Helena-area arts and entertainment news


Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd

The Black Jacket Symphony recreates Pink Floyd’s iconic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Helena Civic Center.

The performance is live in its entirety — note for note, sound for sound — plus a full set of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. It’s a full night of rock ‘n’ roll magic — plus a visual experience unlike any other.

The group of hand-picked musicians changes based upon the album being performed – and no sonic detail is overlooked, with the musicians doing whatever it takes to reproduce the album.

Visit helenamt.showare.com for more information and tickets.

Musikanten Montana presents Hail! Bright Cecilia

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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.

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Annie Kania, a contralto, will be a soloist at the celebration of Musikanten Montana’s 20th season, as the chamber chorus honors Saint Cecilia on March 9 at St. Mary Catholic Community.

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 Am’rous 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. Continuo players are Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (gamba), Cyrus Roat (bassoon), John Lenti (theorbo), Wendy Yuen (organ) and Keith Reas (harpsichord). Joining the Festival Chorus are seven vocal soloists, both new friends and familiar MEMF performers Andrea Weidemann (soprano), Anne Kania and Marjorie Bunday (contralto), Dan Hutchings and Kevin Sutton (tenor), Art Bumgardner (baritone) and Matthew Dexter (bass).

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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.

Advance tickets are available at Birds & Beasleys and Piccolo Music in Helena ($35 general admission; $15 students), and from Holy Rosary in Bozeman. Musikanten Montana’s Angel Donors (above $100) enjoy reserved seating in the front of the concert halls. Visit www.musikantenmt.org for more information.


Benefit night at On Broadway for MEMF

Join Musikanten Montana on Monday, March 4, with dinner at On Broadway as we kick off the week of the Montana Early Music Festival 2024.

Owner Patrick Cassidy is donating a percentage of the evening’s sales to support Musikanten’s production of Henry Purcell’s ode to the Patron Saint of music, musicians and musical instruments, “Hail! Bright Cecilia,” which will be performed later in the week in Helena, Bozeman and Butte.

Come eat, drink, call and order carry-out, or buy a gift certificate — 50% of all purchases at On Broadway on March 4 will go to Musikanten Montana to bring in Baroque musicians from across the country to celebrate our 20th season of performing in Montana.

Tickets to all three concerts will be available at the restaurant that night, as well as limited raffle tickets for “Three Over,” a museum-quality framed print by Robert Morgan. In addition, a door prize of a pair of tickets to “Hail! Bright Cecilia” will be given away to some lucky diner.

On Broadway does not take reservations. The bar opens at 4 p.m., when you can come and put your name on the list for dinner. On Broadway is located at 106 E. Broadway. For more information about the restaurant, visit www.onbroadwayinhelena.com.


Opening reception set for Bray exhibit

Join us to celebrate artwork by 10 Archie Bray long-term fellowship recipients.

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.

Bray Fellowship Artist Exhibition

Bray Fellowship Artist Exhibition runs March 7 through May 3 with an opening reception March 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bray North Gallery.

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.

Support comes from the Bray Fellowship, Etchart-Satre Fellowship, Frazza Fellowship, Joan Lincoln Fellowship, Lilian Fellowship, Matsutani Fellowship, Quigley-Hiltner Fellowship, Speyer Fellowship and Taunt Fellowship. Each fellowship awards $7,500 to a long-term resident artist; additional funds are provided to cover the Bray’s studio costs for each resident.

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


‘Men on Boats’ opens Friday at Carroll

Carroll College Theatre presents “Men on Boats” through March 3 at the Carroll FLEX Theatre, Lower Campus Center.

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. “Men on Boats” is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal explorers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

The play is performed Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children under 12, or for anyone with a valid Carroll ID. Tickets are $12 for seniors and non-Carroll students or military ID, and $15 for general admission. Show is rated PG-13 for strong language. Buy tickets online at https://cct.booktix.com.

The FLEX Theatre is located in the lower level of the Campus Center near the corner of Benton and Lyndale in the building with the bookstore.

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 & 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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