FRIDAY -- Nothing toxic about this music: Singer-songwriter ELIZABETH HUMMEL and her rock folk band will headline tonights ROCKIN OUT THE TOXICS fundraising concert for the Washington Toxics Coalition at 7 p.m. Hummel, whose original songs include The Goodwill Store and Eloise, will debut new songs at The Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10 in advance at Rainy Day Records or $12 at the door.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Voices only: Enjoy the pure sounds of the FOR VOICES ONLY a cappella performances this weekend by OLYMPIA CHORAL SOCIETY. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater Kinney Road NE, Olympia. The shows are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 360-915-3471.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- The shows go on:
Olympia Little Theatre christens its remodeled theater with "PREMIERE," a Dale Wasserman comedy about unintended consequences. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$15. For more information, call 360-786-9484 or go to olympialittletheatre.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
Olympia Family Theaters SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD is a Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic tale. This is your last weekend to catch the show at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7 tonight, 1 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9-$16. Call 360-753-8586.
Theater Artists Olympia is offering not one but two stage adaptations of Quentin Tarantinos 1992 film RESERVOIR DOGS. The classic heist will be performed by all-male and all-female casts at different showings; its two full productions running in tandem at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Casts will alternate, with the female cast doing the 7:30 p.m. shows on even-numbered dates and the 10 p.m. shows on odd-numbered dates. Tickets are $12 each show or $20 to see both shows the same night. Go to olytheater.com or brownpapertickets.com.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Add it to your to-do list: There is nothing small about THE BIG HOME AND GARDEN SHOW put on by the Olympia Master Builders Saturday and Sunday at Saint Martins Universitys Marcus Pavilion. A variety of speakers will talk and offer demonstrations on the hour. A highlight is appearances by Mark and Theresa of MyFixItUpLife at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5, but military members with ID get in for half off Saturday, and seniors get half-price admission Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to omb.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Set sail: Feel the wind in your hair, breathe in the fresh air and sing a shanty as you sail in the tall ship ADVENTURESS. As part of its centennial year, hop on board for a run through Puget Sound, exploring the local waterways. The Adventuress will sail starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for youth. Coffee, tea and homemade cookies will be provided by the crew. Call 360-379-0438 to schedule your trip.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Around the clock creativity: Olympia puts on its first DOUBLESHOT FESTIVAL this weekend, featuring seven plays that will be written, cast and rehearsed in less than 24 hours. The festival also will include three poems, a song and an improv sketch. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Capital Playhouse, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $13. For more information, call 360-943-2744 or go to capitalplayhouse.com -- or read Molly Gilmore's story about the festival elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
SUNDAY -- Olympia has talent: Support Thurston Community Television and local talent when 16 non-professional performers take the stage at the SHOWOFF TALENT CONTEST on Sunday. A one-man-band, jazz dancers, vocalists, baton twirlers, a rock band and a girl with a green cup as a percussion instrument are among the acts competing for the titles of Judges Choice or Audience Choice. The free show is at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. It also will be carried live on TCTV cable channels 22 and 77 in Thurston County, and streamed at tctv.net. The generosity of the audience determines the Audience Choice winner. Every $1 donated to the nonprofit TCTV by the audience will be counted as a vote for the donors favorite act.
SUNDAY -- Downhome tunes: Listen to champion Canadian fiddler, stepdancer and singer APRIL VERCH when she and her band play Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Come out to hear new tunes from the latest album, along with old favorites at 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $22; $15 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819.