Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 10:00 AM
Two Days of STEAM
Wise Wonders Children's Museum – Where does your liver go? What about your pinnia or glabella? The human body is so complicated! Luckily, Wise Wonders will help you map it out this Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Make your own body map with creative materials!
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Love Your Locals: Ballroom Open House
1111 Presents – All Ages/General Admission 6PM - 8PM Info available at: • www.thepubstation.com *************************** Get to know the Pub Station Ballroom, now booking for private event rentals (weddings, private parties, conventions, trade shows, etc.). Owner Sean Lynch will be on site to answer questions and inquiries.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:30 PM
Staged reading and discussion
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts – A reception and staged reading of the "play within a play" scene from The Weight of an Infinite Sky, followed by discussion and book signing.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 5:00 PM
Guess who's back? Back again!
Hooligan's Sports Bar – This will be the first time I've performed my fun little glorified campfire solo acoustic sing-along show in at least 3 years! Come help me break back into the music scene at Hooligans Friday, February 23rd! I'll be doing many of the fun songs I used to do, but I have also been working up some new pop tracks. Come early to get a seat, enjoy happy hour from 4-6 and continue the party with me until 7. I'd love to see you all there and help get the KPT train rollin!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 5:30 PM
2017 Montana Jaycees Year End Convention
Montana Jaycees – Come join us for the 2017 Montana Jaycees Year End Convention. Friday night we will be hosting competitions, networking and ending the night with our Retro Pinball Glow-in-the-Dark Party at the Monte. Follow the Find Tickets link below for Online Registration. Link for a Paper Mail in Registration: http://www.billingsjaycees.org/uploads/1/1/3/7/113725721/2017_montana_jaycees_year_end_convention_info___registration_form.pdf
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM
Date Night
Emmanuel Baptist Church – It's been too long since you've been on your last great date. Take advantage of childcare and a fun date resource that includes great conversation starters and creative tools to make the night memorable (available when you drop your kids off). We want to provide you and your spouse a great excuse to spend some time together and reconnect. Registration is required through our website (follow the link provided) so we can adequately care for your children while you're away. Available for birth - 5th grade. Sign up ends February 18. Showing interest on Facebook DOES NOT register you for childcare.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 6:30 PM
Snowman Party
Billings Public Library – Join us for a snowman craft, snowman snacks a the movie Frozen!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM
Whitey Morgan, Alex Williams at Pub Station Ballroom
1111 Presents – All Ages/General Admission 7PM Doors/8PM Show Tickets available at: • ticketf.ly/2FbjmLz • www.thepubstation.com • Pub Station Box Office…2502 First Avenue North(on the 25th Street side of the building)…Billings, MT (Mon-Fri 9AM to 5PM) • Pub Station…2502 First Avenue North…Billings, MT (Mon-Sat 4PM to close) • 1-877-987-6487 ******************** The history of country music has no shortage of characters hit by hard luck: the hard-working man who can't seem to make ends meet, the heart-of-gold drunk who just can't seem to put down the bottle, the woman who wants to do right but ends up, time and again, doing wrong. No matter the tragedies at the center of the songs, in most cases those characters come off like just that -- characters; inventions of either a particularly gifted songwriter looking to spin a tall tale or a lazy one looking to pad out an album. But in the case of Whitey Morgan, those characters -- the drinker, the troublemaker, the struggling, hard-working man -- all seem arrestingly real. That's largely because the stories on Sonic Ranch -- a big, nasty, whiskey-slugging, bare-knuckle bruiser of a country record -- are pulled from Morgan's own back pages. A native of the economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, Morgan practically bleeds straight into each of the album's 10 songs, making for a kind of rough-and-tumble honky-tonk noir record that can pack the dance floor while doing Bukowski proud. Morgan opens the record at a loss -- "I gave up on Jesus/ When momma gave up on me/ So much for the family life/ It's just me and the whiskey," he growls in the album's opening moments -- and spends the rest of it fighting to keep the rest from being wrenched away, bottle by his side, fists clenched. "If I'm going down tonight," he defiantly sings, "I'm going down drinkin.'" Credit most of the album's fighting spirit to Morgan's childhood in Flint. A teenager who, in his own words, "got my ass kicked on a daily basis," Morgan witnessed the toll the city's troubled economy took on the people closest to him. "I experienced Flint through my parents and relatives," he explains. "A lot of them lost jobs at General Motors, and I saw a lot of factories close and get torn down." Despite the turmoil, Morgan's family was close. "We never dwelled on the negative. My mom always had dinner on the table and my dad worked everyday for GM to make sure there was always food. They never let on that things were getting bad, ever. Growing up in Flint ignited the 'never give up' attitude I apply to every part of my life. That's what you learn when you grow up in that town. You also learn that you don't take shit from anyone, ever." Morgan's certainly not taking any shit on 'Sonic Ranch.' On the grizzled, smoky cover of Waylon Jennings' "Goin' Down Rocking," he digs his heels in against anyone who would dare try to steamroll him. On "Low Down on the Backstreets," over staggering piano and glistening apostrophes of pedal steel, he's pushing back against a broken heart with country songs and dancing girls. And on the harrowing cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waitin' 'Round to Die," he's staring down mortality with his jaw set and his eyes narrowed. "I have loved that song since the first time I heard it," Morgan says. "It's a dark masterpiece that looks in on a not-so-perfect, but not uncommon, life story. I did my best to put my own heart, soul and experiences into my version. I had a vision of making it sound as if it could be the score for the next Sergio Leone classic." Morgan achieved his vision; with its ominous, shadowy guitars and spectral lap steel, the song serves as the album's grim, potent centerpiece. Even in its lighter moments -- the holler-along revelry of "Ain't Gonna Take It Anymore"; the tender 'Good Timin' Man," which tackles the pressures of love and persona -- Sonic Ranch embraces the grit while maintaining a determinedly unvarnished sound. Much of that has to do with the relaxed atmosphere in the studio that gives the record its name. "My manager told me about this place he had been to outside of El Paso called Sonic Ranch," Morgan says. "That was a real departure from the usual studio vibe. My manager knows how much I do not like the 'studio' thing -- I never feel comfortable. This was exactly what I needed: a laid-back place with great gear where we could make a great record." More than just the physical environment, though, Morgan also needed a producer he could trust. "We needed someone that could get the big bad sound we wanted, that wouldn't slick it up Nashville style. We also needed someone that would push me to my limits and not let me settle. We found that guy when we found Ryan Hewitt." Together Hewitt, Morgan and his band crafted a record as big on heart as it is on attitude. It's a record about loss and pain, but also about picking yourself up and pressing on, fighting to get what you want, and then to hold on to it for dear life. "The goal for me on this album was to keep moving forward musically, and try to give the fans my best album yet," Morgan says. "I don't really look at the big picture, I just always try and outdo myself." On Sonic Ranch, he's done exactly that.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
Free Saturday
Wise Wonders Children's Museum – Visit Wise Wonders free of admission all day thanks to our sponsor Pediatric Dental Specialists!
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 5:00 PM
Beartooth RMEF Banquet
Montana Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Support Elk Country and our Hunting Heritage by attending the 30th Anniversary Beartooth RMEF banquet on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 5:00 PM for a social evening of fun, great food and camaraderie all for the benefit of elk country! RSVP before February 16th to take advantage of our pre-banquet raffle specials! No meal tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase a Sponsor Table to treat your friends, family and employees to a unique and entertaining RMEF experience! We offer three different levels of Sponsor tables that seat 10 people. Each table package contains different exciting combinations of banquet recognition, RMEF memberships, raffle tickets, table prizes, wine and more! For Tickets Call Pam at 406-698-3968 Email: beartoothrmef@aol.org Go Online: https://events.rmef.org/shop/beartooth
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM
2018 Billings Zonta Trivia Night
Zonta Club of Billings – Teams compete for prizes in an 8 round Trivia Challenge! Catered dinner, snacks, spirits and beverages available. Silent auction, tons of laughs and fun. Proceeds benefit Zonta’s mission to uplift and empower women and children in the Billings’ community. Master of Ceremonies, Jay Kohn.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM
Love Your Locals: Pub Station Open Mic
1111 Presents – All Ages/General Admission 7PM - 10PM Info available at: • www.thepubstation.com 7:00 - Dan Taylor 7:20 - David Doerr 7:40 - Will Goodridge 8:00 - Jared Kostrba 8:20 - Troy Owens 8:40 - Hayden Duncan 9:00- Jon Toepp 9:20- Stillwater String Quartet 9:40 - Adam Gunton *************************** Hosted by Tyler Cook Local musicians can sign up for a 20-minute time-slot (nine available). All genres are welcome. No drum kits. Light percussion is acceptable (bongos, djembe, etc.) For inquiries and signup, email Kerry@1111presents.com
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 - Feb 26 @ 4:00 PM
Auditions for NOVA's Madeline & the Gypsies
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts – Don't miss out on the opportunity to audition for NOVA's next Youth Musical, "Madeline & the Gypsies," directed by Janie Sutton This is open for grades 2-8. You do NOT need to prepare anything for this audition. Just show up with a good attitude, ready to sing and read from the script. Script Calls for 19 females and 15 males (with possible doubling) Characters Include: Miss Clavel Clementine Madeline Pepito Servant Strongman Barker Gypsy Mama Clown Cabbie Farmer Wife Lion (Several doubled male and female ensemble roles) If you have any questions, please email directing, Janie Sutton: jane.rife@rocky.edu. Scripts will be available for check-out at the NOVA Box Office 2317 Montana Ave, Billing, MT 59101 406-591-9535
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Feb 26 @ 11:30 AM
Annual Meeting
Northern International Livestock Exposition – Year in review, Looking forward, awards, election of officers. Learn about the business of NILE. Please RSVP by February 19th.
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Feb 26 @ 3:30 PM
Telling Your Story: Journaling for Older Adults
Billings Public Library – Learn how to tell the story of your life through journaling. Brenda Maas will lead this hour-long workshop and use her thirty years’ experience as a writer to show how journaling can help you document your life and can also serve to be an important therapeutic outlet. Maas will guide you through some brief writing prompts and will also lead a short writing exercise. Don’t miss this fun event; the first 50 participants will receive a free pen and writing journal!
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Feb 26 - Feb 28 @ 4:00 PM
Indoor Iron Man 2018
Anytime Fitness Billings – Run Bike Row at all 3 locations! Sign up by February 13th Downtown 2/26 West 2/27 Heights 2/28
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Feb 26 @ 6:00 PM
Monday Night Marabou
East Rosebud Fly Shop – Join us every Monday through February for our Monday Night Marabou. Whether you are just getting started tying or have years of experience...... we encourage you to attend this event. This event is open to all ages but be aware that alcohol may be present.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Feb 27 @ 5:00 PM
February Green Drinks
Northern Plains Resource Council – Join us in February for Green Drinks hosted by Northern Plains Resource Council at our offices at Home on the Range! We'll have tours of our awesome LEED Platinum Building, local beer, and great people- as always! Green Drinks is a monthly, informal gathering of environmentally-minded locals.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Feb 27 @ 6:30 PM
Membership Dessert
Word of Life Fellowship – Are you new to Word of Life or interested in becoming a member of Word of Life? Join us on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm. Limited childcare is available. Please sign up at the Information Center if you plan on attending. Contact the church office with questions at 655-2002.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Feb 28 @ 6:30 PM
Magic Show!
Billings Public Library – Join us as we celebrate the end of the Family Reading Program with a magic show. Local magicians will be here to amaze and astonish you! No registration is required and everyone is invited