FRIDAY -- A wave of films: Celebrate World Oceans Day at the annual SEA CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL on Friday at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. From 6-8 p.m., organizers will screen independent films, then there will be an intermission where visitors can enjoy the Ocean Gallery, a performance by Evergreen Ballet and shellfish tasting from Taylor United Shellfish. At 8:30 p.m., the acclaimed film Chasing Ice will be screened. A Peoples Choice Award and prizes will be presented at the end of the free, family friendly festival. Call 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY -- A taste of Appalachia: Discover the folk group TINA & HER PONY at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the group brings original Appalachian-flavored songs to the Woodard Lane Cohousing House Concert series at 1620 Woodard Ave. NW, Olympia. The series is created to provide intimate performances where all the proceeds go directly to the artist. Admission is $10-$15; bring a snack and/or beverage to share. For more information, call 360-866-4557.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Cool comics: The 13th annual Olympia Comics Festival has events Friday and Saturday this year. Kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday night is the extremely free OLYMPIA READS COMICS TOGETHER, featuring David Lasky and Frank M. Young, who will read from and talk about their graphic novel, The Carter Family: Dont Forget This Song. Musical guests will perform, and festival special guest Carol Lay will speak about her comics. All of this is at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. For more information, call 360-352-0595 or go to trl.org. Then on Saturday, the OLYMPIA COMICS FESTIVAL celebrates alternative comic artists with a stage show, including musical guests, an expo and more. The show begins at 11 a.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia; admission is $6. Then the free expo and panel discussions run 1:30-6:30 p.m. at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Finally, there will be book signings from 6-8 p.m. at Danger Room Comics, 201 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. For more information, go to olympiacomicsfestival.org.
FRIDAY & THROUGH JUNE 16 -- Making a splash: Splash Gallery of Olympia is featuring works by Stephanie Holttum through June 16. Her art ranges from sculptures to abstract acrylic paintings. Meet Holttum at an artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at at 501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Call 360-943-5177 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Sweet rides: Support local fire departments and admire awesome rides at the TUMWATER ALBERTSON'S CAR SHOW from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 705 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater, just west of the I-5 Trosper Road exit. The show is open to all makes and models, including motorcycles. It includes a barbecue, cake walk, live music and a raffle. Donations to support local firefighters will be accepted.
SATURDAY -- More than just skits: Experience long-form improvisational theater by MUH GROG ZOO at 9 p.m. Saturday at Capital Playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. The Tacoma-based group creates full-length improvised plays with strong character and story development that will make you laugh and maybe cry. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 the day of the show at capitalplayhouse.com/buy. Call 360-943-2744.
SATURDAY -- Cultures melt into art: Make a trip to the State Capital Museum to take in the WITH OUR HANDS: WORLD FOLK ARTS OF WASHINGTON exhibit. The exhibit reflects the long-practiced folk art traditions of Washingtons immigrants and Native American inhabitants as well as their evolution into new forms or hybrids. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 14 and is organized by the Washington State Historical Society with support from the Thurston County Historic Commission. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays at 211 SW 21st Ave., Olympia. Admission is $2 for adults; $1.75 for ages 60 and older; $1 for students; and $5 for families with two adults and as many as four children. Go to washingtonhistory.org.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Live, in Olympia: Take in local theater this weekend.
Storyteller Elizabeth Lords new one-woman show, "THE SWIMSUIT AREA," tackles the intimate topic of reproduction. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $10-$20 on a sliding scale at the door, or $15 at brownpapertickets.com/event/385363. (No one will be turned away for lack of payment.) Warning: The show is intended for those ages 18 and older. Read more about it in Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
Its the final weekend for Olympia Family Theaters musical production CINDER EDNA at The Washington Center for Performing Artss Black Box, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The musical by Olympias Ted Ryle, based on the book by Ellen Jackson, brings a new twist to the Cinderella story. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday; the show closes with the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $9-$16. Call 360-570-1638.
Originally a Broadway hit and then a motion picture, the classic romantic comedy SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR is playing through June 23 at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 1:55 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 360-786-9484.