FRIDAY -- Very saxy: With a 40-year musical career, award-winning saxophonist and composer JIM PRIBBENOW is well known in the jazz world. As part of the Black Box Cabaret Jazz Series, he will bring an evening of original music to the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The 21-and-older evening kicks off at 8 tonight. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for military with a $3 fee per ticket. Call 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Musical debuts: Discover new classical works by six local composers at the COMPOSERS' STUDIO performances today and Saturday. Composers Laurel Gonzalo, Nathan Jensen, Shawn Meloy, Nick Melton, Debra Porter and Mark Thome have composed new works for strings, woodwinds, voice and piano. Their music will be performed at 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 E. End St. NW, Olympia. A donation of $10 is suggested. Call 360-463-8528.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Kissing a prince: Ballet Northwest presents Tchaikovsky's fairytale ballet "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY" as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of its sister dance studio, Johansen Olympia Dance Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$30 for adults, $19-$26 for seniors and students, $14-$18 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to olytix.org, balletnorthwest.org. There will be an anniversary reception following Friday night's performance.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Give 'em Elle: Capital Playhouse presents the musical "LEGALLY BLONDE" based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie about a spoiled sorority girl who sets her sights on Harvard Law School. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Capital Playhouse, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $33-$39 adults, $28-$34 seniors and youths. For more information, call 360-943-2744, go to capitalplayhouse.com -- or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Taking on the 1 percent: Harlequin Productions fifth collaboration with acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz is "GLOUCESTER BLUE," a dark comedy set in the economically troubled town of Gloucester, Mass. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $32 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or visit harlequinproductions.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Family fun: Take the family for a day of pony rides, games and vendors at the COLUMBIA PARK FAMILY FUN FAIR AND KIDS FISHING DAY. Ages 14 and younger can fish free. Call 360-754-8262 to register for fishing times. The fun will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia. Admission is free. Activities are sponsored by Cabelas, Home Depot and Costco. The first 250 kids registered will get a free hot dog lunch. Call 360-786-9460.
SATURDAY -- Louie, Louie: Comedian LOUIE ANDERSON has logged nearly 30 years of making people laugh. Let him tickle your funny bone at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Tickets are $31-$54. Call 800-720-1788 or go to ticketmaster.com.
SATURDAY -- Cossu and Croarkin: The Northwests own New Age pianist SCOTT COSSU will play a concert of original compositions Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Joining him in the 8 p.m. show is JOHN CROARKIN on flute, harmonica and saxophone. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and low income. Call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Like a big-a pizza pie: You will feel like you are in Old Italy when Johnny Lewis presents LA DOLCE VITA MUSIC OF ITALY AND THE MEDITERRANEAN in two shows, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Performances will include Amore, Arreviderci Roma, Sorrento and Il Bacio. Head out to the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors, students and military; plus a $3 fee per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Loiacono Music Education and Scholarship Fund. Call 360-753-8586.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Boats afloat: Immerse yourself in maritime history at OLYMPIA WOODEN BOAT FAIR this weekend. Wooden boats of many vintages and sizes will be on display at Percival Landing, 625 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. There also will be a kids boat-building booth Saturday, entertainment, an international food alley, arts and crafts booths, and other family friendly activities to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to olywoodenboat.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- 12-string guitar: One of the Northwests finest 12-string guitarists, DAVID WAYNE features singer/songwriters of the 60s and 70s in his performances. He is playing Olympia Farmers Market from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, then hell head to Uncork & Unwind, 324 Custer Way SW, Tumwater, for a special Mothers Day performance at 11 a.m. Sunday.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Greetings unto you: Celebrate the return of spring with the Barony of Glymm Mere at MAYFAIRE this weekend. The Medieval Fair will feature merchants wares, entertainment, demonstrations of arts and sciences, a cordial contest, archery and equestrian events at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7-$15; ages 11 and younger get in free.
And don't forget about all those amazing high school musicals and plays underway this weekend. Capital High School, for instance, is putting on 42ND STREET at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at its 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. For those of you who don't know, the jazzy "42nd Street" has a whole lot of tap dancing, so Capital's kids started taking tap dance lessons in September to get ready for the show. That's dedication. In addition, two of the lead characters happen to be brother and sister, Jaron and Carlene Crawford.
Other shows happening this weekend:
A COLLECTION OF ONE-ACT PLAYS written and directed by students, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at River Ridge 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 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.
BRIGADOON 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.