The Myrna Loy Center’s Jailhouse Gallery, 15 N. Ewing, will feature an exhibit of watercolors by painter/illustrator DD Dowden from Dec. 15 through Jan. 29, with an artist’s reception Thursday, Dec 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The artist’s reception is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.myrnaloycenter.com.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence, students will bake homemade cookies and create a very special plate for Santa himself! The bisque plates will be provided and ready for painting with students’ own creative designs. Participants will leave with “Santa’s Cookies” recipe in case the fresh-baked cookies don’t make it to Christmas Eve. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. This class is for those 6-years-old and older.
Helena Artist Karen Luckey, has had a painting titled "Old Trading Post" juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) in Cincinnati Nov. 10 through Dec. 31.
The art is displayed at NOAPS website (Exhibitions at www.NOAPS.org). Additional paintings may be seen at the Ghost Art Gallery on Last Chance Gulch.
“Standing with Standing Rock,” a multi-faceted art and music event, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Free Ceramics Studio and Arts Center. The afternoon activities will begin with an art sale and auction from 1-4 p.m. and continue from 4-5 p.m. with a prayer song and discussion about the Dakota Access Pipeline led by Mike Jetty of Spirit Lake Dakota.
The 7:30 p.m. benefit concert “Music of Prayer, Protest, Protection, and Social Conscience" will feature Spirit Lake Dakota activist Mike Jetty, folk duo Lynn-Marie
and the Wobbelyboy, and singer-songwriters Jim Schulz, Andrea Cross Guns and Judy Fjell.
Admission to the afternoon events is free. Suggested donation for the evening concert is $10. Donations to the art sale can be made by contacting Valerie Hellerman at 439-3580. Tax-deductible contributions to the medical team can be made at the event or by visiting the website of the Montana Human Rights Network www.mhrn.org.
The Montana Capitol Restoration Foundation will present the 2016 Montana Capitol Ornament to Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda.
This year’s ornament, 11th in a series highlighting the beauty and history of Montana’s Capitol, features Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress 100 years ago.
The public is invited to join the Restoration Foundation to wish the governor a merry Christmas, to honor Jeannette Rankin in the year marking the centenary of her election and to enjoy the fresh holiday tree in the rotunda, the first in many years. Cookies and cider will be offered. The new ornament and others in the series will be available for purchase. The Capitol ornaments are for sale year round at the Montana Historical Society Store and at Leslie’s Hallmark Stores.
On Dec. 17 at 6:45 p.m. Last Chance Square Dance club is hosting a dance for experienced dancers at Broadwater School Gym, corner of Hollins and Garfield Street. There will be mainstream and plus level dancing with round dancing called and cued by Glen Tusler beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Club Christmas Party with fun, games and food.
Brew and View
Don your ugliest holiday sweater, slip on shoes and head on down to the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing, for one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Thursday, Dec. 15.
The $20 adult ticket will include the film and three 12 ounce micro brews from Lewis and Clark Brewery. Taco del Sol will be offering a meal before the performance. There will be a Cousin Eddy look alike and an ugly sweater competition for movie themed prizes.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner and beer are available immediately. The Ugly Sweater and Cousin Eddy look alike competition will take place at 7:15 p.m. with the film beginning immediately afterward.
There will also be a raffle for several themed gifts and a fabulous egg nog basket, complete with four moose cups. Tickets are on sale now on line at the Myrna Loy Center.
Last Chance Gulch History Club
Martha Kohl will present a program on "The Cultural History of Montana Weddings" at the Last Chance Gulch History Dinner Club meeting on Dec. 19 at Jorgenson's lower restaurant, 1720 11th Ave. No host cocktails are available at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6. Reservations are required by noon on Friday, Dec. 16. Please call Shirley Thomas at 227-5953 or 431-8196.
David and Deidre Casey's annual Christmas Concert will be Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Free Ceramics Studio, 650 Logan St. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Helena Chamber Singers
The Helena Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Steven Michelson, will present their annual winter concerts on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. The concert is about an hour and 10 minutes in length and should be enjoyable for all age levels and for people with varying degrees of interest in traditional choral music.
This concert will be serving homemade Christmas cookies/treats, and coffee/hot chocolate in the fellowship room. Tickets are available at Piccolo’s Music, online and at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. Middle school students and below in age will be allowed in free of charge so entire families can come to the concert without additional expense.
The Helena Xpress Singers will host a free Community Christmas Show on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. Several talented Helena women vocalists will join the Helena Xpress Singers in a joyful Christmas Chorus. The concert will also feature the cheerful Xpress Children's Christmas Chorus, several delightful specialty acts, and Santa Claus.
"Bethlehem Morning" Christmas cantata will be Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m. by Clancy United Methodist Choir, 6 N. Main St. in Clancy. Directed by Mary Bair, the performance pianist will be Fay Buness with a solo by Laurie Ekanger, duet by Mike Benson and Mike Swisher, and narration by Kent Elliott. Marty Hamby arranged the music which was published by Benson Co. Lasagna supper for the community will follow the concert. Church information at www.clancyumc.org. Everyone is welcome.
The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet has teamed up with St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St., and representatives of the Helena Jewish community to host another celebration of Solstice on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The annual Solstice celebration is not an organized religious event but rather an opportunity for all of Helena to come together for reflection and meditation.
In addition, Marianne Niesen, pastor of St Paul's and Janet Tatz of the Jewish community will offer their thoughts and meditations on the significance of the Solstice and moving from the darkness of the longest night to the light of a new year that will soon be upon us. This event is free and open to the public.
Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”
The Metropolitan Opera has again offered Musikanten Montana opera tickets to be used for a fundraiser for the annual Montana Early Music Festival in March. There will be a benefit Champagne Brunch before the showing of Charles Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" on Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.
Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush adaptation of the romantic Shakespearean tragedy.
Tickets that include brunch and the opera are $40 per person. Reservations for brunch are strictly limited. Leave a message for Kim at 804-852-7191 or email email@example.com to reserve your place, and mail a check to Musikanten Montana, 8 Park Place, Clancy MT 59634.
Musical Dreamtime Journey
Michael Marsolek and Lawrence Duncan will be presenting a Musical Dreamtime Journey concerts around Montana once again. These annual concerts celebrating the season of lights and winter solstice have been presented around the region for two decades.
Each performance features a variety of world instruments and sounds, including: didgeridoos, ethnic flutes, bassoon, saxophones, drums and percussion instruments, harp, Tibetan bowls, voice and other musical surprises. Unique to the world of performing arts, Dreamtime Journey concerts are held without applause, in the round, and by candlelight.
For many attendees, the Musical Dreamtime Journey has become an annual holiday tradition and a great way to de-stress during the sometimes frenetic season.
Helena's concert will be Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 80 E. Lawrence.
Tickets are $15 at the door.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. sharp. For comfort, attendees are encouraged to bring pillows, pads and blankets etc. Chairs will also be available for those who need them.
Children 10 and older only.
Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Ave., announces "It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" Dec. 14-18 Wednesday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office at 447-1574 or online at www.GrandstreetTheatre.com. Tickets for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees are $19 online and $20 for phone orders, Thursday through Saturdays are $23 online and $24 for phone orders. Students 18 years old and younger are $15.