Here’s a sampling of events happening in and near Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.
The Greenwood Fred Meyer reopens Friday at 7 a.m., with a special cake cutting at 2 p.m. and specials throughout the store.
Jazz First Fridays with Ronin 3 & Guests at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday, it’s Ryan Rossner, Jon Hendrich, David Brody, Scott Katz and Rebecca Cohen performing “Songwriters In Seattle” at 7:30 p.m.
Namoli Brennet performs in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Brennet is celebrating the release of her new album, “Namoli Brennet Live,” which includes four tracks recorded at Empty Sea. Tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the door. A portion of all webcast proceeds will go to Lambert House, a nonprofit drop in center for GLBTQ youth in Seattle.
Ellie’s Coworking + Childcare is hosting a parents networking event at Works Progress (a new coworking space), 115 N. 85th St., from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday. Children are welcome. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Friday. For more information, call 206-466-1624.
Seattle Folklore Society presents Kirk Sutphin and Bertram Levy Duo in a concert titled “Banjos, Bows & Bellows,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Brick Building. Cost is $15 general, $13 SFS/PNA members and seniors, half-price for children. Reserve seats online or by calling 206-528-8523.
Kirk grew up in Walkertown, North Carolina and at age eight decided to follow his grandfather’s footsteps as a fiddler. As a teenager Kirk studied regularly with Tommy Jarrell and is now recognized as the reincarnation of the Tommy Jarrell style. He is also a masterful banjo player in the style of Fred Cockerham and Charlie Poole.
Bertram began playing the banjo as a fourteen year old. In 1959 he moved to the South to immerse himself in old time music. He was one of the original members of the legendary Hollow Rock String Band which is credited with launching the instrumental old time music revival. Their original recording highlighted the music of Henry Reed, now part of the basic repertoire of today’s old time musicians. During those years, Bertram developed his distinctive clawhammer style and recorded the enduring classic “That Old Gut Feeling”. Recently he published a second concertina tutor entitled “American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina.”
“Thom Pain (based on nothing),” a one-man show directed by Gianni Truzzi and starring 16-year-old actor/producer Torin Record-Sand, presents two free shows at Green Lake’s Bathhouse Theatre, at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9.
Thom Pain (based on nothing) is an abstract expressionist emotional tapestry in monologue form devoted to both suffering and beauty in the modern age. The piece follows a (mostly anonymous) narrator’s attempt at recollecting a series of events in his life–his traumas and pains, deaths and relationships, leading the audience through an often non-linear thread that pulses with a unique resonance, leading to a climax of uplifting but muted catharsis.