TONIGHT -- Big names in film: I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about the reimagined OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL that opens tonight. The 29th annual festival not only features a mixture of old and new films, including offbeat features and documentaries, as it has in the past. The 10-day festival also is bringing in some well-known and well-respected filmmakers as a draw. For example, tonight's opening extravaganza includes director Todd Haynes presenting a screening of his 1998 film Velvet Goldmine." That fun begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by mystery screening, also with Haynes, at 10:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. (You might know Haynes better through his Oscar-nominated films "Far From Heaven" and "I'm Not There.") Other highlights include the All Freakin' Night horror movie marathon, which kicks off at 11:55 p.m. Saturday instead of closing the festival as it has in the past, as well as appearances by actor Fred Willard, director Philip Kauffman and Seattle's own Dan Savage as the festival heads into next week. You really should read the full story about the changes at www.theolympian.com/living. You also can get the lowdown on all the ticketing there. Or contact the Olympia Film Society directly at 360-754-6670, ext. 11, or olympiafilmfestival.org.
TONIGHT -- Snow action: Buckle up for epic ski and snowboard action at Warren Miller Entertainments 63rd film, FLOW STATE. Host Jonny Moseley and world-class athletes Colby West, Jess McMillan and David Wise take you on a wild ride on the slopes of the worlds most striking peaks, including Japan, Norway and Austria. It will be screened at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $15.50-$17.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to wcpa.squarespace.com.
TONIGHT -- Fairly enchanting: Let your kids delve into the enchanted world of fairies at the FAIRY TEA PARTY from 6:30-8 tonight at Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. SW. Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a fairy tea and magical activities. Call 360-943-7790 for free tickets.
TODAYSUNDAY -- Raising an eyebrow: "CLOUD 9 is a time-shifting comedy that spoofs the Victorian Era and its rigid attitudes toward sex with eclectic characters and unusual casting. It opens tonight at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 17. Tickets are $7-$10. Call 360-438-4345.
TODAYSUNDAY -- Unfortunate pairing: The classic thriller NIGHT MUST FALL, about a wealthy elderly woman who falls under the spell of a dashing young stranger and winds up dead, continues through Nov. 25 at Olympia Little Theatre. This weekend's showtimes are 7:55 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 360-786-9484.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Big fun for kids: The HANDS ON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM reopens at its new, much larger location this weekend, with more new features scheduled to be rolled out over the next year. The members-only grand opening is from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday; the public grand opening runs from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday at the new locale, 414 Jefferson St. N.E., Olympia. Admission is $9.95 for adults, $7.95 for seniors, $6.95 for toddlers (ages 12-23 months), free for babies younger than 12 months and free for members. Military and foster families with ID receive a $2 per ticket discount. For the grand opening, tickets for specific entry times are available in advance at hocm.org and are highly recommended. For more information, call 360-956-0818 or go to hocm.org.
SATURDAY -- Fragile gourds: Wander through one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins at the NORTHWEST GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH as it sets up shop at Port of Olympia Plaza, 704 Columbia St. NW. It will display more than 2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pumpkins start at $35. Go to northwestglasspumpkins.com.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Art supports the arts: The Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts and Friends of the Olympia Library are teaming up for their annual POSSCA ART SALE at the Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St. SE, this weekend. Meet local artists and find holiday gifts such as jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and pottery. It runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1. All proceeds go to fund POSSCA scholarships and the Olympia library.
SUNDAY -- A tribute to veterans: The Olympia Symphony will pay tribute to members of the armed forces with a Veterans Day concert, HONORING AMERICA'S FREEDOM at 7 p.m. at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Hear patriotic works by Copland, Suppe, Hayden and Sousa. Tickets are $20-$50 with a discount for those with military ID. Veterans and active-duty military personnel are encouraged to come in uniform or wear unit insignia. Call 360-753-8586.