The biggest events this weekend involve celebrity appearances on behalf of Olympia Film Society:
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- The Gould Standard: Legendary actor ELLIOTT GOULD will host events to raise money for Olympia Film Society, which has raised half the money it needs to convert to a digital projection system. From 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oceans Eleven will be the theme of a fundraising dinner and auction at Goldbergs Delicatessen in Bellevue. Gould and actress DENISE CROSBY will attend. Tickets are $75. Then Gould will host refreshments and an auction at the Governor's Mansion Saturday afternoon, followed by a 7 p.m. screening of M.A.S.H. at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia. A question-and-answer session with the actor will precede the screening. Tickets to the screening are $15, $12 for Olympia Film Society members. Doors open at 6 p.m.
SUNDAY -- Crosby Q&A: Actress DENISE CROSBY, granddaughter of Bing Crosby, is best known for parts in Showtimes Ray Donovan (with Elliott Gould) as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation. But shell delve into one of her other film characters when she hosts a screening of PET SEMATARY at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Crosby, who played the part of the mother in the 1989 adaptation of the Stephen King novel, will host a meet and greet at 7 p.m. Sunday, the screening at 8 p.m., and a Q&A after the screening. Tickets for the meet and greet plus the screening and Q&A are $20; tickets for the screening and Q&A only are $8.50. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY -- Three stage plays continue in Olympia this weekend:
The Olympia Family Theaters THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is playing in the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, through Oct. 27. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays plus an additional performance at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $10-$16. For more information, call 360-753-8586.
HENRY V, Harlequin Productions take on Shakespeares play, continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org.
Prodigal Sun Productions and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance joined forces for AN IMPROBABLE PECK OF PLAYS, the theatrical equivalent of a tapas platter featuring several 10-minute plays in one evening at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday plus Oct. 24-26. Tickets are $12-$18 on a sliding scale at the door, or $12 plus fees in advance at brownpapertickets.com.
FRIDAY -- Songs from the road: Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, SARAH MCQUAID entertains audiences with cheeky banter and stories from the road as well as music, in which her guitar becomes much more than an accompanying instrument. She is returning to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. show Friday. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Get handy: The new nonprofit ARBUTUS FOLK SCHOOL a place where artists, artisans and musicians can share their skills celebrates its grand opening with hands-on demonstrations, a kids workshop on how to make a corn-husk doll, music, stories and local food from 3-9 p.m. Saturday at the school at 120 State Ave. NE #303, Olympia. Admission is free. Stop in and see how you can learn traditional skills such as woodworking, fiber arts, blacksmithing, knife making and beehive building. It's like middle school shop class, only better. For more information, call 360-867-8815 or go to arbutusfolkschool.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Renaissance folk singer: Referred to as folk musics renaissance man, JOHN MCCUTCHEON is known for his instrumental abilities, singing and songwriting, storytelling, writing, and activism. Hes coming to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for two performances, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. He will play a wide array of music as he accompanies himself on banjo, guitar, hammer dulcimer, piano, and fiddle. Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Dentists in the spotlight: Help support the Olympia Union Gospel Missions no-fee dental clinic by attending TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS, the 11th annual benefit show. The night will feature the Olympia Jazz Senators, Debbis Dance dancers and volunteer dental professionals performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The family-friendly evening showcases musical favorites, includes hits from West Side Story and Sound of Music, plus gospel tunes and a touch of the blues. Tickets to the show at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SW, Olympia, are $10-$25 plus a $3 service charge. They are available by calling 360-753-8586 or online at wcpa.squarespace.com.
And a heads up about an outstanding event that's happening Tuesday:
TUESDAY -- To be or not to be: As part of South Puget Sound Community Colleges revamped ARTIST AND LECTURE SERIES, New Yorks acclaimed THE ACTING COMPANY will bring its national tour of the Shakespeare tragedy HAMLET to Olympia for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for the performance at SPSCCs Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, are $35 general public; $25 for students, seniors, and military; $15 for those 12 and younger; $10 for student groups of 10 or more; and free for SPSCC faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available online at OlyTix.org or by calling 360-753-8586. The Acting Company also will offer a small monologue master class at 3 p.m. Tuesday for experienced actors with memorized monologues; for more information on the $15 course, go to www.campusce.net/SPSCC/Course/Course.aspx?c=911.