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There is much to do round the rock this weekend, so let’s just jump straight to our Best Bets …

The second annual Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival returns to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Friday, Nov. 15, a three-day marathon of movies (shorts and features both) all of them light on chit-chat but smothered in style and historical importance — with corresponding live musical accompaniment, of course.

Again curated by John Ellis as a tribute to his longtime friend and collaborator Frank Buxton, a Bainbridge cultural icon and lifelong champion, advocate and appreciator of the arts (he actually worked with Buster Keaton and met Charlie Chaplin). It featured a diverse array of offerings in its inaugural lineup last year, and is set to once again bring a truly unique program to the island’s artistic epicenter.

From a lesser known Buster Keaton outing to a selection of shorts from a pioneer of the craft, from a hard-to-find Tacoma-shot feature to a special collection of early European efforts, Ellis said no other venue will be offering such a viewing experience again anytime soon.

Festival passes are no long available, but tickets to individual screenings are on sale via (search “Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival).

For a complete screening schedule and interview with Ellis and BIMA spokeswoman Jesse Ziebart, check out the Review’s feature on the festival here.

On stage this weekend, things get a little more local.

Bainbridge Performing Arts Theatre School’s Fall Play Fest features two film noir-style stories written by Scott Breitbarth, both featuring Bainbridge-set stories ripped from the Review headlines and the trending topics of the Bainbridge Islanders Facebook group.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at BPA.

Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15 at BPA.

Tickets, $10 per person, or $5 for seniors, youth, students, teachers and military vets, are on sale now via

Check out the Review’s full feature here.

Also on Friday, families are invited to Kids Discovery Museum for a fun-filled evening of playtime, art and more during “The Art of Thanksgiving.”

Kids and their families can bond together and enjoy sensory exploration as they create keepsake art to decorate their home for the holiday. Children can also try their hand at season-inspired science and have fun with turkey baster races.

At 6:15 p.m. the musical duo Storysong will invite families for an interactive singalong and stories to help everybody wind down, and share a special moment before the evening ends.

All ages and generations welcome.

The cost is $4 per person for members and $7 for non-members with advance registration (or $5 and $8 at the door). Children younger than 12 get in free.

All materials will be provided and are included with the admission price.

Register online at or call 206-855-4650.

For those who prefer the page, Anne Phyfe Palmer will visit Eagle Harbor Book Company at 3 p.m. Sunday to discuss her guided keepsake journal, “This Life of Mine.”

She will be joined by best-selling Island memoirist Claire Dederer for a demonstration on finding and documenting your or other’s lives, and making a legacy journal.

Admission is free and open to all.

This guided journal will inspire people to record the unique details and stories, both for themselves and for those they will one day leave behind. It includes a mix of fill-in-the-blanks, short answer questions, list-making prompts, and ideas for simple sketches or photos which are all designed to create a nuanced portrait of a person’s life through reflections, memories, and stories.

The journal features the whimsical work of papercut artist Sarah Trumbauer throughout as well.

Eagle Harbor Book Company is located at 157 Winslow Way East. Visit to learn more.

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