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2013-07-26T00:28:00Z Around the town Helena Independent Record
July 26, 2013 12:28 am


Opposites Attract at Turman Larison

Turman Larison contemporary gallery presents, “Opposites Attract: Marrying Brick and Porcelain” by Robert Harrison and “Ten Quick Sketches,” a collaboration between longtime friends Harrison and Rick Newby. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17 with an opening reception Friday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. A gallery talk will be held at 5 p.m.

Also on display through Aug. 17 is an exhibit “Form from Nature” by Rebecca Hutchinson, Amanda Jaffe and Carla Potter, which is in the front gallery. Utilizing traditional and nontraditional ceramic materials and processes, these three artists explore the endless influences found in nature.

The gallery is located at 337 N. Last Chance Gulch, 443-0340,

Bray resident talks

Resident Artist Talks , featuring Mike Gesiakowski, Clara Hoag, Chris Pickett and Elsa Sahal at the Archie Bray Resident Center, will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Mike Gesiakowski explores industrial architecture and its environment in his work. Gesiakowski is a summer resident and 2013 Windgate Scholar at the Bray. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from Northern Illinois University. In 2010, he moved to Wisconsin and spent a year and a half as an apprentice to Simon Levin. Currently, he is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the ceramics program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Clara Hoag addresses how people are composed and how they compose the environment around them. Hoag is the 2013 Myhre Scholar and summer resident at the Bray. She received two B.F.A.s from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009 and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2013. She has participated in group and solo shows in Illinois, Georgia and Florida.

Chris Pickett explores the human search for physical and emotional comfort in his creation of functional ceramic vessels. Pickett is the 2012 MJD Fellow at the Bray. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2001 and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida in Gainsville in 2010. He has been a studio assistant at Arrowmont School of Craft in Tennessee and Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey. For the seven years between schooling, Pickett was a studio potter in Chattanooga. He exhibits and sells his work in galleries across the country.

Elsa Sahal’s ceramic creations are “ a struggle of manual intellect against collapse” through the manipulation of vast sheets of clay to create stoneware. Sahal is a summer resident and 2013 Windgate Scholar. She comes to the Bray from Paris, France, where she graduated at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 2000. She received the contemporary sculpture award of Francesco Messina Foundation (Casabeltrame, Italy) and was a resident at Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 she taught at the Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramic. She also taught at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg from 2005 to 2012. She is currently based in Paris.

The Archie Bray Foundation is located at 2915 Country Club Ave. 443-3502. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.


Martin Holt Film Festival

The Myrna Loy Center once again will be sponsoring an evening of film work by local filmmakers and several workshops for the Martin Holt Film Festival on Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Myrna.

The festival will include the annual 72-hour short filmmaking contest. Filmmakers can sign up at the Myrna Loy by calling 443-0287 or email On Saturday, July 27, the Myrna will send out a theme, and participants will make a short film to be submitted in 72 hours on July 30.

There will also be a short film contest for Helena area filmmakers. Any film that is 15 minutes or shorter can be submitted to this contest. A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the winners of each category with additional prizes being awarded for 2nd and 3rd places.

The guest filmmaker this year is Skip Blumberg. Blumberg is an active digital producer, camcorder reporter, and video pioneer, with hundreds of titles to his name. His movies can be found on YouTube,,, and other websites. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow with cultural documentaries and performance videos that have been seen on PBS, National Geographic TV, Showtime, Bravo, Nickelodeon, among others.

Blumberg will offer two workshops and consultations. On July 30, Blumberg will be available for half-hour consultation appointments to screen work or work in progress. On July 31, he offers a Master Class for $20 in Innovative Exploration of Editing and Shooting. On Aug. 1, Blumberg will offer a hands-on workshop exploring Steady Handheld Camerawork and Location Scouting for $20. To sign up for the consultation and workshops call the Myrna Loy at 443-0287 or email

Tickets for the film festival viewing are $15 and can be purchased at the Myrna Loy Center or online at For additional information, call the Myrna Loy Center box office at 443-0287. The Myrna Loy Center is located at 15 N. Ewing in Helena.


Drew Schofield returns to Helena for Aug. 9 concert

Drew Schofield who was recognized as a semifinalist in March in Guitar Center's Singer Songwriter 2 contest returns to Helena to give a concert at the Montana Club Rathskeller at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

Schofield, who now resides in Denver, competed in March as a top 10 finalist in Guitar Center's Singer Songwriter 2.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

Tickets are $7.50 for the 21-and-over show. For more information visit

Schofield and nine others were chosen by Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks from among 13,000 entrants and competed in Los Angeles for the grand prize, which included an EP to be produced by Shanks as well as an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jeff Campbell of San Francisco took home the victory this year. Schofield’s performance at the competition can be at

Schofield’s was recently selected by Unsigned Only International Music Competition as a semifinalist, which will put his music in front of a host of music industry judges to be narrowed down to a first and second place in each of 10 categories. In addition, an overall grand prize winner will receive $10,000 cash, a swath of music gear and the opportunity to be mentored by top music industry professionals.

The celebrity judges include Carly Simon, Iggy Pop, John Oates, Wynona Judd, Of Monsters and Men, and several other successful performers and acts. “I’m stoked to again have the opportunity to have my music heard by such heavy hitters in the music industry,” says Schofield. “This business is all about the connections you make, and I have had so many unbelievable opportunities for that this year.”

Schofield recently had the honor of playing on stage with Grammy Award winner John Mayer at a surprise appearance at one of Schofield’s performances in San Francisco during his Northern California tour in May 2013.

“He crashed my show!” said Schofield in an email. “I couldn’t even believe what was happening. John’s songwriting and guitar work have been a big influence on me, so it was quite the honor.” Mayer proceeded to play a guitar solo and even chimed in on some vocals as Schofield played “You Always Run” from his 2012 record “Away We Go.” A fan was able to capture part of the performance on a camera phone and it can be seen at

Jazz in the Woods

On Sunday, Aug. 4 the Montana Discovery Foundation presents Jazz in the Woods with the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet 5 to 7 p.m. at the Moose Creek Ranger Station, Rimini Road, west of Helena. This is a free event. For more information call Debbie at 495-3711 or email Fans should bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs or blanket.

To get to Moose Creek Ranger Station, turn south on Rimini Road and drive approximately 5 miles. There is ample parking just north of the cabin. For more information, call the Montana Discovery Foundation at 495-3711.

I-90 Collective to perform at Montana Early Music Festival

The I-90 Collective, a Baroque ensemble, returns to Montana in August for a series of seven intimate and witty performances featuring local and nationally recognized artists. The Helena concert is a benefit for the Montana Early Music Festival, a unique series of four free concerts produced each spring by Musikanten Montana to showcase the brilliant choral and instrumental music of the Baroque and Renaissance eras.

Bozeman violinist Carrie Krause will be joined again by her friends, Baroque violinist Adriane Post, Baroque cellist Paul Dywer, and John Lenti (performing upon a 6-foot lute). This year’s program features virtuosic pleasantries from the bookends of the Baroque, with works by Leclair, Locatelli, Vitali, and two mystical Partitas from Biber’s "Harmonia Artificiosa.” Alto Anne Kania, a local hit in last spring’s Early Music Festival, will lend a waggish respite with Telemann’s “Canary Cantata.”

Join the collective at the elegant home of Ron Lee, 520 Harrison on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $40 for one or $75 for two seats and refreshments are provided.

Seating is limited; contact Kerry Krebill at 933-5246 or to reserve your tickets. Concert and ensemble information is available on the website.

Tinsley Ellis to bring hard-rockin’ blues to Myrna Loy Center

Acclaimed hard-rocking, blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis brings his incendiary guitar riffs and expressive vocals to the Myrna Loy Center Auditorium, Monday, Aug. 5, at 8 pm.

Southern blues-rocker Ellis may speak no evil, but he sings and plays with the conviction of, as Billboard wrote, “...a man possessed.” Over the course of 11 albums and literally thousands of live performances, Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King and his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”

Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Growing up in southern Florida, he first played guitar at age 8. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on “Lucille,” he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis.

Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis left Florida for Atlanta in 1975 and eventually formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band.

After cutting several Heartfixers albums, Ellis sent a copy of the master tape for his solo debut to Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records. “I had heard Cool on It,” recalls Iglauer, “and I was amazed. I hadn’t heard Tinsley before, but he played like the guys with huge international reputations. It wasn’t just his raw power; it was his taste and maturity that got to me. It had the power of rock but felt like the blues. I knew I wanted to hear more of this guy.”

Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut “Georgia Blue” in 1988, Ellis has toured nonstop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another.

Rolling Stone says Ellis plays “feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

Ellis’ latest album “Get It” is a throwback collection of instrumental blues, surf and guitar rock tracks where he plays tribute to some of the great musicians who came before him. Putting the microphone away allows Tinsley’s guitar to take center stage and carry these tunes to another level. His prodigious talent allows him to span the gamut from blues shuffles ala Stevie Ray and Albert Collins to Dick Dale surf guitar and Santana’s smooth Latin style.

Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. His most recent tour with Blues At The Crossroads II: Muddy & The Wolf with the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin was considered by many one of the best shows of 2013.

Tickets for the performance are $25 and can be purchased at the Myrna Loy Center or online at For additional information, call the box office at 443-0287. The Myrna Loy Center is located at 15 N. Ewing.

Ferg Ferguson at Canton Church

Gary “Ferg” Ferguson, professional western guitar player and singer, will perform Friday, Aug. 2, at the Canton Church, beginning at 3 p.m.. His friend Rick Wine, guitar player from Clancy will join him. The historic church, now used as a performance venue, is nine miles northeast of Townsend on Canyon Ferry Road, Highway 284.

Ferguson, a resident of Townsend, had several of his own bands including Montana Country Gentlemen and has cut several CDs on his own Big Sky label. Ferguson comes from a farm and ranch background so has a good feel for country life and songs. He played for many years during his time in the U.S. Air Force performing in Canada, Ireland, Germany and Libya as well as Detroit, Maine, Michigan and Alaska. He and his family settled in Bozeman in the mid 1970s where they built and ran the Country Music Lounge until 1982. Ferguson retired to Townsend in 2006.

Wine, a volunteer solo artist, who goes by the name of “Ruff Sawn” also plays acoustic and bass guitar for local blue grass and country bands. He plays for benefits, retirement homes and parties. Some of the venues he has played are Lost & Foundation, Jefferson County Fair and Boulder Music and Arts Festival.

The performance is free. Donations are welcome. No food or drink except bottled water is allowed inside the church. For more information please call 266-3710.

Notre Dame organist to perform in Helena

The Cathedral of St. Helena presents a free concert by acclaimed organist Olivier Latry, organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Latry was born in 1962 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and began his study of piano at age 7 and his study of the organ at age 12; he later attended the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, studying organ with Gaston Litaize. From 1981 until 1985 Latry was titular organist of Meaux Cathedral, and at age 23 he won a competition to become one of the three titular organists of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. From 1990 until 1995 he taught organ at the Academy of Music at St. Maur-des-Fossés, where he succeeded his teacher, Gaston Litaize. Since 1995 he has taught at the Paris Conservatory, where he succeeded Michel Chapuis.


Shakespeare Co. to present ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Aug. 1

Montana Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s tragic love story, “Romeo and Juliet,” opening Thursday, Aug. 1, for two weekends only.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1 -4, and Aug. 8- 11 at the Great Northern Town Center Amphitheater.

Tickets are $15 with a discount for groups of 10 or more.

Director Kim DeLong and a cast and crew of mostly Montana actors present one of the greatest love stories of all time. DeLong has brought to the stage a wonderful Elizabethan period piece with shades of the 1960s.

Tickets are available the night of the performance or call 406-431-1154 or visit

Grandstreet to present ‘Shrek the Musical’

“Shrek the Musical” opens at Grandstreet Theatre with shows Friday, Aug. 2 to Aug. 17, Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

“Shrek the Musical” brings the story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and it is a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand, Mr. “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” Shrek. 

The cast includes Lorenzo Rush as Shrek, Emily Nash as Fiona, Logan Colegrove as Donkey and Aiden Dreskin as Lord Farquaad, as well as an ensemble of professional guest artists, local community members and theatre school students.

Tickets are $21 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; $17 for Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees. For tickets, call the Grandstreet Box Office (afternoons) at 447-1574 or order at

For questions or more information please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email


Playable Playgrounds fundraiser is Aug. 11

Helena’s Playable Playgrounds and Jensen Jewelers of Helena have joined forces to raise money for Helena’s Playable Playgrounds through a Diamond Ducky Derby. Jensen Jewelers has donated a Love Story Diamond Pendant valued at over $1,700. It features three genuine ideal cut diamonds set in 14kt white gold. The Diamond Ducky Derby will be held Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Last Chance Splash Park and Pool in conjunction with Helena’s Playable Playgrounds’ Pirate Pool Party.

Chances to win the Diamond Pendant are available for $5 through a ducky adoption. That ducky will then compete in a race in the lazy river at the Last Chance Splash Park and Pool with the winning duck’s owner receiving the diamond pendant. All adoption fees will be used to install inclusive playground equipment in Helena. Ducks can be adopted at Alive@Five during the month of July or at Jensen Jewelers, 2030 Cromwell Dixon Lane, Suite A. Ducks can be decorated at the time of adoption with Sharpie Markers and the best dressed duck will receive a prize.

Helena’s Playable Playgrounds is a community effort to install inclusive playground equipment in Helena. Donations can be sent to Helena Recreation Foundation c/o Helena’s Playable Playground 68 Hill Brothers Road, Clancy, MT 59634.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host an Out of the Darkness Walk, Saturday, July 27. Registration begins at 8:30a.m. The walk starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. The walk begins at the North Entrance of the Capitol and is an easy walk, less than 3 miles long.

People can also register at under the "find an event" tab.

There is no cost to participate. However walkers can raise money and donations are accepted.


PechaKucha 5: Rowing rituals, mysteries

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PechaKucha Helena #5 will be held at ExplorationWorks on Wednesday, July 31. The audience will be entertained on topics including: dogs who are helping with conservation in Africa; the origins of a local whiskey club; a Helena man whose life began in Cuba; the rules, rituals and regalia of Oxford rowing; the mystery of the moustache; travel in the Balkans; living a 3-dimensional life, and answers to the Great Questions of Science.

Presenters and topics:

Ron Lee – The Rules, Rituals, and Regalia of Oxford Rowing

Heather Lee-Jersild – Great Questions of Science

Samantha Wren Barton – Whiskey Club

Stephen Maly – My Balkan Holidays

Pete Coppolillo – Working Dogs for Conservation

Chris Dorsi – My Cuban Roots

Lark Gilmer-Smothermon – A 3D Life

Peter Kirwan – The Mystery of the Moustache

Doors will open at 6 p.m. so the audience will have time to mingle with presenters and audience members, and explore the exhibit “Shoot for the Sky.” A cash bar will be provided. Admission price is $7. Tickets can be purchased by calling ExplorationWorks, 457-1800 ext. 1. This event is intended for an adult audience.

The phrase PechaKucha is derived from Japanese, and it means chit-chat. And that’s what happens at a PechaKucha event, but in a very structured manner. Presenters take the stage, show some slides, and tell a story. The format is well-defined and it’s the same around the world: 20 slides of 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Presenters stand up, share a succinct presentation, and sit down.


A Day in the Life of a Lookout in the Elkhorns

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Montana Discovery Foundation presents A Day in the Life of a Lookout from 5 to 8 p.m. at Strawberry Lookout in the Elkhorn Mountains. This event is free. For more information call Debbie at 495-3711 or email

Visitors will see how to use a Belt-Weather Kit, learn how to read a fire-finder, climb a vintage, 60-foot tower and talk with an experienced Forest Service lookout.

To get there take Interstate 15 to Clancy, exit then to Alhambra. Turn east up the Warm Springs Creek Road and stay on the main road for 7.5 miles until the signs indicating Strawberry Lookout on the left-hand side of the road. From there it is about a 1-mile moderate hike up to the site. A shuttle will be available.

For information, call the Montana Discovery Foundation at 495-3711

Running for Water

On Saturday, July 27, Montana Discovery Foundation, City of Helena and many other sponsors present the Running Water for Helena Tenmile 10-mile or 5K fun run and walk, starting at the Tenmile Water Treatment Plant. The 10-mile race is at 8 a.m. and 5K race is at 9 a.m.

Educational tours of water plant and presentations from U.S. Forest Service, Fish Wildlife & Parks, Environmental Protection Agency and city officials will be available from 8:15 to 11 a.m.

You can download a registration form or register online at or pick one up from your local health club. Day-of registration is $20. Proceeds benefit the Tenmile Watershed Group and the Montana Discovery Foundation to help with education and stewardship in the Tenmile Corridor.

To get to the Tenmile Plant travel 8 miles west on Highway 12 West from city limits. Turn left on Rimini Road, travel .08 miles, turn left into the Tenmile Water Treatment Facility.

For more information call Debbie at 495-3711 or email or call Don Clark 457-8556 or email Winners receive medals, and there are door prizes for participants.

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