Around Town: Helena Area Arts & Entertainment News Posted July 14 | Local


I live at five

Helena’s classic rock cover band Ten Years Gone will perform July 20 at Pioneer Park as part of the Alive at Five free outdoor concert series in downtown Helena.

Ten Years Gone is a classic rock, alternative and pop dance band. The band has been playing in and around Helena since 2007 and has been a Best of Helena winner for the last seven years.

Alive at Five runs Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 pm from June 1 to August 1. 3.

Events at Lewis & Clark Tap Room

The Black Lillies’ Cruz Contreras performs July 14 at Lewis & Clark Tap Room.

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The following events will be coming to the Lewis and Clark Tap Room:

  • Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies performs on Thursday, July 14 from 7-10 pm Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.
  • Americana by The Runaway Grooms on Friday, July 15 from 7 to 10 pm

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

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Rappin Cowboy Chris Sand in The Myrna

“I can rap and I can rhyme,” says Chris Sand, the Rappin’ Cowboy, also known as the Sandman.

The prolific singer-songwriter, who has released 15 CDs and eight cassettes in just over two decades, will perform some of his most recent songs at The Myrna Loy at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 14.

The 70-minute performance will be followed by a short interview with musician John Dendy and will air as a future Soundstage.

Tickets are $12 and are available at 15 N. Ewing St., For more information, call 406-443-0287.


Montana Clay Tour

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Robert Harrison is among more than 40 artists who will display their ceramic art on the 2022 Montana Clay Tour.

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The 2022 Montana Clay Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 40 artists will display their ceramic art at six host stops in the Helena area, including Robert Harrison, Joe Crowley, Chip Clawson, George McCauley, Gisele Hicks and Tara Wilson.

Pottery, ceramic sculpture and installation art will be on display and for sale throughout the event. Stop by the host studios below to learn more about what these ceramic artists have been up to over the past year.

  • Robert Harrison: 2976 Baxendale Drive, Helena, MT 59601, (406) 442-2019
  • Tara Wilson: 64 Holmes Gulch Road, Montana City, MT 59634, (406) 426-0998
  • Joe Crowley: 1973 Fine Gold Gulch Drive, Helena, MT 59601, (406) 459-7263
  • Giselle Hicks: 4320 Barrett Road, Helena, MT 59602
  • Chip Clawson: 202 Pine Street, Helena, MT 59602
  • George McCauley: 926 Fifth Avenue, Helena, MT 59601

Artists Reception and ‘Live Poetry Showcase’ at The Myrna

Charlene Sleeper, Two-Spirited Poet of Apsaaloke

Apsaaloke Two-Spirit poet Charlene Sleeper is one of four poets sharing their work at the ‘State of Love’ art reception and poetry exhibition on Tuesday, July 19 at The Myrna Loy Jailhouse Gallery.

Four poets will give a reading of their works at The Myrna Loy at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 19, following a reception for the ‘State of Love’ art exhibit at the Jailhouse Gallery.

The art show features works by queer artists and their supporters or allies. The free reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The poetry reading features works by Montana poets: Debbie Boyle, April Lemieux, Allen Ireland, and Charlene Sleeper.

Sleeper, who is Apsaalooke, Southern Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Chippewa Cree, is an Eastern Montana poet, painter, and human rights activist from Two Spirit.

She is currently compiling a book of romantic love poems and exploring her Montanan Two Spirit identity through acrylic painting.

She will present a talk on the historical roles of the Apsaalooke Two Spirit, the impact of colonization/forced assimilation, and the contemporary way of life in Montana’s urban, rural, and reservation settings.

“There is power behind poetry,” says Janelle DeBray, who has curated the art exhibit and poetry event. “It encourages introspection and maybe even enhances our active listening skills. Our goal for Charlene’s poetry exhibit and talk is to provide space for others whose marginalized narratives aren’t heard as often, even within the queer community.”

The Live Poetry Showcase will have an ASL interpreter. The cost of the exhibit is $5.

The art exhibit and poetry event coincides with Big Sky Gay Pride Week in Helena, July 17-23.

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

Expressive Pastel Portraits

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‘Man by the Blue Wall’ was created by Connor Sleeper, a self-taught pastry artist who showed his latest work at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies during July.

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Connor Sleeper, an emerging self-taught pastel artist, will show his latest work at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies during July. Sleeper’s work focuses on expressive portraits and figures in dry pastels. He is drawn into poses that elicit visions of pain and encouragement, driven by his own experience with depression. He wants to explore the bittersweet beauty inherent in loss, loneliness, and pain.

Although Sleeper received her degree in music and English literature from the University of Puget Sound in 2017, her love of drawing has been constant. While working in Los Angeles after graduation, she began to take guardianship of him more seriously. This endeavor led to a creative residency in Massachusetts, after which he drove across the United States on a journey of self-discovery. Sleeper was in Montana when the pandemic started and now lives here in Helena, where his commitment to his practice has blossomed.

All work on display at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies has been completed as of January 2022. You are invited to an artist’s reception for the Sleeper’s Pastel Portraits show on Thursday evening, July 14, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Queen City Framing & Art Supplies at the Lundy Center, 400 Euclid Avenue. You can call them for more information about the Sleeper program at 406-442-2760.


The Dude returns to The Myrna Loy

the big lebowski

The Coen Brothers’ iconic film ‘The Big Lebowski,’ starring Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman, is the focus of The Myrna Loy’s Brew & View block party and film screening on Thursday, July 21.

Just when you could really use a break from too much reality, The Myrna Loy comes to the rescue with this year’s Big Lebowski Brew & View extravaganza on Thursday, July 21.

After a brief COVID hiatus, The Dude is back.

Myrna Loy’s Brew & View organizer Linda Piccolo has quite a few surprises in store for partygoers.

In fact, he picked up two Big Lebowski T-shirts at a Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland, which he predicts will be highly coveted prizes.

As usual, there will also be a costume contest and trivia.

So break out your bowling shirts, your Jesus jumpsuits, and your Valkyrie maiden costumes.

“The Big Lebowski” stars Academy Award winners Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Coen Brothers’ cult classic follows a pot-smoking, jobless, White Russian-loving bowling fanatic who is inadvertently involved in a kidnap-and-ransom plot due to a mistaken identity.

Wacky characters abound, from German nihilists to thugs and Jesus in overalls.

Eat Street and Bad Betty’s Barbecue food trucks will be available, along with Blackfoot River Brewing Company’s beer tent.

So will the Bloom Montana marijuana dispensary, which will bring a tent with a replica of the Big Lebowski’s living room, complete with the famous rug.

“My revelers will be able to take photos on the fake set,” says Piccolo.

You can also check out Piccolo’s famous White Russian brownies and possibly a sake-based White Russian cocktail.

The party starts at 6 pm and the movie is at 8.

Tickets are $20 and include the movie and three alcoholic beverages, or $12 for non-alcoholic beverages. They can be purchased at or at 15 N. Ewing St., 406-443-0287.


Montana Playwrights Network Summer Show Opening

Montana Playwrights Network’s summer show “The Perilous Plight of Pleasantville + A Golden Oldies Variety Show” opens July 21 at the Helena Avenue Theater (HAT), 1319 Helena Avenue.

The show features an original comedy by Pamela Jamruszka Mencher written in the style of a 19th-century melodrama about a fearless librarian, Miss Britannica, who must save the beautiful village of Pleasantville from the infamous villains, Madame Gypsum and her cunning henchman, Hench. The play is followed by an olio (variety show) with upbeat music, skits, and jokes like those performed by traveling entertainers in 19th-century Montana. This unique theatrical entertainment is a fast-paced, fun family show perfect for a summer night at the Helena Avenue Theatre.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call or text 406-235-0353 to make reservations or find tickets on

Lists of Helena movies


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Thor: Love and Thunder, PG-13
  • Where the Lobsters Sing, PG-13
  • Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, PG
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru, PG
  • Top Gun: Maverick, PG-13
  • Elvis, PG-13
  • Jurassic World Domination, PG-13

Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • Mrs. Harris goes to Paris, PG
  • Where the Lobsters Sing, PG-13

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