Holter Museum of Art Use-Eums
The Holter Museum of Art begins its winter-spring series of Use-Eums — hands-on art making and museum exploration for children ages 3 to 7 and accompanying adults. The workshops are led by Holter volunteers. There is at least one Use-Eum each month through May, and each workshop has a different activity that is fun and challenging for the child. The cost is $5 per child for members and $7 for nonmembers.
The first Use-Eum is Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. with a “Snowy Night” theme.
Children and their accompanying adults will look at Ansel Adams’ photographs, hear Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and then make black-and-white pictures of a snowy night using various materials.
The next Use-Eum takes place Friday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. where participants will learn all about ledger art by visiting First Nation artist and storyteller Monte Yellow Bird’s exhibition at the Museum.
Register for Use-Eums by calling 442-6400 extension 115 or visit www.holtermuseum.org.
Poster contest finalist
Haley Henrikson, a seventh-grade student at Helena Middle School, was named a finalist in the 25th annual Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest. Henrickson was the winner of a local competition sponsored by the Helena Lions Club.
Lions Clubs International is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peace Poster contest, which was started to showcase the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Henrikson was among more than 400,000 students worldwide, ages 11 to 13, who submitted posters this year. Entries were judged for originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, Imagine Peace.
One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, and 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Celebrating Ansel Adams
The series of free public programs celebrating the “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art continues throughout February.
On Friday, Feb. 15 the Holter welcomes Neil Chaput de Saintonge, the director of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula. Saintonge will give a lecture titled “The Man, The Teacher, The Photographer — Ansel Adams” in which he will speak about his experiences with and what he learned from studying with Ansel Adams in the summer of 1973. He will also show the kind of equipment Adams used and describe how he made some of his photographs, both in the field and in the darkroom. This will include an explanation of Adams’s Zone System for black-and-white photography — an exacting method of exposing, developing and printing that yielded some of the most iconic images in the history of photography.
Saintonge gives a gallery talk at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the museum. Saintonge will address what’s new in the world of cameras and lenses.
Glueckert gallery lecture
Artist Stephan Glueckert will give a free public gallery lecture on his Carroll College Art Gallery exhibit, “Stephen Glueckert: Drawings of Drawing Tools,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the gallery, located in St. Charles Hall room 034.
Since 1992, Glueckert has been curator of the Missoula Art Museum. A native Montanan, he has also been a working artist for over 35 years. Primarily a sculptor, he has also been engaged for two decades producing an ongoing series creating drawings, actual tools (kinetic sculptures that draw), and videos about the drawing process. For more information, call 447-4302.
Helena’s science center brings the science of wild weather to Montana Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ExplorationWorks. Tornadoes, hurricanes and thunderstorms play a central role in this hands-on experience. Visitors experience indoor weather like never before with an actual tornado on site. One of the hands-on activities is to build a structure to see if it can withstand hurricane-force winds, which gives a whole new perspective to the idea of building a home, garage or tree fort.
Another of the displays demonstrates how clouds form by offering the chance to manipulate clouds as the mists thicken into a formation. There is also a section of the exhibition where visitors get the opportunity to be a meteorologist broadcasting the weather news from a green screen studio, just like the weathercaster on the evening news.
A weather-related TinkerLab activity will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visitors will build a wind speed gauge, an anemometer, which will be subjected to various wind speeds. Mathematical calculations to turn the raw data into wind speed figures are part of the activity. The TinkerLab is free with admission and is designed as a drop-in activity allowing visitors to arrive any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The lab will also be offered from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, when ExWorks will be open for the President’s Day school holiday
Admission is $5.50 for children, $6.50 for seniors and $9 for adults. Members are admitted without charge. ExWorks is located at 995 Carousel Way, and can be reached at 457-1800 ext. 1.
ExplorationWorks launches PechaKucha #4, Thursday, Feb. 21, doors open at 6 p.m.
Each presenter shows 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Topics include The Town that Jello Built, by Dede Taylor; Understanding of Criminal Behavior, by Annie Z. Maixner; Sex and Mortality, Reflections on My Art Collection by Tim Speyer, and more.
Admission is $7. Purchase tickets by calling 447-1800 ext. 1. Intended for an adult audience.
JHS thespian awards
Jefferson High School Drama competed at the Montana State Thespian Festival at University of Montana school of Theatre and Dance Feb. 1 and 2, and earned three major awards.
The group that performed the original musical, “Rivet” took two awards, and drama teacher, Linda Piccolo, received the Montana Theatre Educator of the Year award at the Friday banquet.
“Rivet” was awarded Best Scenic Design, due to the help of Art Club and Mr. Newman.
“Best Actress” award went to senior, Kaela Williams, who competed with over 150 actresses in 17 shows. Fifteen schools from Classes AA to C performed 20-, 30- and 45-minute shows.
“Rivet” cast also included Taylor Sorheim, Reba Wacker, Desi McDougal, Miaal Overfurf, Jenna Senechal and Gabe Youde. Mike Hesford directed and wrote the show with musical assistance from Aii Ishi, Connor Lachenbruch, Michael Mckelligot, Eric Tuten and Clint Forrette.
HHS thespian winners
Helena High School thespian students competing at the 2013 state Thespian Festival Feb. 1 and 2 at the University of Montana in Missoula took home the Outstanding Staging Concept award for their presentation of “Five Dates and a Piece of Cake.”
Helena High student Shane Townsend won the Outstanding Actor in Comedy award with his portrayal of grandma.
In a competitive audition/professional interview, Raymi Dillman was awarded a $1,000 technical theater scholarship and a $500 acting scholarship. These scholarships are usually $500, and students are usually awarded one scholarship each.
Dillman’s interview and audition pieces were so exceptional that the committee broke this rule and combined two technical scholarships and then argued to add a performing scholarship. In the words of one of the committee members, “We need to bribe this kid to stay in Montana because she will reflect well on anyone lucky to get her in their program, and we want it to be us!”
One Billion Rising
A free world dance performance of local dance troupes rising and dancing will be held in support of the 1 billion women who have been sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
The highlight of the evening will be Native American jingle dancers performing a healing dance for the 1 billion survivors, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Placer lobby (the Taco del Sol building). For more information email Deb O’Neill at email@example.com.
‘Tough Trip through Paradise’ at MHS
Andrew Garcia’s “Tough Trip through Paradise” will be the featured presentation on Valentine’s Day Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society. Archivist Kathryn Kramer will delve into the romantic side of Garcia, whose story about the fast disappearing Montana frontier in the 1870s is a tragic and often depressing work.
Garcia left a manuscript after he died that was edited by Ben Stein and turned into the classic Montana novel. Garcia had three American Indian wives, and there is historical evidence that he intended what ultimately was edited into “Tough Trip” as a three-volume tribute to his first wife, In-Who-Lise, and wanted the title to simply be her name.
A private foundation recently donated the Ben Stein Research Collection to the Society, and Kramer spent about 10 weeks processing it. Her talk is based on that archival work.
The manuscript was heavily edited by Stein, who left out several large passages he didn’t feel were central to the story, Kramer said.
The museum is located at 225 N. Roberts. Call 444-2694 for more information.
The Last Chancers Barbershop Chorus is sponsoring its popular “Singing Valentines” again this year. Say “I Love You” with a Singing Valentine and leave your sweetheart speechless. A barbershop quartet will serenade your sweetheart at home, at work, or anywhere else you choose in the Helena area. The package will include a rose and a love song.
Basic cost is $30. Premium delivery is available for $40. To schedule your “Singing Valentine,” call 449-2877. A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide a Helena area youth scholarship to next summer’s Big Sky Youth Harmony Rendezvous.
‘The Crooner and the Bombshell’
Susan Griffiths and Andy DiMino, as Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin, present the “The Crooner and the Bombshell” on the Starz on Stage cabaret at the Gateway Center at 1710 National for a Valentine’s treat 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
For ticket information visit www.starzonstage.net or call 227-9711. Dinner/show tickets are $89 or $99 per couple. Individual show tickets are $25 and $30.
Those missing the show get a second chance. The duo will present a shortened program at the Montana Club 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Dessert and champagne will be served from 6 to 7 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Montana Club. This dessert show is open to the public. Call 227-9711 or 442-5980.
The show features such well known songs as “That’s Amore,” “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime,” “I Wanna be Loved by You” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” taking you back to the days of Vegas in the 1950s.
The kittenish Griffiths is among the most well-known and recognizable Marilyns. She has posed in countless photos as the platinum blonde bombshell and has done numerous roles on TV, in commercials and movies. She was a regular member of the Legends in Concert in Las Vegas.
DiMino was drawn to Dean Martin’s relaxed style of singing and has been a musician all his life. He has performed in clubs and on the stage all around the country, including the Venetian and the Excalibur in Las Vegas. He’s a regular showman for corporate events and with big band concerts.
Big Daddy’s Little Girl at the Rathskeller
Big Daddy’s Little Girl will have a performance at the Montana Club in the Rathskeller at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Big Daddy’s Little Girl combines big band swing, sultry jazz, and Rock-A-Billy riffs with a love of all things burlesque for a unique sound and exciting show that’s sure to get your heart a racing.
The band started in 2011 when lead singer and burlesque queen Moxie Merlot set out to bring a sound and style to the Helena music scene like nothing seen before or since. She started by recruiting local guitar legend, Terry O’Hare, and together they brought on veteran Helena musicians, Jeremy Terry, Luke Michelson, Jeremy Slead, Don Stone, and Dennis Ferriter.
Saturday Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., Mama Rave, Helena’s exclusive pop up ladies night club, will have a ladies night out, dancing, drinks and red carpet photo shoot at the Rathskeller at the Montana Club. Tickets can be purchased at “The Bucket” for $20. More information on Facebook, “mama rave” or call Jen 202-8042.
Elks Charity Ball
The Helena Elks Lodge will hold its 115th annual Charity Ball Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Elks Lodge, 330 Lola St. The ball is a semiformal affair. Reservations are required. Cost of a ticket is $25, which includes a $10 donation to charity. A dinner of prime rib, chicken cordon blue, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and cheesecake will be served at 6:30 p.m. The ball begins at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight. To make reservations, call 442-6980.
Proceeds from last year’s ball provided dictionaries to third grade students in the Helena area.
Kay’s Kids fundraiser
The Kay McKenna Youth Foundation’s annual fundraising dance will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at the Helena Civic Center 8 p.m. to midnight. The Ironfront Band will be providing country dance and classic rock ‘n’ roll music.
The fundraiser benefits former Mayor Kay McKenna’s program, Kay’s Kids, offered in the parks for eight weeks during the summer. Children participate in variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports at no cost to them. Any child, age 6 to 13, is allowed to participate. Kay’s Kids was offered at Barney, Memorial, Lincoln Parks and Kennedy Park last summer.
Dance the night away, zombie-style to live bands from the Helena Area, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Eagles Club. The event will feature a no-host bar, silent auction, raffles, photo booth and zombie-themed munchies. This is a 21 and over event so book your babysitter now and get your prom dress out of storage. Tickets are $10 each in advance or $15 at the door. The prom is limited to 250 almost living souls, so get your tickets early. You can purchase tickets at either Bagel Company location or online at http://helenasplayableplayground.com/. Bands Include: The Coexistence, Tonight We Ride!, Jake Evan & His Gypsy Ghosts, The Helligans and Hell City Kitty.
Helena’s Playable Playground is a project to install a playground at the new Centennial Park that provides children of all abilities and their families the opportunity to engage with one another and feel like a welcome part of the community.
For more information, contact Stacy Sommer - 303-949-7055; firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ellen Bell - 406-202-2332; email@example.com. The Eagles Club is located at 801 N. Fee.
Wilbur Rehmann Quartet
The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet, with special guest vocalist MJ Williams, will be at the Staggering Ox, Friday, Feb. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. This performance will unite three members of the former Cheap Cologne band, MJ Williams, Wilbur Rehmann and Ken Nelson. In addition, drummer Dennis Unsworth joins the group for this special performance. Great vocals, jazz instrumentals and lots of fun will be on tap.
Paul C. Fielder speaks about George Drouillard, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Lewis & Clark Library. It is sponsored by Gates of the Mountains Chapter of Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Drouillard was among the 30-some enlisted men who made up the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Born of a French father and a Shawnee mother, Drouillard spoke both languages along with English and also was fluent in Plains Indian sign. He was an excellent hunter and trapper and rose to the occasion no matter how dangerous the situation was.
Fielder also covers Drouillard’s post-trek years, when he returned to present-day Montana to work as a trapper along the Upper Missouri River. During that time, Drouillard visited St. Louis and supplied William Clark details to improve the captain’s hand-drawn maps.
Impacts of homesteading
The Montana Historical Society presents “Dividing Montana: The Impacts of Homesteading on Montana Politics and Government, 1900-1930,” with government records archivist Jeff Malcomson Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Malcomson will analyze the dramatic changes — including the county-splitting movement and rise of Progressive politics — that resulted from Montana’s homestead boom at the beginning of the last century. He will also look closely at the expanding electorate in eastern Montana and how the classic division between the eastern and western parts of the state was solidified.
The Montana Historical Society is located at 225 N. Roberts. Call 444-2694 for more information.
Alan M. Thompson
Alan M. Thompson will speak on “Local History, African Americans and Equines” at the Monday, Feb. 18, dinner meeting of the Last Chance Gulch Corral.
The local history group meets at Jorgenson’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 15, at noon. Call Shirley Thomas at 227-5953 for reservations. More information about the group is available from Dolly Post at 458-1175.
Thompson is a third generation Montanan, whose interests in history, the arts and visual media have been greatly influenced by his family’s history in the Pacific Northwest. He uses photography to capture glimpses of the people and places he visits. His experiences as a university educator, horse wrangler, day-working cowboy and intercollegiate rodeo coach help to give audiences a realistic, leather-popping snapshot of western lifestyles that are vibrant.
Brian Shovers, the Montana Historical Society’s library director, will explore the extraordinary scope and historic value of Montana maps in an illustrated dinner program at the Montana Club on Thursday, Feb. 28. Numbering over 5,000 maps, the society’s collection has been extolled by the Library of Congress’ map librarian for its value in documenting the territorial period through the 20th century.
Shovers’ presentation will cover the depth and diversity of cartography beginning with the maps of exploration, Indian wars, mining, railroading, homesteading, ranching, the development and promotion of cities.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host reception and continue with a prix-fixe dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by the program. Cost for the dinner is $50 for nonmembers and $35 for members; service charges are not included. Reservations are required and must be made by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, by calling 442-5980.
Chinese in Montana
The Montana Historical Society and Lewis & Clark Library’s Big Read initiative presents “The Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers” with Ellen Baumler at the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:45 a.m. to noon.
Chinese pioneers have been neglected in Montana’s written record, even though in 1870 they comprised 10 percent of the population. By the 1950s, very few remained. Chinese homes and businesses fell victim to urban renewal programs. Time erased their remote mining and railroad camps. Traces of their culture disappeared, and their stories have become obscured in myth and legend. What happened to these pioneers and where did they go?
Montana Historical Society interpretive historian and award-winning author, Baumler will explore Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts and rare remaining landmarks, recalling the contributions of Montana’s Chinese residents and the cultural footprints they left behind. For more information on the Big Read, visit www.lewisandclarklibrary.org/bigread/
In conjunction with the Lewis & Clark Public Library's Big Read, join Bonnie Bowler in a group discussion of Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Original Governor's Mansion, 304 N. Ewing. Discussion begins at 10 a.m. For more information on the Big Read, visit www.lewisandclarklibrary.org/bigread/bigread.htm.
‘Sergeant Rex’ author
Carroll College’s Anthrozoology club presents a free, public lecture 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, “Dogs in the War Zone: Sergeant Rex and the Human-Animal Bond in Iraq,” by Mike Dowling, U.S. Marines veteran of the Iraq war and author of “Sergeant Rex.” The talk is free and open to the public in Simperman Hall room 101/202, at the Wiegand Amphitheatre. Dowling is one of the first canine handlers to serve in the military since the Vietnam War.
“Sergeant Rex,” describes his experiences, training and bond with his dog. Called “a deeply affecting tale of courage and devotion in the cauldron of war” by Publishers Weekly, Dowling’s heart-pounding account of an unbreakable bond between man and dog takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust and the ever-present threat of violent attack in Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death.
In 2004, Dowling and military working dog, Rex, were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Dowling’s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger. After a noble career of military service, Rex died around Christmas last year. For more info, call 447-5415.
Dr. Matt Lavin, of the MSU Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, presents a program on the confusing world of plant names at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The program will be held at the Lewis & Clark Library. The talk is free and open to the public.