TONIGHT -- Sound fusion: The acoustic sound of the BLACKBERRY BUSHES STRINGBAND draws from the deep roots of American traditional music. Fresh off its national tour, the group will play at 9 tonight at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE. Joining them will be Bellingham band POLECAT. Tickets are $10 or $8 with student ID, and are available at the door.
TONIGHT & SATURDAY -- This is your last weekend to catch these local plays:
Harlequin Productions version of RICHARD III. Final performances are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Tickets are $12-$31. Call 360-786-0151.
Olympia Family Theaters musical adaptation of P.D. Eastmans early reader book GO DOG GO, about the adventures of very human-like dogs. The last performances are at 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday 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 teams 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 tonight and Saturday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12-$18 at the door or in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/280157.
ALL WEEKEND -- Calling all ghouls: Its down to the wire for Halloween fun. Here are a few of the local events you might not want to miss (or find your own fun with our complete listing of seasonal events at calendar.theolympian.com):
MY MORBID MIND HAUNTED HOUSE: 7-11 p.m. this weekend and Halloween (Wednesday), 4548 Marvin Road SE, Olympia. $9-$11. 360-455-3330, mymorbidmind.com. THE HAUNTED WESTWATER ON THE HILL HALLOWEEN BASH: 7 p.m. Saturday, Red Lion Hotel Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. $10. 360-943-4000, redlion.com/olympia.
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HISTORY TOURS: 8:30 tonight, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, starting at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Registration is required. Call Olympia Parks at 360-753-8380.
SATURDAY -- Tiptoe to the ballet: Presented by Ballet Northwest, the OREGON BALLET THEATRE performance Saturday features works by world-famous choreographers George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon and artistic director Christopher Stowell. The pieces feature music by Igor Stravinsky, Arvo Part and Cole Porter. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. Tickets are $14-$30. Call 360-753-8586 or go to wcpa.squarespace.com. Proceeds benefit Ballet Northwests education programs for local youth.
SATURDAY -- Undead rock: Get ready for a ghoulish night at the NIGHT OF THE LIVING TRIBUTE BANDS at the Capitol Theater on Saturday. Bands will pay tribute to The Clash, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Devo, the Scorpions, Nirvana and Ozzy Osbourne; the evening will be hosted by Lauren ONeill, aka Hattie Hotpants of TUSH Burlesque. Join the costume contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 29th annual Olympia Film Festival in November. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday for the 8:30 show. Tickets are $8; $6 for Olympia Film Society members at brownpapertickets.com, Rainy Day Records and at the box office night of show.
SATURDAY -- Magical music: The OLYMPIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA kicks off its season of Magic with a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Violinist Svend Ronning will join the orchestra to play Vivaldis The Four Seasons. The orchestra also will perform a symphony by the Spanish Mozart, Arriaga. Tickets are $10-$15 at 360-753-8586, olytix.org or at the door.
SUNDAY -- New music in a cozy venue: South Sound composers Shawn Meloy, Laurel Gonzalo, Scott Cossu, Nicholas Melton, John Vergin and Debra Porter will gather at 7 p.m. Sunday to showcase music theyve composed, launching what they hope will be a regular OLYMPIA COMPOSERS' FORUM devoted to new music being written right here. The venue: tiny Traditions Cafe at 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The price: Free. (You can't beat that.) For more information, read Rosemary Ponnekanti's story at theolympian.com/living, or call 360-705-2819 or go to traditionsfairtrade.com.