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TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY -- Midnight Sun fun: The sixth annual LORD FRANZANNIAN'S ROYAL OLYMPIAN SPECTACULAR VAUDEVILLE SHOW, produced and hosted by storyteller Elizabeth Lord, includes music, comedy, acrobatics, juggling, burlesque and, for the first time, a dog act. The frolicking begins at 8 p.m. today through Sunday plus an additional show at 10 p.m. Saturday. (It will continue next weekend as well, and include a family-friendly version at 4 p.m. Sept. 30.) It's at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $15 in advance; $15-$25 at the door (no one will be turned away); $7 for those younger than 15 for the Sept. 30 matinee. Find more information at www.professionaltalker.com/vaudeville-show.html or www.brownpapertickets.com. The shows are recommended for ages 16 and older, except the Sept. 30 matinee, which is appropriate for all ages.
TONIGHT -- A soulful duo: Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist ERIKA LUCKETT has teamed up with soulful jazz vocalist LISA FERRARO to bring a finely tuned musical sound to their performance. The duo is on tour and will be making a stop at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, for an 8 p.m. show tonight. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- A womans perspective: GOODBYE CHARLIE, a 1959 comedy about a womanizer who dies and is reincarnated as a woman, is the first play of the season for Olympia Little Theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. I saw it last weekend, and thought it was well done. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$14. Call or go online for more information; 360-786-9484 or www.olympialittletheatre.org.
SATURDAY -- Centerfest: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts' fundraising gala features the jazz vocal quartet THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $38.50-$76 for the concert and opening reception; $168-$176 for full gala after the concert. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org. Also, before the show, a glass basket created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be sold at live auction. Susan Ritter, secretary of the centers board, and her husband, Scott Ritter, donated the basket created for a Tacoma Art Museum benefit.
SATURDAY -- A little male magic: Ladies, if you liked Channing Tatum's film "Magic Mike," head to Rochester this weekend for a night of beefcake and eye-candy when the THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER show an Australian version of the Chippendales comes to the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. The hunks take the stage starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Get yours through Ticketmaster or call 360-273-2000.
SATURDAY -- MC at the CT: Spoken-word artist, rapper and DJ SAGE FRANCIS made his mark with wins at the 1999 Super Bowl MC Battle in Boston and the 2000 Scribble Jam freestyle in Cincinnati. Now hes coming to Olympia for an 8 p.m. show Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. Also performing will be Th3rdz, Sirens Echo, and Afrok & The Movement. Tickets are $17 to $20 and are available from KAOS 89.3-FM, Spin Tees, Serious Medicine Collective, brownpapertickets.com and at the box office the night of the show.
SATURDAY -- Gypsy violin: With music inspired by gypsy music and classical roots, KIM ANGELIS has become an internationally recognized virtuosic violinist and composer. Hear her, accompanied by guitarist Josef Gault, at an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW. The Saturday night show is $12 general admission, $8 for students and those with low income. Get yours by calling 360-705-2819.
SUNDAY -- A cruise for a cause: Help support the South Sound Estuary Association by taking a two-hour cruise at the COME ABOARD: A VOYAGE OF EXPLORATION fundraiser Sunday afternoon. Learn about restoration work being done in South Sound estuaries, view the creatures that live in our marine waters while cruising Budd and Eld inlets aboard the luxury yacht My Girl. Enjoy the cruise and dinner from 2-5 p.m. for $90 per person, or just take the cruise from 3-5 p.m. for $45. The boat launches from the Port Plaza Public Dock. Call or go online for more details; 360-754-7371, sseacenter.wordpress.com.