Magic show coming to Deer Lodge
DEER LODGE — Magic Keith, a magic and comedy show for the entire family, is coming to Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
The show is part of the 2016-2017 Live at the Rialto concert series. However, single tickets are available for $15 for adults and $5 for students in grades 1 through 12 at Valley Foods and Keystone Drug in Deer Lodge, Steele’s in Butte and Deer Lodge, and at the door.
Keith Raymond became fascinated with magic as a youth, but it wasn’t until in his late 20s while working as a firefighter paramedic in Rapid City, South Dakota, that the magic bug bit and he ordered a magic kit he saw on television. Soon he began performing tricks for his fellow firefighters. Professional magicians taught him more tricks, and then he started investing in larger illusions and props to create a real stage act that debuted at the Central States Fair in Rapid City in 2004.
Raymond has performed hundreds of times at fairs, theaters, and other events, including opening for Sawyer Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Styx, and Charlie Daniels. Now based in Forsyth, Montana, Raymond frequently adds new routines to the show so everyone has fun and “nobody knows what is going to happen next.”
Choral Union concert Dec. 4
The Montana Tech Choral Union and Copper Hill Choir will kick off the December holiday season with their annual winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Tech auditorium.
Gary Funk directs the choirs. The Choral Union is a combination of singers from Montana Tech and the surrounding area. The Copper Hill Choir is a Tech student group.
The program will include a variety of season music from the classic Elvis hit “Blue Christmas” and a funky arrangement of Handel’s “Hallelujah.” The more traditional vein will include a lovely arrangement of “Silver Bells” and a “White Christmas” medley of Irving Berlin tunes.
There’s also the 15th Century “Good Ale” and the arrangement of “Jingle Bells” that crooner Andy Williams typically performed on his Christmas specials in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tickets are $10 and $5 for adults and seniors. They are available at the door. There also will be a silent auction and refreshments after the concert.
Festival of Song Dec. 2 in Deer Lodge
DEER LODGE — The Festival of Song, featuring the Deer Lodge Community Choir, will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pen Convention Center.
This new event, hosted by the Powell County Arts & Museum Foundation, will begin with a free dinner and music by the band “Short Notice.”
The Deer Lodge Community Choir performance featuring Christmas carols, under the direction of Glen Ellis, will begin at 7:45 p.m. and include an audience sing-along.
A raffle for a flat screen TV, gift certificates to stores and restaurants, and other items will be held during the evening.
At 9 p.m., Santa will draw a winner’s name for the 16th annual “Win a Classic” — a cherry red 1957 Thunderbird convertible.