TODAY & SATURDAY -- Bavarian revelry: Join in the fun of a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest at the annual Gull Harbor Lutheran Church SAUSAGE FEST and help support the Thurston County Food Bank, SafePlace and Lutheran World Relief. The menu will feature sausage, German potato salad, cabbage, rolls and pastry tonight and Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. The suggested donation is $15 for adults and $5 for children; tickets are available at Wagners Bakery and at the door. For more information, call 360-352-5335 or go to gullharborchurch.org/sausagefest.php.
TODAY & SATURDAY -- A packed production: Prodigal Sun Productions teams up with Theater Artists Olympia and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance to produce an evening of 10-minute, one-act plays called "AN IMPROBABLE PECK OF PLAYS." Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12-$18 sliding scale at the door; tickets also are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/280157.
TODAY-SUNDAY -- Truman brought to life: Olympia Little Theater presents a one-weekend-only production of GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY, providing an insiders view of President Harry S. Truman in an era when someone still could make the buck stop here. It runs this weekend at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, with performance times of 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday, and 1:55 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$14. Call 360-786-9484 for more information.
TODAY-SUNDAY -- Dogs that drive: OLYMPIA FAMILY THEATER begins its seventh season with a musical adaptation of P.D. Eastmans popular early reader book, "GO, DOG, GO" about the adventures of some very human-like dogs. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and military; $9 for ages 12 and younger. The show will be most enjoyed by those ages 3 and older. For more information go to olyft.org or call 360-570-1638; for tickets, go to olytix.com or call 360-753-8586.
TODAY-SUNDAY -- A spectrum of theater: Harlequin Productions version of Shakespeares RICHARD III is playing at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Scot Whitney, Harlequins managing artistic director, has staged it as a black comedy. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$31. Call 360-786-0151. Meanwhile, Capital Playhouses THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY is in its final weekend, bringing to life the music of not only Holly, but Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, too. The theater is at 612 E. Fourth Ave; performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 360-943-2744 for tickets, which run $30-$35.
SATURDAY -- Choral classics: MASTERWORKS CHORAL ENSEMBLE opens its 2012-13 season with a program of classics and twists on the classics, plus a piece performed by Youth Music Competition winner CHRISTINE SEARS. The program begins at 7 p.m. Saturday with a pre-performance lecture; the singing begins at 7:30 p.m. -- all at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults; $16 for students and seniors; $9 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or mce.org.
SATURDAY -- Fiddle dee dee: Regarded as one of the best Irish-style fiddlers of his generation, and a master of both the fiddle and the guitar, RANDAL BAYS has been performing and recording since the early 1990s. He will be playing at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. His partner, fiddler and singer Susan Waters, and both of their children will perform with him. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819 or go to traditionsfairtrade.com.
SUNDAY -- 60th anniversary: The OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA celebrates 60 years by performing Beethovens Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, with the OLYMPIA CHORAL SOCIETY and four vocal soloists. The piece was Beethoven's final symphony, and many consider it the hardest to play and the greatest piece of music ever written. Enough superlatives for you? Celebrate the endurance of a local institution and hear it performed at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $20-$50. For more information, go to olympiasymphony.com or washingtoncenter.org or 360-753-8586.