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Rain, rain go away.

Or not.

Either way, there are plenty of ways to play here on Bainbridge Island this weekend.

First off, for those seeking fun this weekend, it’s First Friday.

Participants in the beloved monthly event, organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and sponsored by the city of Bainbridge Island, include nearly 30 galleries, show rooms, museums, shops and offices.

The action, as always, will be in full swing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org to learn more.

Then, the next day, Notable Journey, an acoustic guitar/vocal duo hailing from the Pacific Northwest, will be the featured performers at the next Seabold Second Saturday.

Made up of vocalist/guitarist Bhaj Townsend and guitarist Gordon Currie, the pair will play at Seabold Hall on Saturday.

Her influences range from John McLaughlin to Gabriela Quintero, Linda Ronstadt to Christina Aguilera, Joni Mitchell to the Motown Sound, while Currie’s inspirations include Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Michael Hedges, Alex DeGrassi, Bruce Cockburn, and Phil Keaggy.

The public is invited to come enjoy some of the finest live music around. Open stage performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (sign-up starts at 7), followed by the featured act. Admission is play or pay $8; children get in for free. Coffee, tea, bottled water and cookies will be for sale.

Seabold Hall is at 14450 Komedal Road.

For information, call or text David Hager at 206-409-3437.

Also happening Saturday, Karen Vargas, panelist at the recent Bainbridge Island Historical Museum “Handbills of Hate” event, will deliver a presentation about her personal quest to find identity, ancestry and origins, highlighting her recent trip to the Republic of Ghana, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Frank Buxton Auditorium.

Vargas attended the “400 Year Return,” an international commemoration of the 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.

She has traveled the world researching and learning about personal identity, painstakingly unearthing threads of her own genealogy, and the ancestry and migrations of enslaved Africans in the United States.

“People all over the world are searching for who they are, seeking that greater understanding of who they are and their heritage,” she said. “I know where I have been, but I do not know where I am from.”

Vargas will be joined in conversation by Zac Davis and Mary Flowers from Seattle.

Admission is free, though reservations are recommended. Visit www.biartmuseum.org to learn more and save a spot.

Finally, Henry Lebedinsky’s Baroque Trio will be the featured performers at the next First Sundays Concert.

Lebedinsky is internationally renowned on harpsichord, organ, and clavichord as soloist, master class teacher, lecturer, composer and director. His concerts invite people to experience Baroque music in fun new and informal ways.

For his Bainbridge concert — scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday — Lebedinksy will be joined by Tekla Cunningham and Caroline Nicolas.

Cunningham is a well known and beloved Seattle violinist who travels up and down the West Coast leading orchestras, and performing as soloist and in chamber music concerts.

A relative newcomer to the Seattle area, Nicolas, a cellist and viola da gambist, has quickly established herself as a musician of “eloquent artistry and rich, vibrant sound.” As winner of the Julliard School’s Historical Performance concerto competition, she made her debut in Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

The concert series is presented by First Sundays Concerts, a monthly musical performance series featuring world-class classical and jazz musicians.

The concert takes place at Waterfront Park Community Center at 370 Brien Drive.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

For more information, go to www.firstsundaysconcerts.org.

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