Helena-area arts and entertainment news published Nov. 25

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Helena-area arts and entertainment news published Nov. 25


Grandstreet elevates Christmas classics

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” opens December 2 at Grandstreet Theatre.

Join Grandstreet Theater for an adventure that includes a giant abominable snow monster, a singing snowman, misfit toys and a red-nosed reindeer who saves the day.

A holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and leaves to find a place that accepts him.

Along his journey he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he belonged all along. When a storm threatens to stop Santa’s sleigh from fleeing, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas.

Filled with your favorite characters and holiday hits, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

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You can also buy treats, ornaments and raffles.

Performance dates: December 2-18, Wednesdays-Fridays at 7.30pm, and Saturdays at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sundays at 2.30pm

Grandstreet Theater is located at 325 N. Park Ave. Get tickets at the box office, 406-447-1574 (afternoons), or online at www.GrandstreetTheatre.com. Tickets cost $17 to $27.

A musical production of ‘The First Christmas’

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and directed by Stephi Johnson, a musical production of “The First Christmas” comes to the Capital High School auditorium in early December.

Performances will be at 19:00 1 December, 19:00 2 December and 14:00 and 19:00 3 December. Admission is free, and seats can be reserved at firstchristmasplayhelena.weebly.com.

“The First Christmas” is a movie produced by Liken Production that was adapted as a stage musical. This story begins with the Brown family. The mother and father decided to share their Christmas with another family who did not have much and had a very difficult year. The Browns pitch the idea to their young daughter Amelia. Amelia anxiously awaits Christmas in hopes of receiving a doll she desires.

As Amelia’s parents explain the situation of giving away their Christmas, they tell Amelia three separate stories from the Bible: Zaharias and Elisabeth, Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and Angel Gabriel.

Amelia’s imagination comes to life on stage as each of these stories is told. This musical is full of music and humor (the shepherds even have a number called “a boy band”) and leaves the audience feeling uplifted and ready for the holiday season. “The First Christmas” is a non-denominational production for the whole family to enjoy.


“Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter

Mini-Nutcracker performance at the Holter

Premiere Dance Company presents a free “Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter Museum on Saturday, November 26, at 1 p.m.


Cast members of Premiere Dance Company’s 30th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker” present a free “Mini-Nutcracker” performance at the Holter Museum on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m.

Designed for young audience members, the story of this beloved holiday classic will be told by Artistic Director Charlene White as the dancers bring the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to life.


Country Christmas Craft Show

The eighth annual benefit craft show will be held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Saturday, November 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There will be over 70 vendors offering Christmas decor and gift items, artisan goods, wood decor, Montana made items, vintage items, clothing, jewelry, and much more.

Food truck 206 BBQ Food will be on site. Get your shopping done, eat a delicious lunch and support the Tri-County Wolves Special Olympics team. Special Olympics 2023 truck raffle tickets will be available. Admission is $4.

Film screening, discussion at Carroll

Join Carroll College in recognizing National Native American Heritage Month. The Helena area community is invited to a screening and follow-up discussion of the film “Trick or Treaty?” on Tuesday, November 29, from 6-8 p.m. in the Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheater.

“Trick or treaty?” reflects the often conflicting interpretations of treaties between First Nations and the “Crown.” The film powerfully portrays one community’s efforts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands, while also revealing the complexity of treaty agreements in contemporary contexts (Obomsawin, 2014).

Mike Jetty, an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant, will join the discussion. Jetty works for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist.

This event is free and open to the public.

West Mont Christmas Tree Lot and Winter Festival

winter festival

Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs performs at West Mont’s Winterfest event on Dec. 3.

Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard

Montana nonprofit West Mont will host a Christmas Tree Raffle at Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1535 Dodge Ave., from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 11, or while supplies last. They will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, tree stands, holiday gifts, festive food and hot drinks. They will also have some unique giving opportunities. Their Giving Tree will have gift tags representing needs at their vocational and residential sites and contain the Christmas wishes of their under-resourced clients. The tree lot will be open Monday to Friday from 10:00-19:00, Saturday from 9:00-19:00, and Sunday from 9:00-17:00

West Mont will also host Winterfest at the Tap Room on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00am-3:00pm. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children and wish everyone happy holidays. Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs will perform live music from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.


Thompson exhibit at the library

“The Heart Intact,” a multimedia installation by Jennifer Thompson, will be on view at the Lewis and Clark Library in November and December.

Eight pieces make up “The Heart Intact,” which is distributed throughout the library.

Free and open to the public, art making times will be hosted by the library throughout November and December. Check the Lewis and Clark Library website or Facebook page to find out locations and times.

Annual Holiday Show at 1+1=1

1+1=1 Gallery

The 9th Annual Holiday Gift Show runs through Dec. 30 at 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. These mugs were made by Robyn Till.

The 1+1=1 Gallery presents its ninth annual Holiday Show featuring small and affordable gift-appropriate artwork. The show includes encaustic paintings, ceramic and mixed-media sculptures, wooden vessels, mixed-media 2D art, functional ceramics, photography, hand-bound books, unique jewelry, collage, acrylic paintings, loads of holiday ornaments and artists. -made greeting cards. It features 50 local and regional artists, including many who are new to 1+1=1 and to Helena.

Stop by during regular business hours to see the pieces in person for the duration of the show, which runs through the end of January. The gallery will launch a new online store on November 28th at 8am and can be found by visiting, https://1plus1is1.com/.

The Holiday Gift Show runs through December 30th and is located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Winter hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-17:00 The gallery will be open on December 24 from 11:00 to 17:00.

For more information on the upcoming exhibit, visit www.http://1plus1is1.com/ or call (406) 431-9931.

Open Studio Days at The Bray

The Bray community is invited to wander the Shaner Studio Corridor to connect with Bray resident artists, experience finished artwork and view works in progress during Open Studio Days on Friday, December 2, from 17:00-19:00 and Saturday, 3 Dec. , from noon to 2 p.m

Open Studio Days are held once a month to allow the Bray community to get to know the artists, see their artwork and reconnect with each other.

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds with a self-guided tour map and are invited to shop the Holiday Sale at the Sale Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

2022 Governor’s Arts Awards

The Montana Arts Council invites the public to the 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1 in Room 303 of the Montana State Capitol (the old Supreme Court Chambers), with a reception to follow in the Rotunda.

Online streaming is available at https://leg.mt.gov, and broadcast will be provided by MPAN (Charter 191 and OTA PBS channels).

This year’s honorees are musician Rob Quist, photographer Barbara Van Cleve, ceramicist Josh DeWeese, author Deirdre McNamer, visual artist Don Greytak and craftsman Nate Wald.

Visit https://art.mt.gov/gaa for more information.

Helena movie list


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225, cinemark.com

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, PG-13
  • The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, NO
  • Black Adam, PG-13
  • The menu, R
  • She said, R
  • Ticket to Paradise, PG-13
  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, PG

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287, myrnaloycenter.com

  • The menu, R
  • Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, PG

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