Helena Area Arts and Entertainment News Posted on March 16, 2023


Entertainment at the Lewis & Clark Tap Room

Lewis & Clark Top Room has scheduled the following upcoming events:

Vinyl City presents a wide variety of music on Thursday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m

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  • Vinyl City presents a wide variety of music on Thursday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m
  • Come to the Tap Room for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Ten Years Gone and the Tiernan Irish Dancers. Tiernan Irish Dancers will perform at 4:30pm and live music will begin at 8:00pm $5 cover after 7:30pm.
  • Wood Belly brings bluegrass to the Tap Room on Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. $5 cover.
  • Magician Carl Harron performs in the Power Room on Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. $5 cover.
  • Das Froot Comedy featuring Bad Napoleon shares jokes on Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at lctaproom.com
  • Test your knowledge with Tap Room Trivia on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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For information on all shows: Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1535 Dodge Ave., https://lctaproom.com/ or call 406-442-5960.

Pianist Claire Huangchi features in the symphony

On Saturday, March 25, the Helena Symphony will present Masterworks V.

The Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and renowned pianist Claire Huangci celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm at the Helena Civic Center.

Pianist Claire Huangchi features in the symphony

Pianist Claire Huangchi will perform with the Helena Symphony Orchestra on March 25.

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World-renowned pianist, recording artist and one of Helena’s favorite soloists, Claire Huangchi returns to perform Rachmaninoff’s breathtakingly beautiful Second Piano Concerto. The celebration of Rachmaninov’s 150th birthday opens with his reflective vocalism, and the concert also includes the lively playfulness of Poulenc’s Gloria.

“Rachmaninov’s Second and Third Piano Concertos are performed all the time and are extremely difficult for the pianist,” explains Maestro Scott. “There are very few things that are more difficult than that, and the pianist has to absorb every part of the piano and be incredibly powerful with it. It’s very intimate and lavish, and the orchestra sings with the pianist.”

Concert tickets may be purchased ($15 – $55 plus $5 transaction fee) online at www.helenasymphony.org, by calling the Symphony Box Office 406-442-1860 or visiting the Symphony Box Office located on the Downtown Walking Mall at Placer Building (21 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 100) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Season tickets for Symphony are on sale

Season tickets for the 2023-2024 Helena Symphony season are now on sale.

The Helena Symphony is Helena’s oldest annual performing arts organization.

Season 69 will feature renowned guest artists including violinist Tim Fein, pianist Carl Cranmer, cellist Amit Peled and more. Subscribers will get access to subscription perks like bring-a-friend passes, reserved seating for all six Masterworks concerts, and early access tickets to Mozart by Candlelight and Christmas in the Cathedral.

Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office (406-442-1860) or visiting the Symphony Box Office located in the Placer Building at 21 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 100 between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Subscriptions can also be purchased online at helenasymphony.org. Subscriptions range from $107 to $340 depending on location.


Saturday Night Live in Helena live

It takes more than COVID to destroy a 40-year local comedy tradition.

Saturday Night Live in Helena survives—and even thrives—with an all-new raucous and entertaining take on what’s happening at the state Capitol.

This year, SNL is generously expanding its scope to take on the absurdities of the nation’s Capitol.

Saturday Night Live in Helena live

The 2023 cast of Saturday Night Live in Helena is gearing up for a series of performances at The Myrna Loy through March 18.

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SNL, featuring the usual suspects plus plenty of fresh faces, hits the stage at 7:30pm until Saturday, March 18.

Some special guests are coming our way – favorite local comic and former SNL director Mocki McNeely is visiting for a few nights, as well as cast members from the Virginia City Brewery Follies on March 17th and 18th.

And as of now, there are at least three songs about amending the Montana constitution, plus Ian Marquand’s wildly popular mind-bending speeches will return.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at themyrnaloy.com/, 15 N. Ewing or call 406-443-0287.

Improv Mining Co. in HAT

The Montana Playwrights Network invites you to attend a special improv performance featuring the Improv Mining Co. of Helena at the Helena Avenue Theater (HAT), 1319 Helena Ave., on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Get your tickets online at www.tickettailor.com/events/montanaplaywrightsnetwork/841985# or call/text 406-235-0353 for reservations and information.

Tickets are $16.60. Tickets are also available on the MPN website: www.montanaplaywrights.org.

Grandstreet is holding auditions

Grandstreet Theater is hosting auditions for its upcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR.

Audition dates are March 20-21 from 6:30-9 pm at the Grandstreet Theater Studio, 328 N. Fuller Ave.

These auditions are open to all young actors between the ages of 9 and 19. Visit https://theatreschool.grandstreettheatre.com/ to get all the details and be prepared, sign up and be ready for a fun audition.

After school hours offered at Grandstreet

Grandstreet Theater School announces Session 3 after school hours from 20th March to 18th May.

Cost is $125 for a 3 class session.

9th and 10th grade high school students only 3:45-5:30

Register online at: tickets.grandstreettheatre.com/TheatreManager/1/login&venue=2 or call the box office 406 442-4270 to register by phone.

Grandstreet Spring Break Workshops

Grandstreet Theater School if offering spring break workshops on March 30-31.

Sing, dance and learn songs and scenes from some of your favorite musicals. This workshop is conducted by the high school students of the Grandstreet Student Advisory Council.

Register online at: theatreschool.grandstreettheatre.com.

The half-day rate is $20 from 9 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m

All day is $35. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants (please let us know in advance of any dietary restrictions).

For more information, visit our website at theatreschool.grandstreettheatre.com or call the office at 406-442-4270.


The exhibition includes private paintings of the artist

Jan Novi (1952-2019) took a close look at the world. Meticulous. Consciously.

1+1=1 Gallery presents “Look Closer” an exhibition of paintings that Novi has made for herself but that need to be shared. Novy’s last show was in 2018.

“Look Closer” will have a virtual component available online at https://1plus1is1.com Website visitors can read Novy’s curator’s statement, artist’s statement and view a gallery of works included in the exhibition.

“Look Closer” will be on display at the gallery through Saturday, March 25, 2023. 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena and is open Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 11 :00 p.m. until 4 p.m

The library sponsors the Tiny Mobile Art contest

The Lewis & Clark Bookmobile Library will host a small mobile art gallery in April. The gallery will be available for viewing at all Bookmobile stops during regular business hours.

To view the Bookmobile schedule, visit www.lclibrary.org/188/bookmobile.

To feature art in the gallery, please submit a 3×3 piece of artwork to the Bookmobile at each scheduled stop by March 31 with your name, a brief description of the piece, and contact information.

Be sure to indicate if you would like your art returned to you after the show.

Not all artwork submitted will be entered into the Tiny Mobile Art Gallery, entries are at the discretion of library staff.

If you have any questions, please email the Bookmobile staff at [email protected]

Holter classes and workshops

Art Smart: Ages 7-14 on Wednesdays, runs from 3:30-5:30pm Cost: $17. Member: $12.

Art class after school. Join the teaching of artist Elise Perpignano to learn about a different artist each week, exploring their artistic style and medium before creating your own piece of art.

Open figure drawing studio: Wednesday, runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $17. Member: $12.

This ongoing figure drawing studio is open to all levels. Bring your own media.

Call 406-442-6400 or visit holtermuseum.org/ for more information.

Invitation to mural artists

The Helena Public Art Committee, on behalf of the City of Helena, is seeking to commission painted murals on the side walls of the Centennial Trail Tunnel. The aim of the project is to provide vibrant public art that creates a unique sense of place for the community to enjoy.

A budget of $15,000 is available to commission murals in the tunnel. The deadline for artists to submit a proposal is March 22, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. The complete request for proposals can be found at www.helenamt.gov/proposals/.

The tunnel is part of the Centennial Trail, which provides a safe and well-used off-street corridor under Last Chance Gulch running east-west through Helena. The tunnel connects Centennial Park and Memorial Park and serves as a pedestrian entrance to and from the railroad precinct.

Email Ramsay Ballew at [email protected] with any questions.


Townsend’s Fish Fry is coming up

The Townsend Knights of Columbus Fish Fry is back. Drive to Townsend on March 24 to enjoy fish, tater tots, mac and cheese, coleslaw and clam chowder.

The event will be at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 101 S. Walnut, in the parish center from 5 to 7 p.m. Prices are $18 per person, $40 for an immediate family of three or more, and children under 5 are free.

The cost is $20 and advance registration is recommended. Register at lastchancecurlingclub.com. Cash or Venmo for same day registration. Clean shoes are required.

Lists of Helena movies

760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225, cinemark.com

15 N. Ewing St., 406-443-0287, themyrnaloy.com

  • Inside, R
  • Champions, PG-13

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