FRIDAY -- A band with a big name: The Grammy Award-winning group AMERICA created 1970s hits Lonely People, A Horse With No Name, Sister Golden Hair and Ventura Highway. The band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $30-$40. Call 800-667-7711 or go to little-creek.com.
FRIDAY -- Thrill seekers take note: Adrenaline junkies and extreme sports fans wont want to miss the BANFF MOUNTAIN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RADICAL REELS screening at 7:30 Friday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Short, action-packed films feature topics such as snowboarding, climbing, cycling and kayaking. Tickets are $14; $12 for Olympia Film Society members and military. They are available at olympiafilmsociety.org, The Alpine Experience or at the box office the night of the show.
FRIDAY -- Intimate jazz: The BLACK BOX CABARET JAZZ SERIES brings high-quality jazz to the intimacy of a smaller venue with a full bar at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Friday nights featured artist is MARC SMASON and BETTER WORLD. Smason is known for his jazz, Latin, klezmer and R&B work and has played with the Funk Brothers, Baby Gramps, Big Joe Turner, Andy Statman, Perry Robinson, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons and Jeff Johnson. The show starts at 8 p.m., and is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $16; $14 for military, plus a $3 Washington Center service fee per ticket. Call 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY -- The sounds of the islands: A diverse group of slack-key guitarists bring the SLACK-KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL to Olympia to showcase this distinctively Hawaiian style of music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $27 general admission, $20 for seniors, $10 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org. Or read Molly Gilmore's interview with guitarist Stephen Inglis elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND -- Sisterhood of traveling art: The traveling exhibit WOMEN PAINTERS OF WASHINGTON runs through April 21 at Childhoods End Gallery, 222 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. It features works by 60 participating members of The Women Painters of Washington, a 73-year-old support organization for female professional painters. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sundays.
SUNDAY -- Laugh a little: Give your spirit a boost by seeing GREG TAMBLYN in a comedy concert of music and stories A HEALTHY DOSE OF COMIC RELIEF. Tamblyn brings comedy to common and not-so-common life experiences, inspiring audience members to get in touch with their funny bones. He will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $5-$12. To learn more, call 360-459-3079.
SUNDAY -- Olympia songbird featured: The OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA's "OPERATIC TREASURES" concert will celebrate Wagner, Verdi and Benjamin Britten in a concert of orchestral music from operas. But what is likely to pack the hall is guest artist EVA GHEORGHIU, a soprano, who will sing four arias. The concert begins 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, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or olympiasymphony.com. Or read features writer Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.