Helena-area arts and entertainment news


Musikanten Montana concert Saturday

Join in the Helena celebration on Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Ave., of Musikanten Montana’s 20th season, as the chamber chorus honors Saint Cecilia, the patroness of music and musicians, in this year’s Montana Early Music Festival concerts.

With “Come Ye Sons of Art” (Henry Purcell’s 1694 birthday ode to Queen Mary) as prelude, Hail! Bright Cecilia celebrates the airy violin, the amorous flute and soft guitar, the noble organ and more instruments, “which strike the Ear and captivate the Heart.“

Musikanten Montana Artistic Director Kerry Krebill will conduct Baroque band leader Carrie Krause, and an array of trumpets, timpani, oboes, recorders and strings. 

Additional performances in the state are Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Holy Rosary Parish, 220 W. Main, Bozeman; Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish, Western Ave. and Caledonia St., Butte.

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Advance tickets are available at Birds & Beasleys and Piccolo Music in Helena ($35 general admission; $15 students). Visit www.musikantenmt.org for more information.

Western Bar to feature 2nd Monday music

On the 2nd Monday of the month, beginning March 11, the Western Bar in Helena will be alive with the sound of live music from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. or later.

2nd Mondays at The Western with Max Hay

Max Hay is hosting a concert series on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Western Bar from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. or later.

Local entertainer Max Hay will be hosting a lineup of musical artists. Each show will begin with a short set of live music by Hay, followed by a full hour of music from a special guest.

The schedule includes regional talent as well as some up-and-comers. Immediately after the guest artist, Max will return to the stage for a late set of music that’s sure to include some surprises.

  • March 11 – John Dendy (Helena)
  • April 8 – Travis Yost (Missoula)
  • May 13 – Tom Catmull (Missoula)
  • June 10 – Bransun Mitchell (Helena)
  • July 8 – Christy Hays and Ben Pickett (Butte)
  • August 12 – Snowschool (Helena)

Admission is free to all audience members who are at least 21 years of age.

For more information or to sample the upcoming music, visit www.maxhay.com.

Helena Symphony 70th season tickets on sale

Helena Symphony tickets are now on sale for its 70th season. The schedule features critically acclaimed guest artists, more than 25 masterworks of music, and 18 captivating performances. The six Masterworks Concerts in the subscription series provide something for all music lovers. 

  • Sept. 14: Masterworks Concert I features Pianist Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter, and internationally renowned and Grammy Award-winning Soprano Sylvia McNair. 
  • Oct. 26: Masterworks Concert II welcomes HSO Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda to bring to life the passion, fury and dark humor of Shostakovich’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. 
  • Nov. 16-17: Masterworks Concert III invites you to experience the famous whimsical Brothers Grimm masterpiece come to life in this staged production featuring the coming of age of Hansel and Gretel. 
  • Feb. 22, 2025: Masterworks Concert IV brings the return of world acclaimed Israeli Pianist Roman Rabinovich to perform Prokofiev’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 3.
  • March 22, 2025: Masterworks Concert V explores the human spirit with a breathtaking performance. Debussy’s landmark La Mer captures the shimmering mysteriousness and power of the sea, and Englishman Ralph Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony is an epic masterpiece.
  • May 3, 2025: Masterworks Concert VI crowns season 70 with the heroic grandeur of Beethoven’s immortal Emperor Piano Concerto with noted Pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

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


Black swift top of Audubon program 

Last Chance Audubon will present a program featuring Boaz Crees, avian specialist, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, to learn about the black swift, one the most unusual bird species that calls Montana home every summer.

This program will be held at Montana Wild Auditorium, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Crees will describe black swift nest-searching and discoveries in Montana, with a focus on the 2023 summer surveys. Some of the common challenges dealt with while carrying out Swift surveys in remote locations include high waterfalls and multi-day backpacking trips to known, or potential, black swift nesting areas.

Crees currently works as an avian specialist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Audubon in Helena.

Mountainfilm on Tour at The Myrna

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation is hitting the road, bringing their annual film festival to five different cities around the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

The Helena show kicks off on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at The Myrna Loy.

The tour explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Mountainfilm on Tour in Helena

Mountainfilm on Tour to screen in Helena at the Myrna Loy on Thursday, March 14. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation has been hosting Mountainfilm on Tour since 2007 as a fundraiser.

Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour in Helena are on sale at www.bmwf.org/mountainfilm. The cost for tickets is $20 in advance, and $25 at the door (unless sold out). See the complete playlist at www.mountainfilm.org/tour/schedule.

‘Stories from the Powwow Trail’ at Dinner Club

The Metropolitan Dinner Club presents “Stories from the Powwow Trail” on Thursday, March 14, at the Natatorium Room on the main floor of the Delta Hotel.

Mike Jetty will share his story as a tribal member of the Spirit Lake Dakota and Turtle Mountain Chippewa. He will discuss how stories and songs transmit knowledge, traditional beliefs and value systems to generations through oral traditions. Jetty currently is an Indian Educational Specialist with the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Reservations are required. No host cocktails begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6, entertainment at 7. Dinner for each member and their guest/s are $27 each; nonmembers are $35 each. Membership cost is $20 (Snowbird Special). Please call Patti at 406-202-1766 for more information.


Opening reception for Bray exhibit

Come out to the Bray North Gallery on Thursday, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. for an opening reception to discover diverse creations, mingle with the artists, and let the magic of clay ignite your imagination.

Featuring Bray fellowship artists: Sarah Alsaied, Shea Burke, Colby Charpentier, Austin Coudriet, Laura Dirksen, Simphiwe Mbunyuza, Janina Myronowa, Austin Riddle, Megan Thomas and Maura Wright.

The Bray Fellowship Exhibit runs through May 3. North Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 1-5 p.m.

Artist Amplified at the Archie Bray

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Bray as long-term resident artist Megan Thomas and Bray Administrative Manager Brad Robinson share the stage and get audience members ready for spring.

They will share their research and knowledge of birds, pottery and the local Helena trail systems. Discover Thomas’ artwork and hear how her research on historical bird pots have influenced it, then dive into Helena’s local flora, fauna and Helena’s extensive trail system.

A must-not-miss night of an enjoyable pairing of minds and ideas around two outwardly different yet delightfully similar perspectives.

The event will be held at the Frances Senska Center for Education and Engagement, 2915 Country Club Ave.


Boots and Ballet at the civic center

Premiere Dance Company is presenting Boots and Ballet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Helena Civic Center.

This family friendly show combines the beauty and grace of classical ballet and contemporary dance with the toe-tapping rhythms of country Western-styled music.

The highlight of the evening will be when local 4-H cowboys join PDC members in presenting Aaron Copland’s ballet, “Rodeo.”

For more information and tickets, visit helenamt.showare.com.


Live standup at the Iron Front

Comedian Aaron Woodall will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the lobby at the Iron Front, 417 N. Last Chance Gulch.

With an outlook that’s as infectious as his laugh, his ability to effervescently share all of life’s sad little disillusions with a sense of wide-eyed excitement has endeared him to audiences across the country.

Visit evenbrite.com for tickets.

Helena movie listings


760 Great Northern, 442-4225, cinemark.com

● “Bob Marley: One Love,” PG-13

● “Ordinary Angels,” PG

The Myrna Loy

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

● “Molli and Max in the Future,” NR

Submissions to the Around the Town calendar should be emailed to [email protected] and should be 200 words or less. Submissions should be written in story form, no flyers please. Call Phil Drake at 406-447-4086 if you have questions.

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