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Make it a point to visit the state-of-the-art Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts, 15 N. Ewing St. (tel. 406/443-0287; www.myrnaloycenter.com). Formerly the county jail, the Myrna Loy (named after the silver-screen legend who was one of Helena's most famous residents) is today a multidisciplinary cultural center. Within its castlelike facade are a 55-seat cinema and a 250-seat performance hall, along with a gallery that focuses on regional art. Other playgoing opportunities include productions by Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Ave. (tel. 406/447-1574; www.grandstreet.net), and the Montana Shakespeare Company (tel. 406/431-1154; www.montanashakespeare.org), which takes to the stage June through August at Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum.

Of the Queen City's watering holes, we like Miller's Crossing, 52 S. Park Ave. (tel. 406/442-3290), for the live music, neighborhood atmosphere, and Blackfoot River Brewing suds on tap, and the popular Brewhouse Pub & Grille, 939 1/2 Getchell St. (tel. 406/457-9390), atop the Lewis & Clark Brewing Company in the Great Northern Town Center area. The taproom at Blackfoot River Brewing Company, 66 S. Park Ave. (tel. 406/449-3005), is another good option, open daily from 2 to 8pm with free tasters and a three-beer limit.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.