Arts and Entertainment

WHAT'S GOING ON | Kitsap A&E Calendar for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 3

An evening of extraordinary art and gypsy jazz provided by the Bainbridge band Ranger and the Re-Arrangers at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $20 for adults,$10 for kids. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, www.rangerswings.com. - Courtesy photo
An evening of extraordinary art and gypsy jazz provided by the Bainbridge band Ranger and the Re-Arrangers at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $20 for adults,$10 for kids. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, www.rangerswings.com.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

ARTS & CRAFTS

CALL TO K-12 GRADE ARTISTS: Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery is searching for artists for its upcoming annual Mixed Nuts exhibit, slated to hang Feb. 6 through March 3, 2009. It's a special exhibit that gives kids a chance to learn how art galleries work. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, BAC education director will be talking and taking applications. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.

THE f67 CAMERA CLUB: Will be meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in room 106 of the art building at Olympic College in Bremerton for a regular projection night for slides and digital images on the topic of “still-life.” Visitors welcome. Info: www.f67cameraclub.org or call Jerry at (360) 275-3019.

BREMERTON PUTS OUT CALL TO ARTISTS: The city of Bremerton's Arts Commission has proposed a series of seven metal sculptures along Pacific Avenue with a budget not to exceed $50,000. Artist submissions are due by 5 p.m., Dec. 31, apply by mailing 10 digital samples of work along with image list, resume, statement, proof of residency and three references to City of Bremerton Arts Commission, Attn: Pam Bykonen, clerk, 345 Sixth St., Ste. 600, Bremerton, WA 98337. More info at www.ci.bremerton.wa.us under Arts, Parks & Entertainment.

KITSAP ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Is moving from Port Gamble to Kingston for its 50th anniversary event next summer. Volunteers are needed. Info: Call Evy at (360) 297-2828.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: The 15th Annual Bainbridge Island arts and history event, slated for Dec. 5-7, has openings left for artists in all media. Those interested in jurying for participation can contact Sharon at (206) 842-6883 or email sharonrs@aol.com. Info: www.christmasinthecountry.info.

CRAFTERNOONS: Kitsap Regional Library in Little Boston hosts crafternoons for crafters to get together and work on handmade projects at 2:30 every Wednesday at 31980 Little Boston Road in Kingston. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 297-2670.

A IS FOR ARTISTS GALLERY: A not-for-profit artist owned and run gallery on Bainbridge Island is seeking artists. Info: www.AisforArtistsGallery.com or call (206) 842-2434.

CALL TO ARTISTS: The Kingston Art Gallery, a cooperative gallery, is expanding and looking for fine artists and art teachers to fill its planned classroom and gallery space. Info: Patty at (360) 297-2095 or e-mail pawsmac@mac.com.

THE VERKSTED GALLERY: A 20-year old cooperative art gallery located at 18937 Front St. in Poulsbo is now accepting applications from artists in the following mediums: baskets, fiber art, leather work, oils, acrylic, metal art, encaustic, and other unique arts and crafts. Must be able to work two days a month, participate in committee work and pay a monthly rent. To apply pick up an application from the gallery or call Lynn at (360) 297-4096. Info: www.verkstedgallery.com.

THE SOUTH KITSAP ARTISTS: Association meets from 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Cedar Heights Junior High School — 2220 Pottery Ave. in Port Orchard. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., visitors, first-timers welcome. Info: Call president Loretta Anderson at (360) 876-1415.

GLASS ART JUNKIES: A group with interests in all kinds of glass art from beaded to fused and stained glass meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Subway near the Silverdale Albertsons. All skill levels welcome. Info: Susan at (360) 598-4600.

DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE: Life Drawing (the human figure) classes are held from noon to 2 p.m. each Monday at the Bremerton Eagles at sixth and Washington. Cost is $10 per class. Info: (360) 377-7296.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Kingston Art Gallery invites local artists to join the co-op gallery. Information and applications at the gallery, corner of SR 104 and West Kingston Road, Kingston or online at www.kingstonartgallery.com.

ART LEAGUE: The Poulsbo Art League meets weekly, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Vinland Lutheran Church, 2750 NW Finn Hill Road, Poulsbo. All artists welcome to join, bring project to work on.

AUDITIONS

THE JEWEL BOX THEATRE: Is holding auditions for its upcoming production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the theater, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Looking for three men, ages 25-50. Info: www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org or call Todd at (206) 595-7093.

SING A SONG: The Puget Soundsters, a non-profit, community service, four-part chorus that sings for community events and local groups, is starting a new season and are looking for singers in all parts. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Unity Church, 1712 Trenton Ave in Bremerton. Info: Jeanie at (360) 871-3260.

'RAINMAKER' AUDITIONS: Bremerton Community Theatre will be auditioning actors for "The Rainmaker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at the theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton with director David Siskin. Info: www.bremertoncommunitytheatre.org.

COMEDY

HOLIDAYS ON THE EDGE: Bainbridge Performing Arts presents its third annual Holiday fundraiser featuring The EDGE Improv groupe at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets, $25 per person, include the show, a dessert and champagne intermission and a chance to win a season pass to The EDGE. Info: www.theedgeimprov.com, www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.

SLIP 45 COMEDY NIGHTS: Mario Lorenz is the featured comic tonight. Show is 21+, $8 cover at Slip 45, 715 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Info: www.myspace.com/slip45music.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION: Enters its 29th year this year, with $15,000 prize money up for grabs. The touring comedy competition again makes its second-to-last stop at the Admiral Theatre at 7 p.m. Nov. 29, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $25 on the floor, $20 in the balcony. Info: www.seattlecomedycompetition.com, www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743. KIDS

‘ARTHUR’S WORLD’: An exclusive installation based on Marc Brown’s books and the PBS series “Arthur’s World” will be at KiDiMu, 305 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge Island. $5 admission, free for members or kids 12 months or younger. Info: www.kidimu.org or call (206) 855-4650.

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY: The Poulsbo branch of the Kitsap Regional Library presents baby storytime (ages 1-18 months) at 1 p.m. each Tuesday and toddler storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday, 700 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 779-2915.

STORYTIME: Barnes and Noble, in the Kitsap Mall, hosts a weekly storytime for kids at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Info: Call the store at (360) 698-0945.

KITSAPART SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: Offers classes ranging from cartooning to three-dimensional drawing to animal art for kids ages 8 to teens at its school, 3425 NW Byron St. in Old Town Silverdale. Info: www.kitsapart.com or call (360) 662-1542.

DANCE

THE BOOT-SCOOTIN GRANNIES: Of Hansville will be dancing holiday-themed numbers starting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Target off of Kitsap Mall Boulevard in Silverdale, in recognition of National Seniors' Day.

BALLROOM DANCE AT THE BREMERTON ELKS: Winter classes in the West Coast Swing and Intro to Salsa will be at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., respectively, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the Bremerton Eagles, 4131 Pine Rd in Bremerton.

FALL TANGO DANCE: Central Kitsap Community Schools presents fall Tango Dance Classes led by Jerry and Becky Deeter through Dec. 11 at Fairview Junior High School off Central Valley Road in Bremerton. Class time is 7-8:30 p.m., cost is $70/couple, $60 (senior rate, 65 and up). Info: Call CK Schools at (360) 662-1638 or Jerry at (360) 779-4686.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, at the facility of the Kitsap Square Dance Association, 6800 Old Belfair Highway in Gorst. Partners not required. Pre-registration recommended. Info: (360) 877-5181.

BALLROOM DANCING: Is offered from 2-5 p.m. every Sunday at the Port Orchard Eagles, 4001 Jackson Ave. NE in Port Orchard, dancing to the live big band sounds of Eric Liebmann and Co. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non. Info: www.foe2338.org or call (360) 876-2338.

LINE DANCERS: Kitsap Kickers Line Dance Club meets every Friday and Sunday, 9161 Washington Ave. NW, Silverdale. Fridays: beginners 6-7:30 p.m., $2; advanced 7-9:30 p.m., $4; Sundays: beginners 5-6:30 p.m., $2; advanced 6-8:30 p.m., $4. Information: (360) 697-6753.

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS

COLLECTIVE VISIONS GALLERY: Features "Impressions of Places — Landscapes 2008" an exhibit by pastel artist Jackie Bush-Turner in the main gallery throughout December, while Michael Kilgore's steel and ceramic sculpture will inhabit the boardroom gallery. Both shows will hang through the month while the artists will be feted with a reception from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 5 at the CVG, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327.

THE ISLAND GALLERY: Is celebrating its 6th Anniversary with two special exhibits — it's 4th Annual Wearble Art Show featuring textile and jewelry artists from all over the world in addition to a collection of works by Alison Keogh in the north gallery called "Landscape – a different view." Both shows will hang through Jan 23, with an artists' reception slated for 6-8 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 5 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, (206) 780-9500.

BAINBRIDGE ARTS AND CRAFTS: Will feature an exhibit titled "Function and Form: Art That Works" in December. A smorgasboard of artists will help celebrate the final exhibit of BAC's 60th anniversary year. The exhibit will hang through December, while an artsits' reception is slated from 6-8 p.m First Friday, Dec. 5 at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.

THE DOWNTOWN BREMERTON LIBRARY: Will be featuring the recycled art treasures of Deborah Hopper during the First Friday Artwalk, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 377-3955.

THE ARTCRAFT COALITION: At the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse presents an exhibit titled “Kick Ass Broads” featuring images of kick-ass broads like Betsy Ross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Joan of Arc and others rendered by coalition members. The exhibit hangs through Dec. 31 at the Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call (360) 779-9199.

'PARALLELS/PARALAX:' A tandem exhibit featuring sculptor Deanna Pindell and encaustic artist Susan Sweetwater, inspired by poetry, prayers for peace and other powerful imagery, will hang throughout the month at Collective Visions Gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.collectivevisions.com.

THE ROBY KING GALLERIES: Will feature an exhibit on flowers to offset the season's gray skies throughout November at 176 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.robykinggalleries.com.

THE SIDNEY GALLERY: Will feature artwork from Belfair artist Louise Cothary Nov. 5-21 at the gallery, 202 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard. Info: www.sidneymuseumandarts.com or call (360) 876-3693.

GLASS ARTIST JIM GREGORY: And painter Joanne Schoener Scott are the featured artists, through November, at the Kingston Art Gallery. Info: www.kingstonartgallery.com.

JAK'S CAFE AND ESPRESSO: Will feature impressionist painter Judie Odell and her work in watercolor, acrylic, oil and collage throughout November and December at its shop, 19355 Jensen Way in Poulsbo. Info: Call (360) 394-5257.

HORIZONS: The Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery hosts an exhibit of its artists points of view on horizons, along with table-makers in "The Unexpected Table" through Dec. 2 at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island. An artists' reception is slated for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.

LOCAL ARTIST CARRIE GOLLER: Is exhibiting her works throughout the month at the Treehouse Cafe, 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.carriegoller.com.

THE GALLERY AT GRACE HOSTS: “People I Know” oil and dry brush watercolor paintings by Ken Sullen throughout October at 8595 NE Day Road on Bainbridge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Info: Call (206) 842-9997.

‘THE TREES’: Artist Steven Fogell and poet Bonnie J. Wallace collaborate in “The Trees” an exhibit of paintings and poetry hanging in the lobby gallery of the Bainbridge Performing Arts playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. in Bainbridge. The exhibit will hang throughout the month of October.

NUTCRACKER

OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE GROUP: The Bainbridge/Poulsbo group presents an unexpected twist on the classic holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” with performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 6-7, with a special charity dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the North Kitsap Community Auditorium off of Hostmark St. in Poulsbo. Tickets are $18, $32 for 2, $45 for 3 and so on, $12 general admission for the Thursday dress rehearsal. Info: Call (206) 842-1205 or e-mail info@bainbridgeballet.com.

DANCE ENSEMBLE NORTHWEST: Presents the “Nutcracker Ballet” with guest performer David Harvey at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-29 and again at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the North Kitsap Community Auditorium off of Hostmark St. in Poulsbo. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and seniors. Info: (360) 779-7090.

DANCE ARTS THEATRE: The Silverdale dance troupe presents its 21st annual production of the “Nutcracker Ballet,” featuring guest dancers from Ballet San Jose at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and again at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center at Bremerton High School, 1500 13th St. in Bremerton. Tickets are $12 reserved, $10 general admission, $6 for seniors and students. Info: www.danceartstheatre.org or call (360) 360-692-4395.

PENINSULA DANCE THEATRE: Marks its 35th birthday and 30 years of performing the “Nutcracker Ballet” at 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, at Bremerton High School, 1500 13th St. in Bremerton. Tickets are $22 for reserved seats, $17 for festival seating, $12 for students/seniors, $10 children. Family tickets are also available. Info: www.peninsuladancetheatre.org or call (360) 377-6214.

HOLIDAY FAIRE

THE 25th ANNUAL WINTER STUDIO TOUR: A free, self-guided tour on Bainbridge Island will be Dec. 5-7 featuring holiday lights and decor, cookies, cider and even some carolers all around Bainbridge. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, each studio will be giving away a basket full of art and treats from Studio Tour artists. For complete details including a list of studios, artists, photos, and a map, go to the Studio Tour website: www.bistudiotour.com or call Dinah at (206) 842-0504.

CAROLING FOR FOOD: A Sleigh Bells Caroling Competition will hit the streets of Poulsbo from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. Carolers will transform street corners and downtown businesses on Front Street into a live musical theater, raising funds for North Kitsap's Fishline Food Bank in Poulsbo. Spectators can vote for their favorite singing group that day. Info: www.caroling4food.com.

SANTA ARRIVES BY BOAT: In Port Orchard, via the Carlisle II foot ferry, for the City of Port Orchard's 10th Annual Festival of Chimes & Lights, slated for 1-8 p.m. Dec. 6 throughout downtown Port Orchard, with a Holiday Pet Costume, children's crafts, free coffee, cocoa, cider, chili and cookies, hay rides and more. Info: www.portorchard.com.

$1 THANKSGIVING DINNER: Moondogs, Too will be hosting a $1 Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27 with all the fixins. Any tips/cash over $1 will go directly to the South Kitsap Foodline as the bar and grill will also be taking donations for Helpline throughout the winter season. Info: www.moondogstoo.com, www.helplinefoodbank.com.

BAINBRIDGE CHORALE PRESENTS: Its annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and again at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church 11042 Sunrise Dr. on Bainbridge. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, $12 for sudents. The Dec. 7 matinee will be preceded by a guest lecture with Zon Eastes, executive director of Bainbridge Island Arst and Humanities Council. Info: www.biahc.org or call (206) 780-2467.

DOWNTOAN BAINBRIDGE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Local merchants partner with the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association for a special Holiday Open House event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 throughout downtown Bainbridge. The Seattle Labor Chorus will perform "Songs of Peace and Justice for the Holiday Season" around 2:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books, 151 Winslow Way.

SUSTAINABLE FIRST MONDAY: Sustainable Bainbridge has put together an online guide of creative, environmentally friendly, local-economy-supporting gift ideas which will be published Dec. 1 online at www.sustainablebainbridge.net. Also at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bill Cleveland, author of "Art and Upheaval" will talk about "The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change" at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr. near waterfront park. Free. Info: www.sustainablebainbridge.net.

FARMHOUSE HOLIDAY FAIR: From 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, a historic South Kitsap 1916-era farmhouse will be transformed into a boutique offering unique items from local artists and crafters at 4154 Rodstol Lane Farm in Southworth, less than a mile from the Southworth ferry dock. Admission is free. Info: Call Cynthia at (360) 509-2119 or e-mail cynthia@rlf1916.com.

STILLWATERS YULETIDE AUCTION: The annual Holiday party hosted by the Stillwaters Environmental Center will be from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Port Gamble Theater, across the street from the Port Gamble General store, featuring live music, food, drink, silent and live auctions and more. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 adv. Proceeds benefit the programs of Stillwaters. Info: www.stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org or call (360) 297-2876.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: The 15th Annual Bainbridge Island Christmas in the Country, a holiday shopping extravaganza with locations throughout the island, will be Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The free, country-inspired driving tour begins at the South end of the Island at the Lynwood Commons and travels through a near-dozen different locations. Info: www.christmasinthecountry.info.

LITERARY

POULSBOHEMIAN POETRY SERIES: Local poets Anne Kundtz, Ellen Elizabeth and Jennifer Hager will be reading at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Poulsbohemian Coffee house off of Front St. in Poulsbo. An open mic will follow the featured readers at the next session of the Poulsbohemian Poetry Series. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call Nancy at (206) 842-4855.

THE ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM AND UNITY: Will be hosting a night of spoken word, open to all at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 318 N Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.

'THE BIG BOOK BUY:' A fundraiser for the South Kitsap Public School Libraries and the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation, will be hosted by the Bethel Avenue Book Store, 1037 Bethel Ave. throughout November and December. Twenty percent of purchases will go to the education foundations. Also in support, local authors Debbie Macomber and Donna Vaquer will be in-store, signing copies of their respective books from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 22. Info: www.bethelavebook.com or call (360) 876-7500.

LIVING LIBRARY: Check out a new point of view by stopping by the library for a one-on-one conversation with a volunteer "living book" who is likely to have a lifestyle, occupation, culture or viewpoint different from your own. "Book" titles include a Muslim, U.S. Marine veteran, a young gay male, a practitioner of voluntary simplicity, former FBI agent, an anti-violence activist and an atheist. Part of One Book, One Community. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.

SILVERDALE WRITERS’ ROUND TABLE: Meets at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays at Austin Chase Coffee, 9621 Mickelberry Road in Silverdale for support and development in a positive atmosphere. Info: Call Bob at (360) 830-4968.

LIBERTY BAY BOOKS: Has updated its listing for its book groups. All groups meet at Liberty Bay Books — 18881-D on Front St. in Downtown Poulsbo. Revised listings are as follows:

Joy Luck: 11 a.m. First Friday monthly

Daytime: 10 a.m. Second Tuesday monthly

Non-Fiction: 10 a.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Evening: 7 p.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Books and Brew: 7 p.m. third Friday monthly, ages 21-39.

Mystery: 10 a.m. Fourth Thursday monthly

Info: www.libertybaybooks.com, (360) 779.5909 or e-mail

libertybaybooks@embarqmail.net. 

SILVERDALE BOOK SALE: Silverdale Friends of the Library used book sale every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Silverdale Library, 3450 NE Carlton.

ADULT WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Has openings for interested writers. The group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 3431 Lowell St. in Old Town Silverdale. Info: E-mail blsacre@juno.com or call (360) 598-2375 after 7 p.m.

FOR CONCISE CRITIQUING: And stimulation, join the Fiction Writer’s Workshop which meets at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse — 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Cost is $6 per meeting, which includes a latte. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call Marianna (360) 779-9199 for poetry or Sue (360) 297-3713 for fiction.

MUSIC

JINGLE DJANGO JAZZ: An evening of extraordinary art and gypsy jazz provided by the Bainbridge band Ranger and the Re-Arragners at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, www.rangerswings.com.

LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Coyote Grace comes to Bainbridge on its fall CD release tour, playing at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 followed by the Sam Marshall Trio at the same time Nov. 29. Sunday, Nov. 30, will be an open mic for all styles. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com or call (206) 842-6725.

WINTERLAND HOSTS: The "All This Poultry Carnage Show" with Kilkahl, Steelscape and Madmartigan at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 28, followed by The Isms with Ruxton Towers and more at the same time Nov. 29. Both shows are 21+, $5 cover at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/winterlandrocks.

THE CHARLESTON HOSTS: An acoustic night with Jaymz Benson, Folkbot, Jesse Noll, Trucker on Speed and Victims Voices at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by Camp Slack's Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Potluck show with Mythological Horses, Saucy Yoda, YIA, SGFY, 47 and more at 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Then at 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Alligators jam with Jesse Noll, Trucker on Speed and Madrid while Shades of Sanity, Blood and Thunder, Arsenal Way and more share the stage Nov. 29. All shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover Nov. 26, 28 and 29 at the Chuck, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.

ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM AND UNITY: Features 3D Witch Hunt with Courage for a Lion, Talk Jonny, Chyeah! Chyeah! and Amsterjam at 7 p.m. Nov. 28. All ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover at the AFU, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: myspace.com/artistforfreedomandunity.

TIZLEYS EUROPUB: Feautres local bluesman Peter Spencer at 8 p.m. Nov. 28. All ages, bar w/ ID, no cover at Tizleys on Front St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.tizleys.com or call (360) 394-0080.

THE GLOBAL BEAN HOSTS: A celtic jam session tonight, followed by Sarah Angel's contemporary sound at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and eclectic guitarist Jim Bybee at the same time Saturday. All shows are all ages, cup of coffee for the cover at the Bean, 2021 NW Myhre Road, Ste. 101 in Silverdale. Info: www.theglobalbean.com

THE MANETTE FEATURES: It's annual pre-Thanksgiving party tonight, followed by Rewind with The New Affair and OB1 at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and Rane Stone of the cover band Jar of Flies doing Alice in Chains tributes and originals at the same time Nov. 30. Both shows are 21+, $5 cover at the Manette, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon.

LOCAL JAZZMAN MARK LEWIS: Will be giving a concert with local master Allen Alto on guitar at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the New Delhi Indian Restaurant at 221 Washington Ave. in downtown Bremerton, providing an evening of jazz sprinkled with holiday favorites. All ages, no cover. Info: www.marklewismusic.com.

COASTAL CAFE IN KINGSTON: Hosts Ralph Baker's blues and ballads from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 in next to Soho Teriyaki in the Kingston Thriftway Parking Lot. Info: www.coastalcafe-kingston.com or call (360) 297-3326.

THE NEXT CVG CONCERT IN THE GALLERY: Will feature vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Cruso at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $13 adv/$16 d.o.s. Info: www.collectivevisions.com, www.rockisland.com/~carolyncruso.

THE COMMUNITY SINGERS: Are a group of regular people who sing at local nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and other community gatherings. They are always looking for more singers. No auditions, no singing experience necessary. Just heart, they say. Info: www.communitysingers.org or call (206) 842-5485.

JAZZ WITH MARK LEWIS: Local jazz sax and flute master Mark Lewis will be performing every Thursday with a different guest artist each week from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the El Coral Mexican Restaurant, 536 Fourth St. in Bremerton. On Nov. 26 he'll play with Bud Schultz on piano and Cap DeMiero on bass. All ages, no cover. Info: www.marklewismusic.com or call Rhonda at (360) 692-2540.

SUNSET KNIGHTS: An urban blues duo will be throwing down from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Grounds coffeehouse, in front of the Northwest Design Center at the intersection of Hostmark and Highway 305 in Poulsbo.

JAZZ AT THE BAYSIDE BROILER: Upstairs on the wharf, 18779 Front Street, Poulsbo, will feature the jazz trio The Lindsays from 6-8 p.m. every Friday and Don Wiens' mellow jazz on Tenor Sax from 5:45-8:45 p.m. every Saturday. Info:www.baysidebroiler.net.

BELLA LUNA PIZZERIA: Located on the slab in Suquamish hosts an open mic from 6:30 p.m. to close every Tuesday and Thursday for both songs and spoken word. Info: www.bellalunapizza.com or call (360) 598-5398.

THE JAZZ HOUSE: Located at 322 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton, provides live jazz from a house band starting around 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Info: Call (360) 373-2006.

THE KITSAP CHORDSMEN: A local barbershop chorus meets and sings weekly from 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Olympic Evangelical Free Church, 14861 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. New singers and visitors welcome. Info: (360) 337-7464.

THE TREEHOUSE LOUNGE: Located above the Magnolia Cafe on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo hosts an open mic session at 8 p.m. every Thursday. 21+. Info: (360) 697-1447.

ONGOING JAM SESSIONS: At the Island Music Guild — 10598 Valley Road on Bainbridge — include:

A jazz ensemble workshop: from 7-9:20 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. $5 donation requested. Info: E-mail Mike at msellman@att.com

Drum workshop: Monday evenings every week. Info: call Micah at (206) 818-5859.

Old Time Fiddle Tune Jam: Lead by Stuart Williams from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. $5 requested. Info: call Stuart at (206) 323-8004.

Reel Time Celtic jam: Meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on second Fridays in Poulsbo Led by Jane Landstra of Country Capers. Lessons for first level fiddlers are from 4-5:30 on third Fridays in Poulsbo. Info: E-mail Jane at c_capers@yahoo.com or call (360) 697-6192.

Samspel Scandinavian Jam/less: Led by Jane Landstra from 4-5:30 p.m. on the fourth Fridays. Info: c_capers@yahoo.com or call (360) 697-6192.

SILVERDALE’S NEWEST MUSICAL COFFEE SHOP: The Global Bean, located at 2021 NW Myhre, ste. 101 in Silverdale, is hosting a traditional Irish jam session at 7 p.m. on the second an fourth Wednesdays of the month. All players of Irish tunes and instruments are welcome. Info: http://theglobalbean.com or call (360) 692-9582.

CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES: Meet at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church at 1410 Ohio St. in Bremerton. Women of all ages are invited to come out and sing. Info: www.kitsappines.org or call Kathy at (360) 297-8414.

KITSAP JAZZ SOCIETY: A group of Kitsap citizens have begun the formation of the Kitsap Jazz Society with aspirations of preserving and promoting jazz throughout the county. For more information, call (360) 731-1609.

TREEHOUSE OPEN MIC: John Becker hosts open mic 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Treehouse Bar, 18830 Front St., Poulsbo. No minors.

BELLA LUNA OPEN MIC: Gary "Smokestack" Shaw hosts open mic 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bella Luna Pizzeria, Suquamish. Tugboat Bromberg hosts same time Thursdays.

COMMUNITY SINGERS: Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the Community Singers. No experience necessary, well-known songs. Group performs at long-term care facilities and others as requested. Info: (206) 842-9790.

WHISKEY CREEK STEAKHOUSE: Dixieland jazz first Tuesday 5 p.m. monthly; various artists seven nights a week, 5 p.m.; Trumpet by Yvonne, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, 1918 Washington St., Keyport. Info: (360) 779-3481.

NATURE & OUTDOORS

GREAT PENINSULA CONSERVANCY: Will host its final nature walk of 2008, with Kitsap naturalist Jim Trainer leading an expedition beginning at 10 a.m., Dec. 6 at Guillemot Cove on the Hood Canal. Breathtaking views of the Olympics from the shoreline aer matched with a salmon bearing stream and even a stump house. Limited to 25 participants. Non-members welcome. Info: www.greatpeninsula.org or call (360) 373-3500 to register.

GUILLEMOT COVE WALK: Kitsap naturalist Jim Trainer will lead the next/final Great Peninsula Conservancy nature walk of 2008, at 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at Guillemot Cove on the Hood Canal in Seabeck. The cove is home to old growth trees, a salmon-bearing stream and a breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains. The walk is approximately three miles roundtrip. Limited to 25 participants. Non-members welcome. Info: www.greatpeninsula.org or call (360) 373-3500 to reserve at spot.

KITSAP MOUNTAINEERS: Meet on the second Thursday of each month for social time and interesting program at the Kitsap Cabin, 3000 Seabeck Highway in Bremerton. Meetings are for members and anyone interested in learning more about the program. Info: www.kitsapmountaineers.org.

WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island seeking volunteers for variety of duties ranging from hands-on work with wildlife to office work. Information (206) 780-8508 or www.westsoundwildlife.org.

PENINSULA WILDERNESS CLUB: Variety of outdoor activities. Meets 7 p.m. second Monday monthly, Kitsap Unitarian bldg., 4418 Perry Ave., East Bremerton Visitors welcome. Information: www.pwckitsap.org

FILM

THE ORCHARD THEATRE PRESENTS: "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" this week, Nov. 28-Dec. 6. For tickets and show time info, go to www.orchardtheater.com or call (360) 850-1082.

THEATER

THE SALVATION OF IGGY SCROOGE: CSTOCK presents a modern rock version of the Dickens classic "Scrooge," starting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. The show will run through Dec. 21 with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays at CSTOCK, 9729 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Info: www.cstock.org.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE: For the Ovation! Musical Theater's holiday production of "Oliver!," the beloved family musical. Performances are slated from 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 5-21 at the Bainbridge High School Theatre, 9330 NW High School Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for youth, $18 for seniors and students, $22 for adults. Info: www.ovationmtb.com.

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER:' Western Washington Center for the Arts dons the Holiday Season with the most inventively awful kids in the history of the world cast in the church Christmas pageant. The show will run through December with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Info: www.wwca.us or call (360) 769-7469.

PLAID TIDINGS: A holiday sequel to the hit "Forever Plaid" will be playing at the Jewel Box, directed by Gwen Adams, through Dec. 6 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Nov. 16, 23 and Dec. 7. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth. Info: www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org or call (360) 779-9688.

JEWEL BOX NEEDS YOU: The Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo is seeking front of house and behind the scenes volunteers. Info: (360) 779-9688 or jewelboxpoulsbo@hotmail.com.

WWCA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Western Washington Center for the Arts theater in Port Orchard seeking volunteers for house manager, concession sales, lighting and ushers. For information on applying call (360) 769-7469.

BPA VOLUNTEERS: Bainbridge Performing Arts seeking volunteers for wide variety of jobs, from stagecraft and lighting to concessions and fundraising. Contact Ruth Lentz at rlentz@theplayhouse.org.

MISC.

KITSAP COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Will host its annual membership meeting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the KCHS Museum at 280 Fourth St. in Bremerton. All members invited for potluck, live music and announcement of Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Info: www.kitsaphistory.org.

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.

KITSAP WINE SOCIETY: Will be hosting a cellar drive, asking folks to bring out their special bottles of wine to share with other wine lovers who will be uncorking a special bottle as well from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Ambrosia Catering, off of Wheaton Way in Bremerton. Volunteers needed, email Mary at ggrape@yahoo.com to help. Info: www.kitsapwines.org.

WINTER FARMERS MARKET: The winter-edition of the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20 at Eagle Harbor Church at the corner of Madison Ave. and Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com or call (206) 855-1500.

‘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 their second annual sleeping bag drive. Sleeping bags and monetary contributions will be accepted at 3472 NW Byron St. in Silverdale through the fall. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.

‘THE BIG ONE:’ A traveling earthquake exhibit from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum will be at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Erickson Ave., through Dec. 31. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.

CHESS PLAYERS: The Kitsap Regional Library in downtown Bremerton hosts games with resident players from the Kitsap County Chess Club from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 377-3955.

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD CHESS GAMES: Are held from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday at the downtown Bremerton Library, 612 5th St. in Bremerton with players from the Kitsap County Chess Club. Info: (360) 377-3955.

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.

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