TONIGHT -- In search of Khan: Using satellite imagery, ground-penetrating radar and remote sensors to investigate archaeological sites, National Geographic Archaeology Fellow and co-principal investigator Fred Hiebert set out to a remote area of Mongolia in hopes of finding Genghis Khans resting place. He will share his story in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: SEARCHING FOR GENGHIS KHAN at 7:30 tonight at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. (Hieberts colleague Albert Yu-Min Lin was initially going to be the speaker for this event, but could not attend.) Tickets are $18-$26 for adults; $16-$23 for students, seniors and military; $9-$13 for youths. Call 360-753-8586.
TONIGHT -- A new collaboration: Check out new Olympia band CLIMATE CHANGE at 9:30 tonight at Waterstreet Cafe, 610 Water St. SW, Olympia. As part of its Late Night music series, Tarik Bentlemsani, Ariel Calabria, Michael Olson and Dennis Hastings will blend pop and jazz on a bed of Caribbean rhythms. For reservations, call 360-709-9090.
TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY -- Non-fiction films: The Olympia Film Society hosts its NINTH ANNUAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, which is curated locally to suit our eclectic tastes. Eight films will be screened tonight through Sunday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Full passes are $35, or $25 for film society members. Tickets to the screening of the skateboarding film Bones Brigade plus a concert by the band Big Business are $10, or $8 for members. For other individual screenings, tickets are $8.50, or $5.50 for members. For more information, call 360-754- 6670 or go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY -- Gender-bending comedy: Harlequin Productions is opening OR, Liz Duffy Adams neo-Restoration comedy about the first woman to be a professional playwright -- although it really seems to be about how similar the 1660s were to our time. Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday plus 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org.
SATURDAY -- Monarch benefit: Its going to be a night of harmony served with wine and chocolate at two shows filled with the quirky humor and playful music of the RIGHTEOUS MOTHERS and UNCLE BONSAI. The fundraising shows will benefit the Monarch Childrens Justice and Advocacy Center, which provides free therapy for sexually abused children. The shows are at 5 and 8 Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. A minimum donation of $30 is requested. Call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Happy new year! The Olympia-Kato Sister City Association is hosting a JAPANESE NEW YEAR celebration, OSHOGATSU, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. Experience traditional dance and music, taiko drumming and vocal performances, join in cultural activities for the whole family, and eat traditional foods. A suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 for a family is requested. Proceeds benefit the sister city association.
SATURDAY -- He'd really love to see you Saturday: JOHN FORD COLEY, first known as part of the 1970s Grammy-nominated duo with ENGLAND DAN, has had a long and storied career. His hits include Id Really Love To See You Tonight, Nights Are Forever Without You and Love Is The Answer. He also hosted The Midnight Special and co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show on TV. He will be the featured performer at Centralia Colleges Presidents Scholarship Performance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Opening the show will be Centralia College faculty Mark Brosz and Cal Taylor along with staff member Julian Wilkes. Its at the colleges Corbet Theatre at South Washington Avenue and Walnut Street. Tickets are $20, $25 for golden circle and $30 for box seats. Call 360-736-9391, ext. 777, or get them at Heymann Winery in Centralia or at Book n Brush in Chehalis.
SATURDAY -- Its Recess at SPSCC: Take kids for a fun concert and activities at the Parenting Tools free family concert with RECESS MONKEY at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Plan on dancing as the band performs a collection of kid-friendly hits at 10 a.m. Saturday.
SATURDAY -- Celebrate 40 years of KAOS: Support KAOS COMMUNITY RADIOs 40 years of broadcasting at a BENEFIT SHOW and wine tasting at Classic Winemakers, 325 Fourth Ave. E. The evening will feature indie artist JENNY JENKINS, and rock and indie band ELBOW COULEE. The show runs from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit KAOS.
SATURDAY -- Princesses and their dads: It's time for the annual FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCES at Capital High School, and this year's theme is HAWAIIAN PARADISE PRINCESS BALL. The evenings are designed for girls 3 and older and their fathers or father figures. The nights are 6-9 p.m. this Saturday as well as Feb. 2 at Capital High, 2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia. All proceeds benefit the Capital High School Foundation and Parent Organization. Be sure to purchase tickets early as this event sells out. Tickets are $34 per couple and $14 for each additional daughter, and can be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/capitalosd. Tickets include a flower corsage for each daughter, hot fudge sundae bar, music and dancing, liver entertainment and activities, and professional photos. For more information, contact Michelle Gearhart at 360-789-3172 or Stacy Sharp at 360-888-5217.