Published October 19, 2012
10 Things to Do This WeekendDUSTI DEMAREST
October is getting to the point where it's just as busy as December in terms of fun things to do. My picks below are things to do BESIDES visit a pumpkin patch, drink some fresh cider, or get the beejeebers scared out of you at a haunted house, maze or other spooky spot. Whew! You can find a whole host of seasonal events at calendar.theolympian.com.TONIGHT -- Abstracts attract: Discover works by artists Laura Ahola-Young, Lois Beck, Becky Knold, and Mia Schulte at DRAWN TO ABSTRACTION: FOUR ARTISTS, FOUR VISIONS at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The exhibit features abstract painted and mixed-media pieces. While it runs through Nov. 29, there is an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and by appointment. Call 360-596-5527.TODAY -- DMTs party: Olympias DMT celebrates the release of the EP Come See at 8 tonight. The Knowmads, XP, Poetic Intelligence, QP and other hip-hop groups will round out the show at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and Rainy Day Records. TODAYSUNDAY -- Live theater for your viewing pleasure:Harlequin Productions version of RICHARD III is playing at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Scot Whitney, Harlequins managing artistic director, has staged Shakespeares tale as a black comedy. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$31. Call 360-786-0151.Olympia Family Theaters musical adaptation of P.D. Eastmans early reader book GO DOG GO is about the adventures of human-like dogs. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $9-$16. Go to olytix.com or call 360-753-8586.Prodigal Sun Productions has teamed up with Theater Artists Olympia and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance to produce an evening of 10-minute, one-act plays in IMPROBABLE PECK OF PLAYS. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight through Sunday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12-$18 on a sliding scale at the door; tickets also available in advance at brownpapertickets.com.SATURDAY -- A spooky adventure: "THE TALE OF THE DISAPPEARING FOREST" is a haunted hike being put on by the Stream Team, the city of Olympia and the Capital High School drama department at Priest Point Park. But while it is called haunted, it is more mysterious than creepy. The free hikes run from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, but you should arrive before 5 p.m. to sign up for a hike time at the information table in the Rose Garden because the last hike departs at 5:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a variety of other activities including a touch tank, face painting and the opportunity to get an undrivers license to keep families busy while they wait for their turn to hike. While admission is free, organizers encourage people to bring canned goods to donate. For more information, go to olympiawa.gov/haunted, or call 360-570-5841. The event is open to all ages, with content geared for those 6 and older. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The hike will happen rain or shine unless Olympia weather is severe. If in doubt, call; there will be a recorded message stating whether the event is happening.SATURDAY -- A benefit thatll make you smile: Its going to be an evening of music, comedy, dancing, singing and much more at the AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET musical revue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. This fundraiser for the Olympia Union Gospel Missions free dental clinic. it will feature the Olympia Jazz Senators, the best of Debbis Dance, Capital City Stomp, the SOGO Strings, and specialty acts such as the Dental Blues Brothers. Tickets are $13-$28 at olytix.org.SATURDAY -- Incognito giving: You can support the Thurston County Food Bank and Olympias Planned Parenthood by attending the ALL HALLOWS MASQUERADE BALL at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE. This all-ages party features indoor trick-or-treating, a raffle, belly dancing and a face painter from 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 with a food donation, $10 without. Tickets are on sale at Danger Room Comics.SATURDAY -- Country in the city: Settle in for contemporary acoustic bluegrass when RURAL DELIVERY plays at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The Seattle-based quintet is known for its rich harmonies and energetic presence. Tickets to the 8 p.m. Saturday show are $12; $8 for students and low income. Call 360-705-2819.SUNDAY -- Fantastic fiddlin': Canadian fiddler NATALIE MACMASTER puts on a show that has become one of the favorites of audiences at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. She's back with new music for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$46 for adults; $27-$41 for students, seniors and the military; $15-$23 for youth. For more information, call 360-753-8586, go to washingtoncenter.org, and read Rosemary's Ponnekanti's interview with MacMaster at www.theolympian.com/living.