Published July 20, 2012
11 Things to Do This Weekend
Today through Sunday -- Well, first, there's this little thing called LAKEFAIR going on -- have you heard about it? The 55th annual Capital Lakefair ends its run this weekend with the grand parade at 5 p.m. Saturday and fireworks about 10 p.m. Sunday. In the meantime, there's music, carnival rides, and shows on the northeast side of Capitol Lake. The hours are noon-11 p.m. today and Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday. Call 360-943-7344 or go to www.lakefair.org for a detailed schedule.Today through Aug. 5 -- Shakespeare in the Park: For its third Shakespeare in the park production, Animal Fire Theatre tackles the play thats considered to be Shakespeares greatest. "HAMLET," although a condensed version. Shows start at 7 p.m. today-Sunday at Priest Point Park (near the playground), 2600 East Bay Drive N.E., Olympia. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 360-880-9349 or go to www.animalfiretheatre.com. Based on past experience, I recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chair -- plus mosquito repellent.TodayJuly 28 -- Rockin the classics: Youll have an extra week to see Harlequin Productions summer music revue SUMMER SESSION: SET IN THE 70s. Its run has been extended through July 28 because of demand. The show is a classic rock-packed piece of theater accompanied by a live band and staged over a backdrop of projected images that help tell the stories sung and danced by the cast. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$38. For more information, call 360-786-0151, or go to harlequinproductions.org.Today -- Doing battle: Tonights 4MCs By MCs RAP BATTLE CONTEST highlights the somewhat dying tradition of freestyle battle rap, in which hip-hop artists solve disputes through art. See 16 local MCs and rap artists compete against each other in three one-minute verbal sparring rounds. A cash prize will go to the winner. The competition is open to anyone who signs up to participate. The battling begins at 7 tonight at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E.. General admission is $5 at the door.Today -- Snow White rocks: You can support local childrens theater tonight by attending THE ROCKIN TALE OF SNOW WHITE at Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Road S.E., Lacey. The show is a Bretschneider & Kirkwood musical production starring local children who have spent a month rehearsing. The show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $7 at the door.Today through Aug. 31 -- Public sculpture: Fifteen new sculptures have been installed at Percival Landing for a yearlong SCULPTURE EXHIBITION. Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favorite, which the city will purchase. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. today at Harbor House at 325 Columbia St. N.W. Voting begins Saturday, when docents will be stationed near the sculptures to talk about them; voting ends Aug. 31. Ballots are available near the sculptures. Voters must view all 15 sculptures and turn in their ballots in person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. For more information, call 360-709-2678.Saturday -- Sacred songs: On Saturday afternoon and evening, take in the WORLD SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL put on by Interfaith Works at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. From 2 to 9 p.m., you'll hear a day of fabulous sacred music from a variety of cultures. Featured instruments include gongs, classical flute and piano, native flute, didgeridoo, and Tibetan singing bowls. Buy an all-day ticket ($20 for adults, $10 for students, seniors or those with low income) or choose just the afternoon or evening performances ($15 for adults, $7.50 for students, seniors, and those with low income). Tickets available through www.olysacredmusic.org, or at the door. Saturday -- Princes classmate: MORRIS DAY grew up in Minneapolis and played with Prince in high school. He and his band, THE TIME, were cast in Princes movie Purple Rain, which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. See Day and his band perform their own city-slick, funky R&B live at the Little Creek Casino, 91 State Route 108, Shelton, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$40. Call 800-667-771 to get yours.Saturday -- Charitable baking: If you consider your special pie recipe a winner or just want to help a good cause, then head to the PIES FOR PETS event Saturday. This is a pie contest and pie sale to raise funds for low-income seniors and their pets. Enter your pie no later than 12:45 p.m. to be included in the judging; there are three categories: berry, fruit and other. Or come by just to eat from 1-2:30 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Entry fee is $2 per pie; pie slices are $3. Call 360-586-6181 to learn more.Saturday -- Get in tune: Head out to Huntamer Park in Woodland Square for a free concert and movie. Its the LACEY IN TUNE free outdoor concert series featuring the Gothard Sisters playing Celtic music at 7 p.m. followed by the OUTDOOR CINEMA series showing TANGLED at dusk. Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks and settle in for a family friendly evening.Saturday and Sunday -- Air Show: As if this weekend weren't already chockful of entertainment options, Joint Base Lewis McChord is getting in on the fun with the LEWIS-MCCHORD AIR EXPO at McChord Field. The site will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but flying demonstrations will run just 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. The best news: It is free and open to public, although people can buy premier seating for $15 or access to a Flightline Club for $75. To get there, enter at the Main Gate at Exit 125 to McChord Field off Interstate 5 or via the Barnes Gate (from Pacific Avenue South, turn west onto Military Road and follow it until you reach the Barnes Gate). Parking is free; information will be provided at the gate. For more information, call 253-982-EXPO or go to www.lewismcchordairexpo.com.