art

Drawing the figure

Drawing the Figure with Lou Archambault starts Jan. 21 for six consecutive Sundays from 2-4 p.m. at the Artspace, 17 Placer Ave. Live models. Small (8 maximum) class size for personal instruction.

Call Leah for availability and cost: 439-9939 or theartspacellc@g.com.

Winter exhibitions

Join us at the Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence, for our annual reopening in January and for the opening reception of new exhibitions on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5-8 p.m. The new exhibition in the Baucus Gallery is Close to Home from Dr. Richard Buswell. For more than four decades, Buswell has trained his camera on the landscape of Montana, with its abandoned and overgrown homesteads and majestic, never-ending skies. The Sherman Gallery features Lens to the Streets, Zachary Begler’s photographic interpretation of individuals inhabiting the streets of Phoenix, L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Helena. Helena artist Bonnie Lambert utilizes photography and collage to construct photographic narratives. Lambert’s exhibit Hall of Lesser Pleasures is in the Bair Gallery. Call 442-6400 or visit www.holtermuseum.org.

books

Dear Author program

Calling all fourth and fifth graders to participate in the Dear Author Program at the Lewis & Clark Library. Fourth and fifth grade students read a book that is either a Young Readers Choice Association nominee, a past nominee, or a Newbery Medal winner. The student then writes a letter to the author and submits it to the library for judging.

The Dear Author winners will receive a prize for themselves and their school library.

Entrants must submit their one-page entries by Jan. 12 to be judged by Lewis & Clark Library’s panel of judges. Late entries will not be accepted.

For details, contact the Children Services librarian at mbazan@lclibrary.org.

Community

Myrna Loy Uncorked

Join us at the Helena Civic Center (new location) at 7:00 p.m. on February 3 as we shimmy the night away at Uncorked 2018 – Speakeasy Shenanigans. This event will feature live entertainment produced by the Myrna, silent and live auctions, and a wine-tasting, along with a full, no-host bar and tasty treats. Proceeds will benefit the Myrna Loy's mission – to inspire Helena by presenting enriching arts experiences. Don your snazziest 1920s duds or come as you are, but don't forget to whisper the password to the palooka at the door so we know you’re cool. Free souvenir glass to the first 300 folks to purchase tickets. Purchase event tickets – and get the password – at www.myrnaloycenter.com/uncorked. Tickets are $50 per person.

dance

Square dancing

Last Chance Square Dance Club hosts a dance 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Broadwater School gymnasium, at the corner of Garfield and Hollins streets. All experienced dancers are welcome to attend. Club level Mainstream and Plus level tips will be called as well as round dances. Glen Tusler will be calling and cueing the dance.

For more information call, 227-6163 or 459-6348.

film

’The Prophet’

From the director of “The Lion King” comes a new animated classic, “The Prophet,” based on one of the most beloved and bestselling books of all time and brought to life by some of the most acclaimed animators from around the world.

In a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble.

Helena Center of Creative Living shows the film 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, Room 214, St. John's Building, 25 South Ewing St., enter on Rodney Street for parking. Come at 6 for snacks and community in the lobby. Bring a snack to share (no obligation). Visit www.thehelenacenter.org. to learn more.

history

Origins of microbrewing

Join historian Brian Shovers for “Seventy-five and Counting: The Origins and Evolution of the Montana Micro-Brewery Industry,” 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts.

In 1981 the United States claimed only 82 breweries; in 2017 that number exceeded 5,300. In 1968 Great Falls Select, Montana’s only brewery, called it quits. This would all change in 1984 when Kessler Micro-brewery opened in Helena’s Sixth Ward, followed by Bayern Brewery in Missoula, operated by a trained German brew master named Jurgen Knoller.

This talk is based on 14 oral history interviews conducted last year with some of the pioneers of the industry, an industry that now claims over 1,400 employees, in towns from Wibaux to Libby. This talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Montana Historical Society.

For more information, call 444-2694. 

Ellen Baumler at Metropolitan Dinner Club

Ellen Baumler, award-winning author and interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society, will be the featured guest speaker at the Metropolitan Dinner Club on Friday, Jan. 19, at Jorgenson’s Restaurant, 1720 11th Ave., in the banquet room.

She will explore the long and varied history of the Sieben Ranch in the Helena Valley. “Stopping Along the Way” will peel back the many layers of the area’s prehistory and history to reveal some surprising occupants, a diversity of human experience, a depth of contribution, and a pattern of stewardship for the land that continues today.

No host cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6. The one-hour presentation starts at 7 p.m. Nonmembers are welcome. Reservations are required. Call Patti Shearer at 202-1766.

music

International Guitar Night

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

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

This year 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 myrnaloycenter.com or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing.

outdoors

Hiking the Via Francigena

Helena resident Craig Bacino used a lifetime of skills to complete 1,400 miles of the Via Francigena, hiking through history and the heart of Europe from Canterbury, England, to Rome, Italy, on ancient medieval roads. On Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., he’ll share tales of this personal pilgrimage at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. The free program is sponsored by the Helena Outdoor Club and is open to the public.

science 

Meet your telescope

Did a new telescope arrive at your house at Christmas?

If so, bring your new telescope and join the Helena Astronomical Society for "Meet Your Telescope" on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

You’ll learn how to assemble your telescope, how to align the finder scope, what eyepieces to use and which ones not to use, how to know if you need to collimate your telescope and if you do how to use simple tools to achieve its optimal viewing.

For more information, visit the Helena Astronomical Society's website at https://helena-astronomical-society.org or call Jeff Ross at 980-0533.

Science on Tap

This new program at ExplorationWorks, 995 Carousel Way, is geared toward adults to discuss and learn about science in an informal setting. Each event will feature a presenter and topic. The first event in the New Year will feature a presentation titled Helena’s Watershed: Improving, Maintaining, and Protecting our Natural Resources. Jennifer McBroom and Erin Farris-Olsen from the Lake Helena and Montana Watershed Groups will discuss the importance of Lake Helena’s watershed as it relates to the residents in Helena and in Lewis & Clark County. The event will begin with a cash bar serving beer and wine at 6 p.m. with the presentation to follow at 6:30. Call 457-1800 or visit www.explorationworks.org/science-on-tap to lean more.

theater

’On Golden Pond’ comes to the Myrna Loy

“On Golden Pond,” which won a 1981 Oscar as a film, comes to the Myrna Loy Center stage, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Montana Repertory Theatre will be kicking off its 2018 national tour of this American classic with performances that week in Helena and Missoula.

Tickets are $22 general admission and $16 for students. They are available at 443-0287, online at myrnaloycenter.com or at the box office, 15 N. Ewing.

’Sense and Sensibility’

Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Ave., 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.

This playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters; sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne, after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable.

To order tickets call the Grandstreet Box Office (afternoons): 447-1574, or order online: www.GrandstreetTheatre.com. Ticket prices are $23 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; $19 for Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees; cost for thos 18 and under is $15.

The cast includes Eliza Kiss, Molly Haniszewski, Martha Sprague, Caroline Carey, Calder Burgam, Frank Hoovestal, Kal Poole, Chris Korow, Mary Linn Crouse, Mary Lee Larison, Trista Glazier, Aubrey Smith and Rachel Martorana and is directed by Retta Leaphart.

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