Best Bets for Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 | The Bainbridge Blab

Best Bets for Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 | The Bainbridge Blab

It’s sort of the first weekend in February, but not quite. So, while the traditional First Friday festivities are still a week away, consider going out to these goings-on if you’re looking for good times on Bainbridge.

Lutzie, the stage name of Bainbridge Island teen singer-songwriter Lucia Opalka, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Earth and Vine wine bar (4620 Lynwood Center Road NE).

There is no cost for admission and all ages are welcome.

She released her third single, “Use You,” and a debut three-song LP, “To Disappear,” earlier this month.

It is available via YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TikTok and Amazon, among others.

“‘Use You’ is inspired by relationships badly handled,” said Opalka, a junior at Bainbridge High School. “It’s fed-up and fun and it has a groove that sways and kind of builds momentum so by the end you’re yelling along in your car. It is the third of a three-song project that add up to a debut three-song EP created along with Seattle mentors and my heroes, Andrew Vait as producer, bassist Jessica Dobson, and percussionist Sean Lane.”

The EP was called “To Disappear,” Opalka said, because these three songs get their mood from “frustration and limitation and the feeling of wanting to escape or turn away.”

“Looking back,” she said, “it’s probably related to being a teenager growing up on an island.”

Opalka has been composing and performing since she was 4, but began really accessing the larger world of musical mentors and peers through the Seattle Theatre Group’s Songwriters’ Lab in 2015.

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Also happening Friday, both the girls and boys Bainbridge High School varsity basketball teams will play at home against the visitors from Ingraham.

The night’s action actually begins, however, even before that.

The JV girls team will kick things off at 4 p.m., with the boys set to play at 5:30.

Then, at 7 p.m. the varsity girls (8-7 overall, 6-5 in conference) take the court against the Rams (7-8, 3-8).

The boys squad (6-10, 4-8) tips off against the guests (9-7, 9-3) at 8:30 p.m.

Finally, so far as Friday goes at least, Seattle songsters Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons will perform a free concert at the Treehouse Café from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

There is no cost of admission, though donations will be accepted; entrance is for those 21-and-older only.

The duo give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by storytelling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present.

Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads.

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In a more meditative mood?

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 at least 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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