Best Bets for Dec. 20-22 | The Bainbridge Blab

Bainbridge Performing Arts’ much-praised production of “Matilda the Musical” remains sold out, but all is not bleak round the Rock this weekend for festive fun seekers.

If you’ve finished your holiday shopping and are done decking the halls (or just need a break) consider instead these choice choices, our Best Bets …

On screen at the historic Lynwood Theatre for a final a final three-day run is the fascinating documentary “Fantastic Fungi.”

At just 81 minutes long, the film explores the magical world of fungi — that strange category of creature that is neither animal nor vegetable, but similar to both — and its uses in human health treatments – both mental and physical – and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.

It stars primarily renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, among an impressive roster of other experts, in a doc The New York Times called “informative and kooky,” which offers, “nothing less than a model for planetary survival.”

Personally, I agree with the Times’ Jeannette Catsoulis, in that I too “could have done without Brie Larson’s cutesy narration,” but otherwise this is a fun and informative flick that wows with BBC-worthy photography and Ken Burns-type insights. And, with such a comparatively short runtime, it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Show times are 2, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m.

Visit to learn more.

If the stage is more your speed, Knucklehead, billed as “Kitsap County’s longest running, and still hottest classic rockers,” will return to the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 for a free 21-and-older show.

The band’s repertoire boasts staples from the likes of AC/DC, ZZ Top, Snoop Dog, Johnny Cash and more.

Knucklehead is a classic rock power trio out of Bremerton. The band consists of three of the most well-seasoned, talented musicians in the Northwest: Tim McGovern (guitar/vocals), Jeff Omeron (drums/vocals) and Scott Pollock (bass/vocals).

Visit for a complete list of upcoming events; for the band’s full set list.

For those in the mood for holiday happenings, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will host a community-wide Christmas caroling party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 in the church’s Parish Hall.

Carolers will be accompanied by Paul Roy, Christine Smellow, and Jim Friedrich, and all are invited to come and sing lots of favorite Christmas songs, enjoy sweet treats, and a hot cocoa bar.

Organizers note that the event is family friendly, and will include a visit from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s Christmas firetruck at 4:45 p.m.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is located at 1187 Wyatt Way NW.

For more information, contact parish administrator Cera Rodriguez at

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