Missoula rockers Cosmic Sans get ambitious with new album and festival booking

While Missoula-based Cosmic Sans may boast a whimsical name, the self-described “Western psych” five-piece brings big goals and professionalism to its craft. In late March, the five-piece will perform two sets at Boise’s Treefort Festival, and in April the group will release its second full-length album, “Psychedelicatessen,” via the small Missoula label Drag Bunt Records.…

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‘What did you do in the war?’

“Return,” about a retired Green Beret who embarks on a trip from Billings back to Vietnam, screens at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on Sunday, Feb. 19. Produced and directed by Billings-based filmmakers Pete Tolton and Stan Parker, the documentary is set against the backdrop of the complex context of the Vietnam War, but…

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The plight of Bozeman’s homeless people

Like an increasing number of Bozeman residents, Belinda and Steven Ankney live out of a vehicle. The couple of 13 years has been living in a trailer parked in a series of spots around Bozeman for two and a half years and has been working to get into a more permanent home that entire time.…


Apartment boom, development debates persist in Great Falls

Tensions ran high in Great Falls city commission chambers this week, sparked by a proposal to greenlight the latest — and biggest — project in the city’s recent apartment boom. After a tense and at times haphazard public hearing Tuesday evening, the Planning Advisory Board and Zoning Commission recommended changing the city’s zoning map to…


‘Transilience’ on display

After a statewide call to artists in 2022, nine people were selected to participate in “Transilience,” which will be exhibited at Helena’s Holter Museum of Art in tandem with “Transcend,” featuring large-scale painted portraits by Rae Senarighi that celebrate transgender, two spirit, and nonbinary individuals.

Helena LGBTQ Drag Story Hour to proceed as planned, despite threats

An annual Drag Story Hour event for children is scheduled to take place as planned in Helena this weekend during one of Montana’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations, even as law enforcement organizations track threats against the event posted online by a self-proclaimed member of the Oath Keepers, a national anti-government militia group.