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Youth Electrum awards

The following awards were presented to student artists with works in the Youth Electrum Exhibition, at the Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence.

1st prize painting/drawing: Hailey Steeger - Untitled

1st prize sculpture: Delaney Knudson - I belong Here

1st prize photography: Shirley Reinbolt - Too Pretty to be Gay

1st prize ceramics: Eli Nelson - Disturbed

Creative Community Award: Art Seen Club - Everything We Couldn’t Say

Juror’s Award: Emma Niederstout - Floral Lungs on Scratchboard

For information, call 442-6400, or visit

Aimee Heimberg art

An artist reception for Aimee Heimberg will be held at Boulder Hot Springs, 31 Hot Springs Road, in Boulder on Sunday, April 29, from noon-2 p.m. Everyone is invited.

27th Spring Art Walk

Come downtown and enjoy the Spring Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

It’s one of the most beloved, geekiest days of the year -- Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you.

All are welcome to go a little geek -- wear your robes, your Storm Trooper gear and light the night with light sabers.

From photography and paintings to ceramics and live performances, the Spring Art Walk showcases a diverse range of artwork created by Montana artists. Live music and refreshments at select locations.


Ales for Charity -- Musikanten Montana

Lewis and Clark Brewery's, 1517 Dodge Ave., weekly "Ales for Charity" night benefits Musikanten Montana on Tuesday, May 1.

The Brewery gives a donation of $1 for every beer sold between 5 and 8 p.m. The money will help support Helena chamber chorus Musikanten Montana’s Helena Choral Week (June 11-17).

Free lunchtime mini-concerts with guest artists will be offered at The Myrna Loy that week. A final concert, "The French Connection," will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave.

The public is also welcome to enroll for voice lessons. Enrollment for 5 days is $50; drop-ins are welcome any day for $12 each class. Private lessons also available. Info at


Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

Carroll College Theatre presents the Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” April 27-29 on stage in the FLEX Theatre in the lower level of the Carroll College Campus Center.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee April 29. Free parking in the Campus Center lot off of Lyndale. The theatre is ADA accessible (use east entrance). Tickets at the door: $15 general admission; $10, students and seniors; $5 children 12 and younger; $2 with a current Carroll College ID.


Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons

The Montana Historical Society presents a two-month exploration of the last 12,000 years of Montana history every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., through May 30.

The upcoming talk on May 2: Disintegration: Montana’s Tribal Nations in the Early Reservation Years. Other talks: May 9: Homesteading Boom and Bust; May 16: Montana and the Cold War; May 23: Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s; May 30: Tribal Sovereignty in the Self-Determination Period. MHS is at 224 N. Roberts, 444-4741 or email


May Mental Health Month Events

East Helena Library holds a series of May Mental Health Month events, beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, with a talk by Bob Funk about anxiety and the Awareness Network. The library is at 16 E. Main St., East Helena, 227-5750.

Karl Bodmer

Print collector and exhibitor Lee Silliman will give an illustrated talk, Karl Bodmer: Montana’s Premier Frontier Artist, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Lewis & Clark Library large meeting room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

He will focus on Bodmer’s (1809-1893) artful portraits of Native Americans in their prime before white encroachment forever changed their life ways.

Silliman will also display a few original Bodmer prints issued in the 1840s and will have a number of Bodmer books for further study.

For a full list of May events, visit


The Brothers Four

Folk revival pioneers The Brothers Four perform for the next Starz on Stage show, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

Within a year of starting up, they earned a spot at the Hungry I club in San Francisco, which led to a recording contract with Columbia Records, a full-time manager, a full concert schedule and TV appearances.

Cash bar desserts will be available during intermission. The cabaret all-table seating and adult beverage bar add to the Vegas-style entertainment setting.

Call 227-9711 for show tickets, or online at or at Leslie’s Hallmark on 11th Avenue. Tickets are $33 for adults, $15 for students (age 18 & under).

Bernstein 100!

The Helena Symphony’s Season 63 culminates with a tribute for Leonard Bernstein at 100, one of 2,000 global celebrations marking the centennial of his birthday and the sole one in Montana.

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

The concert celebrates the late composer, conductor and humanitarian and his memorable music, which ranged from ballets and symphonies to masses and musicals and a film score.

The Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale will perform music from “Chichester Psalms,” “Wonderful Town,” “West Side Story,” “Candide“ and “On the Waterfront.”

Joining the musicians and chorale are soloists Megan Pachecano, Jessica Fishenfeld, and Kevin Mathews,

The evening begins with the symphony’s annual Closing Night Celebration from 5-7 p.m. in the Helena Civic Center ballroom, featuring hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live and silent auction and music entertainment.

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Tickets for the celebration ($75 per person and group discounts for parties of 8 or more) and the concert ($52-$12 plus a $5 transaction fee) can be purchased by calling the symphony box office at 442-1860, or at the symphony box office, 2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Season tickets are also on sale.


Jazz trio ThreeForm returns to 1+1=1 Gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, as the first performance of 2018’s Sound Gallery Series.

Comprised of bassist Rob Kohler, pianist Ann Tappan, and trombonist/vocalist MJ Williams, ThreeForm presents a program of original new music laced with familiar work, reconceived.

Sound Gallery is located at 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. The concert is free, but donations to support the musicians are welcome.

Sawyer Brown headlines Springfest

This year’s Springfest showcases legendary country group Sawyer Brown at 8:30 p.m. on May 18 at the 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 & Clark County Fairgrounds Administrative office. They are $30 in advance and $35 day of for festival style tickets (limited seating available). Or call 457-8516.


Starting a national heritage area

The Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation holds a community conversation on establishing the first National Heritage Area in Montana.

The May 1 public gathering is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society auditorium, 225 N. Roberts, with refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jane Weber at 406-454-6814 or visit


2018 Montana Playwrights Network Writer’s Challenge

The Montana Playwrights Network sponsors the 2018 MPN Writer’s Challenge, featuring a day of workshops Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Helena City Hall meeting room

It features three workshops by regional professionals, Mindy Finden, Leah Joki and Pamela Jamruszka Mencher and a short session on the 2018 MPN Writer’s Challenge.

Participants are challenged to create original works in poetry, short stories, essays, nonfiction, memoirs, short plays, cowboy poetry, music and storytelling. A variety of these will be presented in a public performance Sept. 15.

Cost: free to MPN members ($10 refreshment fee), $45 nonmembers. Details:

’Moon Over Buffalo’ at CHS

Capital High School stages a production of ”Moon Over Buffalo,” by Ken Ludwig, 7 p.m. April 26-28 at CHS theater, 100 Valley Dr. Tickets are $8 at the door.


Far East/Far West-Montana’s Asian Sisters

Join Helena Civic Television (HCTV) for the premiere of Far East/Far West-Montana’s Asian Sisters, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing. Come early for a reception at 6:30 p.m. with authentic dumplings and fortune cookies.

This is a free showing of a video that takes you to Taiwan and Guangxi, China, where the HCTV crew explored Montana’s relationships with two sister states in Asia.


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