12 Things to Do This Weekend, May 31-June 2

May 30, 2013 

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -- Lovely ladies: Take a walk on the wild side as ROCK CANDY BURLESQUE performs two nights at the Royal Lounge, 31 Capitol Way N. There are two 21-and-older-only shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for Friday’s show and $15 Saturday; get a $2 discount by purchasing tickets in advance at Danger Room Comics, 201 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. Go to rockcandyburlesque.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -- The magic of science: Science fans, be prepared to marvel at breathtaking sideshows, mind-expanding activities and unbelievable phenomena at the annual EVERGREEN SCIENCE CARNIVAL at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. The carnival offers hundreds of presentations by Evergreen science students. Admission is free. Updated schedules will be posted in the welcome center in Lobby Lab 1. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. When parking Friday, ask for a pass to get free parking Saturday. Go to evergreen.edu/events/sciencecarnival.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -- New drama: "GOOD NIGHT, GOOD DOCTOR," a dramatic thriller by Olympia playwright Nick McCord examines the role of psychiatric medications in our society. McCord’s own new theater company Shallow Gallows Productions is producing the show, which has showtimes of 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $10 at the door or at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, email shallowgallows@gmail.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -- New romance: Olympia Little Theatre presents "SAM TIME, NEXT YEAR" the play that became the classic film with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$15. For more information, call 360-786-9484, and go to olympialittletheater.org.

SATURDAY -- Lucky duckies: Join in the wackiest charity fundraiser around – the 24th annual DUCK DASH sponsored by Lacey Rotary. Rotarians will dump 12,000 rubber ducks into the Deschutes River at Tumwater Falls Park. The fastest duck wins. Buy your own lucky duck for $5 for a chance to win a Ford Mustang convertible, a trip to Disneyland or another of the many prizes available. Proceeds will be donated directly to local and international charity groups. The event also includes a food and fun fair with a Kids Zone bounce house and a slide. The event runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

SATURDAY -- A trip back in time: The Tumwater Middle School Homesteaders, who are celebrating their 25th year of hands-on history education, are hosting their annual PIONEER FAIR from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Heritage Campgrounds, 9610 Kimmie St SW. The Homesteader students will demonstrate their pioneer skills through activities like candle and rope making, blacksmithing, clothes laundering, butter churning, and quilt making. The event also features a one-room school, wagon rides and old-time music for all to enjoy.

SATURDAY -- The Magic of Opera: The Olympia Chamber Orchestra and Opera Pacifica team up for a concert version of “FAUST,” an opera by Gounod, which may or may not be conductor Claudia Simpson-Jones' last full-length opera. (See Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere on this site.) The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $27 general admission; $22 for students and seniors; $3 for youths (12 and younger). For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to operapacifica.org.

SATURDAY -- All things Chinese: Take part in Chinese culture at the DRAGON FIRE FESTIVAL at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Attendees can see a lion dance, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, a Chinese orchestra performance, dance groups and an interactive line dance. A full Chinese meal also is available. The inter-generational program runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. The fundraiser for Senior Services for South Sound supports its Meals on Wheels Program, adult day program and activities program for seniors. Admission is $25. Call 360-586-6181.

SATURDAY -- Ringing in your ears: Enjoy show tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan, Rogers and Hammerstein, “Lion King,” “Les Miserables” and “Wicked” when the Rainier Ringers perform BELLS ON BROADWAY at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The handbell ensemble from Tacoma will perform at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE, Olympia. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 for a family. Get more details by calling 360-586-2747.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND -- On a stage near you:

South Puget Sound Community College’s production “VIEW OF THE DOME” tells the story of an idealistic young Washington attorney trying to make a difference. The play is in its final weekend at the Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box at SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 adults; $7 students, seniors and military. Go to wcpa.squarespace.com for tickets.

Harlequin Productions’ “GLOUCESTER BLUE,” a dark comedy by Israel Horovitz, is also in its final weekend at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 adults; $28 seniors and military; $20 students. Go to harlequinproductions.org or call 360-786-0151.

Olympia Family Theater’s musical production, “CINDER EDNA,” continues at The Washington Center for Performing Arts’s Black Box, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The musical by Ted Ryle, based on the book by Ellen Jackson, brings a new twist to the Cinderella story. It runs through June 9. Tickets are $9-$16. Call 360-570-1638.

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