10 Things to Do (besides shop and eat) in South Sound This Weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Staff WriterNovember 27, 2013 

Capital High School trombone player Riley Smith gets into the holiday spirit as the marching band makes its annual appearance in last year's Downtown for the Holidays parade and celebration.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian Buy Photo

FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Christmas farce: Olympia Little Theatre presents a light-hearted holiday farce – "SORRY! WRONG CHIMNEY!" – with a couple of newlyweds, a couple of Santas and more than a couple of silly misunderstandings. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Tickets are $10-$14 at Yenney Music, 1404 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, or olympialittletheatre.org. For more information, go to 360-786-9484 or ­olympialittletheatre.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Stardust reimagined: Harlequin Productions revives its holiday tradition of Stardust musicals with “THE STARDUST CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD,” set in 1957 (instead of the 1940s) and featuring holiday tunes, standards and some rock and roll. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for military and seniors, $25 for students and those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org. Find out why Harlequin revived the Stardust series in Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- The adventures of Lyle: Presented by Olympia Family Theater, the musical "LYLE THE CROCODILE" follows the adventures of a friendly crocodile and the family that takes him in. Written by Kevin Kling, it’s based on the early reader books by Bernard Waber. Showtimes are 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box Theater at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and military; $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to olyft.org or call 360-570-1638, or for tickets, go to olytix.com or call 360-753-8586. The company recommends the play for ages 4 and older. Read more about the lead character and actor in Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.

SATURDAY -- Continuing tradition: Bring the family out for some old-fashioned creativity at the FOLK ART ORNAMENTS event from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. Funded in part by the Thurston County Heritage Grant Program, traditional paper artistry and weaving are translated into holiday ornaments. Admission is $1-$2 plus a $2 fee for supplies. Call 360-753-2580 for all the details.

SATURDAY -- Dooby dooby doo: Playing their own brand of jazz, the GRETA JANE QUARTET will perform at the Olympia Pizzeria La Gitana, 518 Capitol Way S., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. The group features Greta Jane Pederson on vocals; Cary Black on bass; Andrew Dorsett on keyboard and Vince Brown on guitar. There will be no cover charge for the evening.

SATURDAY -- Mountain twang: Enjoy the traditional bluegrass tunes when the Seattle band DOWNTOWN MOUNTAIN BOYS perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. The group will bring its three-part harmonies and instrumental firepower to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.

SUNDAY -- Ho ho ho: Get into the holiday spirit with free horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, music and more at DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association. The family-oriented event is filled with activities centered on Sylvester Park. Find your spot to enjoy the HOLIDAY PARADE at 3 p.m. on Capitol Way and be sure to stay for the TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY at 4:30 p.m. in the park. The fun begins at noon and there is no admission charge. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/OlyDowntown2013.

SUNDAY -- Sounds of Hanukkah: The 30 voices of SEATTLE JEWISH CHORALE, conducted by Mary Pat Graham, bring their Hanukkah concert, “A Feast of Grace & Light,” to Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. The inspirational concert also will feature pianist Harumi Makiyama, percussionist Will Dowd, and clarinetist John Stiffler. Admission to the 4 p.m. performance Sunday is $5-$12. Call 360-754-8519 or 800-838-3006 for more information.

SUNDAY -- Shooby doo wop shoo bop: Get out your poodle skirt and your leather jacket and become part of the 1950s at the SING-A-LONG “GREASE” event at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The fully interactive screening of the 1978 film features a show host and a costume competition, followed by the screening where you can sing along with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and the gang. Tickets are $8.50-$29 plus $3 service fee and are available by calling 360-753-8586.

SUNDAY -- Fa la la la la: The South Puget Sound Community College Concert Choir and friends will perform holiday favorites at the free “RING IN THE SEASON” concert at the Minnaert Center for Arts at SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The 7 p.m. concert Sunday will combine band and multiple choirs to produce some of the holiday’s most festive numbers. For more information, go to spscc.edu/entertainment or call 360-596-5507.

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service