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Bray exhibits open tonight

The Resident Artists Exhibition and the Bray Benefit Auction hold an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery.

The Resident Artists Exhibition showcases the diversity and range of the Bray’s residency program. The 11 full-time and 10 summer resident artists will display a wide range of pottery, sculpture and installation work.

The Bray Benefit Live, Silent and Cup Auctions runs from June 14 to July 28, when items are auctioned at the “Alice in Wonderland” Brickyard Bash. The Bash is Saturday, July 28, beginning at 6 p.m.

More than 97 artists have donated artworks for the auctions, which are on display at the Warehouse Gallery until July 28 and online at archiebray.org.

Brickyard Bash tickets are $20 in advance and $25 for non-members and are available at the Bray North Gallery; Allegra Marketing, Print & Web; Birds and Beasleys; The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room; and Ten Mile Creek Brewery. 

The Bray is located at 2915 Country Club Ave. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Artist Julia Galloway presents at the Bray

Archie Bray visiting artist Julia Galloway will talk about her work and influences at the Archie Bray Foundation Residence Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

Galloway is a potter and professor of art at the University of Montana who has exhibited and lectured across the United States and Canada. A former Bray resident artist, she is a visiting artist and current member of the Archie Bray Foundation’s board of directors.

Visit the Bray at 2915 Country Club Ave. or archiebray.org.

comedy

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 at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive, in the Natatorium.

The show features some of the up-and-coming comics from around Montana, including Patrick Sugarbush, Reese Dowdy and Charley Macorn. For a full schedule of this week’s Big Sky Pride events, visit bigskypride.com.

dance

Cohesion Dance Project presents ‘Resonance’

Cohesion Dance Project embarks on an exciting new adventure incorporating a variety of mixed-genre art with dance, culminating in the production, “Resonance-- An Evening of Art Inspiring Art.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22 at The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing.

Nationally recognized Helena artist Richard Swanson has created three new metal sculptures featured in the project.

Additional contributions include: poetry by Helena’s best-selling author, photographer, and poet, Tyler Knott Gregson; original music performed live by J. Stuart Smith; original compositions and live performance by Helena violinist, Matt Bugni; visual art by Matt Plaumann and Helenan Nicole Woody and film documentary by Helenans Patrick Call and Coan Norman.

Cohesion choreographers and dancers created dances to respond to the various works.

Thursday’s performance is $25. Friday’s show, June 22, includes a gala event with wine and desserts and the opportunity for attendees to meet the artists and interact with the sculptures. Friday tickets are $40. For info, visit cohesiondance.org

event

The Longest Day Quiltathon

The national Alzheimer’s Association uses the summer’s Longest Day as a way to bring awareness and attention to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

A group of quilters in Helena, Team M & M (which is named for two victims of this disease), is organizing a Quiltathon 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 21 at the Mount Helena Quilt Retreat Center on Seventh and Rodney to help make a star quilt to be raffled in September. Some sewing machines will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The group will also make fidget quilts for Montanans with advanced stage dementia.

Donations of materials and cash welcome. Information about dementia presented at breaks throughout the day. For a reservation, call Loretta Miller at 406-465-1244 or email lamiller@mt.net.

library

Adventure focus of two library talks

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis holds a 2 p.m. book reading at Lewis & Clark Library and hike on Saturday, June 16.

She has covered over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents, and has hiked with her husband and 2-year-old daughter in all 50 states.

She will be reading from her latest book, “The Pursuit of Endurance,” and will lead a hike after her talk. Her hour-long program includes storytelling, slideshows, readings from her book and Q&A, followed by a book signing.

Montana Book & Toy Co will sell books at Davis’ presentation.

On Monday, June 18, at 12:30 p.m. author Christy Day shares her experiences through stories and pictures of walking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. She made the 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. Day, at 66, describes the adventure as “one of the most transformative experiences of her life.” She wrote a book about the experience, “Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino.”

Big Read returns to Lewis & Clark Library

“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast is the Lewis & Clark Library’s Big Read book this year.

The Lewis & Clark Library received a $15,000 grant to once again host the NEA Big Read in Lewis and Clark County, which is the 12th time it’s earned this honor.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author will present the keynote talk on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and will discuss her memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

Patrons will be able to pick up copies of the book from the Library beginning in August.

Lewis & Clark Library’s Birthday Bash

Lewis & Clark Library throws its 150th Anniversary Birthday Bash June 22 -- all day long.

Events include:

  • 10 a.m.: Public Shredding Event with Iron Mountain hosted by the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Summer Lunch Program hosted by Helena School District in Anchor Park
  • 1-3 p.m.: Birthday Cake! Plus watch "Paddington 2" in the large meeting room starting at 1 p.m.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Meet the Montana Ghostbusters in Pioneer Park
  • 5:30 PM: Welcome and official 150th dedication in Pioneer Park
  • 6-9 p.m.: Live music by The Mighty Flick and kids can bounce in the Jackalope Jump Bouncy Houses--Pioneer Park
  • 9:30 p.m.: The Director's Cut outdoor movie presented by FunFlicks in Anchor Park: "Ghostbusters" (1984)

For more information, visit lclibrary.org/.

music

Musikanten Montana Choral Week concerts

Musikanten Montana holds it 11th Helena Choral Week this week.

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.

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

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, 1000 Helena Ave. Cost $12 at the door, kids free.

Sunday morning the group will sing for Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena. For details visit musikantenmt.org.

Brewery block party and run

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

The brewery hosts free live music acts 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 "Run to the Brewery" 5k fun run donates all proceeds to local charities. There's free beer involved so bring your ID. Limited parking available at starting line, so carpools encouraged. Tickets/registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-to-the-brewery-5k-fun-run-tickets-45925873524.

Tumbledown House at The Myrna Loy

The Myrna Loy presents San Francisco songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, tonight, June 14, at 7:30 pm. Originally from Portland, the group is now skyrocketing “like a crate of fireworks in the back of a pickup driven by a haphazard cigar smoker,” says Tumbledown’s Tyler Miller.

Pop Rocket Press has called them one of the hottest ascendant bands of the Rocky Mountain West.

They’ve been described as: Modern speakeasy, saloon jazz and parlor pop. They’ve also been called “Tom Waits in a cocktail dress.”

Their ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes with surprising instrumentation, refreshingly original compositions, and raw energy is what has driven their career from backstreet bars to more than 800 shows in 25 states.

Tickets are $18 and are available at The Myrna Loy box office, 443-0287, or at www.themyrnaloy.com.

Historic preservation awards

The Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council will present the annual Historic Preservation awards noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Commission Chamber on the third floor of the City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave. , at a public event.

For more information, contact Pam Attardo at 447-8357 or pattardo@lccounty@mt.gov.

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