FRIDAY -- Powerful duo: With backgrounds in acoustic, world-inspired music, guitarist ERIKA LUCKETT and jazz singer songwriter LISA FERRARO create powerful music together. The pair will play at 8 p.m. Friday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Get your tickets for $15 general admission, $10 student/low income by calling 360-705-2819.
FRIDAY -- Use your words: Head out for a night of improvised lyrics at For MCs By MCs Battle Leagues 360 VS 206 FREESTYLE RAP BATTLE PRELIMINARY at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The competition will determine who fills the last open spots on an eight-man team set to compete against the 206 in Seattle. The battling begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5, and tickets are available at olympiafilmsociety.org or at the box office night of show.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Making a spectacle of itself: The seventh annual LORD FRANZANNIAN'S ROYAL OLYMPIAN SPECTACULAR VAUDEVILLE SHOW, produced and hosted by Olympia storyteller Elizabeth Lord, includes music, comedy, acrobatics and dance. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, plus 10 p.m. Saturday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $15 in advance; $15-$25 at the door (no one will be turned away). For more information, go to professionaltalker.com/vaudeville-show.html or brownpapertickets.com/event/456351. This weekend's shows are recommended for ages 16 and older. (An all-ages show is planned for Sept. 29.)
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Give peace a chance: Its going to be a weekend of singing, dancing, and creating peace banners in multiple languages at the free INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE celebration at Heritage Park, Fifth and Water streets in downtown Olympia. The three-day observance also will include memorial displays, tribal blessings, a singing bowl concert, evening luminaries, a meditative peace walk around Capitol Lake, and other family friendly activities. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, then runs 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 360-754-3998.
FRIDAYSUNDAY -- Love connection: Olympia Little Theaters production of Neil Simons comedy LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS continues with showtimes of 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:55 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 1925 Miller Ave. NE; tickets are $12-$15 and are available at Yenney Music or online at olympialittletheatre.org. For more information, call 360-786-9484.
SATURDAY -- Inside the Artists Studio: Discover the creativity of artist CHRIS MAYNARD when he hosts an Open Studio from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The feather artists inner sanctum features beautiful feathers, and new and old art shadowboxes. The studio, Featherfolio, is at 8211 Ayer St. SE, Olympia. Refreshments will be served.
SATURDAY -- Calling knitters and crocheters: Knitters, crocheters and other textile artists are invited to join forces with a group called the SPECTRAL SPIDERS to build giant knitted bridge cozies for the 36 lamp post bases on the Olympia Yashiro Friendship Bridge in time for Fall Arts Walk Oct. 4. Yes, you heard that right -- Olympia is joining the worldwide "yarn bombing" craze. The group is holding a KNIT-IN FIBER-FEST from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Timberland Library at Eighth and Franklin streets. Participants can drop in anytime, or stay as long or as briefly as they like. And there's free yarn available for cozy projects. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or join the public group on Facebook. A second knit-in is also planned for noon Sept. 28 at the Lacey Timberland Library on College Street.