Havana Nights -- Holter’s Gala & Auction

Celebrate Havana Nights at the Holter Museum’s Gala & Auction, 5 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

John Roberts Y Pan Blanco will play a mix of danceable beats from West Africa to salsa to funk. And Chili O’Brien’s is cooking up a Cuban inspired dinner and hors d’oeuvres.

It’s the Holter’s major annual fundraising event when talented artists from around Montana donate works to support the Holter’s mission. View the art at the Holter through June 7.

Gala tickets are $75 and a table for eight is $600 and are available at holtermuseum.org/gala-auction.

Peter Pincus art talk

Archie Bray visiting artist Peter Pincus will talk about his art and influences at the Archie Bray Foundation Residence Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Pincus is a visiting assistant professor of ceramics at the School for American Crafts -- Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a BFA and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

The Bray is located at 2915 Country Club Ave.


Butte sex scandal

Retired Montana Associated Press Bureau Chief John Kuglin has written a nonfiction book about Butte, “Montana’s Dimple Knees Sex Scandal: 1960s Prostitution, Payoffs and Politicians,” that will be released in early June by The History Press.

The book is about a love story that went terribly wrong, betrayal, violence, greed and, for some, redemption.

The foreword is written by former longtime Montana Congressman Pat Williams, who grew up in Butte, and all royalties from the book will go to Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, which is working to save Butte’s amazing old buildings.

When Kuglin was a Great Falls Tribune reporter, he interviewed Butte Madam Beverly Snodgrass, who told him she had been brutally beaten and run out of business when she stopped paying bribes to local officials and the police.

The news story would take on a life of its own and become a major issue in the 1968 governor’s race between Tim Babcock and Forrest Anderson. The series would result in a credible threat against Kuglin’s life and trigger Kuglin’s series about Butte vice that ran for eight days. The Tribune had to hire another truck to haul an extra 4,500 extra copies to Butte during the series.

The book describes the torrid love affair between Snodgrass and a prominent Butte official she fondly called Dimple Knees, who stole her heart and then her money. After she stopped payoffs, her house on Mercury Street was torched – twice. A few years earlier, an attempt was made to dynamite her first bordello.

The book will be on sale at local bookstores, historical institutions and websites for Amazon, Target and Barnes & Noble.


Queer comedy show

“Perfectly Queer Comedy Show: We’re so funny, we don’t even need a straight man.”

Local improv comic Kev Hamm has put together a stand-up show featuring queer comics from around Montana 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive, in the Natatorium.

The show features Patrick Sugarbush, Reese Dowdy, Charley Macorn and more.


Myrna Brew & View with the Helena Brewers

Step back into the world of 1988 at the “Bull Durham” Brew & View event at The Myrna Loy tonight, Thursday, June 7.

The Brew & View celebrates the 30th anniversary of “Bull Durham,” baseball’s favorite romantic comedy, starring Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins.

Help launch the Helena Brewers’ last summer with a street party, art, food, beer/wine — and share the fun at the "church of baseball."

The “Bull Durham” Brew & View starts at 6 p.m. with $5 plates of baseball fare served up by Helena High students from the Business Professionals of America club, as well as other ballpark treats, featured beers, a special rose wine, and Flathead cherry kombucha.

The film starts at 8 p.m. “Bull Durham” highlights a single season of a minor league baseball team, in which aging catcher Crash Davis (Costner) is assigned to prep rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin LaLoosh (Robbins) for the majors—under the libidinous eye of literate baseball superfan Annie Savoy (Sarandon).

Tickets are $20, or $12 for no-alcohol and are available at The Myrna Loy, 443-0287, or online at www.themyrnaloy.com


Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Enjoy a guided walking tour, "Helena's Historic Last Chance Gulch -- Old Main Street," at 4 p.m. Sundays in June for $5/person; children are free. Meet at 58 N. Last Chance Gulch in front of the Big Dipper. Sponsored by the Lewis and Clark County Historical Society.

Additional Sunday walking tours include “Mansions and Millionaires” in July and “Old South Central Neighborhood" in August.

Tours can be scheduled at other times for groups of 5 or more; call 447-8357 or email pattardo@lccountmt.gov. Also see www.helenahistory.com.

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Pencil party

It’s a Pencil Party! Buster, the gigantic pencil puppet, plus fingerplays, action rhymes and fun/silly activities to build fine motor skills. Children’s Garden Preschool is celebrating 30 years of nurturing Helena’s youngest students by offering free skill set presentations for 3- and 4-year-year-olds and their parents.

Join master teacher Gail Oelrich on Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Lewis & Clark Library. Each child will receive a free skills set gift. Seating is limited and children must be accompanied by a parent. For information, call 449-5668.


June Helena Choral Week

Musikanten Montana holds its 11th Helena Choral Week June 11-17.

Concerts, music classes and all things choral are offered.

Each morning kickstarts with 8 a.m. breakfasts at a different Helena coffee shop, followed by 50-minute classes offered at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

Morning classes will be at the Cathedral Center (next to the Cathedral of St. Helena) and include Music Fundamentals, Madrigal Singing, Group Voice, and returning by popular demand, the two-session “The Meaning Behind our Music.”

Returning guest artists include: soprano Evanne Browne, baritone Robert W. Tudor, and tenors Thomas Gregg, Kyle Burke, Erick Crow and Michael Harrison. Making her Montana debut is longtime Washington, D.C., star mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead.

Local master teacher Art Bumgardner will be teaching the Group Voice class. Classes are open to the public – enrollment for five days is $50; drop-ins are welcome any day for $12 each class. Local singers are welcome. Guest artist/teachers will also schedule private voice lessons at mutually convenient times.

Lunch-time free mini-recitals will continue at The Myrna Loy Monday through Thursday at 12:15 p.m. The Friday concert venue is the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing.

Local musicians June Lee, Anna Milburn, Mark Walker and Fred Cobb present the first concert on Monday, June 11. Heather Barnes will sing on the Friday lunch concert. Donations welcome.

The Helena Choral Week final concert, “The French Connection,” which includes a cappella music by Poulenc, Hindemith, Corigliano, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns and Milhaud is June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. On Sunday morning, the group will sing for Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena. For more information about Helena Choral Week or to enroll in classes (or sponsor a concert!), check out the Musikanten Montana website at www.musikantenmt.org.

Music and more

Lewis & Clark Brewing holds its “2nd Annual Brewery Block Party and Open House” June 15 and 16.

The brewery is closing down the block and offering a host of free live music performances starting 5 p.m. Friday with Mighty Big Jim And The Tall Boys/The Fermenters, The Waiting -- A Tom Petty Tribute Band from Bozeman that packed the Tap Room on their last visit, and Flatland Cavalry.

On Saturday, June 16, events kick off at noon with the "Run to the Brewery from the Green Meadow Country Club and the Brewery Open House with self-guided tours of the new brewery from noon to 5 p.m.

Live music starts at noon with The Essentials, then No Idea - NFI Band takes the stage, followed by Saints & Angels, Off In The Woods, Ten Years Gone and the headliner for the night -- Yarn.

The 1st Annual "Run to the Brewery" 5k Fun Run! donates all proceeds to local charities. There's free beer involved so don't forget to run with your ID.

Limited parking available at the starting line, so carpools encouraged. Tickets/registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-to-the-brewery-5k-fun-run-tickets-45925873524

This Year's non-profit recipient will be the Cohesion Dance Center and one other local charity.


Birding 101 for Kids

Join Last Chance Audubon at Montana Wild for Birding 101, on June 8 -- specifically for students entering grades 5-8 during the 2018-2019 school year.

It features a morning bird walk -- learning about feathers and flights, birdsong, migration, and conservation.

The free three-hour program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Montana Wild Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave. For more information, call 444-9944.


Falsettos opens at Grandstreet

Tony Award winning musical “Falsettos” opens at Grandstreet Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, and runs through June 24.

This groundbreaking musical tells the story of Marvin, a neurotic New Yorker who leaves his wife and son to be with another man.

Hilarious one moment and heartwarming the next, “Falsettos” is a brave and poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family.

Shows are Wednesday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. at 325 N. Park Ave.

Tickets are $23 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; $19 Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees. Recommended for mature audiences. Call 447-1574 afternoons or order online: GrandstreetTheatre.com.

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