FRIDAY -- Jazz up your lunch: Its an afternoon of jazz at SOLO AMICI featuring vocalist SUSAN TUZZOLINO and bassist STEVE LUCENO. The noon concert Friday will feature ballads and jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and more. Its at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served at 11:30 a.m. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.
FRIDAY -- Story time giggles: Make it a night of laughs and fun at STORY TIME COMEDY backstage at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The 7 p.m. Friday show will feature comedians Jacob Johnson, Bobby Villa, Calvin Greer, Jake McNabb, Nick Hollander, Jalen Slater and Gabe Judd. Tickets are $5 and available at the box office or online at olympiafilmsociety.org.
FRIDAY -- Fiddle-dee-dee: Renowned fiddler and composer DAROL ANGER and singer-songwriter EMY PHELPS lead a group of Northwest natives, including Olympia native Ethan Jodziewicz, in a rollicking holiday bluegrass concert. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way, Olympia. Tickets are $12 at brownpapertickets.com/event/519175, $15 at the door. For more information, go to olympiaballroom.com; watch Anger and Phelps, who are engaged to be married, play love songs together at youtube.com/watch?v= mohA5emcWH0; and read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Something a little different: Prodigal Sun Productions offers a different take on holiday entertainment with its ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY SHOW, a variety show that includes poetry, music, storytelling, skits and more. Its a fundraiser for Prodigal Sun and The Midnight Sun Performance Space. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Midnight Sun, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12-$24 on a sliding scale at brownpapertickets.com/event/522177 or at the door. For more information, go to facebook.com/events/222488521266051 and read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- A dynamic duo: Originally from Seattle, Grammy-award winning ERIC TINGSTAD and NANCY RUMBEL have performed, recorded and traveled together since 1985, and have released 19 albums. Guitarist Tingstad and Rumbel on wind instruments come together for two holiday shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22 general admission and $15 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Holiday on point: Ballet Northwests production of TCHAIKOVSKY'S NUTCRACKER wraps up this weekend, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$30 general admission, $19-$26 for students and seniors, $14-$18 for youths (younger than 12). For more information, call 360-753-8586, olytix.org or balletnorthwest.org.
SATURDAY -- Embrace nature on shortest day: Celebrate the winter solstice at the South Sound Estuarium, 608 Washington St. NE, Olympia, when it hosts the TURN OF THE TIDES FESTIVAL from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy new exhibits, get your hands wet in Puget Sound touch tanks, take in special guests and activities. The event is sponsored by the Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Pacific Shellfish Institute, Stream Team, Harvest Moon, Taylor Shellfish and Capitol Land Trust. For more information, call 781-799-0278.
SATURDAY -- Making it all up: Either join in or just watch OLYIMPROV when the sketch comedy show happens at the Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. Two shows are planned: 7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Reserve tickets online at olyimprov.org or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Three plays to choose from:
A STARDUST CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD presented by Harlequin Productions continues at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, through Dec. 31. Tickets are $15-$39 and are available online at harlequinproductions.org or by phone at 360-786-0151.
The Olympia Little Theaters comedy production, SORRY! WRONG CHIMNEY! finishes it run this weekend. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the Olympia Little Theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $8-$14, call or go online to get yours; 360-786-9484, olympialittletheater.org.
Enjoy the family-friendly production LYLE THE CROCODILE as it finishes its run at the Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$16; get yours online or by phone: washingtoncenter.org, 360-753-8586.