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EAGLE HARBOR BOOKS: Presents a slide show by Steve Smith from “Europe Through the Back Door,” based on the book that he co-authored — “Rick Steves’ France” — at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com or call (206) 842-5332.
BAINBRIDGE ATTORNEYS: J. Byron Holcomb and Dick Krutch will be reading from their new books “Call of the Blue J,” a political crime thriller, and “Law Stories for Lawyers and Laymen: 50 Years of People and the Law” at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Free and open to the public. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com or call (206) 842-5332.
‘THE WOMEN WHO BUILT WESTERN WASHINGTON:’ Will be the topic of the next BPL Speakers’ Forum as Linda Carlson, a Humanities Washington “Inquiring Mind” speaker, describes life 100 years ago in towns like Port Gamble, DuPont, Roche Harbor and more, at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. $10 at the door. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.
LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Trevor Larkin brings his melodic folk rock from Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by brazenly honest acoustic folk from Moorea Malatt at the same time Jan. 17 and an open mic for all styles at 7 p.m. Jan. 18. Next week, Mark Bailey — a members of The Limeliters, a group that has been touring continuously since 1959 — will be presenting a totally different sound with his wife Rachel Levy at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. All shows are all ages, by donation at the Pegasus Coffee House, 131 Parfitt Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com or call (206) 842-6725.
BLUESMAN PETER SPENCER: Will play a solo set at 8 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by Carrie Clark at the same time Jan. 17 at Tizleys Europub, upstairs off of Front Street in Poulsbo. All ages, bar w/ ID, no cover at Tizleys. Info: www.tizleys.com, www.myspace.com/tizleyseuropub.
SOLO BASSIST KIMBERLY LYNN: Will bring her 5-string back to the Global Bean at 8 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by pianist songbird Natalie Poss at the same time Jan. 17, all ages, cup of coffee for the cover at the Bean, 2021 NW Myhre Road, Ste. 101 in Silverdale. Next week: Zach Fluery brings his indie acoustic tunes to the Bean at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Info: www.theglobalbean.com.
MADMARTIGAN: Will slam with Black Budget and Monogloid Village at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by Portland band My New Vice with All Bets on Death and The Extinct at the same time Jan. 17 at the Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Next Week: California band Get Dead comes through with No Red Flags and guests TBA, while Diary of A Madman (an Ozzy/Randy tribute) is slated for Jan. 23. All shows are 21+, $5 cover at Winterland. Info: www.myspace.com/winterlandrocks.
SEATTLE BAND HEARSEBURNER: Will be rocking with Evil Twin at 9 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by Cold Shot and the Herbert Friendly Trio at the same time Jan. 17 at the Manette Saloon, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. 21+, $5 cover. Next Week: Chris Switzer plays a free acoustic show at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 while a new band Veritas is slated for Jan. 23. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon.
FRIDAY AT THE LAKE: Jams with Sea Fever, Bedside Manner and Libretto starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by Three Quarter Minus with Otherwise, Arsenal Way, Nixx Lazy Eye and PC Load Letter at the same time Jan. 17, all ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover at the Charleston Music Venue, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Next Week: All Rise shares the stage with Puke Rocket, Lock and Load and more at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, plus Seattle band The Damage Done slated for Jan. 24. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.
SLIP 45 HOSTS: The Goods at 9:30 p.m. tonight, followed by That 80’s Show at the same time Jan. 17, 715 Bay St. in Port Orchard. 21+, various covers at Slip 45. Info: www.myspace.com/slip45music.
LEGENDS ON HEROIN: Will be headlining a farewell send off to George W. along with Can’t Hardly Wait, Folletti Files, Failing Winter and Amsterjam at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the AFU, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, $5 cover. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.
BREMERTON BAND TRIPLE FORTE: Will be throwing a Inauguration Day Hangover release party for its new CD “A Match is Me” with Madmaritgan, Total Wreck and Legends on Heroin at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Artists For Freedom and Unity Hall, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, $5 cover, a portion of proceeds from CD sales that night will benefit the AFU. Info: www.myspace.com/tripleffforte, www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.
NEW OLD STOCK: Tracing its roots back to musical traditions diverse as blugrass, old-time, celtic, jazz and pop, the group New Old Stock combines the strong striking music of hammered dulcimer with Bainbridge-born banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett and a brother-sister fiddle duo. The group’s first record is slated for release early this year, and New Old Stock will be giving a performance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. All ages, tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.
LAURA LOVE: Will be back on the island with her interpretation of traditional and Civil War Era music supported by the king of country blues and slide guitar Orville Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $18 in advance for adults, $20 at the door, $10 for youth. Info: Call Bainbridge Parks and Rec. at (206) 842-2306.
COASTAL CAFE HOSTS: Ralph Baker at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and Triple Forte with guests at the same time Jan. 23, all ages, beer and wine with ID at the Coastal Cafe, next to Soho Teriyaki in the Thriftway business park in Kingston. Info: www.coastalcafe-kingston.com.
BPA’s CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: “Portrait & Self-Portraits” begins with six works for piano solo by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin and Gershwin as well as a freshly minted composition from college-bound Bainbridge Islander Sara Rimkus, performed by violinist Thomas Monk, cellist Barbara Deppe and pianist James Quitsland at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.
THE LYNWOOD THEATRE: Will be holding over “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the epic tale of a man who ages backwards starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett for a fourth week this week Jan. 16-22 at 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge. For tickets and show time information, go to www.lynwoodtheatre.com or call (206) 842-3080.
THE ORCHARD THEATER: Holds over “The Reader” a story of a Post-WWII-era loca affair staring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, along with “Doubt,” about a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a black student, this week Jan. 16-22 at 822 Bay St. in Port Orchard. For tickets and show time information, go to www.ochardtheater.com or call (360) 850-1082.
ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES: “Yes We Must!” an environmental film and discussion series looking at the promises and challenges of green buildings, water infrastructure, moral and environmental impacts of food choices, the climate change media game and more will take place on Friday evenings tonight through March 27 at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 105 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., film to follow at 7 p.m., then followed by discussion. Free, but donations will be accepted. Info: www.tinyurl.com/Yes-We-Must.
‘THE RAINMAKER:’ Bremerton Community Theater presents a story based in a time of paralyzing drought in the West, Jan. 30 through Jan. 22 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 599 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton. Info: www.bremertoncommunitytheatre.org or call (360) 373-5152.
THE PORTABLE REALITY SHOW: Will be performing its improv stylings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Jewel Box Theater, 224 NE Iverson Road in Poulsbo. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, search Portable Reality Show. Info: www.myspace.com/improvrox, www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org or call (360) 779-9688.
IMPROVISING INTO 2009: The EDGE Improv hails the new year with a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or call BPA at (206) 842-8569.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Will meet at 10 a.m. today, BIGS president Claire Smith will discuss and demonstrate “Computer Programs for the Genealogist.” Open to both members and non-members, $5 suggested donations for non-members. Info: www.bigenealogy.org or call (206) 842-6059.
GREENING YOUR HOME: Eco-designer Bruce Glenn of Terra Sol Eco Homes in Port Townsend will explain how greening your new or existing home may be much easier than you think at a lecture session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 17 at Stillwaters Environmental Center off of Barber Cutoff Road in Kingston. Cost is $20. Info: www.stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org or call (360) 297-2876.
THE MILLENNIUM-OLD TRADITION OF MOCHI TSUKI: The ancient Japanese New Year tradition of making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. on Bainbridge Island. Entertainment provided by Seattle taiko drum group Kokon Taiko. Free, but limited to 175. Info: Call Clarence at (206) 855-9038 or e-mail email@example.com.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: The NBC TV show is coming to the Seattle area for the first time this season and looking for talented folks in Kitsap. The show is open to any act or any age, competing for a $1 million grand prize. The thing that makes the show unique, they say, is that any talent goes, no matter how zany or bizarre. To register and for more information, go to www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent.
‘OPERATION SLEEPING BAG:’ Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Towne Silverdale is accepting donations on behalf of the Taking It To The Streets ministry in its second annual sleeping bag drive. Sleeping bags and monetary contributions will be accepted at 3472 NW Byron St. in Silverdale through the winter. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.
FREE FIRST THURSDAYS: The board of directors at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum are now offering free admission to the museum, located at 215 Ericksen Ave. on Bainbridge, during the first Thursday of every month. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
VIOLINISTS TO FIDDLERS: Interested in turning your violin into a fiddle? An interest list is being compiled for an old-time fiddle workshop with Ken Waldman and and Tania Opland. Info: (206) 842-2306.
KITSAP COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Meets for games from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday night at the downtown Bremerton library, 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. All ages and experiences levels are welcome. Info: (360) 377-3955.
THE GREAT NORWESTERS: Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at The Northwest Design Center — 18850 State Highway 305 in Poulsbo. Info: http://greatnorwesters.freetoasthost.net or call Kathy (360) 301-1864.
AGATE PASSAGE FRIENDS: A Quaker silent worship group hosts a discussion of spiritual poetry at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of every month at Seabold Hall, 14454 Komedal Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.quaker.org/agate-passage.