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Table of Contents Hey, glad you made it. Make yourself at home. Once you’ve dropped your bags and freshened up a bit—or not, this being Missoula and all, where funkiness adds character—we should get down to business. Specifically, we’ve put together this handy little guide on how to navigate life in Missoula—everything from how to eat to how to talk. Consider this a starting point—or a refresher for you longtime locals— and make sure to visit www.missoulanews.com for daily updates about this little place we call home. Basic Missoula terminology you need to know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Missoula, by the numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Local issues that actually matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 A world of opportunities to do good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 How to be a true Missoula locavore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 A beer-drinkers’ guide to local literary traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Must-see Missoula movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Calendar of Events: 8 Days a Week, Fall Semester edition . . . . . . . . . .48 Spotlights: River City Roots Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Montana Festival of the Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

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Words to the wise Basic Missoula terminology you need to know by Independent Staff The Bowl (bõl), n. 1. Slang for Snowbowl, Missoula’s closest ski area, approximately 20 minutes north of town. Assuming the snowfall’s good, the slopes could be open as early as Thanksgiving. 2. Thing you should pass at parties to avoid getting yelled at by your friends. Charlie Bs (smõ-ki tav-ern), n. Legendary watering hole on Higgins with no markings on 6

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the outside of the building other than the stained glass “B” on the front door. (A propped sign on the sidewalk may direct you to the café and its daily Cajun specials in the back.) Folf ( folf ), n. Bastard child of Frisbee and golf, this game is the unofficial pastime of Missoula. Leagues and courses abound at locations including Blue Mountain and Pattee Canyon.

Gorge (gôrj), n. 1. Just west of Missoula is the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River. The canyon’s Class II and III whitewater draws countless kayakers, rafters and a few brave canoeists all summer long. 2. Farther west is the Gorge Amphitheater near George, Wash. Located on cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, this venue hosts some of the biggest and best concerts in the Pacific Northwest, and, um, Dave Matthews Band.


Growler (grou-ler), n. 1. Reusable glass container filled with beer at local breweries and bars. A local necessity, and a good way to avoid glass trash, given Missoula’s aversion to glass recycling. (See also “pig.”) 2. A bothersome dog. Hellgate (hel-gãt), n. 1. The canyon through which the really chilly-ass winter winds blow. 2. Artsy high school on Higgins. 3. (historic) American Indian tribes once traveled east from the valley through the narrow canyon that Interstate 90 now bisects. Blackfeet warriors used to ambush Salish hunters as they traveled between the steep walls, and somewhere along the way French travelers found scattered human bones and named the canyon “Porte d’Enfer” (Hell’s Gate) because it seemed safer to pass through the gates of hell than to brave this constricted route. Inversion (in-vûr-zhen), n. 1. The act of Mother Nature that traps clouds and smoke in the valley making the entire city look like Sleepy Hollow for days or weeks at a time.

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2. (Meteorological) What happens when colder air gets trapped near the surface of the earth and hangs around like a cast-iron lid of gray, even on blue-sky days. The L (el), n. The “other” mountain with a letter, Mount Jumbo received its decoration courtesy of Loyola Sacred Heart High School. Originally placed there in 1961, the “L” is maintained by the school during an annual trip up the mountain to clean and whitewash the symbol. The M (em), n. Mount Sentinel’s “M” has been around since 1908 and in its current location since 1915, marking the location of the UM campus. The trail to the M covers 11 switchbacks and gains 620 feet in elevation. Maggots (mag-ets), n. Local rugby team in existence since 1976 that competes at the Fort Missoula complex. Best known for the springtime Maggotfest that includes much beer, much revelry and a good number of rugby teams from across the country.

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The Ox (oks), n. Another legendary watering hole, open 24 hours, and best known for front room card games and 3 a.m. breakfasts that include the famous JJ’s gravy.

surrounding the longtime landmark continue to exert a psychic influence on the valley below. Today, supporters of the peace sign have created a peace rock cairn in place of the reflector.

Peace Sign (pes sìn), n. For almost 15 years, a giant peace sign adorned a 40-square-foot microwave reflector atop the hills north of Missoula. Legend has it that wily groups of peaceniks would hop the barbed-wire fence surrounding the reflector and paint the sign while hanging from ropes. The controversial symbol was frequently painted over by Qwest Communications, the reflector’s owner, only to have it reappear the next day. In 2001 the peace sign/reflector was dismantled, but the memory and controversy

Pig (pig ), n. An 8.5 liter (2.25 gallon) reusable beer dispenser that keeps beer fresh and carbonated. (see also “growler”). Rattlesnake (ratel-snãk), n. 1. Rattlesnake Creek flows through the Rattlesnake Valley at the northeast end of Missoula, but as far as we know, no rattlesnakes hang out in those parts. 2. About five miles up Rattlesnake Drive, you’ll find the Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area, a 61,000-acre oasis for outdoor lovers.

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Rocky Mountain Oysters (rok-i mount-en ois-ter), n. Testicles of a bull. Once cut off, they are thrown in a bucket of water, then peeled, washed, rolled in flour and pepper, and fried in a pan. Considered a delicacy, and best eaten at the Rock Creek Lodge’s annual Testicle Festival in September. Waterworks (wô-tèr wûrks), n. This is where you go when you feel like climbing a hill in town without a massive letter on it. Waterworks Hill, immediately north of downtown, has a massive cistern on it that was once filled from Rattlesnake Creek via wooden pipes

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and used to hold Missoula’s water. Yard sale (yärd-sãl), n. 1. That thing at least four people on your street have every Saturday morning with the same pile of polyester shirts, dirty baby clothes, a broken dining room table and the omnipresent cardboard box of god-knows-what labeled “FREE” that will reside in the corner of the lawn for another six days before the next Saturday. 2. Skiing term to describe massive wipeouts on the steep terrain of Snowbowl; refers to your gear being scattered across the hill upon impact, looking like a yard sale.

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Missoula, by the numbers 2: Number of National Championships won by UM’s football team since 1995

923: Number of homeless in Missoula, according to a January 29 survey

400: Pounds of coffee sold at Butterfly Herbs per week

19,000: Season tickets sold to WashingtonGrizzly Stadium for UM’s 2009 season

215,000: Missoula’s 2009 median home price, in dollars, as of July 31

36,000: Pounds of flour used by Le Petit Outre per month

25: Dollars for which a UM student can have an “F” erased from his/her transcript (and repeat the class)

60,000: Approximate annual income, in dollars, needed for a family to buy a median priced home in Missoula

100: Number of years since the Oxford Saloon has locked its doors

120: Bump, in dollars, of resident tuition at the University of Montana and Montana State

38,168: Missoula County’s median household income, in dollars

17.6: Projected deficit, in millions of dollars, for Montana’s university system following stimulus depletion

26: Players from the Missoula Osprey who have reached the major leagues

0: Public rock-climbing walls available within five miles of Missoula 3,400: Capacity, per hour, of both chairlifts at Montana Snowbowl 102: Pounds Missoula Mayor John Engen has lost since his 2006 election 7: Indian reservations in Montana 3,223: Number of feet that Missoula lies above sea level 250: Number of lakes in Glacier National Park

12: Number of foreign-born players on the Missoula Osprey roster, representing the Dominican Republic, Australia, South Korea and Venezuela

185: Length of Flathead Lake’s shoreline, in miles. Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi 1: Lakefront properties sold this year, as of July 29 2.8: Difference, in millions of dollars, between the listing price and sale price of the lakefront home that eventually sold

12: Estimated number of foreigners in Missoula

3: Average number of pounds, in millions, of Flathead cherries produced each year

3,017: Number of valid Medicinal Marijuana Patient Registration Cards licensed through the Montana Department of Health and Public Services as of August

61,000: Acres in the Rattlesnake National Recreation and Wilderness Area

1: Ranking of Missoula in per capita marijuana consumption in the United States, as reported by Forbes magazine.

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4.5: Miles from Missoula to the main trailhead that accesses it all 96: “Green” rating given to the University of Montana by Princeton Review 3,727: Acres of prime agricultural soil left in Missoula


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Civic pride Local issues that actually matter by Jesse Froehling

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e understand that most of you came to Missoula because you’ve always wanted to fish blue ribbon streams and ski big mountains. That’s fantastic and we love that you love the outdoors. But unfortunately, nature’s playground comes with certain responsibilities, and we’re not talking about owning a dog or planting a garden. Nope. Missoula’s dirty little secret is this: If you live here, you shall care about local politics. Everybody does. And everybody has an opinion. To 12

make sure you can hold your own in the blogosphere or at the barstool, we offer you the following primer to local issues that actually matter.

City elections In many cities, locals struggle just to name the mayor. But in Missoula, Mayor John Engen and the 12 City Council members are well-known figureheads. In November, six of those positions are up for reelection, with two underscoring many of the ideals Missoulians hold dear.

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In Ward 1, incumbent Dave Strohmaier and challenger Ryan Morton come from opposite camps. Strohmaier scored a perfect 100 percent on the Montana Conservation Voters’ latest scorecard for his green votes. He’s a thoughtful and prolific legislator but he occasionally nudges Montana’s Libertarians with proposed cell phone bans and a homeless panhandling ordinance—and hears about it. Morton is young, hip, smart, and extremely eloquent. The daily newspaper recently profiled his

faux hawk haircut. Morton’s also the former spokesman for the Missoula Building Industry Association, which means he occasionally rubs Missoula’s anti-development community the wrong way. The winner of this race will speak volumes about the politics of the Rattlesnake. In Ward 2, incumbent John Hendrickson—one of the more vocal members of council’s conservative minority—faces challenger Roy Houseman, the affable 28-year-old president of the local steelworkers’ union.


Ward 2, which stretches east from Scott Street and north from the Clark Fork River, is perhaps the most diverse ward in the city, making the race a toss-up. If you want to fit into Missoula, we recommend you read up on the issues as the debates heat up and pick a horse before November.

Zoning Reading zoning laws sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, and yet the city’s effort to revamp its outdated zoning ordinance has drawn more attention than any other issue this year. Spirited constituents will stand in line for hours to voice their thoughts about granny suites, lot line houses, neighborhood

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character overlays and R3 zoning districts. A good portion of the current debate centers on whether the Office of Planning and Grants (OPG) has conducted the process legally. The five conservative members of council have voiced the loudest concern, and three of them—Dick Haines, Lyn Hellegaard and Renee Mitchell—filed suit against the city on July 10 in hopes of resolving the issue. Any time you have council members suing the city—or basically suing themselves— things get interesting.

draw attention. Last year, City Council effectively barred pooches from running free on Blue Mountain and in the city’s North Hills—expanding the scope of the city’s already stringent leash law. The idea was to protect the fragile wildlife in the areas, but angry dog owners showed up en masse to complain about the ordinance at council meetings. They started a Facebook group. They wrote letters to the editor. And, finally, after intense public outrage, Engen vetoed the ordinance. The lesson here is that if you want to upset a local, mess with his or her dog.

Dog leashes Everyone owns a dog in Missoula, or at least it seems that way. Therefore, any laws pertaining to dogs are bound to

Bikes The next time you happen by the Badlander on a weekend evening, notice the cavalcade of

bikes locked to every available sturdy object within a threeblock radius. City Council recognized the potential for bikes to improve the environment and public health and they’ve gone out of their way to improve and build bike paths and public trails throughout the city. Just this summer, the council teamed with various community and business leaders to ask the Montana Department of Transportation to paint bike lanes along state routes as they wind through town. This is no easy feat for an agency that Engen has called “the Department of Highways.” It’s also a sign of how influential Missoula’s many biking organizations can be on city policy.

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Agriculture

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Locavores thrive in Missoula. For instance, if you’re invited to a potluck, it’s good form to show up with something you harvested, brewed or killed yourself. Anything from Costco is out of the question. To City Council’s credit, they’ve realized the importance of local agriculture to the community and attempted to preserve quality soil. In fact, council recently derailed a subdivision until the developer agreed to set aside a portion for agriculture. The measure sparked a public debate about the balance of development with local farming, and it’s a debate that should continue on a case-by-case basis for a long time.

In case you didn’t know, arguably the third most powerful person in the country hails from Montana. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus chairs the Senate Finance Committee, which means that he decides what federal programs get paid and what programs get the ax. Currently, the controversial Democrat is riding point in the effort to fulfill President Obama’s campaign promise to overhaul the nation’s ailing health care system. Baucus’ critics point out that most of the senator’s campaign contributions come from pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies. It’s your job to decide whether Baucus is a good Democrat who truly wants to offer everybody affordable health care, or if he’s a corporate sellout working for special interests.

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Li’l help A world of opportunities to do good by Matthew Frank rumor floats around Missoula that our fair city hosts more non-profits per capita than any other city in the country. Not true, according to Brad Robinson of the Montana Nonprofit Association, but we’re still pretty darn altruistic. Robinson counts 601 currently registered 501(c)(3) organizations in Missoula— or about one organization for every 100 people. There are 6,097 nonprofits in the state. “That’s a whole lot of engaged people,” Robinson says.

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Indeed. And these nonprofits hugely impact our economy and culture in Missoula, contributing to the character and civic pride that make us all want to live here. With so many organizations, though, it’s hard to know where to start when you want to lend a hand or know-how. We’re here to help. We spoke with a handful of local organizations that rely heavily on volunteers to find out the best way you can get out there and give some time to the greater good.

The Missoula Food Bank is a good place to start, especially since food banks are among the first to struggle once the economy sours— demand goes up and contributions go down. “We are always in need of volunteers,” says Volunteer Coordinator Mayo Osawa, pointing to chores like boxing items, interviewing customers, stocking shelves and, on summer Saturdays, picking up donations from farmers’ market vendors. Volunteers Continued on page 20 Missoula Independent Fresh Facts, 2009 17


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can also participate in the ROOTS (Recognizing Other Opportunities to Serve) program, packing food and delivering it to some 400 home-bound seniors in our community. Learn more at www.missoulafoodbank.org. Speaking of seniors, Missoula Aging Services provides them crucial assistance through various programs. Meals on Wheels garners the most attention as volunteers deliver up to 1,000 meals per week. Those willing to help out need to be available during the day, Mondays through Fridays, and will receive a mileage reimbursement. Other volunteer opportunities include offering seniors companionship, and providing respite to spouse-caregivers who could use some time away. For more information, the organization regularly updates its list of volunteer opportunities at www.missoulaagingservices.org. “That’s a good way for folks to take a

look of what we have to offer,” says Volunteer Coordinator Curtis Hammond. If peace and social justice is your thing, donate a few hours a week to the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center (www.jrpc.org). “There’s always something to do here,” explains Katie Simpson. Like tending to the peace sign on Waterworks Hill, helping to organize the nonprofit’s annual peace party, contributing to the newsletter, working in the fair trade store or inputting membership information to the center’s database. “And then there are events that we’d like to do at the Community Center, but we just don’t have enough people,” Simpson says. “We’d like someone to read to kids once a week and do a kids’ hour, and then someone who’s interested in hosting a discussion on current events each week. Those are things that we really want to do, and we try to do them in small segments, but if we could make them a regular occur-

rence that would be even better.” If you’re looking to get your hands dirty—with immediate rewards—volunteer for Garden City Harvest, which operates community farms and gardens all over town. Through its “Volunteer for Veggies” program, volunteers can go to one of the organization’s sites and put in time in exchange for fresh vegetables. Four hours gets you half a “share,” which is about five pounds of food. “It’s a lot of food as we get into fall,” says Estee Fleming. Fleming adds they could use the most help at their River Road Community Farm and Orchard Gardens Community Farm. Check out the website—www.gardencityharvest.org—for more information and the volunteer schedule. Want to help inspire in children a passion for the performing arts? Head to the Missoula Children Theatre’s (MCT) Season Kickoff and Volunteer Party on August 27. It’s like a job fair where you can learn about the many volunteer

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opportunities at MCT, such as working as stage crew, designing costumes, building sets or ushering a community theater performance. There’s also marketing and office work to be done, fundraising, photography, data entry and more. “We have a lot going on,” says Volunteer Coordinator Greg Boris. So get in touch at www.mctinc.org for more information. Missoula’s Poverello Center (www.thepoverellocenter.org) stands out as the state’s largest homeless shelter and soup kitchen. In 2008, according to Executive Director Ellie Hill, volunteers logged 22,766 shifts at all of its sites. “The opportunities are immense,” Hill says, “with everything from wrapping presents at Christmas time to serving breakfast, lunch or dinner in a soup kitchen line, seven days a week, 365 days a year.” Volunteers can chop veggies and serve food in the cafeteria, work in the clothing room sorting donations, spend time with homeless families at the Joseph Residence or visit with veterans at the Valor House.

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“We rely almost wholly on volunteers to keep us afloat,” Hill says. Finally, for folks with plenty of time who want to spend it in the outdoors, consider volunteering at any of the Montana State Parks (fwp.mt.gov/parks/volunteer) surrounding Missoula. According to Lee Bastion, Region 2 park manager, campground hosts are needed every summer at Placid Lake State Park, Chief Looking Glass State Park near Florence, and Frenchtown Pond. Can’t donate your summer? Then lend a hand during one of the river cleanups. The Lower Clark Fork/Alberton Gorge cleanup takes place August 29. Or volunteer at Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo. You can even “adopt” a fishing access site. Of course, there are many more organizations in Missoula in need of a helping hand, so go find one that serves a cause important to you and offer it. Soon, the Montana Nonprofit Association will have a website to help we Montanans find more opportunities that, Robinson says, “are close to heart and close to home.”

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Live to eat How to be a true Missoula locavore by Erika Fredrickson

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ow you’ve done it. You’re an earnest locavore who’s moved to Montana, where winter never seems to end and the prospect of getting fresh, local food appears dim. Or, perhaps, you’ve landed here after being brought up on McDonald’s and Taco Bell in some concrete jungle, and have never once considered the economic, environmental and cultural benefits of eating local. (First hint, neighbor: It’s time to reconsider how you grub.) Either way—seasoned locavore or greenhorn—you’re in luck. Around

Missoula, the Flathead and the Bitterroot valleys, eating local is pretty easy if you know where to go. Here we give you some of the easiest ways to fit right into the burgeoning foodie scene.

Saturday morning markets Saturday mornings are for lovers— lovers of coffee, baked goods, street musicians and, of course, local food. If you head down to the Farmers’ Market at the north end of Higgins Avenue you’ll discover tables overflowing with seasonal fruits, vegetables, honey, baked goods, flowers and

plants. At the Clark Fork River Market, under the Higgins Avenue bridge, you’ll also find Flathead cherries, wild fish, local eggs, cheese, pork, beef and bison. Both markets run until the third Saturday in October. Just remember to loiter—Missoula markets are a social gathering. Vendors easily chat you up with recipes and tips. Friends linger at tables and lounge in the grass. Even if you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s best to wander. Continued on page 26 Missoula Independent Fresh Facts, 2009 23


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Play in the dirt Community garden plots are all the rage in Missoula, which means getting one can be a challenge. While Missoulians are known for being late to everything, in early April, when community plots go up for grabs, people show up early. Still, the network of gardens —which includes Orchard Gardens Community Gardens, ASUM Community Gardens and Northside Gardens, among others—expands every year, and if you want it bad enough, chances are you’ll get in on the action. Community gardens remain popular because of onsite tools and easy watering, as well as the plethora of resources provided by Garden City Harvest, the nonprofit that manages the plots. It’s not 40 acres and a mule, but it’s enough food for a household.

Work for your spinach If you’re happy not being in charge of your own plot, but still willing to put in some sweat equity, the Volunteer for Veggies program allows you to work in a community garden and get produce in return. You can either work and take home veggies on a daily basis, or 26

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work all summer and stockpile your hours for an end-o-year mega harvest if you’re the canning type. Not into getting dirty? The PEAS Farm, Orchard Gardens and River Road all have CSAs (community supported agriculture), which means you can buy a share and get weekly allotments of fresh produce often amounting to 200 pounds each season (you can choose to buy in for flowers and eggs, too).

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Home garden If you’re lucky enough to have land you can garden on, even if it’s just a patch outside your in-town apartment, go for it. Don’t know squat about gardening? A new volunteer-based group called 1000 New Gardens (which includes several master gardeners) will actually come to your house and help you tear up grass, provide you with tips and set you up with all the resources you’ll need to be

the green thumb you’ve always wanted to be (1000newgardens.wordpress.com). If you’re well on your way to backyard cultivation, you could consider buying a chicken or two from the PEAS Farm (they’ll give you good pointers on how to raise them). Yep, chickens. For eggs or meat, backyard chickens these days scream “locavore” like no other trend.


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Missoula Co-op The Missoula Community Co-op (1500 Burns St.) looks like a small grocery store, but it’s packed. You can find local meats, dairy products (including Lifeline Farm products from the Bitterroot Valley), and produce, plus a nice little bulk section. You have to be a member to buy (though you can “try out” the store a couple of times before committing), which means you pay a fee and volunteer work hours. Lifetime memberships are $125, but those qualifying for assistance can get a substantially lower rate. Membership fees drive down

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prices, so the groceries stay pretty cheap. And the real reward is that people of all economic levels and backgrounds work side-by-side to keep the Co-op running.

Eat out When you go into Biga Pizza (241 W. Main), you’ll notice that those pizzas listed on the specials board mimic what’s growing in people’s gardens. Winter sees squash, chutneys and sausages, while other seasons bring local arugala, morel mushrooms and fresh peppers. Places like Scotty’s Table (131 S. Higgins), The

Pearl Café (231 E. Front St.), The Catalyst (111 N. Higgins), The Hob Nob Café (531 S. Higgins) and The Red Bird (120 W. Front St.)—just to name a few—are also pretty proud of their local selection, so take the time to ask what’s from close-by on their menu.

Good food shopping Beyond memberships and restaurants, the Good Food Store (1600 S. 3rd St. W.) is the hub of local food shopping, though other supermarkets around town are slowly getting into the game (country of origin labeling has made it eas-

ier to find local food in chain stores). At the Good Food Store you’ll find plenty of organic food from elsewhere, but it’s just as easy to find inseason produce, meat and fruit from in and around western Montana. Winter months make eating local tough in Montana, so be prepared. The Good Food Store offers canning and preserving classes just in time for the cold snap. You’ll be proud to pop open that can of local fare when the snow falls and other folks lament boxed dinners and less tasty, imported produce.

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Bards at the bar A beer-drinkers’ guide to local literary traditions by Alex Sakariassen

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ot to suggest “writer” is synonymous with “drinker,” but western Montana’s bars have played a significant role in the region’s rich literary history. Whether it’s mill workers, barflies or fishermen elbowing up to the taps, our region’s scribes have found a flow of inspiration from our local watering holes. Haunts, of course, change with tastes and time. Some of this town’s best writers have come and gone, and new waves of authors frequent new establishments, making the web of Missoula’s literary sites tough to map. But a few survive the test of time and continue to stand out. We offer this list, along with a disclaimer: You’re as likely to meet an author in one local bar as you are the next.

The Dixon Bar On Oct. 10, 1970, three Montana poems ran side-by-side in the New Yorker, all under the title “The Only Bar in Dixon.” The story goes that Missoula writers Richard Hugo, James Welch and J.D. Reed once stopped at the Dixon Bar after ice fishing. Each agreed to write a poem about the place–the moon, the river, the redhead at the bar–and they sent the package to the magazine. Four years later, Welch published Winter in the Blood, a novel set on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. His 1986 novel Fools Crow is now a cornerstone of regional literature. Aside from being the only bar in town, The Dixon Bar has the honor of holding the longest continuous liquor license in Montana. Hugo ended his poem by writing: I want home full of grim permission. You can go as out of business here as rivers or the railroad station. I knew it entering. Five bourbons and I’m in some other home. Main Street, Highway 200, Dixon 30

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Charlie B’s This stalwart could be called the poster boy for what visiting fans of Montana literature look for in a bar. There’s no signage out front—just tinted windows and a big wooden door. The interior is smokefilled and dark, the bartenders chatty. Some vestige of the bar has appeared off and on in locally spawned works, most notably The Last Good Kiss and other mysteries by Charlie’s 32

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regular James Crumley, who died last year. A portrait of Crumley, along with his obituary, now hangs above the bar. 428 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula

The Depot The death of James Crumley on Sept. 17, 2008, prompted friends and fans to erect small memorials at his former haunts in Missoula. Most obvious–and perhaps most vis-


ited–is Crumley’s Corner at the Depot. A photo and sign mark the seat at the end of the bar that Crumley most often occupied. 201 W. Railroad Ave., Missoula

Trixi’s Antler Saloon Highway 200 stretches northeast from Missoula like a tentacle, dotted by the odd country bar. Hugo spoke of drinks at Trixi’s and the sagebrush beyond the bar door in his poem “Ovando.” On the sparsely populated road from Missoula to cities east–Great Falls, Helena, etc.–the solitary feel of Trixi’s sitting on a flat valley floor left a mark on a number of Hugo’s works. Highway 200, Ovando

Diamond Jim’s Eastgate Casino and Lounge Bars are a long-standing social nucleus for communities in the American West. Eastgate Lounge was a particularly popular meeting place for writer William Kittredge during his tenure at UM’s creative writing department. Students regularly met with writers over drinks after class, just across the Van Buren Street Footbridge, for more relaxed and informal lessons. 900 E. Broadway, Missoula

The Rhino Some patrons at the Rhino show up for the beer–the estab-

lishment boasts 50 on tap. Others might flock for brief nods given by Jeff Hull in Missoula-based short stories or his 2005 fly-fishing novel Pale Morning Done. There’s no mistaking the place as he writes it from his protagonist’s eyes, that familiar bend in the bar and the pool table beyond. 158 Ryman St., Missoula

Harold’s Club, or the Milltown Union Bar Harold’s isn’t the same, not from when Hugo penned his poem “The Milltown Union Bar” in the 1960s. The painting of a Western hanging is gone, as are the crossed swords above the bar. Fat Tire’s on tap now, as is Bayern Amber. The mill workers have left; the Stimson Lumber Company mill shut down. Ask the gals behind the bar and they’ll tell you Harold’s isn’t what it used to be. But some ghost of Hugo’s muse lingers. You could still love here, as Hugo said in his poem. A few gray and crusty regulars chuckle loudly, flirting playfully with a cluster of younger women playing pool. Denise, the bartender, will chat you up, pour a stiff drink and sell you a pack of Marlboro Reds. And, most importantly, the stuffed mountain goat Hugo fixated on is still trapped in his plexiglass bubble by the door. 11 Main St., Milltown Missoula Independent Fresh Facts, 2009

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Quick Guide Arts & Entertainment Best Art Gallery 1. Dana Gallery: 246 N. Higgins Ave; 721-3154; danagallery.com 2. Monte Dolack Gallery: 139 W. Front; 549-3248; dolack.com 3. Missoula Art Museum: 335 N. Pattee; 728-0447; missoulaartmuseum.org

2. Carmike 10: 3640 Mullan Rd; 541-7467; carmike.com 3. The Roxy: 718 S. Higgins; 728-9380

Best Video Rental

1. Heather Adams 2. Amy Ragsdale 3. Lee McAfee

1. Crystal Video: 614 S. Higgins; 543-3456; crystalvideo.blogspot.com 2. Hastings: 2501 Brooks; 542-1077; gohastings.com 3. Crazy Mike’s: 1003 E. Broadway; 2230 N. Reserve; 721-8935

Best Local Actor

Fashion & Beauty

1. Alex Wells 2. Andrew Rizzo 3. Chris Torma

Best Boutique

Best Dancer

Best Local Actress 1. Jennifer Fleming-Lovely 2. Lee McAfee 3. Tie: Margaret Johnson & Taschia Gates

Best Local Artist 1. Monte Dolack 2. Kendahl Jan Jubb 3. Tie: Larry Pirnie & Mary Beth Percival

Best Local Band 1. Tom Catmull & the Clerics: tomcatmull.com 2. Reverend Slanky: myspace.com/reverendslanky 3. Secret Powers: myspace.com/secretpowersmt

Best Local Filmmaker 1. Gita Saedi Kiely 2. Andy Smetanka 3. Doug Hawes-Davis

Best Local Musician 1. Tom Catmull: tomcatmull.com 2. David Boone: davidboone.net 3. Amy Martin: amymartin.org

Best Local Photographer 1. Chad Harder 2. Michael Gallacher 3. Crackle

Best Local Writer 1. James Lee Burke 2. Prageeta Sharma 3. David James Duncan

Best Movie Theater 1. Wilma Theatre: 131 S. Higgins; 728-2521; thewilma.com

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1. Betty's Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Miss Zula's: 111 N. Higgins; 541-7376; misszulas.com 3. Charlotte's: 208 N. Higgins; 721-1715

Best Cosmetics 1. Skin Chic: Southgate Mall; 541-8464; skinchic.com 2. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 3. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com

Best Day Spa 1. Sorella’s: 207 E. Main; 721-3639; sorellasdayspa.com 2. Cedar Creek: 216 W. Main #210; 543-0200; cedarcreekspa.com 3. The Spa at the Peak Health Center: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-8200; peakmissoulaspa.com

Best Eyewear 1. Specticca Optical Boutique: 319 N. Higgins; 549-5700 2. Rocky Mountain Optical: 700 W. Kent Ave; 541-3918; rockymountaineye.com 3. Uptown Optical: 101 E. Broadway; 327-9988; uptownoptical.com

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Best Hairstylist 1. Wendell Petersen (Tangles) 2. Buckshot (Peak) 3. Dana Wheeler (Shear Art)

Best Jewelry 1. Miss Zula’s: 111 N. Higgins; 541-7376; misszulas.com 2. Rockin Rudy’s: 237 Blaine; 542-0077; rockinrudys.com 3. Alara: 312 N. Higgins; 728-8844; alarajewelry.com

Best Kids’ Clothing 1. Blackbird Kid Shop: 525 S. Higgins; 543-2899 2. Whippersnappers: 129 N. Higgins; 728-7400; whippersnappersmt.com 3. Children’s Place: Southgate Mall; 728-2152; childrensplace.com

Best Lingerie 1. Victoria’s Secret: Southgate Mall; 721-1811; victoriassecret.com 2. Bella Donna: 208 N. Higgins; 549-4000; ishopbelladonna.com 3. Midnight Dreams: 2700 Paxson St; 542-6227; midnightdreamslingerie.com

Best Men’s Clothing 1. Betty’s Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Dillard's: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Desmonds: 129 N Higgins Ave; 728-8233; desmondsmt.com

Best Place for a Hair Cut 1. Tangles: 275 W. Main; 728-0343; tanglesmt.com 2. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center: 216 E. Main; 728-4247; roostersmissoula.com 3. BoomSwagger: 204 S. Third St W; 830-3192

Best Shoe Store 1. Hide & Sole: 236 N. Higgins; 549-0666; hideandsole.com

2. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Montana Bootlegger: Southgate Mall; 721-3451; theclogstore.com

Best Tanning Salon 1. Brown Sugar: 1220 SW Higgins #3; 3273 N. Reserve; 541-4441 2. Rayz of Lite: 1575 Benton Ave. Suite B; 543-0205 3. Misty's: 3101 S. Russell St; 543-0717

Best Tattoo Parlor 1. Painless Steel: 1701 S. 5th St. W; 728-1191; painlesssteeltattoo.com 2. American Made: 234 W. Front; 721-3830; amtattoo.com 3. Altered Skin: 103 Brooks 549-8544; alteredskin.com

Best Thrift Store 1. Goodwill: 2300 Brooks; 549-6969; esgw-nrm.easterseals.com 2. Secret Seconds: Multiple Locations; 549-1610; ywcaofmissoula.org/secret 3. Bargain Corner: 200 S. California St; 543-4926

Best Women’s Clothing 1. Betty’s Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 3. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com

Food & Drink Best Asian Food 1. Sa Wad Dee: 221 W. Broadway; 543-9966; sawaddeedowntown.com 2. Mustard Seed: Southgate Mall; 542-7333; mustardseedweb.com 3. Sushi Hana: 403 N. Higgins; 549-7979; sushihanamissoula.com

Best Bakery 1. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S. 3rd St. W; 728-1358; bernicesbakerymt.com 2. Le Petit Outre: 129 S. 4th St. W; 543-3311; lepetitoutre.com 3. Great Harvest: 1407 S. Higgins; 728-4549; greatharvest.com

Best Bartender 1. Al Pils (Kettlehouse) 2. Kyle Riggs (Iron Horse) 3. Jeremy Kehoe (Sean Kelly's)

Best Breakfast 1. The Shack: 222 W. Main; 549-9903; shackcafe.com 2. Paul’s Pancake Parlor: 2305 Brooks; 728-9071 3. Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622

Best Budget Lunch 1. Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com 2. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 3. El Diablo: 1429 S. Higgins; 728-9529

Best Caterer 1. Two Sisters Catering: 111 N. Higgins; 549-3005; twosistersofmontana.com 2. Creative Catering: 131 N. Higgins; 721-1418; creativecateringmissoula.com 3. All Events Catering: 1609 W. Broadway; 728-3400; all-events-catering.com

Best Chef 1. Bob Marshall (Biga Pizza) 2. Scott Gill (Scotty's Table) 3. Dominick Martin (Red Bird)

Best Coffee 1. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 2. Break Espresso: 432 N. Higgins; 728-7300 3. Starbucks: Multiple Locations; 542-5130; starbucks.com

Best Coffee Hut 1. Loose Caboose: Multiple locations; 728-1748;


2. Grizzly Bean: 1704 1/2 S. Russell St; 541-2633 3. Lighthouse Espresso: 1900 W. Broadway; 541-8282

Best Convenience Store 1. Ole's: Multiple Locations; 721-2170 2. Holiday on Higgins: 605 S. Higgins; 721-6911; holidaystationstores.com 3. Grizzly Grocery: 721 Hill St; 721-2679

Best Delicatessen 1. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 2. Tagliare Delicatessen: 1433 Higgins; 830-3049 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Desserts 1. Mustard Seed: Southgate Mall; 542-7333; mustardseedweb.com 2. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S. 3rd St. W; 728-1358; bernicesbakerymt.com 3. Pearl Café & Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant 1. Montana Club: 2620 Brooks; 4561 N. Reserve; 543-3200; montanaclub.com 2. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com 3. Ruby's Café: 2101 Regent St; 728-9890

Best French Fries 1. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 2. Hoagieville: Multiple Locations; 543-5265 3. Tie: Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622 Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com

Best Fresh Produce 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Farmers’ Market: Downtown Missoula Seasonal; Sat. 8 a.m. –12 p.m. 3. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188

Best Hamburger 1. Missoula Club: 139 W. Main; 728-3740 2. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com 3. Fuddruckers: 2805 N. Reserve; 721-4577; fuddruckers.com

Best Ice Cream 1. Big Dipper: 631 S. Higgins; 543-5722; bigdippericecream.com 2. Cold Stone Creamery: 3275 N. Reserve; 549-5595; coldstonecreamery.com 3. Dairy Queen: Multiple Locations; 549-6075; dairyqueen.com

Best Liquor Store

Best Restaurant

Best Seafood

1. Grizzly Liquor: 110 W. Spruce; 549-7723; grizzlyliquor.com 2. Krisco Liquor: 1300 S. Reserve, Suite E; 549-7242; 3. Diamond Jim’s: Multiple Locations; 829-9898

1. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 2. Scotty's Table: 131 S. Higgins; 549-2790; scottystable.net 3. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com

1. Sushi Hana: 403 N. Higgins; 549-7979; sushihanamissoula.com 2. Nara Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi: 3075 N. Reserve; 541-0731 3. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula

Best Local Brew 1. Kettlehouse Cold Smoke 2. Big Sky Summer Honey 3. Big Sky Moose Drool

Best Mexican Food 1. El Cazador: 101 S. Higgins; 728-3657 2. Fiesta En Jalisco: 3701 Brooks; 5055 N. Reserve; 728-1323 3. Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com

Best Microbrewery 1. Kettlehouse Brewery: 602 Myrtle St; 782-1660; kettlehouse.com 2. Big Sky Brewing: 5417 Trumpeter Way; 549-2777; bigskybrew.com 3. Bayern Brewing: 1507 Montana St; 721-1482; bayernbrewery.com

Best Milk Shake 1. Uptown Diner: 120 N. Higgins; 542-2449 2. Big Dipper: 631 S. Higgins; 543-5722; bigdippericecream.com 3. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com

Best New Restaurant 1. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com 2. Taco Sano: 115 1/2 S. 4th St; 541-7570 3. Caffè Dolce (New Location): 500 Brooks St; 830-3055; caffedolcemissoula.com

Best Outdoor Dining 1. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 3. Tie: The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 Old Post: 103 W. Spruce St; 721-7399; oldpostpub.com

Best Pizza 1. Biga Pizza: 241 W. Main; 728-2579; bigapizza.com 2. The Bridge: 600 S. Higgins; 542-0002; bridgepizza.com 3. MacKenzie River: 2510 Grant Creek Rd; 137 W. Front; 721-0077; mackenzieriverpizza.com

Best Place to Eat Alone 1. Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com 2. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 3. Food for Thought: 540 Daly Ave; 721-6033; thinkfft.com

Best Restaurant Service 1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 3. Scotty’s Table: 131 S. Higgins; 549-2790; scottystable.net

Best Restaurant Wine List 1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 3. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula

Best Retail Beer Selection 1. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188 2. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Retail Wine Selection 1. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 2. CVS: 1914 Brooks; 728-1380; cvs.com 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Romantic Dining 1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 3. The Keep Restaurant: 102 Ben Hogan Dr; 728-5132; thekeeprestaurant.com

Best Salad 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 3. Biga Pizza: 241 W. Main; 728-2579; bigapizza.com

Best Sandwich 1. Doc’s: 214 N. Higgins; 542-7414 2. Tie: Staggering Ox: 123 E. Main; 1220 SW Higgins; 327-9400; staggeringox.com Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins 549-1293; wordens.com 3. Tagliare Delicatessen: 1433 Higgins; 830-3049

Best Steak 1. The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 2. Lolo Creek Steakhouse: 6600 Hwy 12 W; 273-2622 3. Outback Steakhouse: 2415 N. Reserve; 327-6900; outback.com

Best Supermarket 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188 3. Safeway: Multiple Locations; 251-3311; safeway.com

Best Vegetarian Food 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622 3. Sa Wad Dee: 221 W. Broadway; 543-9966; sawaddeedowntown.com

Best Waiter/Waitress 1. Kera Cashman (Sean Kelly's) 2. Joe Black (The Keep) 3. Tie: Viet Lee (China Gardens) Kim Kilbourne (Ruby's Café)

Goods & Services Best Antiques 1. Montana Antique Mall: 331 Railroad St. W; 721-5366; montanaantiquemall.com 2. Curiosity Shop: 1804 North Ave. W; 542-0097 3. Circle Square Second Hand Store: 519 N. Higgins; 549-3512; 2ndhand.com

Best Apartment Rental Agency 1. Garden City Property Management: 422 Madison St; 549-6106; gcpm-mt.com 2. Grizzly Property Management: 1601 South Ave. W; 542-2060; grizzlypm.com 3. Professional Property Management: 2685 Palmer, Suite B; 721-8990; professionalproperty.com

Best Auto Repair 1. Kent Bros. Automotive: 127 S. 4th St. W; 728-1747 2. Gary's Conoco Service Station: 2125 S. Higgins; 542-0121 3. Tie: Curt’s Autocare: 721 Mount Ave. #A; 728-7472 Mountain Imports: 1800 S. 3rd St. W; 721-3395; mountainimports.com

Best Big Box Store 1. Costco: 3220 N. Reserve; 721-1535; costco.com 2. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com

3. Walmart Supercenter: 3555 Mullan Rd; 829-8489; walmart.com

Best Bookstore 1. The Book Exchange: 2335 Brooks; 728-6342; booksmontana.com 2. Fact & Fiction: 220 N. Higgins; 721-2881; factandfictionbooks.com 3. Barnes & Noble: 2640 N. Reserve St; 721-0009; barnesandnoble.com

Best Camera/Photo Store 1. The Dark Room: 135 N. Higgins; 549-1070; darkroomofmontana.com 2. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com 3. Yellowstone Photo: 321 N. Higgins; 728-7637; yellowstonephoto.com

Best Car Wash 1. Happy Days: Multiple Locations; 251-7009 2. Dazzlers: 2610 Radio Way; 728-6262 3. Splash: 2050 Cooper St; 721-3743

Best CDs and Music 1. Rockin Rudy’s: 237 Blaine; 542-0077; rockinrudys.com 2. Ear Candy Music: 624 S. Higgins; 542-5029; earcandymusic.nu 3. Hastings: 2501 Brooks St; 542-1077; gohastings.com

Best Computer Repair Shop 1. Computer ER: 2100 Stephens #105; 541-2600; computer-er.com 2. Computer Central: 136 E. Broadway; 542-6540; ccmissoula.com 3. Geek Squad (Best Buy): 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com

Best Department Store 1. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 2. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com

Best Dry Cleaner 1. Green Hanger: 146 Woodford; 960 E Broadway; 728-1948 2. Missoula Textiles: 111 E. Spruce; 1201 Burlington Ave; 543-5171; missoulatextiles.com 3. Fresh Natural Cleaners: 1132 SW Higgins; 542-8100

Best Financial Institution 1. Missoula Federal Credit Union: Multiple Locations; 523-3300 missoulafcu.org 2. First Security Bank: Multiple Locations; 728-3115; fsbmsla.com 3. First Interstate Bank: Multiple Locations; 523-4200; firstinterstatebank.com

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Best Florist 1. Bitterroot Flower Shop: 811 S. Higgins; 542-0309; bitterrootflowershop.net 2. Habitat Floral Studio: 211 N. Higgins; 543-0967; habitatfloralstudio.com 3. Flower Bed: 2405 McDonald Ave; 721-9233; flowerbedandgallery.com

Best Furniture Store 1. Wagner’s Home Furnishings: 916 SW Higgins; 728-3214; wagnershomefurnishings.com 2. Ashley Furniture: 3025 Paxson St; 542-2222; ashleyfurniture.com 3. Williams & Wegner: 1221 W. Kent; 549-8288

Best Hardware Store 1. Montana Ace: 2301 Brooks/Tremper's; 905 E. Broadway/Eastgate; 721-9690; montanaace.com 2. Lowe’s: 3100 N. Reserve; 329-1800; lowes.com 3. Home Depot: 2725 Radio Way; 523-0901; homedepot.com

Best Hobby/Craft Shop 1. Treasure Chest: 1612 Benton Ave; 549-7992 2. Michaels: 2850 N. Reserve; 542-0128; michaels.com 3. Bathing Beauties: 501 S. Higgins Ave; 543-0018; bathingbeauties.us

Best Home Accessories 1. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com 2. Pier 1 Imports: 2800 N. Reserve; 728-3347; pier1.com 3. Real Deals: 2036 Mullan Road; 830-3059; realdeals.net

Best Laundromat 1. Green Hanger: 146 Woodford; 960 E. Broadway; 728-1948 2. Sparkle Laundry: 812 S. Higgins; 721-5146 3. South Campus Laundry: 2301 S. Higgins; 721-2831

Best Lawyer 1. Paul Ryan (Paul Ryan & Associates): 218 E. Front #210; 542-2233; paulryanlaw.com 2. Martin Judnich (Judnich Law Office): 523 S. Orange St; 721-3354 3. Tie: Morgan Modine (Modine Law Office): 215 W. Broadway; 542-1111; modinelaw.com Milton Datsopoulos (Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind): 201 W. Main St. #201 728-0810; dmllaw.com

Best Lodging 1. Doubletree: 100 Madison; 728-3100; doubletree.com 2. C’Mon Inn: 2775 Expo Pkwy; 543-4600; cmoninn.com

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3. Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park: 200 S. Pattee; 721-8550; himissoula.com

Best Motorcycle/ ATV Dealer 1. Montana Harley Davidson: 5106 E. Harrier Dr; 721-2154; mtharley.com 2. Kurt’s Polaris: 2904 W. Broadway; 541-3651; kurtspolaris.com 3. Tie: Big Sky Motorsports: 2315 South Ave. W; 728-5341; bigskymotorsports.com Scooterville: 1706 Brooks; 721-9666; scootmt.com

Best New Car Dealer 1. Bitterroot Motors: 3943 Brooks; 251-2525; bitterrootmotors.com 2. Karl Tyler Chevrolet: 3663 N. Reserve; 721-2438; montanachevy.com 3. University Motors: 3600 S. Reserve; 721-4900; universitymotors.com

Best Pawn Shop 1. Liquid Assets: 434 N. Higgins; 542-6606 2. Downtown Pawn: 219 W. Broadway; 549-8622 3. Circle Square Second Hand Store: 519 N. Higgins; 549-3512; 2ndhand.com

Best Pet Care/Boarding 1. Quick Paws: 901 S. 2nd St. W; 721-1943; quickpaws.net 2. Dog Logic: 1200 Shakespeare St; 327-9663; nocagesmontana.com 3. Pruyn Veterinary Hospital: 2501 S. Russell; 829-8150

Best Pet Supplies 1. PetSmart: 2850 N. Reserve; 549-9188; petsmart.com 2. GoFetch!: 517 S. Higgins; 627 Woody St; 728-2275; gofetchdog.com 3. Pet Nebula: 2100 Stephens Ave; 541-9929; petnebulamissoula.com

Best Plant Nursery 1. Caras Nursery & Landscaping: 2727 S. 3rd St. W; 549-3242 2. Marchie’s: 1845 S. 3rd St. W; 542-2544 3. Pink Grizzly: 1400 Wyoming St; 728-3370

Best Ranch Supply Store 1. Quality Supply: 2801 W. Broadway; 549-2355; qualitysupply.com 2. Mountain West Co-op/Cenex: 4570 N. Reserve; 543-8383; cenexmt.com 3. Montana Ace: 2301 Brooks/Tremper's; 905 E. Broadway/Eastgate; 721-9690; montanaace.com

Best Real Estate Agent 1. Mindy Palmer (Prudential MT): 329-2055; mindypalmer.com

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2. Tie: Anne Jablonski (Windermere) 546-5816; movemontana.com Pat McCormick (Properties 2000): 728-8850; properties2000.com 3. KD Dickinson (Portico): 327-8787; homesbykd.com

Best Store for Home Appliances 1. Vann’s: 3623 Brooks; 728-5151; vanns.com 2. Sears: Southgate Mall; 523-3200; sears.com 3. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com

Best Store for Home Electronics 1. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com 2. Vann’s: 3623 Brooks 728-5151; vanns.com 3. Costco: 3220 N. Reserve; 721-1535; costco.com

Best Store for Musical Instruments 1. Morgenroth: 1105 W. Sussex; 549-0013; montanamusic.com 2. Electronic Sound & Percussion: 819 S. Higgins; 728-1117; espmusic.com 3. Outlaw Music: 724 Burlington Ave; 541-7533; outlawmusicguitarshop.com

Best Toy Store 1. Learning Tree: Southgate Mall; 543-0101; learningtreemontana.com 2. Tsunami: 101 S. Higgins Suite 4; 541-8699 3. Walking Stick Toys: 829 S. Higgins; 543-1179; walkingsticktoys.com

Best Used Car Dealer 1. Eide Motors: 3010 S. Reserve; 721-2323; eidemotorsmissoula.com 2. Sunshine Motors: 3309 W. Broadway; 728-2626; usedcarsmissoulamt.com 3. Jim's Cars: 1801 W. Broadway; 543-8269

Best Veterinarian 1. Minott Pruyn (Pruyn Veterinary Hospital): 2501 S. Russell; 829-8150 2. Sara Stephens (Alpine Veterinary): 500 S. 5th St. W; 728-4605 3. Sandy Moore (AnCare): 1440 S. Russell; 728-0408

Health & Wellness Best Chiropractor 1. Anthony Lambert (Lambert Family Chiropractic): 1320 S. 3rd St. W; 541-9355; missoulachiropractic.com 2. Shelby Smith (Vitality Chiropractic Clinic): 410 W. Spruce St; 549-0119 3. Shane Cutting (Water's Edge Chiropractic): 2419 Mullan Rd; 543-1955

Best Dentist 1. Ike Heaphy: 712 Kensington Ave; 543-8347

2. Terry Zahn: 690 SW Higgins; 728-0896 3. Susan Tiede: 1300 S. Reserve, Suite B; 541-7334

Best Doctor 1. Eric Ravitz: 610 N. California; 721-1646 2. Lar Autio: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600 3. Lisa Lovejoy: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600

Best Health Clinic 1. Blue Mountain Clinic: 610 N. California St; 721-1646; bluemountainclinic.org 2. Western Montana Clinic: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600; westernmontanaclinic.com 3. Cost Care: 1001 E. Broadway; 2819 Great Northern Loop; 721-5513; costcare.com

Best Massage Therapist 1. Willa Gingery: 544-5698; wmgmassage.iwantamassage.com 2. Scott Schweitz 3. Maura Buck: 531-9957

Best Optometrist 1. Kim Everingham (Rocky Mountain Eye Center): 700 W. Kent; 541-3937; rockymountaineyecenter.com 2. Sandy Sheppard: 700 South Ave. W. #G; 549-4851; eyefinity.com 3. Daniel Larsen (Rocky Mountain Eye Center): 700 W. Kent Ave; 728-3504

Best Physical Therapist 1. Angela Listug-Vap (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com 2. Brent Dodge (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com 3. Linsey Olson (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com

Best Bar to Hook Up 1. Stockman’s: 125 W. Front; 549-9668 2. Bodega: 221 Ryman; 549-0435 3. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com

Best Beer Selection 1. The Rhino: 158 Ryman; 721-6061 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 3. Kettlehouse: 602 Myrtle; 728-1660; kettlehouse.com

Best Bloody Mary 1. Last Run Inn at Snowbowl: 549-9777; montanasnowbowl.com 2. Sean Kelly’s: 130 W. Pine; 542-1471; seankellys.com 3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander

Best Casino 1. Silver Slipper Lounge & Casino: 4063 Hwy 93 S; 251-5402; silverslipperlounge.com 2. Flippers: 125 S. 3rd St. W; 721-4895 3. Lucky Lil’s: Multiple Locations; 721-5770

Best Happy Hour 1. Jakers: 3515 Brooks; 721-1312; jakers.com 2. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 3. The Bridge: 600 S. Higgins; 542-0002; bridgepizza.com

Best Karaoke Bar

Nightlife

1. Bowl Dog Lounge @ Westside Lanes: 1615 Wyoming St; 721-5263; missoulabowling.com 2. VFW Club: 245 W. Main; 728-7749 3. Harry David's 2700 Paxson St; 531-7800

Best Bar

Best LGBTI Scene

1. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander 2. James Bar: 127 W. Alder; 721-8158 3. Tie: Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com Charlie B’s: 428 N. Higgins; 549-3589

1. AmVets Club: 225 Ryman; 543-9174 2. Club Q @ Elks Lodge: 112 N. Pattee St; 549-0542 3. The Rhino: 158 Ryman; 721-6061

Best Bar for a Stiff Pour 1. Al’s & Vic’s: 119 W. Alder; 728-4804 2. Charlie B’s: 428 N. Higgins; 549-3589 3. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com

Best Martini 1. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 2. James Bar: 127 W. Alder; 721-8158 3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander

Best Place to Dance 1. Union Club: 208 E. Main; 728-7980 2. AmVets Club: 225 Ryman; 543-9174


3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235 myspace.com/thebadlander

Best Radio Station 1. Trail 103.3 2. KBGA 89.9 3. KUFM 89.1

Best Place to Hear Live Music 1. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander 2. Wilma Theatre: 131 S. Higgins; 728-2521; thewilma.com 3. Top Hat: 134 W. Front; 728-9865

3. Tie: Kesel's Four Rivers: 1522 S. Reserve; 721-4796; fourrivers.net Missoulian Angler Fly Shop: 401 S. Orange; 728-7766; missoulianangler.com

Best Store for Mountaineering Gear 1. Pipestone Mountaineering: 129 W. Front; 721-1670; pipestonemountaineering.com

Best Nonprofit Organization 1. The Poverello Center: 535 Ryman St; 728-1809; thepoverellocenter.org 2. YWCA: 1130 W. Broadway; 543-6691; ywcaofmissoula.org 3. Missoula Food Bank: 219 S. 3rd St. W; 549-0543; missoulafoodbank.org

Best Park

Best Pool Table

1. Caras 2. Bonner 3. Greenough

1. Palace Lounge: 147 W. Broadway; 542-5295 2. Flippers Casino: 125 S. 3rd St. W; 721-4895 3. Al’s & Vic’s: 119 W. Alder; 728-4804

People & Media

Best Place for Kids' Fun

Best TV Newscast

Best Golf Course

1. KPAX 2. KECI 3. KTMF

1. UM Golf Course: 515 South Ave. E; 728-8629; umt.edu/golf 2. Canyon River Golf Club: 1268 Bandmann Trail; 721-0222; canyonrivergolfclub.com 3. Larchmont: 3200 Fort Missoula Rd; 721-4416

Best TV Personality 1. Jill Valley 2. Mark Heyka 3. Heidi Meili

Best UM Professor 1. Garry Kerr 2. Garon “G-Whiz” Smith 3. David Firth

Best Activist 1. Ellie Hill: 2. Tie: Angela Goodhope Matthew Koehler 3. Matt Singer

Best Journalist 1. Tristan Scott 2. Michael Moore 3. Skylar Browning

Best Local Politician 1. John Engen 2. Jason Wiener 3. Jon Tester

Best Local Sports Figure 1. Monte the Bear 2. Colt Anderson 3. Joslyn Tinkle

Best Local Website 1. NewWest.net 2. Missoulian.com 3. EGriz.com

Best Meteorologist 1. Mark Heyka (KECI) 2. Russ Thomas (KPAX) 3. Jeff Kelly (KPAX)

Best Public Servant 1. John Engen 2. Donna Gauckler 3. Jim Lemke

Best Radio Personality 1. Tracy Lopez (Trail 103.3) 2. Shawn & Strip Club KC (96.3 The Blaze) 3. Craig & Al (KYSS 94.9)

1. Christ the King 2. Holy Spirit Episcopal Church Choir 3. South Hills Evangelical Church 1. Garden City Brewfest: Caras Park; Early May Annually 2. River City Roots Festival: Downtown; Late August Annually; rivercityrootsfestival.com 3. Out to Lunch: Caras Park; Every Wed, June - Aug; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1. Stockman’s: 125 W. Front; 549-9668 2. Oxford: 337 N. Higgins; 549-0117; the-oxford.com 3. Tie: Silver Slipper Lounge & Casino: 4063 Hwy 93 S; 251-5402; silverslipperlounge.com Silvertip Casino: 680 SW Higgins; 728-5643

1. The Press Box: 835 E. Broadway; 721-1212; pressboxsportsbar.com 2. Red’s: 217 Ryman; 728-9881; redsbar.net 3. Paradise Falls: 3621 Brooks; 728-3228; paradisefallsmissoula.com

Best Church Choir

Best Festival/Event

Best Poker Game

Best Sports Bar

Uniquely Missoula

Sports & Recreation Best Bike Shop 1. The Bike Doctor: 1101 Toole Ave; 721-5357 2. Open Road: 517 S. Orange; 549-2453; orbicycleandnordic.com 3. Missoula Bicycle Works: 708 S. Higgins; 721-6525; missoulabicycleworks.com

Best Bowling Alley 1. Westside Lanes: 1615 Wyoming St; 721-5263; missoulabowling.com 2. Five Valleys Bowl: 1515 Dearborn Ave; 549-4158

Best Health Club 1. The Women’s Club: 2105 Bow St; 728-4410; thewomensclub.com 2. Peak Health and Wellness: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com 3. Gold's Gym: 2425 W Central Ave # 100; 549-9181; goldsgym.com

Best Personal Trainer 1. Tom Mackenroth: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com 2. Kayla Johnson: 531-3926; tntmissoula.com 3. Laura Bender: 113 W. Main; 728-4395; bodiesbybender.com

Best Sporting Goods

1. The M 2. Rattlesnake 3. Blue Mountain

1. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 2. Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus: 2315 Brooks (Tremper); 721-5502; bradyssportsmansurplus.com 3. REI: 2230 N. Reserve #300; 829-0432; rei.com

Best Fishing Guide

Best Store for Guns

Best Day Hike

1. Stacy Jennings (Kingfisher): 370-4027 2. Chris Dombrowski 3. Kurt Long (Grizzly Hackle): 721-8996

Best Fly-fishing Shop 1. Grizzly Hackle: 215 W. Front; 721-8996; grizzlyhackle.com 2. The Kingfisher: 926 E. Broadway; 721-6141; kingfisherflyshop.com

2. Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus: 2315 Brooks (Tremper); 721-5502; bradyssportsmansurplus.com 2. Axmen South: 5175 Hwy 93 S; 251-3399; axguns.com 3. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com

2. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net 3. REI: 2230 N. Reserve #300; 829-0432; rei.com

Best Place for Paddle Sports Gear 1. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net 2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Pipestone Mountaineering: 129 W. Front; 721-1670; pipestonemountaineering.com

Best Place to get a Snowboard 1. Edge of the World: 618 S. Higgins; 721-7774; edgeoworld.com 2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Gull Ski Shop: 2601 W. Broadway; 549-5613; gullskishop.com

Best Store for Skis 1. Gull Ski Shop: 2601 W. Broadway; 549-5613; gullskishop.com 2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net

Best Yoga Instructor

1. Carousel for Missoula & Dragon Hollow: Caras Park; 101 Carousel Dr; 549-8382; carrousel.com 2. Splash MT: 3001 Bancroft St. S; 542-9283 3. Tie: The Children's Museum: 225 W. Front St; 541-7529; learnplayimagine.org Bonner Park: Ronald Ave. at Evans Ave.

Best Place to Take Outof-Towners 1. Farmers', People’s and Clark Fork Markets: Downtown Missoula; Seasonal; Sat. 8 a.m. –12 p.m. 2. The M trail 3. Downtown ToNight: Caras Park; Every Thurs. June - Aug; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Best Place for People Watching 1. Caras Park events 2. Southgate Mall 3. Farmers', People’s and Clark Fork Markets

Best Place to Walk Dogs 1. Jacob’s Island Bark Park 2. Blue Mountain 3. Kim Williams Trail

Best Place to Work 1. University of Montana 2. Poverello Center 3. Peak Health & Wellness

Best Public Restroom 1. Iron Horse 2. Florence Building 3. Southgate Mall

Best View 1. From The M/Mount Sentinel 2. At The Keep and Highland Golf Course 3. From the L/Mount Jumbo

1. Brian Baty: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com 2. Harriet Alterowitz: 2105 Bow St; 728-4410; thewomensclub.com 3. Jessica Lewis: 327 E. Broadway; 550-2267; downdogmissoula.com

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Downtown Missoula MISSOULA’S PLACE TO BE YOURSELF

217 Ryman St * 728-9881 HD CABLE & SATELLITE

MISSOULA’S SPORTS BAR SINCE 1952 KENO POKER POOL DirecTV Sports Pack NFL Sunday Ticket ESPN Game Plan Mega March Madness

11 Plasma TVs Montana’s Largest Football Helmet Collection MLB Extra Innings NBA League Pass ESPN Full Court NHL Center Ice

Open 3rd Saturday of each month 9PM- 2AM • Dancing • Pool Table • Full Bar

Special Events

See Elks Lodge (Basement) website for 112 N. Pattee (Side Entrance) • 728-6963 schedule WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CLUBQ1

Voted best place to dance in Missoula 9 years running!

Live Music Every Friday & Saturday Night * Never A Cover * Union owned 208 E. Main • 728-7980 & operated. 38

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This is Nowhere

Big Screen Country Must-see Missoula movies by Andy Smetanka othing beats seeing your city on the big screen in a feature film. It’s not so much the thrill of recognition as the swell of civic boosterism in your solar plexus, the thought of briefly showing off your hometown to the rest of the world. See? See? That’s where I live! As it happens, I’ve only ever lived in three cities (two of them in Montana), and only one of them—Helsinki, Finland—has 40 Missoula Independent Fresh Facts, 2009

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ever received anything approaching a Hollywood close-up. Missoula, to say nothing of Billings, is off the star map entirely— as evasive and chimerical in the movies as it is in literature. If you see Missoula in a movie, chances are that movie was made by someone who lives here, and other people who live here account for perhaps 90 percent of its total audience. Still, we’ve had a few moments in the sun, as you’ll learn from this sweeping

overview of Missoula movie lore. On film, as in life, Missoula is, after all, a place, sort of, with its own claims on fame, and failure, and a pedigree of homespun weirdness to rival any sister city. The burden of dreams is just as heavy here as in the hinterlands.

Early days Western Montana’s scenery has long attracted filmmakers. The first of them


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The first great era of Hollywood coming to western Montana for its own sake culminated in the early ’50s with rugged, manly fare like Red Skies of Montana (1952) and Timberjack (1955), the former of which premiered in Missoula three days before the rest of the world. Other Montanans didn’t wait for Hollywood to come knocking: strong, silent Gary Cooper was a Treasure Stater, as was red-haired knockout Myrna Loy, glimpsed as a showgirl in The Jazz Singer (1927), starring Al Jolson, one of the first talkies to play at the Wilma.

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may well have been Joseph Maddern, a Hollywood talent scout who breezed through Missoula in June 1921 looking for pretty vistas and pretty girls to film with his enormous boxy camera. Ostensibly scouting for the talent of tomorrow, Maddern spent a few days around town shooting scenic stuff and a few dramatic vignettes enacted onstage at the brandnew Wilma Theatre by a throng of starryeyed Missoula nymphets keening for a career in the flickers. Maddern developed the footage in his mobile laboratory and showed it to a curious public a few days later. Did he uncover any young starlets? Probably not. Whatever became of this footage? Possibly made into a locket, or perhaps blasted into a flock of real Montana geese the following autumn: old nitrate film was routinely sold by the ton to firms specializing in silver reclamation and munitions manufacture. 42 Missoula Independent Fresh Facts, 2009

Missoula flickered into the moviegoing consciousness again in 1993 with the release of A River Runs Through It, based upon the novel by Norman Maclean which famously declares: “The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from Missoula, Montana.” And lo, overnight our streams and rivers were filled with lawyers and stockbrokers, the shelves of our mercantiles emptied of floppy canvas hats. What those Hollywood bastards don’t want you to know, though, is that A River Runs Through It was filmed mostly around Bozeman and Livingston, not Missoula, just as Legends of the Fall (1994) was filmed in Alberta and British Columbia, not the Montana in which it purportedly takes place. I can kind of see Missoula looking too old, or rather too new, to play itself, but Montana? Whatever. Legends of the Fall is 70 percent Brad Pitt riding a horse with a sunset behind him, blond tresses flapping in the evening breeze. My video dealer claims I am the

fourth straight man to rent it from him in the past 10 years.

Tall tales Up until a couple of years ago, it was still relatively safe to intimate—as many Missoulians have done over the years—that Blue Velvet, Missoula-born director David Lynch’s ultra-creepy 1986 breakthrough feature, was based on events that actually took place in the Wilma Theatre. Well, not anymore: Lynch himself demolished this cherished bit of Missoula folklore in an interview for this very newspaper. He was born here, doesn’t remember much about it, end of story. But that’s just how thirsty for recognition we Missoulians are. If you want to brag about something, brag how the tranquillized bear bouncing off the trampoline in that virally popular YouTube clip was from Missoula. Totally true. That shit was on “Six Feet Under” and everything. While you’re knocking around YouTube, search “Missoula 1969” and watch the interesting (though badly washed-out) Super 8 time-lapse tour of Missoula by car 40 years ago. You’ll recognize, like, two things. Continued on page 46


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Video nasties Missoula has a strong documentary tradition. Even if you’re not a poetry fan, it’s worth checking out Kicking the Loose Gravel Home (1976), onetime filmmaker/longtime local writer Annick Smith’s profile of the late Richard Hugo, for its fabulous views of downtown Missoula 30 years ago. To do so, you’ll have to take out a library card. For fabulous views of early 21st century Missoula as seen from a Wal-Mart parking lot, rent the High Plains Films doc This Is Nowhere (2002), which examines the mobile community of RV campers who move from one Wal-Mart to the next. To appreciate how much Missoulians like to dress up in funny DIY costumes and party, pick up a VHS copy of Slaves of Missoula, a veritable who’s who-who of young

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against Great Falls at the ballpark by the river at 7 PM. Meet the people who will become your best friends for life—or who will cause you to flunk out by second semester—at Welcome Fest, the University of Montana’s back-to-school bash, from noon to 8 PM on the oval.


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Don’t let the end of summer slip away with eats and live music at Out to Lunch at Caras Park at 11 AM.

Break out the toilet paper rolls and Bounty—UM’s residence halls open today. The elite may meet at Al’s & Vic’s, but everyone—elite or otherwise—meets at Missoula’s Saturday morning markets. The Clark Fork River Market meets until 1 PM under the Higgins Avenue bridge, the Missoula Farmers’ Market gathers until noon near the XXXXs at the end of Higgins and the Missoula Saturday Market with arts and crafts and other things goes until 1 PM on Pine Street. Make sure to stretch before the Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run, which triggers the starting gun at 9 AM at the Sport Center. Visit www.whitefish sportcenter.com/forms to register. If you want to go from geek to Greek, then consider joining one of UM’s fraternities or sororities. Greek recruitment begins today at the University Center. The fourth annual River City Roots Festival—a free concert and arts celebration on Main Street— kicks off at 12:30 with music from Cash for Junkers, Reverend Slanky

You’re not having a flashback. That’s just Bob Weir and Ratdog visiting the Wilma Theatre for an 8 PM concert.

Thu. 27 Aug. Party under the white canopy as Caras Park hosts an outdoor happy hour with DownTown Tonight, featuring live music, food and drinks at 5:30 PM.

Fri. 28 Aug. U M President George Dennison tells it like it is during his annual state of the university address at 10 AM in UM’s Montana Theatre inside the PARTV Center. Few fundraisers are as much fun as MUD’s Annual Garden Party, featuring a tribute to the group’s revitalized workshop series and all its upcoming site renovations—plus music, food and drinks. 5 PM at the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project headquarters on Phillips Street. Visit www.mud project.org.

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and Great American Taxi. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Good times can be had up north, as well—the Whitefish Mountain Brewfest offers samples of eight beers—and food— beginning at 3 PM. $20. Summer isn’t over until the boys of summer strike out. The Missoula Osprey take on Great Falls at the ballpark by the river at 7 PM.

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The fourth annual River City Roots Festival—a free concert and arts celebration on Main Street— continues at 11:15 AM with music from Hot Buttered Rum and Trampled by Turtles. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Catch noted author Rick Bass as he reads from and signs copies of his latest, The Wild Marsh, at Fact & Fiction downtown at 7 PM. Free.

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Wed. 2 Sept. If you didn’t spend your entire allowance on Marilyn Manson tickets, check out a subtler vibe with G. Love and Special Sauce at the Wilma Theatre at 8 PM.

Thu. 3 Sept. Need a job? Check out the Indy’s classifieds section or stroll down to the University Center Ballroom for UM’s Employment Job Fair from 9 AM to 3 PM. Whitefish art galleries swing open their doors for First Thursdays, beginning at 5 PM. The Wilma Theatre continues its incredible—and diverse—run of concerts with “American Idol” heartthrob David Cook at 8 PM.

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Find free food, free drinks and free culture—but you have to pay to take it home—during Missoula’s First Friday Art Walk, happening at galleries and museums across town. Summer isn’t over until the boys of summer strike out. The Missoula Osprey open a two-game series against Great Falls at the ballpark by the river at 7 PM. Indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse return to the Wilma Theatre at 9 PM. $35/$40 day of show.

Sat. 5 Sept. The elite may meet at Al’s & Vic’s, but everyone—elite or otherwise—meets at Missoula’s Saturday morning markets. The Clark Fork River Market meets until 1 PM under the Higgins Avenue bridge, the Missoula Farmers’ Market gathers until noon near the XXXXs at the end of Higgins and the Missoula Saturday Market with arts and crafts and other things goes until 1 PM on Pine Street. Pay homage to Chase Reynolds, Marc Marioni, Bobby Hauck and Monte by screaming your head off, painting your face maroon and silver and, maybe, drinking a half-dozen beers before noon. Attend the Griz season opener against Western State in Washington- Grizzly Stadium at 1 PM.

Sun. 6 Sept. Summer isn’t over until the boys of summer strike out. The Missoula Osprey open a season-ending fourgame series against Billings at the ballpark by the river at 7 PM.

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The Beckham experiment may have failed, but that doesn’t mean UM’s soccer team doesn’t have the chemistry to succeed. See them bend it like the superstar against UC Davis at 5 PM at the South Campus Stadium. Save room for The Taste of Whitefish, which features fine cuisine from more than 20 Whitefish restaurants, as well as beer from the Great Northern Brewing Company, a wine tasting and non-alcoholic beverages, beginning at 5:30 PM at the O’Shaughnessy Center. $40. Those melodic bleeps and blips you hear aren’t your imagination—it’s just the Mountain Computer Music Festival at the UM Music Recital Hall. Today and tomorrow at 7:30 PM.

Fri. 11 Sept. Tall women in really long socks take charge today and tomorrow during the Montana Volleyball Tournament, featuring UM, SMU, North Dakota and Arizona State. Games start at 10 AM in the West Auxiliary Gym. Stay thirsty, my friends: The 10th Annual Maverick Brewfest kicks off at 4 PM at Caras Park, featuring more than 40 local microbrews. $10. Award-winning PBS documentary Butte, America screens at the Wilma Theatre at 7 PM. Stick

around for a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guest Pat Williams. $10. Stare at the stars—and actually learn about what you’re looking at—during a Blue Mountain Observatory Public Observing Night at approximately 10 PM.

Sat. 12 Sept. The elite may meet at Al’s & Vic’s, but everyone—elite or otherwise—meets at Missoula’s Saturday morning markets. The Clark Fork River Market meets until 1 PM under the Higgins Avenue bridge, the Missoula Farmers’ Market gathers until noon near the XXXXs at the end of Higgins and the Missoula Saturday Market with arts and crafts and other things goes until 1 PM on Pine Street. Raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Meet at the UM Oval at 10 AM. Take a deep breath and enjoy Missoula’s most pungent—er, we mean, sustainable—festival when Hempfest takes over Caras Park. The Beckham experiment may have failed, but that doesn’t mean UM’s soccer team doesn’t have the chemistry to succeed. See them bend it like the superstar against BYU at noon at the South Campus Stadium.


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Call it counter-programming when Songs of Montana, featuring Shane Clouse, John Floridis, Jess Kilroy, Tom Catmull and Bob Wire benefits the International Wildlife Film Festival. Check out the intimate who’s-who showcase of singer-songwriters at the Wilma Theatre at 7 PM. $15/$10 students. Stare at the stars—and actually learn about what you’re looking at—during a Blue Mountain Observatory Public Observing Night at approximately 10 PM. Free.

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Missoula favorite Greg Brown returns for an evening of old favorites at the University Theatre at 8 PM. Visit www.griztix.com for ticket information.

The second annual Pedal Festival may be happening today, but you’ll have to check out the weekly issue of the Indy for more information—it’s all TBA as of press time.

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Pay homage to Chase Reynolds, Marc Marioni, Bobby Hauck and Monte by screaming your head off, painting your face maroon and silver and, maybe, drinking a half-dozen beers before noon, and attend the Griz game against Portland State in Washington- Grizzly Stadium at 1 PM. Guitar hero Keller Williams brings his fingerpickin’ skills to the Wilma Theatre at 8 PM.

Sun. 20 Sept. Sit back and soak in the docile tones of the String Orchestra of the Rockies during its opening gala concert at the University Theatre at 8 PM. Didn’t get your fill of fresh produce on Saturday in Missoula? Visit the D o w n t o w n Fa r m e r s ’ Market in Whitefish every Tue. night at 5 PM on the north end of Central Avenue.

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Tue. 6 Oct. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen when UM’s Department of Drama and Dance stages Brighton Beach Memoirs, opening at 7 PM in the Montana Theatre inside the PARTV Center. Runs through Sat., Oct. 17.

Wed. 7 Oct. Drink lots of tea to prepare for Yell Night! The Grizzly Growl Pep Rally gets off to a screaming start at 8 PM on the Oval.

Fri. 9 Oct. See whose acceptance speech lasts the longest at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony, part of UM’s Homecoming festivities, at 6 PM at the University Center Ballroom. Free. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Northern Arizona at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym. Slow dance like it’s 1959, or 1969, or—well, you get the point—during an Alumni Reunion and


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When he’s not rockin’ the suburbs, this handsome tickler of the ivories—aka Ben Folds—flashes a knowing glance to the Garden City. Fall victim to his charm when he visits the Wilma Theatre Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 PM. $29.50 plus fees.

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The Beckham experiment may have failed, but that doesn’t mean UM’s soccer team doesn’t have the chemistry to succeed. See them bend it like the superstar against Weber State at 1 PM at the South Campus Stadium.

Thu. 15 Oct. Start with: “Can you give me a job?” when UM’s Office of Career Services hosts Ask-an-Alum Career Leadership Luncheon at 12:30 PM in the University Center.

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star against Weber State at 1 PM at the South Campus Stadium.

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If there’s one knock against the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River and Gone, Montana Festival of the Book—and, just Baby, Gone) and George Pelecanos to be clear, we’re knit-picking a pretty (Hell to Pay, as well as writing and fantastic, mostly free event—it’d be that producing HBO’s “The Wire”) as the same cast of characters tend to they help pay tribute to local favorite J i m C r u m l e y, headline every who died last year. Not that WHAT: Montana Festival of the Book September at there’s anything the age of 68. wrong with WHEN: Thu., Oct. 22 - Sat., Oct. 24 Finally, some James Lee local favorites Burke, Ivan WHERE: Venues throughout Montana appear on the Doig, Rick Bass HOW MUCH: Mostly free, with some paid heels of new or any of our events releases, includother prolific ing Dick Mannlocal writers, but seeing the occasional new face ing, Kevin Canty and Maile Meloy. wouldn’t hurt the event. The Montana Festival of the Book That’s why we had to do a doubletake when checking out this year’s announced lineup, which is bursting with first-timers. It starts with NPR darling and satirist extraordinaire David Sedaris—author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and pictured above—and his Wilma Theatre performance on Friday night. (Note: Tickets for this run $36.) Then catch celebrated crime fiction writers

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has always delivered thoughtful workshops, readings and panel discussions in an intimate and informal setting—a festival where meeting your favorite author can be as easy as saying, “Howdy.” This year, it’s simply taken that formula and added an exciting new chapter. Skylar Browning

The elite may meet at Al’s & Vic’s, but everyone—elite or otherwise—meets at Missoula’s Saturday morning markets. The Clark Fork River Market meets until 1 PM under the Higgins Avenue bridge, the Missoula Farmers’ Market gathers until noon near the XXXXs at the end of Higgins and the Missoula Saturday Market with arts and crafts and other things goes until 1 PM on Pine Street. Pay homage to Chase Reynolds, Marc Marioni, Bobby Hauck and Monte by screaming your head off, painting your face maroon and silver and, maybe, drinking a half-dozen beers before noon. Attend the Griz game against Eastern Washington in Wa s h i n g t o n - G r i z z l y Stadium at 1 PM. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Sacramento State at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym. Continued on page 76


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the $$-$$$…$15.00 and over Ciao Mambo 541 S. Higgins Ave. 543-0377 Ciao Mambo, at the end of the Hip Strip on 4th and Higgins, serves up fresh, classic, immigrant style Italian food seven days a week. Terrific service and an extensive domestic and Italian wine list makes Ciao Mambo a hit for any occasion. Dinner only, and take out service available. Ciaomambo.com or 543-0377. Curley's 2915 Brooks (next to Southgate Mall on the 93 strip) 721-4133 Curley’s is a locally owned and operated Steak and Seafood house that takes pride in our homemade meals and fresh atmosphere. At Curley’s we take the time to make sure each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients and with the finest quality. Come in and enjoy our full bar and vast array of menu items. www.curleys broiler.com. The Higgins Alley 424 Higgins • 721-7757 The Higgins Alley, located downtown, is a new interpretation on a Missoula tradition offering an

exceptional variety of authentic Italian dishes sure to suit even the most discerning palates. Every attempt is made to create delicious quality meals at reasonable prices. With our house made sauces, breads, pastas & fresh mozzarella, we strive to create the freshest dining experience possible in downtown Missoula. Jakers 3515 Brooks St. 721-1312 www.jakers.com Every occasion is a celebration at Jakers. Enjoy our two-for-one Happy Hour throughout the week in a fun, casual atmosphere. Hungry? Try our hand-cut steaks, small plate menu and our vegetarian & gluten free entrees. For reservations or take out, call 721-1312. Pearl Café & Bakery 231 E. Front St. 541-0231 Country French specialties, bison, elk, fresh fish daily, delicious salads and appetizers. Breads and desserts baked in-house. Reservations recommended for the warm & inviting dining areas, or drop in for a quick bite in the wine bar. Now, you may go to our website Pearlcafe.US to make reservations or buy gift certificates; while there check out our gorgeous wedding and specialty cakes. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00.

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Red Bird Restaurant & Wine Bar 111 N. Higgins Ave. 549-2906 A hidden culinary treasure in the Historic Florence Hotel. Treat yourself to a sensuous dining experience, service, cuisine and ambiance delivered with creative and elegant detail. Seasonal menus featuring the freshest ingredients. Wine bar open Monday - Saturday, 5:00 - 10:30. Enter through the Florence Building lobby. Sushi Hana Bar & Japanese Cuisine 549-7979 Corner of Pine & Higgins Located in beautiful downtown Missoula, serving traditional Japanese cuisine and exquisite sushi. Sushi Hana offers a variety of traditional and local favorites, including nigiri-sushi, maki-sushi rolls and sashimi. In addition, we offer tempura, teriyaki and appetizers with a delicious assortment of sauces. Expanded selection of sakes, beer and wine. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. $-$$…$5-$15.00 $-$$…$5-$15.00 Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, cal-

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the zone, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a "biga" (pronounced bee-ga) which is a time-honored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses local products and the freshest produce as well as artisan meats and cheeses. Featuring seasonal menus. Lunch & dinner. Beer & wine. Mon-Sat. Caffè Dolce (2 locations) Brooks & Beckwith; Southgate Mall Caffè Dolce is an Italian café, bakery, restaurant, and wine bar, serving great food with informal flare in two Missoula locations. The evening service at the neighborhood location features handmade pasta, artisan pizza, seasonal entrees, and an extensive selection of wine and beer. Passionate about local, organic, and delicious. Cold Stone Creamery Across from Costco on Reserve by TJ Maxx & Ross 549-5595 Cold Stone Creamery, the ultimate ice cream experience! Our smooth and creamy ice cream is made fresh daily using our secret recipe. Come in for our weekday specials. Get $5 off ice cream cakes with your business card. Get gift cards any time.

Treat yourself to a 10-minute vacation at Cold Stone Creamery. El Diablo 1429 S. Higgins 728-9529 Dedicated to high quality food with flavor, El Diablo prepares all ingredients daily on-site. Picky eaters? Customize your burrito or taco by selecting your favorite meat (or veggies), beans, cheese, and salsa. Enjoy lunch or dinner for under $10. Locally owned and operated. Open 11-9 Mon-Sat. Food For Thought 540 Daly Ave 721-6033 Missoula’s “original” coffeehouse/ cafe located across from the U of M campus. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Also serving cold sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods and an espresso bar ‘til close. Mon thru Thurs 7am - 8pm Fri & Sat 7am - 4pm Sun 8am - 8pm. www.thinkfft.com Pizza Pipeline 630 S. Higgins 721-7500 At Pizza Pipeline we use only fresh, never frozen, pizza dough that is made on-site daily,

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as well as the freshest veggies that we hand-cut each day. Stop in between 10a.m & 4p.m. When all slices are $1. Open late Sun.-Thurs. 10a.m.-1a.m. Fri. & Sat. 10a.m.-2a.m.

Red Robin 2901 Brooks Street 406.830.3170 www.redrobin.com Half the price, twice the fun! Halfy Hour at the Southgate Mall Red Robin®! Half price bar drinks Monday – Friday, 4-6 p.m. and Monday – Saturday, 9-10 p.m. Enjoy a drink with one of our insanely delicious gourmet burgers and bottomless steak fries. Or, snack on one of our shareable starters with friends!

Uptown Diner 120 N. Higgins 542-2449 Step into the past at this ‘50s s t y l e d o w n t o w n d i n e r. Breakfast is served all day. Daily lunch specials. All soups, including our famous tomato soup, are made from scratch. Voted best milkshakes in Missoula for 14 straight years. Great Food, Great Service, Great Fun!! Monday - Sunday 8a.m. - 3p.m.

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Restaurant & Wine Bar 549-2906 • 111 N. Higgins • Missoula www.redbirdrestaurant.com

Casual Dining in our Wine Bar Monday - Saturday •5pm Live music on Mondays • 7-10pm Intimate Dining in our Restaurant Tuesday - Saturday • 5pm

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Voted14Best Milkshake years in a row! Great Service! Great Food! Great Fun! Breakfast Served All Day! 120 N Higgins Open 3-8pm 7 days a week Call 542-2449 For To-Go Orders!

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the $…$5 & under under $…$5 and Bagels On Broadway 223 West Broadway (across from courthouse) 728-8900 Featuring over 25 sandwich selections, 20 bagel varieties, & 20 cream cheese spreads. Also a wide selection of homemade soups, salads and desserts. Gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, and frappes. Ample seating; free wi-fi. Free downtown delivery (week-days) with $10.00 min. order. Call ahead to have your order ready for you! Open 7 days a week. Voted one of top 20 bagel shops in country by internet survey.

ice cream and sorbet. We have cones, shakes, sundaes, specialties, and pints and quarts to take home. Open daily. Junga Juice 1132 SW Higgins In Russell Square 830-3231 Junga Juice offers premium fruit and vegetable smoothies, juices and espresso drinks and an adventure that will keep you wanting more. Go wild…Get healthy with a nutritional Jolt you choose to meet your needs. Try Amazing Grass, Zrii, Acai, Natrual Vitality or Nutrisoda. Meet the NEW OWNER. Open 7-7.

Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West 728-1358 Where Myrtle Avenue ends at Bernice's, a tiny bakery sits as a veritable landmark to those who enjoy homestyle baked goods, strong coffee, community, and a variety of delicious treats. Join us for lunch if you'd like. Crazy delicious. Crazy cheap. 30 years and still baking. Open every day 6AM to 8PM.

Loose Caboose 2420 W Broadway; 2810 Brooks; 3075 N Reserve; 6149 Mullan Rd; Clark Fork River Market; Love your local latte at any one of our five locations. Enjoy award-winning coffee made by our friendly staff on your way to work, on errands, or on your way to play. Drive in, and sip and smile for miles and miles.

Big Dipper Ice Cream Corner of 5th and Higgins 543-5722 Big Dipper Ice Cream serves Missoula's favorite home-made

Outlaw Subs 2325 S. Higgins Ave. 830-3153 Enjoy great hot baked & cold subs and soups. Featuring a

Innovative and Traditional featuring: organic montana flour fresh, local ingredients seasonal menus artisan meats and cheeses on site beer & wine

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variety of breads, meats, cheese, sauces & spreads as well as various additions to build a delicious sub. Open Monday - Saturday 10am -10pm, Sunday 11am - 7pm www.outlawsubs.com. Red's Bar 217 S. Ryman www.redsbar.net 728-9881 Missoula’s Sports Bar since 1952, Red’s is the perfect place to watch the game on one of our eleven flat-screen TVs. Featuring ESPN GamePlan, NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, Mega March Madness, ESPN Full Court, and NHL Center Ice, Red’s is any sports fan’s dream.

In thebitterroot Bitterroot River Rising Bakery 337 Main St. Hamilton 363-4552 Hamilton's newest bakery, deli, and espresso bar. Serving all butter pastries, delicious and nutritious muffins, cream scones, and delectable desserts. Or choose from our selection of home-made soups, salads, and sandwiches found nowhere else. Open 6:30am5:30pm Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm Saturday, 8:00am-2:00pm Sunday. Weekday local business lunch delivery available 9:00am1:00pm. $-$$

Looking for fresh food and a great atmosphere? Curley's Broiler has what you are looking for! A variety of menu items. Appetizers, sandwiches, salads, wraps & burgers

Nightly Dinner Specials Featuring thick cut steaks & premium seafood

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Wed. 21 Oct. Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, presents a free public reading at 7:30 PM in UM’s Montana Theatre inside the PARTV Center. Ben Folds takes a break from rockin’ the suburbs

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Thu. 22 Oct. One of the area’s best page-turners, the Montana Festival of the Book, kicks off at venues across town, beginning today. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Festivals abound when the sixth annual Montana CINE International—a film festival hosted by the International Wildlife Film Festival—begins at the Roxy Theatre with screenings at 6 PM. Runs through Sat., Oct. 24.

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Fri. 23 Oct. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Montana State at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym.

Mon. 26 Oct. Step into the Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression, inside the University Center all day. Free. Plan for your future—and avoid classes before

noon—when Spring 2010 registration opens.

Tue. 27 Oct. UM Drama and Dance stages Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary take on the classic myth of Orpheus in Eurydice, which runs in t h e M a s q u e r Th e a t r e inside the PARTV Center at 7:30 PM through Nov. 7. UM Opera Theatre hits the high notes with a performance tonight and tomorrow night inside the Music Recital Hall at 7:30 PM.

Thu. 29 Oct. Listen closely during UM’s Day of Dialogue, a campus-wide symposium focused on the topics of race, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, employment hierarchy and academic discipline.

Fri. 30 Oct. For the love of Betsy, clean up your dorm room and comb your hair—Family Weekend kicks off today and the ’rents will want to

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When popular folk singer-songwriter Greg Brown plays Missoula, he closes his eyes and pictures the entire crowd naked. Strut your stuff for him Friday, Sept. 17, at 8PM in the University Theatre.

see you on your best behavior. The Beckham experiment may have failed, but that doesn’t mean UM’s soccer team doesn’t have the chemistry to succeed. See them bend it like the superstar against Eastern Washington at 4 PM at the South Campus Stadium. Yep, Montana has its own vineyards and wineries— and they ain’t bad. See for yourself during the Western Montana Wine Festival at the Holiday Inn Parkside, starting at 7 PM. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Portland State at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym.

Sat. 31 Oct. Pay homage to Chase Reynolds, Marc Marioni, Bobby Hauck and Monte by screaming your head off, painting your face maroon and silver and, maybe, drinking a halfdozen beers before noon. Attend the Griz game against Weber State in Washington- Grizzly Stadium at 1 PM. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Eastern Washington at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym.

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Thu. 12 Nov. I can just hear the booming sounds of “Carol of the Bells” now. Mannheim Steamroller rolls into the Adams Center for a 7:30 PM concert. Visit www.griztix.com.

Fri. 13 Nov. Tall women in really long socks take charge when UM’s volleyball team faces off against Sacramento State at 7 PM in the West Auxiliary Gym.

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Sat. 21 Nov. Good things come from far away places when the Moscow Ballet struts its stuff at the University Theatre at 7:30 PM. Visit www.griztix.com.

Thu. 25 Nov. Gobble, gobble, gobble. Hit the road, kids—or at least shack up with some local friends for the start of Thanksgiving vacation.

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