The newest venue for music, drinks, and a great after-work vibe is the Yellowstone Art Museum.  You already enjoy the popular summer event, Alive After 5, and this new event will extend the opportunity into the spring and fall to relax in a great downtown location to enjoy excellent local music of all kinds.

After 5-Unplugged will happen on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m. at the YAM. 

  • April 27 – Ed Kemmick and the Peach Pickers.
  • May 25 – Parker Brown Trio
  • October 12 – Song Dog Serenade
  • November 16 – John Roberts’ Latin Jazz

$3 cover charge and wristband for all adults 21 and over.  Free admission if under 21.  Be on the lookout for promotional cards that you can show to cut the wristband cost down to $1, available while supplies last at sponsors’ locations.  Free parking, full bar, and food truck on site.  All of the museum’s galleries will be open.

After 5-Unplugged is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Computers Unlimited, the Billings Gazette, Downtown Billings, and Billings Cultural Partners.

Big Sky Connection


Eric Tegethoff

April 12, 2017

HELENA, Mont. - Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, marking the additional months into 2017 it takes women to catch up with men's salaries from 2016. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same job.

The gap is greater for women in Montana, who receive only 73 cents for every dollar men receive, according to a study from the American Association of University Women. That differential stacks up to a loss of more than $12,000 annually.

Jen Euell, director of the Women's Foundation of Montana, says the issue persists even though women have closed the gender gap in other areas.

"Women now are educated at just as high a level, oftentimes an even higher level, than men in the United States, but the pay gap still remains about the same, and so that's the issue that we're trying to address," she explained.

Montana has the fifth highest wage gap in the country. If the gap continues to close at its current rate, the state won't see pay equity until 2084.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has taken a unique approach to address this issue, establishing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force.

Euell is a member of that task force. She says with the current labor shortage in Montana, which will most likely be exacerbated as the working population grows older and retires, the pay gap needs to close faster to attract more female workers into the labor force.

"In that context, this conversation of how we really attract talent and how we really keep talent in the workforce is going to become even more important and the gender pay gap is certainly a part of that discussion," she added.

The Women's Foundation of Montana is hosting events at breweries in cities around the state today, including in Bozeman, Whitefish and Missoula.


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The Yellowstone Art Museum will host an informative session on the essentials of protecting copyright and intellectual property rights.  The session is designed for artists, writers, and other creative professionals, but all are welcome.  “Know Your Rights:  Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights for Artists” will be presented by attorneys Bob Griffin, Shalise Zobel, and Isaac Potter from Crowley Fleck PLLP and Billings attorney Jennifer L. Webber of WEBBERpllc.  Digital technologies have made it easier than ever before for forgers and plagiarists to steal creative work.  It is also important for artists who use other artists’ work in their own to know the limitations and definitions.  Learn what you need to know at this important session.

 The presentation and Q&A will take place in the YAM’s Murdock Gallery on Thursday, April 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  It is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Montana.  The program is free of charge and will include free admission to the YAM’s galleries beginning at 6:00 p.m.