BIMA hosts variety of entertainment in October

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has a number of offerings in October.

One highlight is the Día de los Muertos Community Celebration Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. BIMA marks its ninth year hosting the community gathering. The festival centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, a colorful, multi-tiered altar. Visitors are encouraged to add their own mementos and words to honor those who’ve passed into time.

Can’t visit in person? Online contributions to the ofrenda are accepted at

Also in October are the four Within/Earshot Jazz Festival Live Music Concerts. Each is at 7 p.m. and cost is $25.

Kicking it off is the Duo Violão + One in Concert Oct. 14. Duo Violão + One is a choro and samba trio with Rogerio Souza on seven-string guitar, guitarist Edinho Gerber and percussionist Ami Molinelli.

Next is Eugenie Jones Oct. 15. The award-winning vocalist/composer/lyricist Eugenie Jones continues to evolve in the 11 years she’s been on the jazz scene.

On Oct. 23, it’s Marina Albero Trio w/ Jeff Johnson & Anil Prasad, who are premiering new original work at Buxton Auditorium.

Finally, on Oct. 29, it’s Folks Project, a contemporary jazz trio featuring Darrius Willrich on piano and vocals, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass and D’Vonne Lewis on drums.

There are also three Within/Earshot Lectures & Presentations. They are all at 7 p.m. and cost $10.

Jazz with Jim: Fundamentals of Jazz starts it off Oct. 6. BIMA’s beloved music historian Jim Cauter returns for his two-part series on contemporary jazz. The second part, Future of Jazz, is Oct. 13. The finale is Oct. 20 with America’s Music: A Panel on Race and Jazz. It will be an exploration of the impacts of race in the development, shaping, acceptance and future of jazz.

The other series of entertainment from BIMA next month is smARTfilms: Syncopated Cinema Series.

There are two showings each day at 2 and 7 p.m. Cost for each of the four films is $10.

Starting things off Oct. 4 is Thin Skin. Based in Seattle, Nigerian American jazz musician Aham is a divorced father of two who longs for a career as a musician but must pay the bills with his soul-sucking desk job. Post-screening Q & A with director Charles Mudede and writer/lead actor Ahamefule J. Oluo.

On Oct. 11 is Pepper’s Pow Wow. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, BIMA presents a look at the life of Native American jazz saxophone pioneer Jim Pepper, the first widely recognized musician to fuse Native American music with jazz.

Space is the Place is the film set for Oct. 18. Avant-jazz mystic Sun Ra brought his pioneering Afrofuturist vision to the screen with this film version of his concept album.

The final film in the series Oct. 25 is Jazz On A Summer’s Day. This documentary concert film captures the sounds and performances of some of the major jazz artists at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.