Best Bets for Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 | The Bainbridge Blab

This weekend’s festivities are brought to you by the letter T, as in Twice. Two. Twofold.

There’s a tuneful two-day fiesta on tap at the Treehouse this weekend.

Fist, the Paula Boggs Band will take the stage Friday.

Paula Boggs is on her fourth career — and rocking it in her typical style.

An Army airborne veteran, corporate attorney, social activist, and now eclectic singer/songwriter/rocker — Boggs and her six-piece band traverse jazz, folk, rock and Americana, and are bringing their stylings to the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 for a 21-and-older performance.

Tickets, $18 each, are for sale now via www.treehousebainbridge.com.

Their sound is perhaps best described as “Seattle-Brewed Soul-grass.”

Then, on Saturday, Los Angeles music scene stalwart Randy Weeks will perform at 8 p.m.

California dreams lured Weeks away from his native Minnesota’s winters, and he spent nearly three decades as an integral member of the Los Angeles music scene, which included Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and Buddy Miller.

Weeks helped revive country-rock and launch the Americana music movement as a member of the legendary Lonesome Strangers.

For more information and ticket details, visit www.treehousebainbridge.com.

Also going on this weekend: a twofer of timely tours!

First, Bainbridge Working Studios will again host its annual winter tour event at four different artist locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2.

This year’s expanded roster of studios includes Mesolini Glass Studio (13291 Madison Ave. NE), Davidson Studios (9000 Hidden Cove Road), Rolling Clay Studio (11236 Sunrise Drive), and Terry Siebert Pottery (9766 NE Valley Road).

Set to show work this year are Gregg Mesmer and Diane Bonciolini, Veronika Leitner, Jerry Davis, Asha Kent, Millard Davidson, Linda Davidson, Jane Schupay, Rosette Gault, Terry Siebert and Lynn Anju.

The tour is free, self-guided and to be explored at your own pace.

Visit www.biworkingstudios.com for more information and a map of the studios.

Simultaneously, the Bainbridge Winter Studio Tour will celebrate 35 years of awesome art this season, with a bounty of artists set to show their works at studios around the island.

The tour is Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Fifty-nine artists will be showing off their creations at eight separate studios during this beloved annual free, self-guided tour which celebrates original hand-crafted artwork with a juried art show that requires the “hand and spirit” of the artist be evident in the work.

Free refreshments will be available, as well as live musical entertainment at the studios.

Also art.

Lots of art.

There is a large variety of mediums on display this year. Guests can expect to see items like jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber, mixed media, photography, glasswork, furniture, scenic encaustics, wearables, pottery, beadwork, abstract collage on boards, watercolor married to India ink, and Jimi Hendrix as a Christmas nutcracker.

The eight studios and locations in this year’s winter event include: Robert Spangler Studio, Ferrier Studio, American Legion Hall, Filipino-American Hall, Masonic Lodge, Sylvia Carlton’s Studio, Grange Hall, and Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile. The brochure with a complete listing of artists at each studio, addresses and a map can be found at several local stores, and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or downloaded from www.bistudiotour.com.

For more information, call 206-842-0504.

Lastly, get thee to a stage for a pair of perfect performances.

First, 18 of the most timeless tunes by the man the New York Times called “the most commercially successful composer in history” will be performed on Bainbridge — some of them for the very first time — as part of Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest’s holiday show “Masquerade: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

The production will include just nine shows: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15, and also 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16, and feature music from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Cats,” “Song & Dance,” “Aspects of Love” and “Sunset Boulevard” with orchestra accompaniment.

Webber is often credited with reinventing the classic musical for modern audiences. He is one of only 15 people to have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony, and, he was ranked as the “fifth most powerful person in British culture” by The Daily Telegraph in 2008.

He has composed two film scores and 13 musicals, several of which have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway.

Tickets for “Masquerade: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” are on sale. Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students, and $19 for youth 12-and-younger and military members, active or retired.

Family “four packs” are available in limited numbers for $75, which grants admission for two adults and two youths.

There will also be a special “Student, Teacher and Military Night” discount event, at which any student or teacher of any school, including home school, and military members (active or retired), can get tickets for the Saturday, Dec. 1 performance for $15 (available at the door only).

Visit www.ovationmtb.com to learn more and purchase tickets.

Finally, rediscover a timeless classic through a new take.

“The Wizard of Oz” (1939), widely considered one of the greatest films of all time is a cultural touchstone spanning generations. A stage adaptation was inevitable, and though there were several, it was the 1987 production by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which adheres more closely to the film than previous versions, which eventually became the standard, a fresh revival of which is coming to the Bainbridge Performing Arts stage in December.

The island show is directed by Buddy Todd, in his BPA debut, who most recently helmed “Charlotte’s Web” with Second Story Theatre and “Last Fall” with Fantastic Z.

The show includes both evening and matinee productions: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, starting Friday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 22 (the Dec. 22 show begins early, at 2 p.m.), with a special 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, Dec. 20.

There will be an opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North)

BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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