Best Bets for Feb. 21-23 | The Bainbridge Blab

Our cup runneth over, good people of Bainbridge, in so far as there are plenty of things to do round the Rock this weekend, both inside and out. So never mind the weather and consider these, our Best Bets, and let the good times roll.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will present a production of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Frank Buxton Auditorium as part of V-Day.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls began on Feb. 14, 1998. It’s mission is to raise funds and awareness to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence).

Tickets, $12 to $15 each, are on sale via www.brownpapertickets.com (Event #4403753). Visit www.biartmuseum.org to learn more.

Bainbridge drivers and ferry travelers should be on the lookout for boatloads of bicyclists as the annual Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic returns to the island on Sunday.

Washington State Ferries advises drivers on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route to anticipate delays due to heavy bicycle traffic boarding, as more than 3,000 cyclists are expected to board ferries for the island, and vehicle capacity will be limited on the 7:55 a.m., 8:55 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 10:40 a.m. departures from Seattle.

Departing the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal, the heaviest traffic is expecting on sailings between 11:35 a.m. and 3 p.m. To minimize delays, WSF recommends that drivers consider alternative travel times or routes.

Long the start the riding season in the Pacific Northwest, now celebrating its 48th year, Chilly Hilly is a 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island that starts with a scenic morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle. Riders may also join the crowd directly on Bainbridge.

Visit www.cascade.org/rides-and-events-major-rides/chilly-hilly to learn more.

LANGSTON, the nonprofit arts organization established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, will bring its Seattle Black Film Festival to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for an afternoon of thought-provoking short films, one feature-length film, and post-screening discussions centered around “the Black diaspora experience” and the Living Life Leadership and Living Arts Cultural Heritage Center’s Black History Month theme of “Black Excellence and Achievement.”

The special event is planned from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free and open to all, though reservations are recommended. Visit www.biartmuseum.org/event/seattle-black-film-festival to learn more and reserve a seat.

Local author and University of Washington professor Tyler Sprague will visit Eagle Harbor Book Company at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 to discuss his new book, “Sculpture on a Grand Scale: The Thin Shell Modernism of Jack Christiansen.”

Admission is free and open to all.

The Kingdome, John “Jack” Christiansen’s best-known work, was the largest freestanding concrete dome in the world. Built amid public controversy, the multipurpose arena was designed to stand for a thousand years — but was demolished in a great cloud of dust after less than a quarter century.

Many know the fate of Seattle’s iconic dome, but fewer are familiar with its innovative structural engineer, Christensen (1927-2017), and his significant contribution to Pacific Northwest and modernist architecture.

In his book, Sprague places Christiansen within a global cohort of thin shell engineer-designers, exploring the use of a remarkable structural medium known for its minimal use of material, architecturally expressive forms, and long-span capability.

Examining Christiansen’s creative design and engineering work, Sprague, who interviewed Christiansen extensively, illuminates his legacy of graceful, distinctive concrete architectural forms, highlighting their lasting imprint on the region’s built environment.

Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more.

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