Sunday Apr. 20, 2014
Entertainment & Lifestyle in the Flathead Valley, MT
 
The cast of 'Opal' rehearses at the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre on April 11. Greg Lindstrom - Flathead Beacon

When Nick Spear first appeared in the musical “Opal” more than a decade ago, Robert Lindsey-Nassif, who wrote the music, book and lyrics, was on hand to share his vision for the production.

Today, in his debut as co-director of the play, which premieres April 17 at the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre, Spear has divined his own unique inspirations for the ensemble piece.

“When I was in this musical, Lindsey-Nassif came and helped direct. It was interesting having the composer there to share his vision versus trying to produce the story from a published version,” Spear said.
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Chaske Spencer stars in “Winter in the Blood.” Photo by Michael Coles | Courtesy image

When James Welch published his debut novel, “Winter in the Blood,” in 1974, it marked the arrival of a powerful new literary voice that put into words the reality of being a Native American living on the reservation. Born in Browning to a Blackfeet father and Gros Ventre mother, Welch went on to produce five novels and become “our greatest writer,” according to Sherman Alexie, another preeminent Native American author.
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There are a few variations on preparing calamari, but my favorite way to use an influence of Asian flavors. Using rice flour makes the batter extra crisp and slightly puffy, and this powerful salad is perfectly enhanced by a spicy and sour dressing. I hope you will enjoy preparing and serving this perfectly fresh, crisp and unique dish during one of your upcoming springtime occasions!

Yield: Four servings
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John Rawlings is retiring from FVCC at the end of the spring term. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

John Rawlings has not printed out his resume in nearly 20 years, but the seven-page document sitting on his desk shows a diverse career that spans five decades, includes a half-dozen schools and several awards. Now he’s hoping to add a few more projects and exhibitions to that list as he steps down as Flathead Valley Community College’s art director.

After 49 years of teaching art and more than two decades as the head of FVCC’s bustling art program, Rawlings is retiring at the end of the semester. Rawlings said he’s considered retirement for a few years, especially after some health issues arose. But even when he does clean out his office inside the Arts and Technology Building, his presence there will still be measurable. He says he will stay just as busy, and involved, after he retires.
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With the arrival of spring it’s time to excite the palette with some exotic, bright flavor. Your taste buds are begging you to switch up the long winter’s comfort food routine. Here we travel to East Africa for a taste of its traditional flavors using Berbere (pronounced bahr-beh-REE). Berbere is a spice blend usually containing pepper, paprika, fenugreek, ginger, cardamom and a variety of other spices.
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Gothard Sisters
The Gothard Sisters. Courtesy photo.

With a final performance on March 29, nonprofit Flathead Valley Live on Stage will close out its 75th season of bringing family-friendly musical acts to local audiences.

The 2013-2014 season was relatively successful, Live on Stage president Betsy Wood said last week, though it has been a bit of a challenge getting the word out about the organization’s name change.

Live on Stage was formerly known as the Flathead Valley Concert Association, and before that it was the Community Concerts Association.
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Last week, Flathead Valley Community College hosted 120 guests for its annual Alumni & Ambassadors luncheon. The meal was prepared by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC. This picture-perfect dish really turned out to be a crowd pleaser. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

TOMATO CONFIT

• 8 plum tomatoes, halved

• 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
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Carol Sullivan is retiring from her career as a dance instructor after 37 years. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

When an audience watches a ballet, they see grace, beauty, athleticism and precision, as dancers leap and spin and twirl across stage in what seems like effortless rhythm.

What the audience doesn’t often see are the countless hours spent learning and perfecting those moves and positions, the years it took the performers to get to that very moment on stage, nor the people who got them there in the spotlight.
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