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With temperatures slated to rise once more, here are some cool weekend recreation options for you to explore on Bainbridge and just maybe beat the heat.

Two live shows continue this weekend, for those feeling theatrical — one inside and one outdoors.

Indoors: The revival of “The Pirates of Penzance” by Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest is the perfect production with which to bookend co-founder/director Ron Milton’s time at the helm. It is the third time the company has put on the show — the first being their actual initial show on Bainbridge 15 years ago.

Milton will step down as director after this show — having steered the company through nearly a thousand performances — citing health issues as the primary reason. His wife, co-founder Marijane Milton (who plays Ruth in “Pirates”) will stay on longer.

“Pirates” begins at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, July 29 at the Bainbridge High School theater.

Tickets, $24 each ($22 for seniors and students and $19 for youth 12 and younger or military members, active or retired), are available at www.ovationmtb.com.

Outside: “Romeo and Juliet” is William Shakespeare’s “Free Bird.”

It’s the one everyone knows, the one everyone can quote — the popular personification of one of the greatest playwrights of all time.

But why?

Why do we like this story? It’s very sad.

Why we do we like these character? They are, at best, hopelessly angsty emo teens and, at worst, squabbling petty nobles.

Still, love it we do, for more than 400 years and an awesome array of revivals, adaptations and spin-offs, the latest of which sees the Bard’s classic back outdoors, where it was intended to be performed, at Bloedel Reserve courtesy of Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The all-ages “Romeo and Juliet” will run through Sunday, July 29, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Tickets, $24 to $29 each, are available. Visit www.bain bridgeperformingarts.org to learn more and to purchase.

Picnics will be allowed in the meadow after 6 p.m., however, beer and wine will neither be sold nor permitted at this year’s event per regulations under the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board.

Also happening this weekend, on Friday, the latest performance in the Winslow Green summer concert series “Music on the Green” is Sue Jane and Steven Bryant.

The show will run from 6 to 8 p.m., and all are free to attend. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, chairs — and dancing shoes.

The remaining summer lineup includes: Time and Tide on July 27; Cuban Heels on Aug. 3; Choro Loco on Aug. 10; Nicolas Lofgren and friends on Aug. 17; The Ocean People on Aug. 24; and Psycho Sushi on Aug. 31.

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