2012-12-28T00:00:00Z TGIF File Montana Standard
December 28, 2012 12:00 am

Elvis Tribute, Ryan Pelton, Jan. 11

Elvis tribute performer Ryan Pelton will return one last time to Butte, Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Elvis, Live in Concert stars Ryan Pelton and his six- piece band The Difference, direct from Nashville. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s best Elvis tribute artists, and now will launch his farewell tour in Montana.

Pelton will appear at the The Mother Lode Theatre in Butte and the Helena Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14.

Butte tickets are $30 for main, $25 for loge and $20 for the balcony. And half price for students including college with ID and are available at the door and online at

Bridger Ski Foundation to show Banff Film Festival picks

Bridger Ski Foundation has brought the Banff Film Festival to the valley for more than 15 years. The festival is a mix of eclectic outdoor films that have been chosen by the Banff Mountain Film Festival at this year’s film competition in Banff, Alberta in Canada. This year, the festival has two venues. The first will be Friday, Jan. 18, at the Emerson Cultural Auditorium, located at 111 S. Grand Ave. in Bozeman, where cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m. The second venue will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Willson Auditorium, located at 414 W. Main St. in Bozeman, where the films will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets at both venues are $15 and are available in advance at REI, Mountain Hot Tub, Northern Lights Trading, Bangtail Bike and Ski and the Bridger Ski Foundation Office. Featured films will be chosen after Jan. 1. Visit for a list of films each night or more information.

Musick on Twelfth-Night Background

Joe Munsenrider performs a concert “Musick on Twelfth Night” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave., Helena.

Twelfth Night is the traditional end of the Yuletide Season – Epiphany in the Christian church, a day of revelry in old England, and the traditional day of exchanging gifts in Italy.

The concert is open to the public. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, with the proceeds going towards the organ fund of St. John’s.

The program this year will contain seasonal music as well as standard organ repertoire.

A French Noël by Louis-Claude D’Aquin will begin the program, followed by a set of chorale-preludes that express the seasons of Advent, Christmas, the Old Year and the New through the musical lens of Johann Sebastian Bach.

‘Thumbelina’ at Jefferson High

Jefferson High Drama presents an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s tale, “Thumbelina” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in Boulder. Thumbelina is a tiny girl who lives on a farm with her mother and a group of doting and protective farmyard animals. One summer’s day, she is lured away from her home by the Toad Empress who wants to force her into a marriage with her toad son. With the help of a Blue Bird, she is able to escape, but has no idea how to return home.

While Thumbelina struggles to find her way; her barnyard friends have joined together to form a search party and are determined to bring her home to her mother and the farm. Led by a take-charge chicken, Brown Betty, and Captain Butler, a cat with a great sense of smell, they are willing to face any obstacle or danger. The group includes Skippy, a perky squirrel; Jake, a lazy but loveable dog; Boots, a caterpillar; and Dixie, a fashion diva duck. Other characters include Lord Balfour, a wise owl who dabbles in alchemy; Milton Mouse; La La, a crow; and Millard, a persnickety mole. It is a story of love and friendship as the animals struggle to reunite their friend with her mother.

The show is perfect for all members of the audience and playing one night only.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and available at the door. For more information contact Linda Piccolo at 225-3317 ext. 105.


Preserving history workshop Jan. 23

Montana Preservation Alliance and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts present a free heritage workshop dedicated to saving Montana’s heritage. The workshop will begin at 11:45, Wednesday, Jan. 23, and continue through Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Grizzly Conference Room at the Montana State Library, located at E. 6th Avenue and N. Sanders. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the workshop is part of the alliance’s Montana Touchstone Project.

The workshop’s first day focuses on an overview of documentation and preservation topics. The second day will be devoted to hands-on training for the attendees in these areas. Participants are encouraged to bring historic materials related to the Archie Bray Foundation, the Western Clay Mfg. Co. brickyard or other aspects of Lewis and Clark County history for the “show and tell” lunch on Thursday. Lunch will be provided both days.

The workshop’s final event will be a special field trip to “The Pottery,” the 1951 birthplace of the Archie Bray Foundation. The foundation has been internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists and the site of hundreds of workshops, classes, exhibitions and other special events. Transportation will not be provided.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in preserving and sharing local history but registration is limited. To register, contact Patty at the Montana Preservation Alliance at 457-2822 or email her at patty@preservemontana after Friday, Jan. 1 or visit .


Bannack skating pond may open Dec. 26

The Bannack ice skating pond and warming house is tentatively scheduled to open Wednesday, Dec. 26, ice conditions permitting. Call the park at 834-3413 to check on ice conditions before coming out. The skating pond will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, for Christmas vacation. After Wednesday, Jan. 2, the skating pond will only be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by special reservation for schools and community organizations. The warming house offers hot and cold drinks and candy and there is a good selection of ice skates that are free to use. Bannack videos will be showing in our warming house and children can enter the coloring contest. Visitors may bring along some hot dogs and marshmallows to roast over the fire by the pond. Visiting the skating pond is a cure for cabin fever. Bannack State Park will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, so that our employees can enjoy Christmas with their families.

Winter hours for the park are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Bannack State Park is located 25 miles southwest of Dillon, just 4 miles off Highway 278.

Bannack State Park 4200 Bannack Rd. Dillon, MT 59725

Phone: 406-834-3413; Fax: 406-834-3548; e-mail:


“A 2nd Helping of the Church Basement Ladies” Feb. 12

“A 2nd Helping of the Church Basement Ladies” is coming 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, to the Helena Civic Center. The sequel, set in 1969, takes us back to the time of the Vietnam War, women demanding equal pay for equal work and the rise and fall of the Vikings Super Bowl Sunday.

The four ladies and the pastor deal with the joys and upheavals from below the “House of God.”

Tickets for this fundraiser for Family Promise and Food Share are now on sale. Tickets also make great gifts.

Call the Civic Center at 447-8481, order online at or stop by the Civic Center Box Office (Monday through Friday 10a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.)

Ticket prices range from $35 to $20. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial. For any additional information, call Joy at 227-6961.

Tabula Rasa

Event Horizon MT presents Tabula Rasa, an electronic music show on Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 8 p.m., to celebrate the New Year at the Rathskeller in The Montana Club. Watch for tickets at

Marga Lincoln

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