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Anna Paige and Krista Marshall

Anna Paige and Krista Marshall perform in "I Conjure a Stubborn Faith" in 2013.

TEDxBillings 2016 is breaking out of the box for the third year of presentations on “Ideas Worth Sharing.”

This year's presentations are themed around new models of thinking about topics including art, energy, law, interpersonal connections and community engagement.

The speaker list for the Jan. 23 event at Billings Studio Theatre includes the following presenters and their topics:

Joliet artist Charlie Ringer, "Learning by Trial and Error;" Billings police officer Matt Lennick, "Innovative Community Policing; Ben Reed, who has worked for many years in solar energy but sees a path to partnership with coal, "The Connection between Solar and Coal;" community organizer Kiah Abbey, "Engaging Youth in the Election Process;" Billings freelance writer Anna Paige, "Unconditional Love;" retired Montana Supreme Court justice James Nelson, "The Line between Church and State;" Sheryle Shandy, director of the Billings Food Bank, "Growing and Developing a Community Food Bank;" former state senator Lynda Moss, "Honoring Women as Community Builders;" Dave Pauli, of the Humane Society, "Creating a Human Economy;" and Billings psychologist Roy Pack, "Resolving Conflicts between Opposing Ideas."

Tickets are $75 for the full day of presentations and videos from the TED catalog. Tickets will be available at 7 a.m. Friday at TEDxBillings.com, and a limited number will also be available through the BST box office during regular box office hours beginning Friday.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.