FRIDAY -- Return to Panem: Teens waiting for the Nov. 22 release of the movie CATCHING FIRE, the second part of the HUNGER GAMES series, can immerse themselves in the fictional country of Panem when the Olympia Timberland Regional Library is given over to THE HUNGER GAMES SURVIVAL CHALLENGE 6-8 p.m. Friday. Attendees can come dressed as their favorite tribute or district citizen from the books/films. Try basic archery, survival, and weaponry in the training center before putting those skills to the test in the arena. Tickets are free, but required, and can be picked up at the library. Snacks and drinks will be provided and prizes awarded. The library is at 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. For more information, contact the library at 360-352-0595 or go to trl.org. Then next Thursday, fans can catch a double feature of The Hunger Games followed by Catching Fire at either the Century Olympia cineplex at Capital mall at 5:20 p.m. or Regal Martin Village in Lacey at 5:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Slopes on the big screen: Get geared up for the ski and snowboarding season at a screening of WARREN MILLER'S TICKET TO RIDE. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, will host two screenings, at 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17.50 plus the standard $3-per-ticket center service fee. Get yours at washingtoncenter.org or 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Film fest wrap up: Acclaimed writer WILLIAM F. NOLAN, best-known for co-authoring the sci-fi novel LOGAN'S RUN, is making a series of appearances during the OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL'S final weekend at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. First, Nolan will help host a 3 p.m. Friday showing of The AckerMonster Chronicles, a documentary about Forrest J. Ackerman, creator of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and of the term sci-fi. Nolan, a longtime friend of Ackerman, and filmmakers Jason and Sunni Brock will do a Q&A after the screening. Then at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Nolan will hold a Q&A after a screening of Logans Run," the film based on the book by Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Finally, the film society has arranged "Backlot at the Backroom with Nolan," wine and hors d'oeuvres with the writer at 5 p.m. Saturday at Trinacria Restaurant, 113 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Tickets are $30, and the event is open only to 25 people who are 21 and older. The festival itself runs through Sunday. For more information and the complete schedule, go to olympiafilmfestival.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Italian farce: The South Puget Sound Community College Drama Program is opening a classic on Friday night. A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, the Venetian comedy by Carlo Goldoni, blends physical and theatrical comedy in the story of Truffaldino, a servant who finds himself trying to fulfill the needs of two masters in an attempt at two payoffs. Catch a performance at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday at SPSCCs Minnaert Center for the Arts main stage. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and free for students, staff and faculty, at OlyTix.org, or by calling 360-753-8586. Get more information at spscc.edu/entertainment or by calling 360-596-5411.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- After the violence: A co-production of Theater Artists Olympia and Animal Fire Theatre, AMERICAN ROULETTE looks at the effects of a school shooting on a community. The play continues this weekend, with showtimes at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Capital Playhouse, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $12 at the door or brownpapertickets.com. Be aware that the play shows gun violence and will include loud noises. It may not be right for young audiences. Talk-backs will be held after each performance. For more information, go to olytheater.com or animalfiretheatre.com.
SATURDAY -- Latin duo: CORREO AEREO is a multi-instrumental and vocal Latin American and world music duo. They bring their soulfully melodic sounds to Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819 or go to traditionsfairtrade.coma
SUNDAY -- Composer tribute: ST. JOHN'S CONCERT SERIES will host conductor/composer KAREN P. THOMAS and SEATTLE PRO MUSICA as they celebrate the life and work of influential English composer Benjamin Britten, who would have turned 100 this year. In "Britten+", the choir will sing Britten's most beloved choral works, as well as works by others including Whitacre, Thomas, and Lauridsen. The music begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 19th Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way, Olympia. Entry is by donation, and child care during the concert is free. A reception will follow the concert.