Join The EDGE and an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For nearly two decades, the troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Anzanga returns to BPA to perform the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa, one night only. For over 20 years, the Seattle-based ensemble has brought the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to the national and international stage including regional appearances at the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot. Performance for all ages. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under).
Exhibit Opening: Hope in Hard Times
Celebrate the madness and music of the one, the only...Groucho…in a one-afternoon-only performance at BPA. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The show is perfect for all ages!
Sara Geballe of Memoir Crafters will discuss Cheryl Strayed’s Wild in an interactive session on the craft of memoir and the value of preserving your life story for you, your loved ones, and future generations. Experience first-hand – through the use of simple prompts – how one triggered memory naturally leads to the next and the next. Sara will also describe how a personal historian can work with you to transform the sometimes daunting task of writing down your life story into a doable, rewarding, and fun project.
Join Heather Anderson as she recounts her record-setting Pacific Crest Trail hike – averaging just under 44 miles a day, Heather (or Anish as she is known on the trail) hiked the 2,663-mile trail in a blistering (no pun intended) 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes, setting a new record for a traditional unsupported thru-hike (meaning she carried all of her gear, resupplied her own food, and received no planned assistance). Encounters with mountain lions and gargantuan blisters are just two of the hurdles this self-described bookworm faced on her way to the Canadian border. Armchair travel at its finest.
Take an armchair walk on the wild side with local filmmaker Karen Bean as she shares stories and pictures from her many "Walking Wild" trips into the backcountry making Wilderness Adventure DVDs. Karen is an award-winning director/cinematographer and one of the few women to hold Director of Photography status in the International Cinematographers’ Guild. Her work spans adventure and natural history productions as well as action features. She has filmed in three continents, and has covered a range of wildlife from Grizzly Bears to Salamanders. She has won numerous awards for her natural history and wilderness walking productions. She began camping in the backcountry as a child and has now backpacked through five continents.