Around the Town: Helena-area arts and entertainment news published May 26 | Local



Experience Gilda House at The Myrna Loy

Meg Gildehaus of the popular Billings synth pop band Gilda House takes the stage at The Myrna Loy for a live concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, that will also be filmed for a future SoundStage.

The immensely talented singer likes to describe their music as “vibey synths meet cinema and contemplation.”

Music lovers may have seen the Red Lodge native singing with the city’s uber-popular Arterial Drive dance band that regularly cleaned up on the Magic City’s annual music awards.

Now Gildehaus is fronting her own trio doing vocals and bass synth, with Tony Morales on guitar and keys and Zak Bracy on drums.

The 70-minute show will be followed by an onstage interview by musician John Dendy.

The Myrna Loy is a sweet fit for the sort of club atmosphere Gildehaus likes to create and immerse her music and audience in.

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Tickets are $18 and available at 15 N. Ewing St., For more information, call 406-443-0287.

Events at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

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

• May 26: The Teccas sing new and classic country, classic rock, and originals from 7 to 10 p.m.

• May 27: Country folk-rock band Bart Crow with special guest: The Lowdown Drifters from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets $10 advance/ $15 day of the show.

• May 28: Special concert with Ten Years Gone supporting West Mont’s Wake The Giant Festival!  from 7 to 10 p.m. with a $5 cover charge.

• May 29: Open Mic Comedy from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

‘Violinist’s Dreams’ at the Holter

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

The program features works by violinist composers and is centered around Eugene Ysaye’s monumental duo. Other works include Louis Sphor’s “Duo Concertante,” Halversen’s “Concert Caprice,” and female Polish violin virtuoso Grazyna Bacewic’s “Suite For Two Violins.”

Chris Petersen at the civic center

Country singer Chris Petersen will be once again headlining a concert at the Helena Civic Center on June 13 at 7 p.m.

This will be his third concert in Helena. Local favorites Jarred Hanson and The SunsAh406 will open the show. 

Chris Petersen’s authentic cowboy blend of country music has given a voice to fans who have felt left behind in the age of pop country. With a sound reminiscent to country songs of the 90’s, Chris has drawn influence from artists like Chris Ledoux, George Strait, and Merle Haggard. 

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Tsooboi Ensemble at Cohesion Center

Cohesion Dance Project is hosting a traditional African ensemble to perform live music. Come enjoy a cultural adventure with Tsooboi Ensemble, an African traditional music and dance group from Ghana touring the United States.

The group will be performing live at the Cohesion Center, 1020 Argyle St.

Saturday, June 4: 3-4 p.m. — Live drum and dance performance

Sunday, June 12: 3-4 p.m. — West African drum and dance class

Tickets range from $8 to $20. To get more information or to purchase tickets visit


Montana Playwrights show open auditions

The Montana Playwrights Network summer show is a rollicking family entertainment, “The Perilous Plight of Pleasantville” plus A Golden Oldies Variety Show in July. Auditions for the show are June 2 and will be held at the Helena Avenue Theatre, 1319 Helena Ave. Needed are four women and four men of varying ages from 18 and up. Auditions will include cold readings from the script and singing. Actors will receive a performance stipend. Performances of the play are July 15 – July 31 at the HAT. To make an audition appointment and for more information, please call or text: 406-235-0353, or email: [email protected].

An original comedy by Pamela Jamruszka Mencher, the show is written in the style of a 19th century melodrama about an intrepid librarian who must save the fair hamlet of Pleasantville from an unscrupulous Gypsy and her sly henchman. 


Unabomber author to hold book signings

Jamie Gehring, author of “Madman in the Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber,” will have several events open to the public in Montana in early June.

  • June 4: 2-4 p.m., Gehring will be at Aunt Bonnie’s Books in Helena, 419 N. Last Chance Gulch. She will be signing books and sharing pictures about living next door to Ted Kaczynski, known as “The Unabomber.”
  • June 4: 5 p.m., she will be at the Montana Book Co., 331 N. Last Chance Gulch. Join Gehring for a conversation about “Madman in the Woods,” book signing and questions about living next door to the Unabomber.
  • June 5: 3:30-5 p.m., she will be at The Montanan in Lincoln for a book signing.
  • June 7: 7 p.m., she will be at Fact & Fiction Bookstore, 220 N. Higgins Ave. in Missoula. There will be conversation and book signings with memoir authors Jamie Gehring and Keema Waterfield.

Author hosting book release party

Award-winning author and Helena business owner, Jon Ring is hosting a book release party on June 4 from 2:30-5 p.m. at (his business) White Knight Games & Hobbies, 1200 Euclid Ave.

Ring’s book, “Stained Echoes Tales of the Mystery and Macabre” is his second book of fictional short stories. He also recently got the news that his first book won a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association Fiction: Horror category.

Helena author releases book

Helena author Bill Vaughn has released “The Last Heir.” The story recounts 12 decades of Burke and Herrin triumphs and tragedies in Montana’s Missouri River heartland, culminating in the calamitous events after they married their fortunes together.

Story background: The only thing the Herrins and the Burkes had in common was their Irish ancestry. Opposites in most ways, the families nevertheless personified two common threads in the history of the West. As the owner of an iconic Montana stock-raising operation — the famous Oxbow Ranch on the shores of Holter Lake — Holly Herrin ruled with frontier violence and legal action over an empire of cattle and sheep that covered thirty square miles. George Burke was a real estate agent, a sheriff, a game warden, and a civil engineer in a family of professionals — newspaper editors, lawyers, and politicians, including a U.S. senator.

The book is available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and select bookstores. Visit www.TheLast


Creator’s Art Confluence 

Tim Holmes Studio is hosting a gathering of people from across the world, June 10-13 in Helena, to grapple with the crises of civilization that all individuals face. We firmly believe humanity can transcend our tragic oblivious past to create a better, more relational and responsive culture that can perhaps save many endangered species besides our own. 

Our Times; Community Dinner and Discussion: The Creator’s Art Confluence participants will be hosts at tables for a catered dinner, open to all, to share discuss ideas for human resiliency.

June 13, 6 p.m., The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 1330 Helena Ave.

Art Exhibit: The Transformational Image: The works of four artists from around the world explore the question: how does life-changing transformation happen? Tim Holmes, Lana Shaheen, Coeleen Kiebert, Sherrie Lovler. June 10, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment. Tim Holmes Studio, 446 N. Hoback.

One-Act Play: The Analyst and the Rabbi, a western-hemisphere premier historical fiction play about reconciliation of enemies, followed by an open discussion with the producers. June 12, 7:30 p.m., Helena Avenue Theater, and The Vanilla Bean Cafe.

GI Bill exhibit returns to Helena

The Montana Military Museum located at historic Fort William Henry Harrison is hosting two major exhibits, The GI Bill and “The Colors of Our Country” starting on the last week of May until the end of June 2022.

The exhibits are here to celebrate the 1944 Veterans Readjustment Act and honor the 75th Anniversary of Montana’s American Legion Boys State being conducted at Fort William Henry Harrison from May 29 through June 3.

The exhibit along with its companion exhibit is open to the public.

Palestinian writer to speak

On Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. Montana time peacemaker Mazin Qumsiyeh of Occupied Bethlehem in Palestine, a Palestinian Christian peace and justice and nonviolent liberation leader, will present a talk via Zoom from Bethlehem entitled “A Palestinian Reflection on the State of Our Planet” at Plymouth Congregational Church, corner of Oakes and Winne in Helena. 

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In 2013 Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestinian peace and justice and nonviolent liberation leader, courageous advocate of human rights for all, was named recipient of the 2013 Montana Peace Seekers Network’s Peace Seeker of the Year Award.

Helena movie listings


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

• Downton Abbey: A New Era, PG

• Top Gun: Maverick, PG-13

• Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, PG-13

• Sonic the Hedgehog 2, PG

• The Bob’s Burgers Movie, PG-13

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing,406-443-0287,

• Downton Abbey: A New Era, PG

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