Around Town: Helena Area Arts and Entertainment News Released May 19 | Local


First Dance Gala with Reverend Slanky

Reverend Slanky will perform in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom on Friday, May 20 at a Premiere Dance Company Gala.

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Reverend Slanky, Montana’s funkiest seven-piece funk band, will perform in the Ballroom of the Helena Civic Center at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at a Premiere Dance Company Gala.

The event includes performances by PDC and the hilarious Bad Dads of Ballet.

Admission at the door is $15 for adults; $5 for ages 12 and under. Food is available for purchase.

Visit or call 406-442-6519 for more information.


Audition for a new staged reading series

Montana Playwrights Network’s staged reading series kicks off with a new play written by Ross Peter Nelson, “The Stray Dogs.” Auditions are by appointment beginning May 24 and will be held at the Helena Avenue Theater (HAT), 1319 Helena Avenue. We need four women with excellent reading skills. A public presentation of this play is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. at HAT and will include a lively discussion with the playwright, the speakers assigned to the play, the performers and the public present. To schedule an appointment and for more information, please call or text 406-235-0353, or email:

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Summary of the play: In 1920s Madrid, three young country men met at graduate school. They will continue to change the world of art in their specialties: Federico Garcia Lorca in poetry, Luis Buñuel in cinema and Salvador Dalí in painting. But at the time of their encounters, they were just three “stray dogs” who formed an instant and powerful bond with each other. A bond that seemed unsolvable, until the pressures of fame, jealousy and sexual tension shattered their friendship, Les Chiens Errants (The Stray Dogs) explores both the arc of that friendship and the surrealism , the mode of expression that marked their work.

Ross Peter Nelson has been a professional writer since selling his first magazine article in 1986. Initially writing books and technical essays, he found his craft in theater and earned a playwriting degree at the University of New Orleans in 2015. He has written nine full books. -plays and dozens of shorter works. His play “Becoming Number Six” recently won second place at the Las Vegas Little Theater New Works Festival and his short plays such as Call Me Comrade and Zoloft Tango have won awards from the United States to Australia. He wrote half of Stray Dogs during a residency outside Barcelona. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and co-founder of Raven’s Feather Productions, a Helena theater company.


Starz on Stage Group Travel

Starz on Stage continues to pursue another aspect of its musical options by offering another group trip from July 20-24.

“Montana, Medora and More” is a four-night/five-day hike in and around Montana and Medora, North Dakota. A full program of more than 10 events is planned with the musical Medora as the major stop in their 3,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, with a fork-in fondue dining experience before the big show. Production of Teddy Roosevelt’s solo show is also planned, all set in the Badlands of Theodore National Park. Other stops on the tour include the Fort Peck Summer Theater and Havre Beneath the Streets.

For more details, see the website at; email; or call 406-227-9711 or 406-459-3967. The all-inclusive price of the escorted coach trip is $1,099 per person based on double occupancy. A $350 deposit is required to save your space.

Although the Starz on Stage Music Cabaret has closed, bus travel is still planned along with the possibility of other musical surprises in the community.

‘Violinist’s Dreams’ at the Holter

Stephen Cepeda, concert master of the Helena Symphony Orchestra, and Hyeri Choi, associate professor of violin at Idaho State University, perform “Reves de Violonist” or “Violinist’s Dreams” in concert May 25 and 26 at the Holter Museum of Art. Recitals begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general public or $10 for members. Visit for ticketing and information.

The program presents works by violinist composers and revolves around Eugène Ysaye’s monumental duet. Other works include Louis Sphor’s “Duo Concertante”, Halversen’s “Concert Caprice” and Polish violin virtuoso Grazyna Bacewic’s “Suite For Two Violins”.

Hard Hugs Album Release Party

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Synthetic dance group Hard Hugs will perform an album launch concert at Myrna Loy on Thursday May 19th.

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The members of the band Hard Hugs are planning an immersive “fun party” experience for the release of their debut album at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Myrna Loy.

“We like our shows to be unique catered experiences,” says Lenny Eckhardt, who does vocals, synths and guitar.

He is joined by Regan Clancy (vocals, bass), Jon Anderson (drums, vocals) and Joshua Loveland (synths, percussion, vocals).

The synth-punk-disco dance group prepares videos to enhance the party mood, along with special light effects and a few surprises.

Desperate Electric, the Montana-based duo known for their “soulful electro brilliance,” will open their doors.

Check out Hard Hugs at

Tickets: $20 at 15 N. Ewing St., For more information, call 406-443-0287.

Events at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

never come down

Never Come Down plays bluegrass and Americana on May 20 at the Lewis & Clark Tap Room.

Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. is planning the following events.

  • May 19: Jackson Holte is a hard-nosed, soft-spoken folk singer. Montana-based singer-songwriter Matt Strachan shines on stage with his high-energy band, The Hoot Owls.
  • May 20, 7-10 p.m.: Weaving together modern and traditional styles of bluegrass and Americana, Never Come Down is a five-piece band based in Portland, Oregon. $5 cover.
  • May 21, 7-10 p.m.: Alt country favorites Micky and the Motorcars. Tickets cost between $20 and $150 on
  • May 22, 6:30-9 p.m.: Seen on Conan and Comedy Central, comedian Mohanad Elshieky will make you laugh at what you thought you couldn’t. Tickets are $20 on
  • May 26, 7-10 p.m.: Father/daughter duo The Teccas perform original songs written from personal memories and life experiences that touch you in so many different ways.

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


Rodney Norman: Humor with a dry, ironic twist

Rodney Norman

Comedian Rodney Norman presents his philosophical and absurd show at Myrna Loy on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

“You’re nothing special, so you might as well get over it and be happy anyway.”

So says one of Rodney Norman’s characters – a wise Moses lookalike, Leonard McCrunstky, who has earned him millions of followers on TikTok.

The stand-up comedy sensation expects several of his popular stage characters to make appearances at his next two shows at Helena this week.

He performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Myrna Loy and outside at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Rodney Street Block Party.

“My stand-up is clean, so all ages can attend. I talk about life and anything and everything about families, relationships, philosophy, psychology, history, science, and we are having a lot of fun.”

Tickets for The Myrna Loy show are $20 and are available at 15 N. Ewing St., For more information, call 406-443-0287.

The Rodney Street Block Party show is free.


Walter Piehl exhibition at Holter

The Holter Museum of Art opens a new exhibition, “Walter Piehl: A Retrospective, 1962 – 2018,” from April 28 to July 7, at the Baucus Gallery, 12 E. Lawrence. An artists’ reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.


Holter welcomes 4-H photography

The Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence, is hosting a 4-H photography project through June 10 at the Nicholson Gallery.

Students will exhibit black and white photographs covering the activities, work and events of being at Lewis and Clark County 4-H.

Queen City Framing Presents Diane White

Diane White’s show, “Taking the Back-Road Home,” premieres at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies in May. His oil landscape paintings of local Montana draw inspiration from his peasant roots, while his style reflects an attention to detail seen through the softened edges of memories.

Fiber art in the pelvis

The Refuge Gallery hosts “Intertwined: fiber, process, and dialogue” in Basin by artists Jennifer Reifsneider and Heidi Marie Faessel.

The Refuge Gallery is open on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 21 and 28 and June 4, 11 and 18, or by appointment. Call Nan Parsons at 406-422-9338 to schedule an appointment.

On June 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the exhibition ends.


Rodney Street Block Party celebrates its new look

Rodney Street Block Party

Videographer Jeanie Warden is an artist who collects stories and reflections on the Rodney Street neighborhood as part of The Myrna Loy’s creative place-making project.

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Check out the new look and vibe on Rodney Street on Saturday, May 21.

A full day of fun activities begins from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., The Myrna Loy will screen a new documentary film, “Rodney Street is Something Beautiful,” by videographer Jeanie Warden.

Take a walking tour of the new art projects at 3:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., dance to the tunes of All Bets Are Off.

Tiernan Irish Dancers performs at 6.30pm, comedian Rodney Norman is at 7.15pm and from 8-9pm it’s a thrilling performance by Max Hay.

This event celebrates the two-year “Rodney Street Is…” community development project led by The Myrna Loy and collaborating with artists, small businesses and community members.

For more information, visit or call 406-443-0287.

List of Helena movies


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era, PG
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, PG-13
  • The bad guys, PG
  • Men, R
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2, PG
  • Firestarter, R
  • Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, PG-13
  • Father Stu, R
  • The Lost City, PG-13

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era, PG
  • Memory, PG


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