Best Bets for March 1-3 | The Bainbridge Blab

The weekend is once again upon us, and this time around it’s bringing tons of fun.

First, it’s First Friday!

The action, as always, will be in full swing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Participants in the beloved monthly event, organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and sponsored by the city of Bainbridge Island, include nearly 30 galleries, show rooms, museums, shops and offices. Though the list sometimes changes month-to-month, the usual participants are Adorn, Amy Roberts Sculpture, Armstrong Art Gallery & Amelia Wynn Winery, The Art Project, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge HeArt & Soul: Art as Therapy Studio, Bainbridge Homes Real Estate, Bainbridge Performing Arts, the Bainbridge Public Library, Bergh Images Fine Art Photography, Blackbird Bakery, Castellano Fine Jewelry, Danger, Esther’s Fabrics, Fairy Tale Dental, Hattie Rose, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Mèli-Mèlo Island Vintage Boutique, Millstream, Pegasus Coffee House, Pelindaba Lavender, Plum, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, Small World Art Gallery, State Farm Insurance – Paula Weissinger’s office, The Island Gallery, and Winslow Art Center.

Visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org to learn more.

Also on Friday, Seth Walker, American blues guitarist and singer/songwriter, will perform songs from his latest album “Are You Open?” during a special one-night-only performance at the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m.

Tickets ($15 for reserved seats) for this 21-and-older show are on sale now at www.treehousebainbridge.com.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s new festival DogEar — a celebration of artist’s books, print works and paper arts that invites the audience to participate in the process of creation — kicks off Friday, March 1, in conjunction with the opening of the spring artist’s book exhibition, “Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed.”

Kicking off the show is a weekend festival that showcases the many facets of book, printing and paper arts.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, in honor of the debut, the Open Sesame! exhibition and DogEar festival will take over the entire museum, including the galleries, bistro, and auditorium. Most events include a participatory element, whether it is hands-on art creation, fun competitions to all skill levels, custom art creation through on-demand poetry and improv, or just perusing the works for sale by regional vendors in the exhibitor area.

And all daytime events are free and open to the public, with two exceptions: “Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection” requires a $5 ticket, and participation in the Edible Book Competition requires pre-registration.

Visit www.biartmuseum.org to learn more.

Weave — a new nonprofit performing arts and education organization headquartered on Bainbridge Island — will host world-renowned West African musician, composer, arranger, teacher and choreographer Adama Bilorou Dembele at Rolling Bay Hall for a two-day combined playbill of a concert and workshops.

Originally from Burkina Faso, he hails from a lineage of griots (a class of traveling musicians, storytellers and poets) who preserve the oral traditions of their culture. As a multi-instrumentalist, Dembele composes and performs an explosive melange of musical genres inspired by his native culture, Bwaba, and infused with sounds from Europe and beyond.

From street jazz to afro-funk to Mandingue melodies and rhythms, his rich grooves explore the fusion between ancestral and contemporary musical expressions, his exploration brings together classical, modern and traditional instruments such as the balafon, djembe, kora, dundun and talking drum, among others.

During his Bainbridge trip, Dembele will first perform a special one-night-only concert at 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Bay Hall on Saturday, March 2.

Doors open at 6:30, and all ages are welcome. Visit www.weavepresents.org to learn more and purchase tickets.

Then, on Sunday, March 3, Dembele will host two workshops.

From 12 to 1:30 p.m., he will teach an all-levels percussion workshop. Bring your own drum. Dancers are welcome.

Then, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., he will host an all instruments workshop for musicians of all experience levels hoping to learn West African grooves. Vocalists and, again, dancers are welcome.

Ticket info is available at www.adamabilorou.com.

Eagle Harbor Book Company will host the local authors’ group Winslow Writers to celebrate the release of their first short story collection “Winslow Writers: Short Stories of Bainbridge Island” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Write what you know” is the conventional wisdom given to most writers.

Winslow Writers — Abigail Hamilton, Lara O’Neal, Jessica Dubey, Starre Vartan and Ulla Solberg — took that advice to heart and produced this anthology, edited by Kirsten Foster and published by Red Rover Books. These five stories address themes of love, loss, and redemption as reflected through the unique lens of island culture.

Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more.

Renowned trumpeter Yvonne McAllister will perform a special free concert at the Treehouse Café in Lynwood at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

She last visited the island in July.

McAllister has been playing the trumpet since she was 3 years old, when her mother, the first female trumpet player west of the Mississippi, put the instrument in her hands.

Originally from Ballard, McAllister has performed professionally all of her life, including at the Showbox in Seattle where she appeared with Sophie Tucker and other greats of that era.

Visit www.treehousebainbridge.com to learn more.

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