Things to Do Week of January 25 to January 31

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Winter is definitely here but we should be thankful we are not getting 2’ of snow like they are back east. I hope you are able to enjoy some of the venues I’ve recommended for this week.

This is one of the most influential artists and most closely followed dissident political voices in the world and this is one of his first exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest. Not to be missed.

Ai Weiwei to open “Fault Line” at SJIMA Sat., January 23, 11am – Mon., January 25, 2016, 11am

Location: SJIMA – 540 Spring Street
Contact Name: Ian Boyden – ian.boyden@sjima.org
Contact Phone: 360-370-5050
Link: www.sjima.org
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The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents an exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential artists and most closely followed dissident political voices in the world.
This is one of the first museum exhibitons of Ai Weiwei’s work in the Pacific Northwest. “Ai Weiwei: Fault Line” is a rare opportunity to see work by one of the world’s top artists.
Show runs from January 23-April 11, Friday-Monday.

Golden Globe winning film “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy was voted best film of the year as well as best director.

Palace Theatre – The Revenant showing at 6:30pm
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The Revenant: A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

“110 Stories” is a powerful and humanizing account of New York City’s darkest day.

On Book! Readers Theatre: 110 Stories, Whittier Theatre

Written by Sarah Tuft, Directed by Julie Laidlaw
Wednesday & Thursday, January 27-28 7:30 pm
FREE Admission! Festival seating – Doors open at 6:30 pm
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110 Stories is a powerful and humanizing account of New York City’s darkest day.
The story captures the grief and resilience of New York City in the wake of September 11th through the words of those who experienced it directly — not only the firefighters and police, but the ironworkers, chaplains, K9 handlers, nurses, photojournalists, and the homeless who witnessed the horrific events and saved lives that day, too. Together these unflinching first-person testimonials offer catharsis by revealing the hope, humor, and compassion that emerged in the midst of this tragedy.

Here’s a great way to spend some time on Friday Saturday and Sunday by watching three amazing classic films.

Dance the Blues Away Classic Film Festival – San Juan Island Library
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Let’s Dance the Blues Away!
• Friday, January 29th: 42nd Street
• Saturday, January 30th: An American in Paris
• Sunday, January 31st: West Side Story
Join local singer, actress, director and educator, Thérèse Finn, for fun facts about the director, stars, and even bloopers. It’s entertaining and enlightening.

Bizet’s “Les Pecheurs de Perles” is not to be missed. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in an undersea world on the stage of the Met.

Live in HD: Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Whittier Theatre, Sunday, January 31, 2pm

Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful The Pearl Fishers. This gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore.
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Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.
Due to a financial agreement with The Met: Live in HD, no SJCT coupons are accepted for these productions.
Adults $20 ($18 for Members available at box office only) Students $10

SJCT is in its third year of partnership with The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high definition performance transmissions to theaters around the world. The presentation of these operas is made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dodie Gann and underwriting from The McGee Foundation.
Sunday, 31 January, 2016 – 02:00 PM
Contact: Phone: 378 3210
Cost: Adults $20, Students $10

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for reading and till next time

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