7 Things To Do This Weekend, July 12-14

July 11, 2013 

The McCleary Bear Festival runs all weekend, but you can only taste the stew on Saturday.

FRIDAY -- Anime what? Join in a celebration of all things anime and mange at Olympia Timberland Library’s LIBRANIMECON from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Geared for teens, the free after-hours event will feature anime screenings, Japanese goodies, Japanese comic culture and a Cosplay fashion show. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater Timberland libraries, participants must pick up free tickets before the event. The library is at 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Call 360-352-0595.

THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Rock opera galore: Two rock operas are playing this weekend in Olympia.

There’s still time to catch the classic rock opera “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” produced by Harlequin Productions. The show has been extended through July 27 at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. With the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it has been given a 21st century update by director Linda Whitney. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$38; rush tickets are available 30 minutes before curtain. Call 360-786-0151.

In its 27th year, Capitol Playhouse’s Kids at Play summer children’s theater program is kicking off its season with “THE WHO'S TOMMY.” Based on the Tony Award-winning 1993 Broadway rock opera, the play features the talents of local young actors. It runs through July 21 at Capital Playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students. Call 360-943-2744.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -- Chick theater: Olympia Little Theatre presents Nora and Delia Ephron’s comic and dramatic take on the role that clothing plays in women’s lives, "LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE." 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 or go to olympialittletheater.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at theolympian.com/living. This play is not suitable for children.

SATURDAY -- Where do you go to rock ’n’ roll? Singer-songwriter KENNY LOGGINS has reinvented himself quite a few times. Originally part of the ’70s rock duo Loggins & Messina, the Everett native has gone on to have a solo career that’s been enhanced by his writing for films. He earned recognition as the “King of the Movie Soundtrack” for songs such as “Meet Me Halfway” from “Over the Top,” “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun” and “Footloose.” His hits have included “I Believe In Love,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and “This Is It.” Loggins is playing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the D&R Theater, 205 S. I St. Aberdeen, along with his trio BLUE SKY RIDERS, with Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr. The group is touring in support its debut album, “Finally Home.” Tickets are $25-$125 at dandrtheater.com.

ALL WEEKEND -- Bear-able: It’s going to be all about the bears at MCCLEARY BEAR FESTIVAL at Beerbower Park, North Summit Road and Veterans Way, McCleary. The annual festival’s fun includes a kiddie and grand parade, carnival, car show, a petting zoo, games and bear stew. That’s right, bear stew. If you have ever wondered what bear meat tastes like, this is your chance. The three-day festival runs from 3-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Call 360-495-3667, ext. 8.

SATURDAY -- Queer music: Discover the talents of young musicians at the STONEWALL YOUTH QUEER ROCK CAMP SHOWCASE at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Performances are the culmination of a week-long camp where young artists learn instruments, form bands and write original songs while building community. The all-ages event will be at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$25 for adults at the box office Saturday night. Ages 21 and younger get in free.

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