Welcome back, weekend. Oh, how we’ve missed you!
For those seeking fun round the Rock in the next gloriously free 48 hours, there are several choice choices. Here are our Best Bets:
The final leg of this year’s Within/Earshot Jazz Festival at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct with a concert by the Bill Anschell Trio.
The month-long celebration of all things jazz, produced in partnership with the legendary Earshot Jazz, is a cornucopia of concerts, lectures and film screenings, and has proved one of the museum’s most popular traditions.
Anschell has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, both leading his trio and as pianist/musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon. His concert credits include eight European tours with Freelon and seven South American tours with his trio, including concerts in many of the leading international jazz festivals. Most recently, the Bill Anschell Trio toured Peru in April 2012, with performances in Lima, Cusco, and Puerto Maldonado, and performed at Paraguays annual jazz festival in 2014.
Next, Grace Love will treat island music lovers to an evening of soulful jazz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Frank Buxton Auditorium.
Doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m.
Love has spent the last decade working to bring soul music back to the forefront of the Seattle music scene. Collaborating with a local pool of talented musicians who are committed to keeping soul alive and thriving in the Northwest, she is beloved and respected for her powerful live performances and unmistakable voice.
Also on Saturday, Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, with special guest Libor Michalak, will perform a free concert at the Treehouse Café from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Donations will be accepted.
Michalak is one of Vancouver, British Columbia’s top players of clarinet and saxophone, said Re-Arrangers frontman Ranger Sciacca. Michalak attended the Toronto School of Music, leads the jazz group Swing2Beat, and is a frequent guest with other Vancouver Gypsy jazz groups.
The Re-Arrangers met him at the annual Djangofest event, were very impressed with his playing, and are excited to bring him to Bainbridge Island for the first time.
The concert will feature music from Ranger and the Re-Arrangers’ repertoire of swing standards and Gypsy jazz melodies.
Island Theatre will present a dramatic reading of “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” by Lucas Hnath, at the Bainbridge Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Performances are free, with donations welcome.
“A Doll’s House, Part 2” is a modern sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s iconic play “A Doll’s House,” considered by many to be the first modern feminist play. In the final scene, when told by her husband that her most sacred duties are to him and their children, heroine Nora Helmer shocked audiences and walked out.
This play picks up 15 years later, when Nora returns.
As she confronts her husband, daughter and longtime nanny, each character is forced to address their ideas about marriage, freedom, love, and gender roles. With both poignancy and humor, Hnath asks: In the century since Nora first took to the stage, how much has really changed for women?
“A Doll’s House, Part 2” is directed by Tracy Dickerson and features an all-star cast of Dinah Manoff, Tim Davidson, Kate Carruthers, and Madelaine M. Figueroa.
The play, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards, is recommended for those who are high school age and older.
Island Theatre’s regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play readings in private homes at which guests are welcome to read a part; and the annual Island Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival.
Learn more at www.IslandTheatre.org.
Also on Sunday, Mary Lou Sanelli will visit Eagle Harbor Book Company at 3 p.m. to discuss her new novel, “The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs,” accompanied by special guest dancers.
Sanelli — an author, speaker, and dance teacher — has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction, though this is her first novel.
When the aging ballet mistress of The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs passes the teaching baton to Lucy, she accepts, along with her friend Richard Myers, tap-extraordinaire, who helps run the daily operations of the studio. Tensions rise after Richard and their only African American student are brutally attacked, and Lucy and Richard soon discover just how much prejudice exists in a seemingly innocent landscape.
What becomes crystal clear for both friends is that the only way to beat back fear, for a dancer, is by dancing.
Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more.
Last, but not least, two stellar stage offerings continue this weekend.
Firstly, What’s in a name? Well, in the case of Fustian House, literally everything.
You see, it’s absolutely the most dull historical home in all of England (and that’s saying something). Fustian itself means pompous and bombastic, inflated language, which is exactly what poor bored tour guide Lettice Douffet is forced to employ so as to spare her numbed charges a slog through the dustier parts of history and instead, “Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!” their experience (tips accepted at the door, thank you very much).
So, you know, she just sort of lies, employing much bombastic and inflated language in service of the ever-growing fictitious fables she spins about Fustian House, until one day when Lotte Schoen, a peculiarly well-informed woman on the tour, reveals herself to in fact be a member of the Preservation Trust, which owns the lifeless manor — and also employs its tour guides.
Tiresome truth thus collides with invigorating fancy in Peter Shaffer’s award-winning comedy “Lettice and Lovage,” the latest production of which is being staged at Rolling Bay Hall (10598 NE Valley Road) by Bainbridge Island’s Lesser Known Players.
“Lettice and Lovage” will be staged at Rolling Bay Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Saturday, Oct. 19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
Tickets, on sale now via www.brownpapertickets.com (search: “Lettice & Lovage”) are $15 each for students, seniors and military members, and $20 general admission.
Also, stay sane inside insanity, rose tint your world, and get set to do the Time Warp again. Because hot patootie, bless my soul, Bainbridge Performing Arts is rolling (and rocking) into their second weekend of “Rocky Horror Show.”
A lovingly humorous tribute to the genre B-movies of the 1930s through the early ’60s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the remote stately home of a mad bisexual transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter, on the same night he unveils his new creation, a Frankenstein-esque monster that’s an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect man named Rocky.
Scheming servants, at least one murderous breakup, sexual awakenings aplenty, rocking tunes — and an against-all-odds immortal cultural touchstone — ensue.
The show runs Sunday, Oct. 27, with evening shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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).
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