TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Rock and roll: Harlequin Productions celebrates summer and classic rock n roll with the latest installment in its series of summer musical revues, "SUMMER SESSION: SET IN THE '70S." Shows are at 8 tonight and Saturday (plus June 27-30 and July 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21); matinee is at 2 p.m. Sunday (plus July 1, 8, 15 and 22) at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors and military, $25 students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151, or go to harlequinproductions.org
TODAY -- Sharing a cross-country tale: Join schoolteacher, author and father of two MATT BIERS-ARIEL tonight when he shares stories and photos from cycling 3,804 miles across the country with his family, from the Pacific Ocean to Washington, D.C., on a creaky tandem bicycle nicknamed The Beast. Hes on tour supporting his book, THE BAR MITZVAH AND THE BEAST: One Familys Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike and will be at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia, from 7-8:30 p.m. Tonights event is free. Call 360-352-0595 to learn more.
TODAY -- Roots music digs in at Spar: Portland multi-instrumentalists George Veech and Jessica Anderly are bringing their band STRANGLED DARLINGS to Olympia tonight for a show aimed at bringing the folk/country/jazz world back to its roots. Their music is a bawdy, political, and tuneful mix of low and high art. See them in a free 8 p.m. show at McMenamins Spar Café, 114 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia.
TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Music that pushes limits: Discover the talents of some of the edgiest musicians and bands around at the OLYMPIA EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL this weekend. Some of the artists performing include Amy Denio and Emily Hay, Moodring, L.A. Lungs, Marlo Eggplant, Ryan Ray Accumulation, XAMBUCA, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Overdose the Katatonic, and Eric Ostrowski. Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday plus 3 p.m Sunday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Admission is $8 for tonight or Saturday; $6 for Sunday; or $18 for a festival pass. Call 360-870-2422 or go to krecs.com for details.
SATURDAY -- Taking it off: Get caught up in the tease and the story when Olympias Own TUSH! Burlesque joins with Seattles Stripped Screw Burlesque for its NYMPH-O-MANIA: Enchanted Forest Follies show Saturday. Enter the enchanted forest and feast your eyes on a bevy of nymphs, sprites and faeries. The show -- intended for mature audiences of 18 and older -- begins at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at Rainy Day Records and brownpapertickets.com.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY -- Get slimed: Learn all about the iconic symbol of the Northwest during SLUG FEST at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Celebrate all that is silly and slimy about the Northwests most valuable and misunderstood mollusk with fun family activities. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Admission is $8-$18. For details, go to nwtrek.org. Weather report: The rain is expected to stop by Sunday, although the slugs promise to be out rain or shine.
SUNDAY -- See Russias best dancers: Its not likely youll see Russias BOLSHOI BALLET in person, but you can see its production of Le Corsaire on the big screen at Century Olympia Theaters in west Olympia on Sunday. The Bolshoi company was founded in 1776 in Moscow and became a powerhouse in the world of ballet with its first production of Le Corsaire in 1912. Screening is at noon; tickets are $12 at the box office or online.
ALL WEEKEND -- Pixar improves on the princess: I don't usually highlight the latest movies competing with our local entertainment offerings, but it looks like there will be rain this weekend, so maybe a trip to the cineplex with the family will be in order. If so, you're in luck -- Pixar's new "BRAVE" opens today. It's a fresh twist on the Disney princess, offering a young woman fully capable of rescuing herself, and critics say the story and the animation are first rate.