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Flight of Writers

The Holter Museum of Art is hosting Flight of Writers, a Taste of Italy, with special guest author Virginia Reeves, 6-9 p.m. Friday Sept. 13, 12 E. Lawrence, www.holtermuseum.org. Features wines as well as words.

music

Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. live music

Banshee Tree will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Lewis & Clark Brewing, Co., 1517 Dodge Ave. The group combines the sounds of electric & acoustic instruments with a diverse blend of dance, jam, & early jazz into a frenzied, earthy dance music.

Currently located in Boulder, Colorado, Banshee Tree has quickly developed a reputation as one the west’s most multifaceted young touring bands. Combining the sounds of acoustic instruments with a diverse blend of EDM, jam, & early jazz, Thomas LaFond’s intrepid lyrics & compositions serve as a platform for hot swing and deep trance grooves. No cover.

Meadowlark Music Festival

The Meadowlark Music Festival returns to Women’s Park for its third year, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 500 Fuller Ave.

Dance to Junkbox blues duo Hillstomp from Portland; gypsy jazz high energy swing band Banshee Tree from Boulder, Colorado; and Latin-inspired ensemble Los Marvelitos from Helena; and more.

Music, dance, dance demos, food vendors and more.

Presale tickets are $12; and day-of tickets, $15, available at meadowlarkhelena.com, Blackfoot River Brewery and Hawthorn Wine Bar and Bottle Shop. For info visit www.facebook.com/meadowlarkmusicfest/.

Music at the Metropolitan Dinner Club

Brigid Reedy and Johnny “Guitar” Reedy perform Thursday, Sept. 12, in the 4B’s banquet room, 1720 11th Ave.

Brigid is an accomplished Montana singer, songwriter and fiddle player, and her repertoire runs from the most traditional cowboy tunes to new and original songs.

She is accompanied by her brother, Johnny “Guitar” Reedy, age 12, who has become a phenomenal guitarist, vocalist and performer in his own right.

No-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 and entertainment at 7. Non-members are welcome. Reservations required. Call Patti at 406-202-1766.

Postmodern Jukebox

To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox brings their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour to the Helena Civic Center, Friday, Nov. 15.

Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee said to “get ready for the most sensational '20s party this side of ‘The Great Gatsby.’"

Postmodern Jukebox has amassed over one billion YouTube views with 3.5 million subscribers, and has chalked up more than 1.7 million fans on Facebook.

Tickets are from $45 to $85 and can be purchased at www.helenaciviccenter.com, 447-8481, or at the Helena Civic Center Box Office, 340 Neill Ave., M-F 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m..

history

’Keeping Up with the Past!’

Seventy years ago, tragedy struck at Mann Gulch, when an out of control wildfire killed 13 firefighters.

Fifty years ago, saw the Woodstock music festival and Neil Armstrong step on the moon and take “one giant leap for mankind.”

The Montana Historical Society will commemorate both of these anniversaries and explore many other topics at its 46th Annual Montana History Conference at the Delta Colonial Hotel, Sept. 26–28.

Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from prostitutes and cannibalism on the frontier to railroad tourism, historic photography and the role of Cheyenne and Lakota women at the Little Bighorn.

Famed western photographer Barbara Van Cleve will share her photographic journey, while Northern Arizona University professors Brant and Dayle Hardy Short will share their insight into retellings of 1949’s tragic Mann Gulch fire. Also, there will be live performances with Mary Jane Bradbury as Nancy Russell and Neil Lewing in a musical salute to the U.S. Forest Service, national parks, and the timber industry.

There are also pre-conference workshops, post-conference field trips and tours.

For more information and conference registration — including the full conference schedule — visit mhs.mt.gov/education/ConferencesWorkshops

Rancher John Etchart exhibit

A new exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of Basque immigrant and Montana rancher John Etchart is on display in the Goodkind Block Partners Building, 139 N. Last Chance Gulch, through Sept. 6 and then at the City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave. Sept. 6-30.

The exhibit is based on the research of Iker Saitua, a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of California-Riverside, who is the author of “Basque Immigrants and Nevada’s Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce.”

Etchart came to the United States at the age of 18 from his home in the Basque Country of southern France.

In 1910, Etchart set up a sheep-grazing business in Valley County near Glasgow.

He became a noted member of his community and was known as a prominent livestock man in the American West.

'Reflections of the Lone Pine Ranch'

Susan D. DeBree will share her book, “Reflections of the Lone Pine Ranch,” at the next Last Chance Gulch Corral History Dinner Group Sept. 16 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, 2301 Colonial Drive in the Natatorium Room.

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Become a Member

The Lone Pine Ranch is located northwest of Helena in the Birdseye area. The author’s grandparents, Olive and Nathan DeBree, homesteaded the ranch in 1909.

Meet at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6.

Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, Sept. 11. Call Shirley Thomas 227-5953 or 431-8196.

comedy

The Myrna Loy turns into a comedy club

Gabriel Rutledge, Seattle’s award-winning stand-up comedian, turns The Myrna Loy into a comedy club Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., returning to Montana after a hilarious show last year.

Winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, he’s appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon’s Nickmom Night Out, and many more shows as well as authoring a book, “Happiness Isn't Funny.”

He jokes that he first knew comedy was his calling in third grade, when he made a wisecrack that got both the class and teacher cracking up. 

The opening act is Chase Mayer bringing his Louisiana drawl to The Myrna Loy. This young, emerging favorite was selected “Best of the Fest” at The Burbank Comedy Festival.

The Myrna Loy will set up club tables and serve special drinks and food.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 students and are available at the box office, 15 N. Ewing St., or call 443-0287 or visit themyrnaloy.com.

outdoors

Protecting Montana water

Tom Woolf presents “Protecting Our Waters from Aquatic Invasive Species,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 5, at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Woolf is the Aquatic Invasive Species bureau chief at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and his presentation will outline what Montana is doing to protect the waters of Montana. 

Bluebirding in Montana

Did you ever drive along a rural road in Montana and wonder about all those bird houses on the posts?

The original Mountain Bluebird Trail on Sloan Road outside of Ronan is still maintained, and bluebird research there continues.

There are countless more bluebird trails throughout Montana and southern Idaho.

Jane Brockway will relate her adventures of being a trail monitor and discuss the bluebird conservation movement on the state and national level 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

theater

Helena’s newest theater group

The Montana Playwrights Network announces the creation of a free community program for Helena area seniors over the age of 50, called, “Page to Stage.”

This group welcomes experienced performing artists and writers. However, no theater or writing experience is required.

Just bring a playful attitude and look forward to having fun with like-minded folks.

The first session is the third week in September. Only 15 seats available. Send an email to sign up, or send questions to montanaplaywrights@gmail.com. Deadline to register: Sept. 11.

dance

Learn to square dance

Learn to square dance with fun, easy-to-follow directions.

Singles, couples and families are welcome. Travel/dancing opportunities are available locally, statewide, nationwide and worldwide.

Lessons begin Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Broadwater School Gym, corner of Garfield and Hollins Ave. just west of Carroll College. Use the gym door entrance off the playground.

For more information, call Glen at 406-459-6450 or Karyn at 406-461-7536.

Helena movie listings

Cinemark

760 Great Northern, 800-326-3264 ext. 2118, cinemark.com

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon, PG-13
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home-Extended Cut, PG-13
  • IT Chapter Two
  • Angel Has Fallen, R
  • Overcomer, PG
  • Good Boys, R
  • Ready or Not, R
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, PG-13
  • The Lion King, PG
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2, PG

Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 443-0287, myrnaloycenter.com

  • The Farewell, PG
  • Luce, R

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