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The weekend is here again, Bainbridge! And, though the weather outside’s been frightful, there’s still a ton of fun to be had round the Rock.

First, if you missed the big unveiling of the library’s new look last weekend, there’s a perfect excuse to swing by and see it now: Island Theatre is staging a dramatic reading of the 2009 drama “Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies there this weekend.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. both Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, and are free to attend, with donations accepted.

In “Time Stands Still,” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Margulies dissects the relationship between a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent — both once addicted to the adrenaline of documenting the atrocities of war, and now grounded in the couple’s Brooklyn loft.

Photographer Sarah (Jennifer Jett) was seriously injured while covering the war in Iraq; her reporter partner James (Sam McJunkin) had left weeks earlier, when the stress and horrors became too much for him. Now, James writes online movie reviews while Sarah recovers and itches to get back behind the camera.

When their best friend, Richard (Tell Schreiber), brings his new, young girlfriend (Bronsyn Foster) to visit, their burgeoning relationship makes James and Sarah examine their own relationship and way of life. Can two people who are used to living dangerously manage to carve out a normal life?

“Time Stands Still” is directed by Kate Carruthers and features Lynn Murphy as the Narrator.

The play is recommended for those high school age and older only.

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Also on Saturday, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a special Día de los Muertos workshop will welcome the spookiest time of year.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this workshop will introduce you to Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday to gather and remember those who have passed away. A very important part of this holiday is the Ofrenda, an altar created to commemorate your loved ones. Time will be spent creating a special Ofrenda wall hanging to honor, celebrate, and showcase your ancestors, beloved family members, friends, and pets who have passed on.

Your wall hanging will be made entirely of handmade and decorative papers, using a combination of folding techniques and hand sewing. Your finished piece will feature shadow box frames for displaying photographs and mementos and include personalized adornment.

The cost of admission is $75, and includes all materials and instruction. Visit to learn more.

Speaking of BIMA, the month-long Within/Earshot Jazz Festival continues this week as well, with a screening of the music documentary “Ernestine: There Will Never Be Another You & The Jackson Street Jazz Scene” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets, $10 for members and $12 for general admission, are on sale now.

It’s a special cinematic look at American jazz and blues talent Ernestine Anderson, the consummate jazz vocalist whose voice Quincy Jones once described as “honey at dusk.” A Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, Ernestine made an indelible mark on the jazz scene for three decades, a versatile talent who could move from gritty and driving to pure and soulful. She’s well remembered for her recorded repertoire, including her signature song, “Never Make Your Move Too Soon,” recorded with B.B. King.

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Then, on Sunday, settle with a book. Don’t have a good one going right now? Well, get yourself down to Winslow and get ready to unconform.

Eagle Harbor Book Company will host Alaskan author Kate Troll to discuss her book, “The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

Part adventure, part memoir, part policy and always exciting, “The Great Unconformity,” takes a fun fast-paced tour of environmental, political, and spiritual issues surrounding sustainability and climate change. Troll, sometimes called “the Naomi Klein of Alaska,” fills her colorful stories with humor, wisdom and hope for a brighter future.

With an eye toward the millennial generation, Troll wraps her stories with the wisdom of recognized global thinkers. From climbing Denali in Alaska to running the Grand Canyon in winter, Troll’s stories take readers on an intriguing journey of discovery and inspiration. Sprinkled in between are her insights gained from more than 20 years in “fish politics,” coastal management and energy policy. Never far behind is the voice of an activist on the front line of climate change, and her sense of wonder that comes from living among wilderness.

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