11 things to do this weekend

May 18, 2012 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY -- Have fun in Lacey: This weekend, the LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR will celebrate its 25th year of providing free, family friendly activities to the community. More than 17,000 people are expected to attend. Highlights are the small on-site parade at noon Saturday, followed by the Grand Parade that starts at 6 p.m. on the Saint Martins University Campus (where the fair will be) and travel to Huntamer Park. Hours for the fair are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more info, go to www.laceyspringfunfair.com.

SATURDAY -- Jazz stars do benefit: Olympia will host an old-fashioned swing dance, with music by the Lakewood Community Jazz Band and a host of soloists, to benefit KBRD 680-AM, which specializes in music from the 1920s and '30s. The fun runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Olympia Elks Club, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are by donation, with a $10 donation suggested. Performers at the event include singers Vicki Anderson, Jessica Blinn, Lizzy Boyer, Christine Corey, LaVon Hardison, Rich Sikorski, Daven Tillinghast, and Danielle Westbrook and saxophonist Brad Schrandt. Corey also will teach a swing dance lesson, and there will be a swing-dance performance. For more info, go to www.kbrd.org.

SATURDAY -- They want you to want them: With hits such as “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame,” CHEAP TRICK has been blending elements of pop, punk and metal since the 1970s. You can see them live at 8 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $35-$55; get yours by phone at 800-667-7711 or little-creek.com.

ALL WEEKEND -- Evergreen is improvising: Featuring 13 different sketch and improv troupes from Olympia, Seattle, Bellingham, Los Angeles, Austin, and New York City, the Olympia Comedy Festival: IMPROLYMPIA 2012 is bringing a full weekend of laughter to The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia. The laughs begin at 7 tonight, Saturday and Sunday in Lecture Hall One Theater on campus. Admission is $5, or free for Evergreen students. Learn more at facebook.com/Improlympia.

SATURDAY -- Stock up on art: Artists and art lovers will gather Saturday for the annual POSSCA ARTISTS GARAGE SALE at the Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St. S.E., Olympia. Check out the art and art supplies of more than 65 area artists at the event that runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $1, but additional donations are collected to support POSSCA (Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts), a nonprofit that helps kids with limited resources participate in K-12 arts programs. All proceeds will benefit POSSCA. Learn more at possca.org/fundraising.html.

SATURDAY -- How does your garden grow? Your yard and garden might be calling your name right about now, and the annual MASTER GARDENER FOUNDATION OF THURSTON COUNTY PLANT SALE could be just the answer. Healthy trees, grasses, perennials, annuals, flowers, vegetables, shrubs and more for sun and shade, home and landscapes will be available along with compost bins and garden-related crafts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and there will be free compost classes throughout the day, plus experts to answer your questions at Dirt Works Garden, behind Yauger Park on Alta Street Southwest on Olympia’s west side. Admission is free. Learn more at mgftc.org/Plantsale.html.

SATURDAY -- Cossu teams up with guitarist: Contemporary jazz pianist, composer, recording artist and local SCOTT COSSU will be joined by long-time collaborator and guitarist VAN MANAKAS of New York at 8 p.m. Saturday for a concert at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for students and those with low income. Learn more at 360-705-2819 or traditionsfairtrade.com.

ALL WEEKEND -- The play's the thing:

Olympia Family Theater opens the musical "GOODNIGHT MOON," based on the beloved picture book by Margaret Wise Brown. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and military; $9 for children 12 and younger. For tickets, go to 360-753-8586, or olytix.com, or olyft.org.

Harlequin Productions teamed up with playwright Israel Horovitz for its latest production, “MY OLD LADY,” a story about a New Yorker who inherits a Paris apartment. The play continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 2. Tickets are $31. 360-786-0151, harlequinproductions.org.

Taking it all off, as the characters and actors do in “THE FULL MONTY,” is a clever hook, but the musical is more focused on why they take their clothes off. The Capital Playhouse production about male bonding continues, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, through May 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m Sundays. Tickets are $28-$39 at 360-943-2744 or capitalplayhouse.com.

This is opening weekend for the South Puget Sound Community College drama department’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a comedy that follows Rosalind as she flees persecution from her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and love in the Forest of Arden. Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday at SPSCC’s Minnaert Center for the Arts; the show continues May 24-27 as well, with pay-what-you-can admission to the 8 p.m. Thursday show. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for students, faculty and staff, plus the standard $3 Washington Center service fee. Learn more at wcpa.squarespace.com.

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