FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Mars and Venus on stage: Gain some insight on how men and women relate to each other in the Broadway comedy DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, playing at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE., Olympia. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $9.50-$39, plus a $3 service fee, and are available by phone or online; 360-753-8586, wcpa.squarespace.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- A intimate look at C.S. Lewis: Olympia Little Theatre is opening "SHADOWLANDS," a drama based on the romance between author and theologian C.S. Lewis and outspoken American writer Joy Gresham. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$15 at Yenney Music or olympialittletheatre.org or call 360-786-9484.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Gorge on a play buffet: Three local theater companies will be closing their current productions after this weekend, so see 'em while you can:
Its the final weekend to see The Olympia Family Theaters THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$16. For more information, call 360-753-8586.
HENRY V, Harlequin Productions take on Shakespeares play, will complete its run at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The final performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, and $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.
And Prodigal Sun Productions and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance put on their final performances of AN IMPROBABLE PECK OF PLAYS II, featuring several 10-minute plays. The final performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12-$18 on a sliding scale at the door, or $12 plus fees in advance at brownpapertickets.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Inside a fiber yurt: In 2009, renowned Olympia fiber artist JANICE ARNOLD transformed New Yorks Cooper-Hewitt Victorian conservatory into a Mongolian palace yurt. Now, she's deconstructed that massive installation into an exhibit inside the library gallery at The Evergreen State College, her alma mater. Hours are 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Saturdays and 12-7:45 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-867-5125, or go to evergreen.edu/gallery
SATURDAY -- No fear here: Take the kids to the Hands On Childrens Museums annual BOO BASH fall costume party. Study owls with Dr. Science, create a star in the planetarium, explore a maze while playing with light and shadow, design a glow-in-the-dark silk-screen print, and decorate your own moon cake. Enjoy storytelling, face painting, prizes, sweet treats and beverages. Come in costume and join the fun from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $12 for member children, $15 for non-member children, and $4 for accompanying adults. Call 360-956-0818, ext. 149, or go to hocm.org for more information.
SATURDAY -- Masked merriment: Don a mask and costume and enjoy the season at the state employees annual COMBINED FUND DRIVE MASQUERADE BALL at 7 p.m. Saturday, offering food, wine, dancing and a casino night in the Capitol Rotunda. Tickets are $50 in advance; $65 at the door; $75 per couple, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Go online to cfd.wa.gov/calendar.aspx, or call 360-586-3077 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Musicians' masquerade: The Olympia Film Societys annual NIGHT OF THE LIVING TRIBUTE BANDS includes tributes to The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, the Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age and Iron Butterfly. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 8, at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for film society members; get them online, at Rainy Day Records or at the box office the night of the show. Its an all-ages show, but beer and wine will be available on the mezzanine for those 21 and older. For more information, call 360-754-6670 or go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
SATURDAY -- A world premiere: Come out for the world premiere of New York composer Walter Skolniks Divertimento for Small Orchestra, written for the OLYMPIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and conductor Claudia Simpson-Jones. The 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday also will feature Rossinis overture to The Italian in Algiers, Dvoraks Serenade for Winds and Strings in d minor Opus 44, and Sibelius Symphony #3 in C major Opus 52 at the Minnaert Center for Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $3 youths, plus a $3 service fee. Call or go online; 360-753-8586, wcpa.squarespace.com.
SATURDAY -- Jazz collaboration: Take in a night of guitar and gypsy jazz when PEARL DJANGO and VINCE BROWN join forces for a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Art House Design, 420 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $20; call 360-943-3377 for more information.
SUNDAY -- Vegas comes to Shelton: Best known for the song Danke Schoen, WAYNE NEWTON has been called The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Newton is touring the United States, making a stop at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton, for a 4 p.m. concert Sunday. Tickets are $50-$55 for the 21-and-older-only performance and are available at little-creek.com.