Best Bets for Feb. 28-March 1 | The Bainbridge Blab

Goodbye, February, it’s been nice.

Now, on to March — and, more importantly, to the weekend! Here are our Best Bets for ways to spend it here on Bainbridge.

Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Cultural Outreach Series brings the powerful and beautiful tones of Japanese taiko drumming and other Japanese instruments to Winslow Friday.

The concert is created and led by Japanese professional taiko performers Ringtaro Tateishi and Asako Tateishi. Since 2009, the two have led taiko programs at the Seattle-based CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO.

Launched nearly five decades ago, Ringtaro’s unparalleled taiko experience spans a 10-year world tour as a member of the world-renowned taiko group Ondekoza and seven years of daily performances at EPCOT/Walt Disney World.

With Ondekoza, Ringtaro visited 26 countries, held more than 1,000 performances — including four concerts at Carnegie Hall, and traveled the United States in a three-year marathon tour.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 public performance are $12 for adults and $10 for children and may be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North). Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

A special school outreach demonstration and performance for teachers and K-12 students will be held on at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Attendance may be arranged with BPA operations manager Siobhan Maguire (206-842-4560).

This 45-minute performance ties to the academic curriculum in a number of areas including the role music plays in a global world. Student tickets are $7 per person, and the accompanying teacher and up to two chaperone tickets are included free of charge.

The Bainbridge High School Band Boosters will host a special concert where the students from the band and choir will join forces to put on the seventh annual Community Swing Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Woodward Middle School Commons.

The dance is family friendly and open to the public. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door for general admission, or $8 online or $10 at the door with a student ID (visit to learn more).

“This is a wonderful event,” said BHS Choir Director Allison Wagstaff. “Hot jazz, a free swing dance lesson, and a dessert buffet. We’re excited to share this event with our friends in the Bainbridge community.”

Whatever else may happen, rest assured someone will play a banjo.

Lydia Ramsey, most likely, though she’ll also be picking guitar alongside Benjamin Doerr, frontman/founder and primary singer-songwriter of local indie-folk group St. Paul de Vence, during a special one-night-only concert at Rolling Bay Hall on Saturday, Feb. 29.

The show’s set list is mostly fixed, but some last-minute additions and subtractions are inevitable, according to Doerr. They might even take a request or two.

The banjo, though, that’s definitely going to happen.

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The Men’s Compline Choir of Bainbridge Island will sing the Office of Compline at 8 p.m. Sunday at Saint Cecilia Parish.

Compline, also called Night Prayer, is the last of the traditional daily services sung by monastic communities and dates back to the 8th century.

The service consists of chant, readings, psalms, prayers, petitions and hymns, sung in a contemplative setting in a darkened church and is approximately 30 minutes in length.

All are welcome.

Saint Cecilia Parish is located at 1310 Madison Ave. North.

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