FRIDAY NIGHT -- Tropical tunes: Celebrate Olympia trop-rock vocalist BRITTANY KINGERY as she debuts her CD Edge of the Ocean at 8 tonight. Joining her band, Game Six, will be special guests Spectra Jazz recording artists The Brown Edition. The release of Kingerys Mexico-themed CD kicks off Cinco de Mayo weekend. Sales and downloads of Edge of the Ocean through the release event benefit Corazon de Niña, a private home for teenage girls rescued from abusive or neglectful homes in Puerto Vallarta. The CD release party is at Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Tickets are $10.
FRIDAY NIGHT -- Overcoming obstacles: Discover the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices and, despite these obstacles, offer hope and inspiration by getting an education in the documentary GIRL RISING. The film is being presented by the YWCA at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, at 7 tonight. Admission is free. For more information, go to ywcaolympia.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY -- A funny ballet: Studio West Dance Academy presents the comic ballet "COPPELIA" about a man who falls in love with a mechanical doll. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $24-$22 for adults, $20-$18 for students and seniors, and $15 for children younger than 12. For more information, go to washington center.org or studiowestdanceacademy.com, or call 360-753-8586 -- or check out Molly Gilmore's preview of the ballet elsewhere on www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Cooperation, please: Join in celebrating cooperative businesses at the free CO-OPATOPIA at Saint Martins University Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Experience a variety of co-ops from across Puget Sound. There will be food, local entertainment and fun activities from 1-6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to coopatopia.coop.
SATURDAY -- Pictures of wordsmiths: MICHAEL CHILDERS has been taking photographs of art, dance and artists for more than 40 years. He has photographed more than 200 covers for magazines such as GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles and Elle. He also created a collection of portraits of people such as Ray Bradbury and Tennessee Williams and contemporary writers such as Gore Vidal, John Guare, Edward Albee, Oliver Stone, Michael Cunningham and Christopher Rice. See him at Author, Author, a lecture and presentation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The presentation is in conjunction with a gallery exhibit of more than 30 portraits of authors. Tickets are $5-$16. Call 360-753-8586.
SATURDAY -- Latin fundraiser: Delve into the music of the Paraguayan harp and Mexican jarocho harp when CELSO DUARTE performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 205 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Duarte has been a member of the two-time Grammy-winning band Lila Downs y La Misteriosa, and as a solo artist has performed with his band at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. This concert is a fundraiser for the CIELO project, South Sounds bilingual, bicultural Latino center. Tickets are $35; $20 for Olympia Film Society members at Traditions Cafe, Rainy Day Records and olympiafilmsociety.org.
SATURDAY -- Laugh it up: JUBAL FLAGG, the morning host on Movin' 92.5 FM will headline a comedy night starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N, Olympia. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The show is for those 21 and older only. For more information, go to www.Baurice.com.
SUNDAY -- The magic flutes: The SLOVVINDEN FLUTE ENSEMBLE will perform Celestial Sounds: Music for Flutes, Harps and Voice at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Its part of the churchs concert series. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted. Call 360-888-5983.
THIS WEEKEND -- High School Musicals: This crazy creative community births an amazing number of talented kids, and many of them will be in the spotlight on their high school stages this weekend as spring musical season opens. Catch some rising stars before they go on to bigger things. Here's what's playing this weekend in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater:
AIDA 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Israel Road, Tumwater. Tickets are $7 students, $10 adults. For more information, go to www.seatyourself.biz/tumwaterhs.
A collection of ONE-ACT COMEDY PLAYS written and directed by students, 7 p.m. Friday as well as May 9-10 at the Black Hills High School Performing Arts Center, 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $8 for adults. Information: 360-709-7832.
42ND STREET 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday plus May 9-11 at Capital High School Performing Arts Center, 2707 Conger Ave. NW. Olympia. Tickets are $7 for children, students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information, call 360-596-8053 or go to www.seatyourself.biz/capital.
BRIGADOON 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus May 9-11, at Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE, Olympia. Reserved seats are $10, general admission at the door is $8. For more information, call 360-596-7036.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus May 9-11, at River Ridge High School Theatre, 350 River Ridge Road, Lacey. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. Information: 360-412-4837.
SHOW BOAT 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as May 9-11 at Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 adults. For more information, call 360-412-4887 or go to www.seatyourself.biz/timberline.