Around Town: Helena Area Arts and Entertainment News Released June 23 | Local


Music, anecdotes and comedy at the Tap Room

Ditchbird performs at the Lewis and Clark Tap Room on Thursday, June 23.

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Folk and Americana from ditch bird Thursday, June 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

bandits brings to the country on Friday, June 24, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Music, anecdotes and comedy at the Tap Room

Banditti at the Lewis and Clark Tap Room on Friday, June 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Are you looking for a good laugh? Montana Comedy Showcase in the Power Room on Saturday, June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Register your free tickets now at

Rock’n classic rock and outlaw country band three eyed jack plays on Saturday June 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Music, anecdotes and comedy at the Tap Room

Three Eyed Jack performs at the Tap Room on Saturday, June 25 from 7-10 p.m.

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Humorous open mic at the Power Room on Sunday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Living at five

Living at five

Rock band Lord Nelson from Charlottesville, Va., will play June 29 at Women’s Park.

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Lord Nelson Rock band from Charlottesville, Va., tune in for June 29 of the free outdoor concert series Alive at Five in Helena.

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Their music has been described as having “a complete Rock ‘n’ Roll identity, heavily mixed with Americana and Soul”.

Alive at Five operates Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 1 through August 1. 3. The June 29 event will take place at Women’s Park.

“A Night in Hollywood” at the Montana Ting

On Saturday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m., the Helena Symphony Orchestra presents the fourth annual benefit concert at Montana Ting, a luxurious villa overlooking Lake Hauser. This formal, red-carpet event is hosted at the private estate of acclaimed European actors Nick Wilder and Christine Mayn.

Members of the public will walk the red carpet, with photographs, and enjoy a free drink upon arrival. Guests will be greeted with exquisite catered cuisine including fabulous seafood and grills along with a cash bar and incredible views of Helena’s sunset. To cap off this unforgettable evening, a private concert captures the whimsy and escapism of “A Night in Hollywood” and features some of the greatest sounds from the movie soundtracks performed by the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Tickets for this limited-seat special event are $150 each and are available at the Symphony Box Office (21 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 100) or by calling 406-442-1860.

State Capital Orchestra Concerts

The State Capital Band will begin its 120th season of concerts in the park on Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. at Memorial Park. The concerts will be conducted by Robert Loveridge and performed by a group of some of the best local musicians.

The music for this concert will include marches and other patriotic favorites to help celebrate our country’s independence. Special recognition will be given to those who have served and are currently serving in each branch of the military.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics or snacks and enjoy a musical evening with your family and friends. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece. The top two favorites from each concert will be performed at the final concert.


Exhibition in the Basin at the Galerie du Refuge

Exhibition in the Basin at the Galerie du Refuge

A visitor looks at Jennifer Reifsneider’s work titled ‘Monument’ at the Refuge Gallery in Basin. The last day to view the exhibit is Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Refuge Gallery celebrates the work of artists Jennifer Reifsneider of Missoula and Heide Marie Faessel of Whitefish and their collaborative exhibition, Intertwined: fiber, process, dialog with a reception on Saturday, June 25. The gallery will open at 11 a.m. with a reception from 4 until 8 p.m.

Artists and arts educator Jenny Bevil will talk about working in the context of collaboration, community and the history of fiber arts in Basin.

Mary Meigs Attwater, founder of the Shuttle Craft Guild, began teaching Basin women to weave around 1916. It was her life and work in part that inspired Refuge Gallery to host this exhibit. We are pleased to introduce you to these two fiber artists. We hope you will join us on Saturday.

Archie Bray Resident Artists Exhibition

Ten summer resident artists have joined the nine long-time artists of The Archie Bray, and the community is invited to celebrate their arrival and their contributions to the field of ceramics at the upcoming Artist-in-Residence exhibition.

View the artwork and meet the artists in person on Thursday, June 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bray Warehouse Gallery. The Warehouse Gallery and Bray Sales Gallery are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Garden Party Community Fundraiser

The Montana Playwrights Network invites the public to attend a community fundraiser, “TOWER OF HAT,” on July 16, 2022, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. This free event features live entertainment, great food, and great company, and will be held at The Yard at 510 State Street. Participants are encouraged to drop a donation into the HAT Box of any amount to help MPN recover financially from the ongoing effects of the pandemic, which has caused particular hardship for the entertainment industry. Please RSVP by June 27. Call or text 406-235-0353, or email

New series of readings staged at the HAT

Montana Playwrights Network’s staged reading series kicks off with a new play written by Ross Peter Nelson, “The Stray Dogs.” A public presentation of this play is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Helena Avenue Theater, 1319 Helena Ave., and will include a lively discussion with the playwright, speakers, performers, and audience in attendance. Admission is $15 per ticket at the door. To make reservations, call or text 406-235-0353 or email


‘Die Hard’ Brew & View

The Myrna Loy celebrates the career of actor Bruce Willis with a “Die Hard” Brew & View on Thursday, June 23.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a street party, Bruce Willis quiz contest, and Copper Furrow beers. The screening of “Die Hard” begins at 8 p.m. Brew & View attendees are encouraged to dress as a character from any of Willis’ films.

'Die Hard' Brew & View

The Myrna Loy pays tribute to actor Bruce Willis with a Brew & View featuring “Die Hard”, on Thursday, June 23.

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Willis, who announced his retirement in April, began his acting career in the early 1980s and smashed the great private eye David Addison in six seasons of “Moonlighting.” He received two Emmy Awards, one for “Moonlighting” and the other for guest starring on “Friends.”

But “Die Hard,” also starring the late Alan Rickman, is considered Willis’ most iconic film. Some critics called it the greatest action movie of all time.

Tickets are $20, which includes the movie and three alcoholic drinks. Alcohol-free tickets are $12.

For more information and tickets, visit or 15 N. Ewing Street, 406-443-0287.

MHS offers programs in June

The Montana Historical Society is offering a wide range of programs free to the public in June, and many will be streamed live and recorded on the MHS YouTube channel to watch in real time or at your leisure.

At 4:30 p.m. on June 23, author John Maclean will discuss “Home Waters; Chronicle of a family and a river. The book is a beautiful story of four generations of the Maclean family and their love of the Blackfoot River. Maclean will share the true stories of the characters fictionalized by his father, Norman Maclean, in “A River Runs through It.” This will be streamed live and archived on the MTHS YouTube channel.

At 3 p.m. on June 29, all current and former volunteers are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the volunteer program at MTHS. Friends of the Montana Historical Society began in 1972 with a group of 20 energetic women and grew to over 100 volunteers helping today.

Finally, at 4:30 p.m. on June 30, explore the mystery of Meriwether Lewis’ death after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. The talk and book signing by Dave and Marti Peck, who co-wrote ‘So Hard to Die’, which examines how Lewis returned from the perilous journey with hope for a bright future, only to die twice fired three years later at the age of 35 in a remote inn in rural Tennessee. His death was originally ruled a suicide, but various medical and psychological theories have been offered by historians and others. This will be streamed live and archived on the MTHS YouTube channel.

List of Helena movies


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Jurassic World Dominion, PG-13
  • Top Gun: Maverick, PG-13
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, PG-13
  • Elvis, PG-13
  • The black phone, R
  • Lightyear, PG

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • Brian and Charles, PG
  • Phantom of the Open, PG-13


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