Best Bets for Jan. 10-12 | The Bainbridge Blab

Here are some awesome offerings on Bainbridge for those seeking fun in this, the second weekend of the new decade.

The latest production in Bainbridge’s ongoing Irish Play Series, “The New Electric Ballroom,” will be going on at Rolling Bay Hall.

Following three sold-out productions, this, the fourth show of the noted series, focuses on the daily lives of three elderly sisters living together in a cramped house in an isolated fishing village on the west coast of Ireland.

There, having isolated themselves almost completely from the outside world, the ladies reenact the pivotal night of their youth at the New Electric Ballroom, where they vied for the attention of Roller Royle, the visiting showband’s seductive lead singer.

Grudges resurface, insults are bandied, and food items fly through the air, and only the visits of a handsome and lonely fishmonger turns things in a new direction — for better or worse.

It will run for three shows, Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets, $20 each in advance and $25 at the door, are available via (search for Event 4471759 or “Irish Play Series”).

Rolling Bay Hall is located at 10598 Valley Road NE.

Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest’s current production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” on stage now at Bainbridge Performing Arts, is the first full show (following last December’s Andrew Lloyd Webber medley “Masquerade”) since the retirement of co-founder, longtime director, and all-around top dog Ron Milton.

His wife, regular company player, fellow co-founder and honorary board member, Marijane Milton will remain more involved in an advisory capacity, but the new era of Ovation! is primarily in the hands — and feet and minds and voices — of a new crop of creatives now.

The show famously spoofs the pandemonium that ensued when Elvis Presley was drafted, though the Elvis-type character, Conrad Birdie is actually not center stage.

The story primarily follows Rose “Rosie” Alvarez, who has suffered through many years of romantic limbo with her boss, New York–based songwriter Albert Peterson, whose biggest client is the newly-drafted Birdie, despite being looked down on by his overbearing mother and with no real commitment from him.

She brings her personal problems to the rural Ohio town of Sweet Apple, where she and Peterson have escorted Birdie as part of a PR stunt: to have him sing “One Last Kiss” (a song she demands Albert write) and give one lucky girl, chosen randomly from his fan club, a real “last kiss” on “The Ed Sullivan Show” before going into the Army.

Performances continue through Sunday, Jan. 12, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., an early matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m., and the closing matinee on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets, $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $19 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

Supermassive black holes are a one-way trip for mass falling in — or are they?

At the upcoming planetarium show “Supermassive Black Holes,” astronomer Steve Ruhl will look at these beasts present in galaxies — how did they get there and how do they behave.

The show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.

BPAstro Kids are playing “Programming Games” this month. Join Dr. Erica Saint Clair from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 as BPAstro Kids embark on various programming games, both on boards and on computers.

Admission to the show is free to members of the Battle Point Astronomical Association; a $2 donation suggested for nonmembers, $5 for families.

BPAA is a nonprofit amateur astronomy organization that operates the Ritchie Observatory and John H. Rudolph Planetarium in the Helix House at Battle Point Park.

For more information, call 206-842-9152 or visit

Seabold Second Saturday will present “second to none” singer/songwriter Matt Price for its next concert performance.

Price returns to Seabold Hall on Saturday.

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.

See and hear Matt Price at

Seabold Hall is at 14450 Komedal Road.

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