Art in the Jailhouse: Amy Brakeman Livezey

Artist Amy Brakeman Livezey focuses on ordinary people in her new exhibit, “Plain Embrace,” at the Myrna Loy Jailhouse Gallery with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 1.

Using Montana Historical Society photo archives for inspiration, she was drawn to photos of the everyday.

One of her works, “No. 3 Vein,” pictures a girl and a young boy who are likely siblings, a piece of mining map, abstract design elements and a sprinkling of chickens.

Another, “Chore Bound,” features a woman scrubbing a porch.

“The thing that draws me to it and draws me to older photographs and history in general is how much work it was -- from homesteaders to people living in rural Montana. There was just a lot of work.”

The exhibit runs through March 17 at the Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing, 443-0287.

Hygge open house

1+1=1 Gallery hosts a festive, family-friendly event on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hygge is a traditional Danish celebration of warmth, light, joy, and finding contentment in simple pleasures.

Enjoy live music, artist demos, festive food and beverages, and special guest, Amalie Maglehoj, serving deliciously fresh roasted coffee and speaking about hygge.

The 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. For more information, visit www. or call 431-9931.


Uncorked: Speakeasy Shenanigans

Shimmy the night away to support the Myrna Loy Center at “Uncorked 2018 – Speakeasy Shenanigans” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Helena Civic Center. The night features live entertainment produced by the Myrna, music by Cottonwood Club, silent and live auctions and a wine-tasting, along with a full, no-host bar and tasty treats. Proceeds benefit the Myrna Loy.

Tickets are $50 and available at, the Myrna Loy Center box office, 15 N. Ewing, or call Molly Severtson, 406-438-7187.

16th Annual Paint the Town Pink

Florence Crittenton celebrates its 16th Annual Paint the Town Pink Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Guests will be surrounded by peacock feathers and glittering lights as they enjoy a gourmet dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, music and dancing with Ten Years Gone.

Tickets are $125 each or $1,100 for a table of 10.

Information and tickets are available at the Paint the Town Pink official website, or call 442-6950 ext.204.

Florence Crittenton provides a variety of resources for pregnant and parenting young families of all ages.

Hot Latin Nights benefit for Puerto Rico

Heat up the winter night with Caribbean-inspired food and cocktails and Latin music and dance.

Hot Latin Nights brings these spicy elements together 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Miller’s Crossing, 52 S. Park Ave., to raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

Suggested donations are $20, but there is no set limit. All proceeds and donations will go to United for Puerto Rico.

Miller’s will serve piña coladas and classic Puerto Rican dishes. Park Avenue Bakery and Hub Coffee are providing desserts for purchase.

Amber Johnson, owner of Last Dance Gulch, will teach a Merengue dance lesson, kicking off a dance party, and Johnny Pagán, a Miami native by way of Puerto Rico, will DJ Latin club tunes.

For more information: United for Puerto Rico: or Hot Latin Nights: or call Johnson. 406-594-2107 or email

Family Promise Comfort Food Challenge

Enjoy “comfort food” prepared by more than 20 Helena-area churches and restaurants from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Lewis and Clark County Fairground Exhibit Hall. Funds go to Family Promise of Greater Helena to assist families in overcoming homelessness.

This year’s event includes a diamond ring raffle valued at nearly $4,000 and silent auction items.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door or at the Hallmark stores, Birds and Beasleys, or PayneWest Insurance. Children 10 and under are admitted free.


Speech and debate judges needed

Helena High and Capital High Schools’ Speech & Debate teams will host the 2018 National Speech & Debate Qualifier tournament for Montana on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, to determine which Montana students will represent the state at the National Speech and Debate Association tournament.

The teams need community members to come judge at the Montana qualifier. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate. Judge training is provided.

Rounds will be held at Helena High School, with some rounds across the street at Helena College. The time commitment is about two hours to judge a single round.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hermanson, head coach of Helena High Speech & Debate, 406-531-7449, or CHS head coach Chloe Smith at 406-570-6065,


Historical Society launches online exhibit

On Feb. 2, 1865, far-sighted Montana Territory residents established the Montana Historical Society. Today its collection includes hundreds of thousands of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, and books that reflect the rich history of the Treasure State.

To share this history, MHS launched, “Appropriate, Curious, & Rare: Montana History Object by Object.”

It features superstars like Charles M. Russell’s oil painting, “When the Land Belonged to God,” as well as such lesser-known objects as Rev. Edwin M. Ellis' chainless bicycle.

To view the exhibit, visit the Montana Historical Society’s website, and follow the exhibit link. Watch for a March Madness contest in the coming weeks.

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Sanananda

The Montana Military Museum at Fort Harrison commemorates the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Sanananda with a display of photographs and conversations concerning Montana’s 163rd Infantry Regiment of World War II fame, in their Battles for the Allies in Pacific Theater.

The battle is recognized as the first major land victory against the Japanese forces in World War II. Call 406-324-3551 or visit


Symphony Kids –The Boy & His Tree

Wind and brass members of the Helena Symphony Orchestra perform “The Boy & His Tree,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The concert celebrates music of English composer Benjamin Britten.

The 35-minute kid concerts are created for ages 5 to 10, but all are welcome. An Instrument Petting Zoo follows the concert.


Black History Month concerts with Everett Suttle

Guest artist Everett Suttle performs two concerts to celebrate Black History Month.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, he will be joined by Helena native Gretchen Mundinger at the Cathedral of St. Helena to sing opera selections and a selection of Negro Spirituals. Admission is by donation.

Mundinger and Suttle will sing light opera and classic Broadway show tunes at a Grandstreet Theatre performance 7:30 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 6. Suttle will also perform jazz standards. Grandstreet tickets are $20 and available by calling 447-1574 or online at

International Guitar Night

International Guitar Night, now in its 18th year of touring, features renowned guitarists from around the world.

It comes to the Myrna Loy Center 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt returns to guest host and is joined by Canada’s young contemporary sensation Calum Graham, Poland’s innovative classical composer/performer Marek Pasieczny, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine.

Tickets are $30 and available at 443-0287, online at or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing.

The Phat Pack comes to Helena

After a highly acclaimed Las Vegas run, The Phat Pack is coming to Starz on Stage on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The Phat Pack, voted “Best of Vegas -- Best All Around Performers” will bring the best of Broadway music and original comedy material to the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.

Randall Keith played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and on tour; Bruce Ewing has played three of the four key roles in the hit show “Forever Plaid” in both touring and Las Vegas productions; Kevan Patriquin played the Master of Time in EFX and was Phantom double in opening Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.

For tickets, visit or call 227- 9711.

Sawyer Brown headlines Springfest

This year’s Springfest showcases legendary country group Sawyer Brown 8:30 p.m. May 18 at Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

Called “the Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band earned its place as one of the premier live acts in music. Tickets are on sale at or the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Administrative office. They are $30 in advance and $35 day for festival style tickets (limited seating available), or call 457-8516.


’Sense and Sensibility’

Grandstreet Theatre performs the play, “Sense and Sensibility,” a fun and comedic adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel by Kate Hamill.

Performance dates are Jan. 26 through Feb. 11, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. To order tickets call the Grandstreet Box Office (afternoons): 447-1574, or order online:

Ticket Prices: $23 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; $19 Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees; $15 Kids 18 and under.