Rotgut Whines will play from 7-10 p.m. today, Jan 17, at Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1517 Dodge Ave. There is no cover charge.
At a Rotgut Whines show you can expect a quality of standard every time: grooves that make you move from two good friends in love with the music, dedicated to evoking emotions through their story telling songs. Self-described as fingerpickin’ soul and roll, enjoy the dark, raspy, deep, and soulful vocals from lead singer and guitarist Evan Manuel as he blends with drummer Andrew Murphy’s harmonies.
Slide on in to hear Studebaker John
On Friday, Jan. 18, we have Studebaker John & The Hawks will take the stage from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1517 Dodge Ave. There is a $5 cover at the door.
Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s.
Helena’s The Jiggawatts return
Back after a short hiatus, Helena's The Jiggawatts will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1517 Dodge Ave. Dress up in your ‘80’s garb and get out and get silly with the old hits.
Early Music Festival plays Helena
Musikanten Montana announces the 17th annual Montana Early Music Festival will be in Helena at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing. The festival will feature performances of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (part 2). Following up on the acclaimed 2018 performances of the Christmas Oratorio’s first half, the festival ensemble will perform the remaining three cantatas of the six the German master composed for the major church festival days of the 1734 Christmas Season in Leipzig. The concerts will open with Bach’s Epiphany Cantata 65 “Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen.”
Tickets are $35 general admission, $15 students, or $100 for a family ticket (up to 5 members). A special section for Musikanten Angels (donors of $100 and above) will be reserved in the front of the cathedral. Purchase tickets ahead of time at Birds & Beasleys or Piccolo’s Music. Call 406-442-6825 or visit www.musikantenmt.org for information or reservations.
Holter reopens with reception Friday
The Holter Museum, 12 E. Lawrence, will reopen Friday, Jan. 18, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and all new exhibitions.
On view in the Bair Gallery is Vantage Point by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. Rozycki Hiltner was born in 1975 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She comes from a family of makers: her mother and grandmothers made needlepoint pillows, quilts and stitched or knitted their clothes and toys; her father built odd things, cooked outrageous meals, and painted murals in their home. Rozycki Hiltner is a full-time artist living with her husband and two daughters in Red Lodge.
In the Sherman Gallery is Looney Toones by James Todd. Todd’s mother paid him a visit bearing a collection of drawings he had made between the ages of 5 and 8. He had not seen the drawings in more than 50 years. The fluid lines of his pencil drawings of American GI’s returning from the war in Europe, knights in armor, and a visit to the dentist greeted the artist across decades and a lifetime of experience. In this exhibition, Todd has reinterpreted his childhood drawings through woodcut printing, the medium for which he is perhaps best known today.
On view in the Baucus Gallery is Across The Divide. This exhibition highlights art faculty from University of Montana and Montana State University. Included artists are: Trey Hill, Elizabeth Dove, Julia Galloway, Jennifer Combe, MaryAnn Bonjorni, Kevin Bell, Brad Allen, Cathryn Mallory, Meta Newhouse, Gesine Janzen, Denise Riebe, Bryan Petersen, Ashley Fuchs, Jade Lowder, Michelle Osman, Sara Mast, Josh DeWeese, Jim Zimpel, Ella Watson, Vaughan Judge, Jeffery Conger, Jeremy Hatch, Dean Adams and Rollin Beamish.
Play with clay
Throw clay on the wheel 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 21, at Free Ceramics, 650 Logan St. This special group art project is all about having fun. All ages, 6 and older, are welcome. Children need to bring a snack and lunch. RSVP 406-438-6212 or email email@example.com. Cost $40; limit 18 children.
Cooney presents historic preservation awards
Montana Historic Preservation Awards will be given out by Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and MHS staff, at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing, to recognize outstanding achievements in historic preservation across the state.
“No more war, No more plague,” The Spanish Influenza Pandemic’s Toll on Montana is the subject of the program at the Last Chance Gulch Corral Dinner Club on Monday Jan. 21. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. for no-host cocktails followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in the lower dining room at 4B's Restaurant at Jorgenson's Inn and Suites, 1714 11th Ave. Reservations are required by noon on Friday, Jan. 18 by calling Shirley Thomas at 406-227-5963 or 406-431-8196.
Todd Harwell and Dr. Greg Holzman will review the history of the pandemic, its toll on Montana families and communities, and the public health response to address the worst pandemic of the 20th century in Montana. They will also put the pandemic into context with all the other major events happening at that time (e.g. WWI, xenophobia and sedition, etc.).
Fair will help plan weddings
The 44th annual Helena Bridal, Anniversary & Event Fair and Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave. There will be 40 business displays, a runway bridal style show, $6,000 worth of prizes, wedding music, planning guides and demonstrations. Guests can enjoy sampling cake, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and deli trays.
Bridal and anniversary couples and people organizing reunions, birthday parties, workshops or conferences can plan all their events in one day. Admission is $7 at the door.
The Myrna Loy rolls out its first Brew & View of the new year -- the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, “Fargo,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
Grab your tickets early because you betcha it’s going to sell out fast
Loosely based on a real-life Minnesota crime story, this tale of inept and pathetic criminals earned Frances McDormand (police chief Marge Gunderson) her first Oscar. The film is set in Brainerd, Minnesota, so in its honor The Myrna is serving up the most popular Brainerd dishes - a tater tot hot dish. Four beers by Helena’s newest brewery, Snow Hop, will be on tap. Tickets are $20 for admission with three alcoholic beverages, or $12 for no-alcohol drinks, and are available at themyrnaloy.com, or the box office at 15 N. Ewing St. or call 406-443-0287.
Help retire cemetery wreaths
Last month, more than 750 remembrance wreaths were placed through Wreaths Across America to honor veterans, active duty military and their families.
Now that the holidays are over, the wreaths will be removed beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 19. Volunteers will retrieve the wreaths from the wood stands located at the center circle, so that they may be properly disposed.
Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association is coordinating the wreath retirement. This is a family oriented – “all are welcome” event. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the cemetery center circle, 3550 Heroes Road and should pick up only those WAA wreaths placed at the center circle. Call 406-442-0493.
’Big Sonia’ a film about surviving the Holocaust
Screening of the documentary “Big Sonia,” about a Holocaust survivor and how she and her American family carried on with the task of living will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes. A reception follows the screening.
Standing tall at 4’8,″ Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Her enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived.
Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.
The film interweaves Sonia’s past and present using first-person narrative with stories from family and friends. Along the way, we learn valuable life lessons – “Soniaisms” – from a woman who can barely see over the steering wheel yet insists on driving herself to work every day to run her late husband’s tailor shop. Her influence spans generations and cultures, and we see first-hand how she transforms a room of self-involved teenagers into thoughtful citizens.
For information and to reserve a free ticket, call Plymouth Congregational Church at 406-442-9883.