Sometimes when Alan Simcoe stands at his workshop inside Village Music, he’ll become aware of passers-by who have paused.
On a recent visit to Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo I found several books to drool over and covet. I thought, since it’s so chilly out lately, you may want to head to Liberty Bay or your own favorite bookstore to check out these offerings. Some are pricey but others you might just want to buy now and take home to savor for hours and hours.
SCENE STUDY WITH DINAH MANOFF: The Tony Award-winning stage, sitcom and screen actress Dinah Manoff will be leading a course for adults in Scene Study, with classes at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 & 26, Feb. 2, 9 & 23 and March 2 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Registration is now open, tuition for the six-week course is $425 through BPA. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/Education/SecondStage.html or call (206) 842-8578.
LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Rick Barrenger leads a Christmas sing-along at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, followed by Americana singer/songwriter Rachel Harrington with her new CD “City of Refuge” at the same time Dec. 20, while Sunday, Dec. 21, will be an open mic for all styles at 7 p.m. All shows are all ages, by donation at the Pegasus Coffeehouse, 131 Parfitt Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com or call (206) 842-6725.
THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF GIFT GIVING: Will be explored and celebrated in a new art show, “Up-gifting,” this month at the Artists for Freedom and Unity in Bremerton. The exhibit features Kitsap artists Pat Cooper and Malia Macheel working with traditional seasonal themes, giving life to discarded objects and working with “formerly appreciated” and up-cycled apparel and materials. The exhibit hands through December at the AFU, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Free. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.
Director Scott Derrickson’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” remake of Robert Wise’s 1951 creation, might be better sold as an accidental comedy than an actual world’s end thriller. Stuffed with special effects and riddled with losing dialogue, the sorry sci-fi redo holds plenty more moments of unintentional hilarity than it does sound storytelling. Though it took top notch at the box office, this newest version of “The Day” is certainly anything but.