FRIDAY -- All about the ladies: Ladies, get your friends and family together for GIRLS NIGHT OUT in downtown Olympia, an all-day event where you can explore local businesses while supporting the Olympia Union Gospel Mission. Hours are 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday. Purchase $15 tickets for a goodie bag (supplies limited) and head out to find participating businesses. For every $10 you spend at those businesses, receive a raffle ticket for door prizes. At the end of the day, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar and mingle with all the ladies at the event reception from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. For more details, call 360-357-8948.
FRIDAY -- Wine and blues : MIA VERMILLION made a name for herself with her 2009 independent debut CD Alone Together With the Blues. After a two-year hiatus, she is back performing live. See her at 8 p.m. Friday in an intimate acoustic performance at Medicine Creek Winery, 947 Old Pacific Highway SE, Olympia. The cover charge for the 21-and-older-only show is $7.
SATURDAY -- Mmmmm chowder: After a five-year hiatus, the SWANTOWN MARINA BOATSWAP & CHOWDER CHALLENGE is back, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the marina, 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia. A dozen local restaurants will serve chowder from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and $5 will get you a mug for your chowder samples and a token that allows you to vote for your favorite. Otherwise, admission is free. For more information, call 360-528-8000 or go to portolympia.com.
SATURDAY -- A dance sampler: Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater visits Olympia with a program of short pieces from a wide variety of works choreographed by Donald Byrd, the companys artistic director. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $30-$46 for adults; $27-$41 for students, seniors and military; $15-$23 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or spectrumdance.org. You also can see a clip from Euclidean Space, one of the works excerpted in Saturdays program, at vimeo.com/33494713. Or read more about the company in Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
SATURDAY -- Swing this way: Swing to music by local favorite HOT CLUB SANDWICH at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The group has established itself as one of the leading Django-inspired bands in the Northwests Gypsy jazz scene. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Question the system: Join Veterans for Peaces Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 for the one-time screening of the documentary OCCUPY LOVE. Philosopher-director Velcrow Ripper explores the meaning and importance of public love love of humanity and the planet. The screening is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $8; $6 for Olympia Film Society members at olympiafilmsociety.org and at the box office the night of the show.
SATURDAY -- Making it up as they go along: Discover the talents of Olympias improv troupe A LIKELY STORY when it presents PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Saturday night. The group inspired by the work of Keith Johnstone and Theatresports performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Meeting House at Priest Point Park, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. Tickets to the all-ages shows are $5 in advance through olyimprov.org or $7 at the door.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- The epitome of family friendly: The LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR returns for the 26th year, offering some of the most fun kids and their families can have. The fun runs 10 a.m-6 p.m Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Saint Martins University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Admission and parking are free, and a shuttle will run between the campus and South Sound Center on Sleater-Kinney Road from 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday only. You can find loads of information at laceyspringfunfair.com, but here's the schedule for the main events: The on-site family parade (which is alien themed) starts at noon Saturday; no motorized vehicles are allowed and prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. The Grand Parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday. And the car show is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
SUNDAY -- Talented youth: STUDENT ORCHESTRAS OF GREATER OLYMPIA will bring to life the sounds of Debussys Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun and Liszts Les Preludes at its Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The performance will feature professional soloist DAVID JOHNSON performing the Jacob Flute Concerto. Also appearing will be the Brass Choir, Academy and Debut Orchestras. Tickets are $6-$15, plus a $3 fee per ticket. Call 360-753-8585 or go to wcpa.squarespace.com.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Live, on a stage near you: Two local theater productions continue this weekend:
Israel Horovitzs dark comedy GLOUCESTER BLUE is presented by Harlequin Productions through June 1 at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 for adults; $28 for seniors and military; $20 for students. Go to harlequinproductions.org, or call 360-786-0151.
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is playing at Capital Playhouse through May 26 at 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $33-$39 for adults, $28-$34 for youth and seniors. Call 360-943-2744 or go to capitalplayhouse.com.