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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.

Memory fails | The Arts | Missoula Independent — 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 — 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 — 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? — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

Perfect mess | Books | Missoula Independent — Fourth of July Creek marks Smith Henderson's debut novel, but millions of Americans are already familiar with the former Missoula resident's work. In 2012, Henderson shared writing credit for the Chrysler commercial starring Clint Eastwood, titled "Halftime in America," that appeared during the Super Bowl.

Happiest Hour: The Caipirinha — What you're drinking: A Brazilian cocktail currently receiving a ton of attention as that country hosts the World Cup. We've seen it featured on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," ESPN's soccer pre-game show and a zillion other places leading up to the tournament. What it is: Super easy to make.
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Feb 27, 2015

The last film Leonard Nimoy directed, Holy Matrimony, was filmed in Montana & starred Oscar winner Patricia Arquette.…

Feb 27, 2015

RT @ArtWittich: @DangerBrooks Point taken. Our focus wasn't on welfare Moms, but DPHHS Mgt and reform. We should look into Deadbeat Dads too. #mtpol #mtleg

Feb 24, 2015

RT @NWSMissoula: 11pm: Yes, we have had confirmed reports of a meteor sighting here in #Missoula just minutes ago. What you saw was correct! #mtwx

Feb 22, 2015

Celebrating the Oscars (and my son's sixth birthday) by eating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Feb 22, 2015

RT @Esquiremag: The real miracle is that Wes Anderson made a thing called "The Grand Budapest Hotel" before The Decemberists did.

Feb 22, 2015

Thank you @StP_BrokenBones. Being able to see what you do and how you do it at @tophatmissoula was something special.

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