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Missoula, Montana
Executive Editor, The Missoula Independent

Editor of the Missoula Independent. Bananas about sports (MT & DC), politics and movies. And local food. And local music. You get the idea.

Wait a second, what’s different about my printed Indy?

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — First off, thanks for asking. We're glad you noticed. This week's Indy debuts a new trim size. It also features an overall improvement in print quality, as evidenced by the color and crispness in our photos, graphics and ads. We're pretty excited about the latter but realize you may have questions about the former.

An intense dance movie for dancers - and non-dancers (honest)

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — click to enlarge Tension-filled movies don't always involve undercover spies or phone calls from inside the house. Sometimes, all it takes is a young dancer/choreographer gaining the biggest break of his career, creating an original ballet for one of the world's most prominent companies, and bringing it to one of New York City's most prestigious stages in two short months.

Memory fails | The Arts | Missoula Independent

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — When Wim Wenders' film Don't Come Knocking had its Montana premiere in Butte in late March, the debut was pretty big news around the state. And it deserved the attention-Wenders shot the majority of the beautiful-looking film in the historic mining city, and the project boasted some weighty Hollywood names, including writer and star Sam Shepard and actors Jessica Lange, Tim Roth and Gabriel Mann.

My bet with Gov. Schweitzer

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Gov. Brian Schweitzer made international headlines last week when he referred to "jackasses" in Washington, D.C., holding up the Keystone XL pipeline. Buried in the same interview, below the governor's colorful commentary of Beltway bureaucrats and a funny description of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he said he'd bet cold hard cash that the pipeline would be built.

MovieMaker magazine suggests all the moviemakers move to Missoula

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — click to enlarge For once it's not Outside magazine listing the Garden City among the best places to live. No, this time MovieMaker magazine has listed Missoula among the top five towns for moviemakers to live and work. It's hard to confine all that's going on in the Big Sky town of Missoula in this space...

Happiest Hour: Come Here Often?

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — click to enlarge What it is: A new book edited by Sean Manning that features 53 writers raising a glass to their favorite watering hole. Why it matters: Kevin Canty pays homage to Eddie's Club, the esteemed Missoula establishment now home to Charlie B's.

Dying to go green

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Every year, traditional burials put 30 million board feet of casket wood, 1.6 million tons of concrete from burial vaults, more than 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid and 90,000 tons of steel from caskets into the ground. Whatever happened to just naturally returning to the earth?

Happiest Hour: Montana Brewery Passport

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — click to enlarge What it is: A way to track your travels to the state's nearly 50 breweries, and have fun while doing it. The passport works like, well, a passport. Visit a brewery, order a beer and get your passport marked with an official Montana Brewery Passport stamp.

Happiest Hour: Wildwood’s Krumholz Ale

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — What it is: A new Bavarian-style dark wheat beer from Stevensville's Wildwood Brewing. The first batch of this seasonal selection was tapped in early June and then canned a few weeks later. Wait, Wildwood already brews a wheat beer: Why, yes, it does.

This time, it's personal

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Before James Lee Burke even sits down for an interview, the stories begin. He's talking about school shootings and Joyce Brothers and suicide and generational nostalgia and Benny Goodman. Over the course of an hour, once the interview starts in earnest, the conversation ranges from Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson's change-up to rapper Snoop Dogg.
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Apr 18, 2015

@kettlemt Not a lot of good dance available streaming, but highly recommend Piña, which is on Netflix Instant. Wim Wenders directs.

Apr 16, 2015

The Alaska-bound wolverine who chewed through his aluminum-lined crate at Newark Airport and almost escaped. adn.com/article/201504…

Apr 15, 2015

Really enjoyed this column by @ANerbovig on Kaimin changes. I'd vote for the fee increase if I could. montanakaimin.com/opinion/editor…

Apr 15, 2015

Collective Soul is playing Ennis, Montana in mid-July in a festival called Moods of the Madison.

Apr 14, 2015

As sad as I am about this being the last @TotalFestMT I'm more grateful for all the hard work put in by volunteer organizers over the years.

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