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Painting workshop

The Art Center of Helena holds a four-day oil painting workshop July 28-31 with landscape artist, Mike Wise.

A signature member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, Wise has won numerous awards.

This workshop offers opportunities for indoor studio work as well as plein air painting.

The cost is $450 for Art Center members and $485 for nonmembers, which will include a membership for the remainder of the year.

Space is limited. To reserve your place contact Andy White at 406-202-4601 or

Bray artist talks

Archie Bray visiting artists Beth Cavener and Tip Toland present a talk on their work and influences at the Archie Bray Foundation Residence Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

Cavener is a professional studio artist working in Helena.

Among her awards are the Artist Trust Fellowship in 2009, the Jean Griffith Foundation Fellowship in 2006 and the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2004.

She has exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, nationally and internationally.

Toland’s work is included in prominent public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Yellowstone Art Museum, Montana; and Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin.

She’s exhibited at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin.

She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986, a First Place Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 2004, an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship in 2007, the United States Artists Windgate Fellowship Award in 2014 and the Zanesville Prize Best of Show for Contemporary Ceramics in 2017.

The Bray is at 2915 Country Club Ave., 443-3502,


Trauma and Healing: Lessons from Literature

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, Plymouth Church’s book group, “Trauma and Healing: Lessons Through Literature,” continues with excerpts by Montana authors. Included are readings that range from “Perma Red”, by Debra Magpie Earling to Norman Maclean’s classic, “A River Runs Through It” and more.

It meets at Plymouth Church, 400 S. Oakes. You may request a copy of the readings by calling or visiting the church office, 442-9883. The final reading of the series will be Aug. 29.


'Pulp Fiction' Brew & View on tap at The Myrna Loy tonight

Dude fans -- your party’s on hold until Aug. 30, when the Big Lebowski Brew & View returns.

But the partying rolls on at the Pulp Fiction Brew & View tonight -- July 12.

This modern film classic was the number-one favorite when Myrna fans voted on future Brew & View options.

There will be a street party, costume contest and trivia competition. You can also expect food options and sake-based Bloody Marys served by the Myrna Loy’s new pub manager, Dan Bay, along with local brews.

The street party kicks off at 6 p.m., and the film starts at 8.

Tickets are $20 and include three alcoholic beverages, or $12 with a soda and popcorn. The film is rated R.

For tickets and info, visit the box office at 15 N. Ewing St., call 443-0287 or visit

Free Movie Night: ‘Warm Springs’

“Warm Springs” is an inspiring true story about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It reveals one man's secret quest for hope during his darkest days, in a place that would serve as a source of strength for him the rest of his life: Warm Springs.

The show is 6:30 Friday, July 13, at St. John's Building, 25 S. Ewing. Bring a snack to share. Donations welcome.


Dustin Lynch headlines Last Chance Stampede & Fair

Country star Dustin Lynch headlines this year’s Last Chance Stampede & Fair 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Lynch recorded a string of hits stretching back to 2012 and earned a red hot live performance reputation.

His most recent album, “Current Mood,” is being touted as one of the most adventurous, attention-­grabbing country albums of 2017.

Tickets are available at, and the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds administrative office. Prices are $40 each in advance and $45 the day of for reserved and general admission seating. Advance tickets will include outside gate admission.

Legal Tender music

The Legal Tender, 7 Legal Tender, in Clancy offers the following nights of music:

July 13: Mike Mcnully

July 20: The Nightcrawlers

July 27: Lula’s Roadies

Aug. 3: Trent Brooks

Aug. 10: The Teccas

Aug. 17: Rocky Mt Outlaw Tour

Aug. 24: tba

Aug. 31 Siggy and the Foos

Symphony Under the Stars

The 15th annual Symphony Under the Stars will celebrate the music of Star Wars, composed by the legendary John Williams, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, on the Carroll College Campus lawn.

The free concert is a collaboration of the Helena Symphony and Carroll College with the Helena Community Credit Union and includes a fireworks finale.

This year’s concert features excerpts from the film scores of all eight movies and will be performed by the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

The Carroll College Guadalupe Hill is closed to the public until Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., when concertgoers can drop off lawn chairs and blankets.

You can place your blanket from 3-5 p.m. on Friday with a $5/blanket cash donation to the Boy Scouts, who will provide security. Pets, plastic tarps, paint, rocks or stakes are prohibited on the lawn at all times.

An instrument “petting zoo” is late Saturday afternoon and offers “children” of all ages a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of musical instruments.

Picnic dinners are encouraged. Local vendors will be on site selling food and beverages. Merchandise, including T-shirts and this year’s art print by local artist Connie Bergum, will be available also.

Bring non-perishable or canned goods to hold down blankets and then donate the food to Helena Food Share. Several drop boxes will be available.

Montana Old Time Fiddlers

The Montana Old Time Fiddlers bring their unique music to the Wilderness Bar in Lincoln, 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

The program is free and open to the public and dancing is encouraged.

Guitar, mandolin, and banjo players are welcome to participate in the jam.

The Montana Old Time Fiddlers are dedicated to the preservation of old time fiddle music in Montana’s cultural environment and providing educational and performance opportunities for all. For more info call Dave at 685-3481.

One Grass Two Grass at Rathskeller

If you're a bluegrass fan and like it with a modern twist, San Francisco band One Grass Two Grass will be playing in 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, in The Rathskeller at The Montana Club, 24 W. Sixth Ave.

One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard-driving, fun-loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, rockin’ California string band music. The band forges its own style -- folk meets old-time, meets rock, meets bluegrass -- cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and a dash of stomping rock and roll.

Check out more about 1G2G and see them playing live on YouTube.

Xpress Singers

Join the Helena Xpress Singers for the summer Star Spangled Banner Guest Chorus! Women and young girls ages 13 and older are invited to sing for three summer events.

Three Monday evening practices: July 30, Aug. 6 and 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 535 Ewing St.

Guests will learn the Star Spangled Banner and the Montana Song.

The chorus performs at Brewers baseball game Aug. 20, the Montana POW/MIA Ride to Remember Aug. 18 and the DAR Constitution Day ceremony Sept. 17.

Classes for musicians

Mari Hodges will teach two Alexander Technique workshops, Sunday, July 15, at Music Makers Conservatory in Helena:

● "Mindful Music Making for Comfort, Health, Performance and Being More You!" at 4 - 6 p.m.; and

● "Alexander Technique for Singers" 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Hodges helps musicians reduce tension, overcome pain and unlock their potential using the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique is a unique educational approach to changing harmful and unhelpful habits. Centered around the importance of head-spine coordination and its effects on the whole self, this method of self-discovery empowers musicians to recognize and let go of patterns of tension that interfere with playing and singing.

Email for information and to register.


‘Mamma Mia!’

The ABBA smash hit “Mamma Mia!” launched this summer’s season at Grandstreet Theatre and runs through July 20. Well -- make that July 21.

The shows were sold out, but Grandstreet just added another 7:30 p.m. show for the 21st.

Young Sophie, who lives with her mother on a small Greek island, wants her father to walk her down the aisle for her wedding. However, she has a problem: who is her father?

The award-winning musical features such ABBA hits as “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me” and of course, the title song, “Mamma Mia”!

The play runs 7:30 p.m. July 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 20; 2:30 matinees on Sunday July 8 and July 15.

Prices: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings $24;

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings $20; matinees $20; kids 18 and under $16

For ticket information, call 447-1574 or visit 325 N. Park Ave. or

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