rooms after Prom in 1955, and they certainly weren’t grinding. This brings up another issue that arises when school dances are banned. Dances are a fun way to spend a Friday night. Overall, they’re pretty clean compared to what other activities high school students will pursue. Even people who drink before

a dance probably drink less on dance nights than they would otherwise, because you have to be relatively sober to: A) evade the teachers, and B) dance in a functional manner. In shutting down dances, school administrators are removing a relatively safe and illegal-substance free option for teen socializing. What we do when administrators get rid of dances is party, basically. We drink and we smoke and we carouse in warehouses. And that is far more immoral than the dancing the administration prudishly and obstinately banned. It’s time they learned what the leaders of that little Midwestern town learned nearly 30 years ago: It’s ok to kick off our Sunday shoes and get footloose.

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alk into old classroom 92, and your eyes may betray you. Instead of a few spare desks and the smell of disuse, there’s a room full of shiny silver racks and shelves containing everything from clothes for men, women and children to a rack of cards and a cash register. A new business has taken to the hallways: the Eagle’s Nest Thrift Store. Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Sheppard are running this store, along with ten or so Vocational Tech II students. Along with tagging items and checking out customers, the workers have to wash new arrivals, keep the store clean, and restock the many shelves. The thrift store is home to many newly donated items. That shirt from

December 2011 last winter you couldn’t afford? It’s probably there. Those boots that were one of the hottest items last season? There. If you can’t afford those boots at the moment (though nothing at the thrift store is priced over ten dollars) the workers would be more than happy to hold the item for you. They have an entire corner behind the cash register dedicated to items on hold. “We’ll hold items for people for a few days, but if you need longer time you need to come talk to me or it’s going to go back onto the shelf,” says Mrs. Bryant, while putting a pair of boots on hold. The store seems to be fitting well into the Big Sky scene. Most students know that the store is there, and they even have a few regular customers.

“I think it’s awesome,” says sophomore Mica Marsh, “It looks like a real store.” The store benefits the school as some of the profits go toward the school and some toward the vocational tech program, but there is more than monetary gain. Leftover money and unusable donated items go to the Special Olympics, the Watson’s Children’s Center, and people/ families of the community and Big Sky High School that are in need. Students who actively participate in the thrift store gain skills they will need for the future. One of the original ideas and motivating factors behind opening the store was the ability to give hands- on retail experience and produce


wanted employable skills. The Eagle’s Nest Thrift Store is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All sales are final and all items are as is. They are currently in need of good quality winter items, such as heavy winter coats, gloves, hats, snow boots, scarves and snow pants; those donations would be much appreciated. With the holiday season rolling around, suitable gift materials will be available. Around prom season, the store would like to hold a prom/ formal exchange, like suits and tuxedos for boys and prom dresses for girls. One thing is for sure. The Eagle’s Nest Thrift Store is here to stay. Lorinda Mattson Sun Journal Reporter - Freshman

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September 23rd, except for shows in Minneapolis and Yakima, WA, which go on sale Saturday, September 24th. Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides are also on the bill, offering fans an incredible value with four of the hottest bands in rock today. Ticket prices range from $35-45 including special family four pack offers in particular markets. The tour takes its name from “Buried Alive,” the fourth single from the Huntington Beach, CA, rock band’s gold album Nightmare. All three previous singles from Nightmare — the title track, “Welcome to the Family,” and “So Far Away” — have peaked at No. 1 on the Active Rock chart. Released worldwide in July 2010, Nightmare earned A7X its highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it bowed at No. 1 and topped Billboard’s Rock,

Hard Rock, and Digital charts. The title track was the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010. Los Angeles’ Hollywood Undead released their second album American Tragedy in April, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. Britain’s Asking Alexandria’s sophomore full-length album release, Reckless and Relentless, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and appeared on the cover of AP and Guitar World. Hollywood’s Black Veil Brides hit No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Albums with their 2010 debut album We Stitch These Wounds, followed by their second album, Set The World ON Fire, which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012, Wilma Theatre


rom humble beginnings growing up in the impoverished island of Jamaica, the nucleus of the Wailers - Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh - turned to music at an early age. Music not only provided the boys with a creative form of expression, but also offered them their best chances for rising out of poverty. The Wailers’ sound and energy, bound together by artistic and spiritual integrity, was fostered during their teens. They eventually shortened the name to The Wailers, which represented more than their style of singing. The name also reflected the pain and anguish the boys felt deep within their souls while growing up in Trench Town. “The word ‘wail’ means to cry or to moan,” said Peter Tosh later. “We were living in this so-called ghetto. No one to help the people. We felt we were the only ones who could express their feelings through music, and because of that, people loved it. So we did it.” Following leader Bob Marley’s death on May 11, 1981, the Wailers Band struggled nearly a decade for direction, hampered from releasing their own music by a Gordian knot of legal entanglements. Anchored by world-class bassist Family Man Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton, the Wailers Band performed well-received international tours almost constantly through the ‘80s. Lead guitarist Junior Murvin bravely handled most of the vocal chores, and keyboard stalwart Wya Lindo and percussionist Seeco Patterson (who brought the original Wailers to their first audition in 1963) added credibility, but as the ‘90s progressed, despite the title of their first solo offering, they were still struggling to establish their own identity on records like 1994’s Never Ending Wailers and 1996’s Jah Message. – All Music Guide As enthusiastic audiences have already discovered, Koolant brings his own personal expression to Marley’s songs, revitalizing them for young and old alike. Yet there’s a great deal more to the Wailers than reliving the past. Apart from featuring on a forthcoming Wailers’ album studded with celebrity guest artists, Koolant sings lead vocals on the band’s two latest tracks – one a future lovers’ rock classic called Shining Star, and the other a heartfelt appeal – A Step For Mankind – made on behalf of the World Food Program, co-starring Duane Stephenson. Both songs stand comparison with the band’s finest work from the past. The Wailers have succeeded in turning a fresh page and led by their charismatic new singer, they’re ready to make history once more. Doors - 7:30 pm | Show - 8:30 pm | Tickets On Sale NOW | Tickets: $25.00 Tickets are available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX, Online at or Produced By Knitting Factory Presents – | General Admission, All Ages

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he essence of Forgiven, the gripping third album by Texas trio Los Lonely Boys? “Familia! That’s what I think it represents. Three brothers. True American spirit – or Texican spirit.” It’s as simple as that, says guitarist Henry Garza of the artistic and emotional breakthrough achieved by him and his siblings, bass player Jojo and drummer Ringo Jr. From the bluesy groove of the opening song “Heart Won’t Tell a Lie” through the yearning plea of the title song, the heartfelt faith of “Love Don’t Care About Me” and a rollicking version of the Steve Winwood/Spencer Davis Group song “I’m A Man,” Los Lonely Boys has fully realized the potential shown as its first two studio albums, the multi-platinum 2003 debut Los Lonely Boys and 2006’s Sacred (a No. 2 arrival on the Billboard albums chart), made the Texas trio one of the most beloved and acclaimed new arrivals in rock. Their debut single, “Heaven,” was a Number One hit on the Billboard adult contemporary chart and reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also won the group a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Pop Performance with Vocal. Each of the three has reached a new level of playing and singing, Henry and Jojo alternating lead duties and all three joining in both the group musical dynamics and vocal harmonies that can only come with genetic bonds. And there have been some new turns as well, including Ringo’s recording debut as a lead singer on the song “Superman.” Featuring their newest music, powered by passion and true brotherly love, Forgiven is in every note a rock ‘n’ roll classic. Doors - 7:00 pm | Show - 8:00 pm | Tickets On Sale Friday, October 7 @ 10am Tickets: $25.00 General Admission Tickets are available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX, Online at or Produced By Knitting Factory Presents – | General Admission, All Ages

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G. Love and Special Sauce Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Wilma Theatre


art, Tangy, Smooth, and oh so lip-smacking Sweet! Aaah yes, time to praise the almightly summer sippin’ thirst quencher, being served straight up G. Love and Special Sauce style, ice cool and always refreshing. On their second release for Brushfire Records, the Philly boys offer up Lemonade, a series of soul drenched tracks pouring out their blues infused hip-hop, which people have been trying to label for years. The best advice…don’t try to tame it or claim it; it’s simply their sonic trademark, instantly recognizable and addictively delicious. Like a classic novel it all starts at a chance meeting one rainy, fall night in Boston, when fellow torchbearers of new roots Americana, Seth and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers invite G. Love onto their tour bus after a gig to share their love of back road blues. This mutual affinity leads to G. Love sharing the stage with The Avett Brothers at a summer music festival both are playing. The collaboration, sounding so natural and right, deepens, so much so, eventually G. Love asks Scott and Seth Avett to not only play on his new record, he asks them to produce it as well. Inspired by this shared musical heritage, the result is Fixin’ To Die, a collection of rearranged traditionals, a classic cover, and a slew of G. Love originals, many simmering for over a decade, all sharing a common goal: to strip away all pretense and capture the original spirit and sound G. Love has cultivated over his entire career but never fully embraced until now. It doesn’t take long to tell that G. Love is one special find,” wrote Tom Moon in The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He sings with a bluesman’s authority, yet manages to avoid sounding like a student of the blues. His raps...are delivered with an uncommon confidence, as though the Philadelphia native knows the way to get attention is to whisper, not scream. And the supporting musicianship of Special Sauce adroitly follows its front man’s stylistic change-ups.”

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Navigating Sports and the Holiday Season

ne of my most difficult holiday issues has nothing to with shopping for gifts, what to bring to dinner, or even when or how to decorate the outside of my house with lights. Maybe this just relates to my family tree, but getting through the holidays while successfully balancing family and the great assortment of sports to watch is a big challenge. In order to keep everyone happy and avoid missing the “big game”, your skills are tested to their limits. A masterful combination of planning, discipline, and talent are a must. One slip or fall could spell disaster. So to that end, we at The Sports Page offer you the following ideas and advice for combining sports with family bliss during this holiday season. Now, before we begin, we should size up exactly what we are facing this holiday season. We are specifically talking about the balancing act of visiting family and celebrating the holiday season with your need to consume sports. This task is made more difficult by external forces you do not necessarily control. First off, you have other family members that may be deciding where and when you go to the family gathering, eat dinner, or heaven forbid….play the annual family Monopoly game! Second, you may have travel involved. Today’s technology gives you some advantages that sports fans didn’t have in the past, but depending on who you are traveling with or how you’re traveling could eliminate that technological edge really quickly. Besides, traveling during the dead of winter is a recipe for disaster (see Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for reference)! Third, the sports entities do not cooperate. They have marketing departments. So they schedule the biggest and the best games they can during the holidays. They want you to risk being disowned by your mother-inlaw as you do anything and everything to get the game on. Last and more importantly, you are not the master of the remote if you aren’t hosting. It is one thing for you to get the game on when you’re hosting, but it is another entirely when you are at someone else’s place. This is where the

true skill comes into play. This is where we separate the professionals from the amateurs. Bluntly, if you can get the game on at the in-laws’ house, you are officially in the running for sports sainthood! Here are my tips for a successful holiday season that will end with continued marital bliss, family harmony, and great sports moments (ok…so the family harmony thing might be a stretch, but here is some good advice nonetheless). • Look ahead – Pick your priorities for sports watching and begin to plot, I mean, plan ahead. Figure out the times you want to be in front of the TV and the times you don’t care if you are. The times you aren’t interested in the sports event are as important as the times you are. • Know your Enemy – Ok, so enemy is a strong word here when it comes to family, but the reality is it is you against them. Know who is in charge of the schedule and the TV. Once you know this, hire an investigator to find out everything about them. Their strengths, weaknesses, etc. I know…I joke….but seriously, you need to know what they want from the family event. Do they like sports? Who is their favorite team? What are their rules? Who else in the house is on your side? Who is not? You get the idea. • Try to Manipulate the Schedule – In advance of the gathering, try and manipulate the schedule of events around your TV viewing. Say the game you want is at 3 p.m. Try to get dinner scheduled at 1 p.m.! • Enlist a Partner in Crime – Find someone who shares the same sports viewing needs as you over this holiday. I prefer someone who lives in the hosting home and has some sort of say on what happens in it. If you successfully find this person, have them do the dirty

work. Stick to them like glue throughout the day. Fetch their drinks and food. Do whatever you can to develop a special rapport. Then encourage them to get the TV turned on at least 30 minutes prior to game time. Let them have the best seat and sit in the “wings”. Should the “enemy” enter the room and freak out, it will be your partner’s fault and you will still have a chance to get the game on yourself later. •D  esperate…Execute a Fake – As in football, you sometimes have to execute a fake to get the results you want. You use this strategy when you don’t know what the climate for game watching will be. So you pick a spot in the day when the game on is one you don’t care about but is earlier than the one you really want to watch. Turn the TV on and see what happens. If you get shut down, you still have a chance later and need to punt for a new idea. If not, you have sports on TV all day long, a sports nirvana if you will! So what are the “big games” this year that shouldn‘t be missed? For you NBA fans, you get an unusual reprieve this year. The annual assortment of big match-ups on Christmas Day will be eliminated by the lockout. However, NFL fans are not so lucky. Christmas Day is a Sunday this year. The NFL has tried to make things easier by moving all the games to Saturday. In reality though, this isn’t a perfect fix. My family, for example, traditionally gathers the big extended-family group together on Christmas Eve. We then retreat to our homes for more intimate family gatherings on Christmas Day. So to have the majority of the NFL schedule moved to Christmas Eve doesn’t do me any favors. And for you Christmas Day family-event people, the NFL thought they would make your day difficult by scheduling the best match-up of the week with Chicago vs. Green Bay right at primetime. Good luck!

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