TODAY -- Last movie under the stars: MOVIES AT THE MANSION wraps up its summer series tonight with IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. The classic movie series is shown outdoors at the Lord Mansion, home of the State Capital Museum, at 211 21st Ave. S.W. Admission is free. There will be a brief film introduction at 8:45 p.m., followed by the film at 9 p.m. Dont forget a blanket and chair. Snacks are available and complimentary coffee is provided. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the adjacent Coach House.
TODAY -- Music fit for Prince: BROWNOUT of Austin, Texas, is comprised of members from the Grammy Award-winning band Groupo Fantasma, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince. The groups Latin funk sound will keep you on the dance floor starting at 9 tonight at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way S.E. Tickets are available at the door and cost $10; $8 for students.
TODAY-SUNDAY -- A cranky neighbor: THE AMERICANS ACROSS THE STREET a new political comedy by Carter W. Lewis, is being produced by Harlequin Productions through Sept. 15 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Its billed as a guerilla assault on American greed. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $31; $28 for military and seniors; $20 for students. Call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org.
TODAYSUNDAY -- Giant art sale: Longtime local artist and writer ALEC CLAYTON will host a GIANT STUDIO SALE featuring about 150 of his works. Having retired from making visual art in 2002, Clayton has exhibited at the Seattle Convention Center and South Puget Sound Community College among other places, and is now making his art available for sale. Part of the proceeds of the sales will be donated to Washington United for Marriage, PFLAG-Olympia and Safe Schools Coalition. Sale hours are 1-6 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment Monday through Sept. 7. Go to alecclayton.blogspot.com/2012/08/giant-studio-sale.html for all the details and location.
TODAYSept. 26 -- Native art: The 20th annual NORTHWEST NATIVE ART SHOW is in full swing at The State of the Arts Gallery, 500 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. It will be on display through Sept. 26. See prints, carvings, drums and more by Andy Everson, Brian Perry, Yukie Adams, Lori Boess, Randy Yaple and other artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 360-705-0317.
SATURDAY -- Fun for a cause: OUR FORGOTTEN WARRIORS BENEFIT is a music festival with a purpose. The event from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday is designed to raise funds and awareness plus offer fun to injured service members, veterans and their families. There will be music by Two Story Zori, a climbing wall, free toys for children, a bounce house, horseshoes, volleyball, tubing, face painting, a Battle of the Band Contest and food at Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. Call 360-989-9363 to learn more.
SATURDAY -- Made right here: Discover and support local artisans and businesses at MAKE OLYMPIA STREET MARKET on Saturday. Local vendors show off their wares from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Artesian Well at Fourth and Jefferson downtown. To learn more about the market and future dates, go to makeolympia.com.
SUNDAY -- Barbecue finale: Amateur barbecue chefs have been pitting their work against each other throughout the summer in the THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR BBQ COOKOFF. This weekend is the championship. Semi-final winners from previous heats will compete on Sunday at Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. Judging starts at 12:30 p.m. for gourmet burgers; 1 p.m. for anything fowl; 2 p.m. for anything from the surf; 3 p.m. for anything from the turf and 4 p.m. for the Pit Masters choice. There also will be live music and barbecue demonstrations on stage. Admission is free. Call 360-754-2868.