Helena-area arts and entertainment news


Artist reception, exhibit at Queen City

Loren Kovich, an award-winning artist from Helena, is exhibiting his work at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies in February.

An artist reception and chat will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9.

Artist reception, exhibit at Queen City

Works by Helena artist Loren Kovich will be on display at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies during February. A reception will be held on Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

Kovich has been a professional artist for 40 years, working in both watercolors and acrylics. His main subject matter is capturing the effect of light on our Montana landscape. His beautifully detailed watercolors are more realistic while his acrylics lean toward abstraction.

Queen City Framing & Art Supplies is located at 400 Euclid Ave. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit www.qcframingandart.com or call 406-442-2760 for more information.

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Freeman Butts exhibit at Paris Gibson

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, 1400 1st Ave. North, Great Falls, presents the works of Freeman Butts. The exhibition opens to the public Friday, Feb. 9. Special programming includes a discussion with Storrs Bishop, director of the Danforth Museum of Art, on March 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Freeman Butts exhibit

Freeman Butts’ work will be on exhibit through April 24 at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls.

This exhibition features 13 figurative paintings from the artist’s Late Period between 1982 and 1994.

Butts’ artistic legacy is vast and includes drawings, watercolors, paintings and sculpture. His paintings are characterized by expressive brushwork and fluid, sensuous line that can be seen in the dozen pieces on display in this exhibition.

Visit www.the-square.org or call 406-727-8255 for further information.


Celebrate Music! recital is Saturday

The Helena Music Teachers’ Association is presenting its annual Celebrate Music! program on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. with performances by its music teachers and students.

The program will feature the Helena flute choir, vocalists, violin, trombone, piano and piano duet, as well as a guest appearance by cellist Charlie Snellman.

This free family friendly concert will be held at the Covenant United Methodist Church on 2330 E. Broadway. Come enjoy an evening of music and support local musicians of all ages.


Darwin Day symposium at Carroll

Darwin Day Kids Fest will take place at Fortin Science Center/Simperman Hall on the Carroll College campus from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

This event is a family friendly educational event for elementary-aged kids. Join us for an afternoon of evolution-themed activities, games, crafts and snacks. Hosted by seniors in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

On Monday, Feb. 12, join the Carroll College Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, as well as Will Henriques, Ph.D. candidate at Montana State University, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Simperman Hall/Wiegand Amphitheatre for an academic research talk associated with Darwin Day, an international celebration of the most fundamental concept in biology. Henriques will present “On the Origin of Genes.”

The research talk is free and open to the public.

February programs at MHS

The Montana Historical Society invites the public to attend its February programs.

  • Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at Brothers Tapworks, Montana Historical Society Director Molly Kruckenberg will share plans for and answer questions about the new $100 million facility currently under construction.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. at Touchmark, Montana Historical Society interpretive historian Christine Brown will share “All the Sign Text That Isn’t Fit to Print.” 
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Library, Carroll College professor emeritus Bob Swartout will speak about Montana’s historical ethnic and social diversity.

MHS also is partnering with the Holter Museum to put on two Valentine-making workshops. Participants will be provided with supplies and instruction to make their own Victorian-themed cards. Both workshops will be held at the Holter.

The adult workshop will be on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., and the children’s workshop will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. Prior registration is required.

For more information, email [email protected].

Chinese New Year Parade in Butte

The Mai Wah Society will host Butte America’s annual Chinese New Year Parade, which has been described as the shortest, loudest and (sometimes) coldest parade in Montana.

Celebrating the “Year of the Dragon,” the parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. It will start at the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse, 155 W. Granite.

Following the parade, a reception with refreshments will be held at the Mai Wah Museum, 17 W. Mercury St., Butte.

Bird banding at Spring Meadow 

Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Kristina Smucker and Montana WILD’s Corie Bowditch at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, to learn about bird banding efforts happening in Helena.

Presented by Last Chance Audubon, this program will be held at Montana Wild Auditorium, 2668 Broadwater Ave. For the past two years, FWP has run a bird banding station at Spring Meadow Lake State Park and has opened that station for the public to observe. This program will describe what a banding station looks like, what data is collected and what scientists hope to learn.

Smucker is the Nongame Wildlife Bureau chief at FWP. 

Bowditch works as an educator for Montana FWP in Helena and is Montana WILD’s program manager.

Dinner Club meeting upcoming

The Metropolitan Dinner Club will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Natatorium Room in the Delta Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive.

The Vanguard Jazz Quartet will be providing the entertainment. Dennis Ferriter, on bass; Don Stone, trombonist; Jeremy Slead, drums; and Mark Walker, keyboard, will bring their considerable talents, experience and love of music to our dinner club.

No host cocktails begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6, entertainment at 7. Dinner costs for members and their guests are $27 each; non-member costs are $35. Membership cost is $20 per year.

Call Patti at 406-202-1766 for more information. Reservations are required.

Celebrating a writer’s journey 

Join the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation and Lewis & Clark Library on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., to celebrate the writing journey of poet and professor Loren Graham, in conversation with Helena novelist Virginia Reeves.

Graham is an award-winning poet, essayist and professor of English at Carroll College. He has published three books of poetry.

In addition to his books of poetry, Graham has authored over 200 poems, stories and essays published in literary magazines. He also manages the Carroll College literary magazine, Colors, and has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, John Ciardi Fellowship and DuPont Fellowship.

Virginia Reeves is the author of two novels, “Work Like Any Other” (2016) and “The Behavior of Love” (2019). She teaches writing and literature at Helena College.

A brief reception will follow the presentation and Graham will have books for sale.


Community Choreography Showcase

Cohesion Dance Project is hosting Helena’s Community Choreography Showcase with shows at 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Cohesion Center, 1020 Argyle St.

Choreography Showcase

Cohesion Dance will be hosting a Community Choreography Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Cohesion Center.

This entertaining, family-friendly performance showcases new and seasoned choreographers of all ages and abilities as they share their creative works in a variety of dance styles including Irish dancing, hip-hop, tap, belly dancing, modern/contemporary and more.

The performance highlights an energetic collection of dancers and dance groups from across the community.

Cost: Advanced ticket sales only (seating is limited). Tickets are $0-$15 at cohesiondance.org.


Grandstreet Theatre Reunion Concert

Join us at Grandstreet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14-17 for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

The “She Loves Me” – Reunion Concert will reunite cast members from Grandstreet’s original 2015 production for a special concert version of the musical by Harnick and Bock, the composers of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“She Loves Me” is a romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and old-world charm. 

Ticket prices: $25 individual ticket; $60 couple’s ticket (includes two tickets, two drinks of your choice and a special treat to share).

Visit grandstreettheatre.com for tickets.

MPN holding winter courses at HAT

The Montana Playwrights Network will host three classes during February and March. You’ll get hands-on training in live performance and script writing.

For ages 18 and up. No experience necessary.

  • The Actor in Character with instructor Bruce Hall. Seven sessions from 6:30-9 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 12-March 25. Course fee is $135.
  • Improv Acting with instructor Roger Scruggs. Five sessions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 21-March 20. Course fee is $125.
  • Playwriting with instructor Pamela Jamruszka Mencher. Seven sessions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 13-March 26. Course fee is $135. 

For more information, go to www.montanaplaywrights.org.

Helena movie listings


760 Great Northern, 442-4225, cinemark.com

● “The Boys in the Boat,” PG-13

● “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” PG-13

● “Lisa Frankenstein,” PG-13

● “Dune (2021) Reissue,” PG-13

The Myrna Loy

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

● “Zone of Interest,” PG-13

● “American Fiction,” R

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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