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Happy Holidays, Bainbridge. From all of us here at the Review, here’s wishing many good times for you and yours this weekend.

Thank you for reading “The Only Newspaper in the World that Cares About Bainbridge Island.”

Don’t worry. We’re not getting too sentimental round here – we’ll save that for our annual New Year’s wrap up. But, sincerely, it’s been a heck of a year and we’ve all earned some down time. And if you can’t kick back at Christmas, when can you?

That being said, there are a couple of choice choices for ways which you might spend your time this weekend, but be sure to set aside some “me” time too, Bainbridge. A little R&R goes a long way these days.

If, however, you’re in the mood to rock, get yourself over to Lynwood because Forest Beutel, a nationally touring musician since he was 18 years old, will rock the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 in a special free concert.

Donations are appreciated, doors open to those 21-and-older only.

Beutel is a one-man band extraordinaire, and is currently a leading figure in the genre called Americana Blues, drawing influences from roots music across the U.S. His voice blends the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Tom Waits and Johnny Cash.

His banjo, harmonica, and voice combine to create a soulful and unique sound.

Visit or to learn more.

Keeping that musical train rolling, perennially popular island songsters Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will rock the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in a special, free one-night-only concert event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23.

Also on stage will be special guest Ray Wood, “an elder statesman of jazz in the Northwest.”

He’s been performing around the region and the world for almost 70 years, was a founding member of the Rhythm Rockets, one of the area’s first rock-and-roll bands, and now plays guitar with the Less Paulish trio and Hot Club Sandwich.

The concert will feature music from Ranger and the Re-Arrangers repertoire of swing standards, and traditional Gypsy melodies, too.

Seating is limited. For reservations (encouraged), email

For some, a trip to the movies is an integral part of their holiday happenings. And there’s plenty to choose from at Bainbridge Cinemas this year: “Ferdinand,” the new star-studded “Jumanji” movie, “Pitch Perfect 3,” “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” (in regular and 3D versions) and “The Greatest Showman,” among others.

Check out for ticket info and show times.

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