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One month down already, and 2018 is proving more a sprint than a marathon.

Time flies, so take some time for yourself this weekend, Bainbridge, to rest and recharge. Recreational recommendations are below.

First off, it’s First Friday!

The monthly art walk begins again, from 6 to 8 p.m., and boasts a bevy of beautiful venues.

For a complete list, visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org.

Along with the Art Walk, the month’s first Friday means a return of the Space Craft Vinyl Lounge.

Held again from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alehouse on Winslow, this month’s spin party topic is “Love Potion / Come Woo to Your Favorite Love Song.”

Bring your own record to spin, or just come enjoy the sounds and suds.

Visit www.spacecraftpresents.org for more info.

The Bainbridge High School 2018 Winter One Acts — each play written, directed and acted by BHS students — comes back to the school stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 (and also Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10).

Come see BHS playwrights, directors, actors, production crew and extraordinary musicians perform in this year’s lineup. The talent is boundless and the story-telling original and entertaining, as always.

Visit www.bisd303.org to learn more.

It’s a busy weekend at Bainbridge Performing Arts as well.

First, head to BPA at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 for a live performance by The Good Karma Bluesical, and a multimedia blues and blues rock experience.

The band features Michael Almodovar (drummer), Joe Van Dyke (lead guitarist/singer), Shannon Dowling (lead singer), Mike Lisagor (harmonica player/singer), Elray Konkel (bass guitarist/singer) and Jordan Petri (keyboard player/singer).

BPA Theatre School performers will join the fun onstage, and all proceeds from this family-friendly appearance will benefit the BPA Theatre School, which offers year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels.

Tickets, $20 per person, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

Next, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, be sure to step up to The EDGE Improv. The beloved troupe has been bringing the funny for more than 20 years now, and their regular first Saturday show this month continues the tradition.

Tickets, $16 per person — $12 for students, teachers, military and seniors — are available at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or at the door (while supplies last).

Finally, on Sunday, check out something even more historical.

In a powerful, one-man performance, David Casteal transports audiences to 1804 in “York,” the riveting first-person account of the only black man on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, on stage at Bainbridge Performing Arts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4.

Tickets, $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA. Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Due to some language and themes, “York,” directed by Susan Hardie, is recommended for junior high age and above.

As William Clark’s personal slave, York faced challenges that were inconceivable, exhilarating, and — at times — harrowing. One part history and one part pure creative vision, Casteal’s passionate and playful portrayal is set against the driving backdrop of live West African drumming and traditional Native American drum recordings.

Incredibly, York went unrecognized for his accomplishments until 2001, when he was posthumously awarded the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery by then-President Bill Clinton.

Conceived by Spokane-based actor and Djembe drummer Casteal, and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux (the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence), “York” has been performed across the northwest to sold-out houses and standing ovations.

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