Best Bets for Jan. 26-28 | The Bainbridge Blab

The last weekend of January may be short on dry weather, but it’s got culture aplenty.

Whether what you seek is on the page or on the stage (or the gallery wall), Bainbridge has something going on for you sometime in the next 48 hours.

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The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has extended the run of the fall/winter 2017 exhibitions.

Museum officials announced earlier this week they’d extended the displays through Wednesday, Feb. 14, including Frank Renlie’s “Smile” and select permanent art collection new acquisitions.

Extended through Wednesday, Feb. 28 are Robert McCauley’s “American Fiction,” Nadine Kariya’s “The Hammer and the Peony,” Paul Polson’s “Out Here and Strata,” Lucy Congdon Hanson’s “Serve” and Heikki Seppa’s “Master Metalsmith.”

Spring exhibitions will open on March 10.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Come meet Philadelphia fitness educator and motivator Sandy Weston when she pops in to Eagle Harbor Book Company to sign her new book, “Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow: Reach Any Goal in 3 Minutes a Day” at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.

Weston’s goal was to create a book and guide that allows readers to redirect thoughts in a positive, focused manner. This book is the culmination: Lighthearted and fun, it presents easy ways to learn a few simple changes you can make in your life, and why these will help you enjoy life more.

After many years of hands-on research and collaboration with top professors, Weston has put together a 90-day guide book and journal, written for the everyday person to help get their head in the game and see results instantly.

Train your head, and your body will follow.

This is a combination of a love and passion for fitness, food, science, spirituality, positive psychology, and people, all rolled into one. All our habits, everything we want, is because we believe we’ll feel better once we have it. Sandy will teach you to feel better first, which will better allow you to reach your goals.

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The Ploughman Poet.

The National Poet of Scotland.

“The Greatest Scot of All Time,” according to a 2009 Scottish Television Poll (sorry, William Wallace).

All this praise and more has been heaped upon the memory of Robert Burns since his death at the tender age of 37 in 1796. Heck, even the man’s Wikipedia page can’t help but fawn: “Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.”

His was the brain behind “Auld Lang Syne,” probably the most famous song almost nobody knows all the words to.

The title, by the way, roughly translates to “for the sake of old times,” or “days gone by,” according to “Songs from Robert Burns (1759-1796).”

Though he died young, supposedly by aggravating a long-standing heart condition through his own, ahem, intemperance, his legacy has been stalwart, and many of his works are still quite popular today.

Had he lived, one can only imagine he’d have loved a party like the one Bainbridge is cooking up for him. The liveliest stage in Lynwood will once again celebrate the storied Scottish scribe’s birthday at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, as the Treehouse Café rolls out haggis, plenty of tartan, toasts and, oh yes, there will be bagpipes.

Tickets for this 21-and-old party are on sale. The cost is $15 per person, and haggis is included.

Visit to purchase and learn more.

Space Craft will bring Dunede Libre and the Sam Boshnack Quintet to Rolling Bay Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

Duende Libre is an inspired new power trio featuring longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff Bongo Busch (drums & percussion), which utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of traditional and classical music from the Americas, Europe and Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove.

Bursting onto the Seattle scene in February 2016, Duende Libre has quickly earned a reputation for being innovative, uplifting and accessible to a wide-range of listeners. Their self-titled debut album was released May 5, 2017.

Composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack’s primary small ensemble as a leader, the Sam Boshnack Quintet, thrashes and bounds through tightly woven twists, tunnels, and cliffs with the deftness and precision of a chamber ensemble and the weight of a rock band.

Boshnack synthesizes a dazzling array of musical influences in her sophisticated yet fun, highly original compositions from intricate chamber writing to lush jazz panoramas and funky brass band-inspired grooves. They recently released their second album to critical acclaim.

Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 at the door, are available at

The talented performing trio of Weiswald will rock the Treehouse Café at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

Frontman John Wies, also well known for his Tom Waits tribute band, The Bleeding Romeos, said Weiswald incorporates Waitsonian off-beat syncopation, arrangements, and moody rants into rhythmic grooves and story-telling vignettes.

Enhanced by Wies’ percussive guitar playing, the idiosyncratic Mike Young on percussion and the versatile keyboard playing of Jon Lanthier, the music of Weiswald spans musical genres, offering listeners something both familiar and new.

Admission, open to those 21-and-older only, is free, with donations accepted at the door.

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