GOODBYE CHARLIE, a 1959 comedy about a womanizer who dies and is reincarnated as a woman, is closing its run this weekend at Olympia Little Theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. today-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 360-786-9484 or go to olympialittletheatre.org.
The classic Shakespearean play, RICHARD III,Harlequins production, is playing at THE State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12-$31. Call 360-786-0151.
Capital Playhouses THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY is continuing at the theater at 612 E. Fourth Ave; performances are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 360-943-2744 for tickets; $30-$35.
TODAY-SUNDAY-- Weekend festival: Experience the food, culture, traditions, lifestyles and peoples of the Arab World at the OLYMPIA ARAB FESTIVAL. Its starting today from 5-10 p.m. with an outdoor Hookah Lounge and Cafe under the mural. For the price of a donation, try Arabic coffee and sweets to accompany the live music. Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be musicians and dancers from all over the Arab world, panels on Arab & Muslim Women Shattering Stereotypes, visual arts on display, plus many family friendly activities, including a professional storyteller, treasure hunt, and Arabic writing. Check out Arab comedy, a Sudanese spoken word artist from Toronto, and a Saudi Arabian hip-hop artist from Washington, D.C. The final day, Sunday, will wrap it all up with a film festival at Capital Theater. The festivities, excluding the film festival, will be held at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, and event admission is free. The admission price varies for performances and films. For more information, go to rachelcorriefoundation.org/blog/event/olympia-arab-fest-2012.
SATURDAY -- Day of make-believe: Lacey Parks & Recreation and Timberland Regional Library will host CHILDREN'S DAY from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The free community events theme is Pirates & Princesses featuring the Simple Wish Princesses and The Misadventures of Capn Arrr. Come dressed as a pirate, a princess, or favorite storybook character and enjoy crafts and activities, costume contest, face painting, inflatable bouncers, free books, safety information, and more. Its all happening at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey. Call 360-491-0857.
SATURDAY -- Tool time: Marvel at creativity and see power tools converted to drag racers compete during the OLYMPIA POWER TOOL DRAG RACES at noon Saturday at The Olympia Artesian Well, 415 Fourth Ave. E. in Olympia. Free to watch. Go to miyoly.com/ptdr.
SATURDAY -- Futuristic romp: Its a-capella-on-science-fiction-with-a-smirk as Olympia Sweet Adelines present a musical comedy 2012 A SPACE ODDITY. The performance is an intergalactic reunion of space beings who sing barbershop harmony with special guest quartet, Hi Fidelity, recreating their well-known routine from the command post of the Starship Enterprise. Enjoy harmonies and good old-fashioned vocals at the 2 and 7 p.m. shows Saturday. Head out to Kenneth J. Minnaert Center main stage, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, and enjoy the show. Tickets are $12-$17 and available by calling 360-753-8585 or at olytix.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Shellfish galore: The Shelton Skookum Rotary Clubs 31st annual OYSTERFEST celebrates seafood with a weekend of food, music, a cook-off and the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship. New this year are more activities for kids. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, at the Port of Shelton Fairgrounds, 751 W. Fairgrounds Road, Shelton. Tickets are $5 (or $10 for both days); youths younger than 18 are admitted to the festival free on Sunday. For more information, go to oysterfest.org.
SUNDAY -- Healing the world: As the culmination of a week creating a sand mandala, Tibets Drepung Loseling Monastery, will perform their SACRED MUSIC SACRED DANCE FOR WORLD HEALING. The famed multiphonic singers have three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India. Following the performance, the monks will destroy the mandala and there will be a public procession to Percival Landing to give the sand to the sea. Join in this spiritual event starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $12-$36 and available at olytix.org.
SUNDAY -- Barrels of fun: Theres nothing like good old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed apple cider. Join in the fall tradition at the APPLE SQUEEZE in downtown Steilacoom, 1615 Lafayette St. There will a street fair and food. Jugs of cider by Lattins Country Cider Mill will be available plus pony rides at noon, music by Spot the Dog, Steve and Kristi Nebel and the Alicia Healey Group. Its going to be a day full of family friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 253-584-4133 or go to steilacoomhistorical.org.