FRIDAY -- Handiwork: Knitters, crocheters and others good with a needle: Start the year off by joining the KNITTING CIRCLE every Friday at the Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. SE. Bring your current project and share tips and companionship from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Its not a class, lecture or meeting so arrive and leave as you wish; all skill levels are welcome. Donations of knitting or crocheting materials also are appreciated. For more information, call 360-491-3860.
FRIDAY -- Books out loud: Bring your lunch and your imagination for LISTEN HERE: A LUNCH BREAK STORY TIME FOR ADULTS with Corey Snow, who is a professional audiobook narrator and voice actor. He will read The White Silence by Jack London and The Music on the Hill by Saki starting at 12:10 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. Call 360-352-0595 for details.
FRIDAY -- Berries and roots: Drawing from the roots of traditional American music, the BLACKBERRY BUSHES STRING BAND is an alt-folk Northwest group that is fresh off a national tour. They will perform a free 8 p.m. show Friday at the Pig Bar & Grill, 619 Legion Way SE, Olympia.
SATURDAY -- Small space, big sound: Get into the pop and punk scene when RIGHT YOUR WRONGS, FOUR MINUTE MILE, HARVEST STATES, JUMPING FENCES and NARROWED put on an all-ages show at Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge, 404 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets for the 5:30 p.m. Saturday show are $5. Call 360-943-5710 for details.
SATURDAY -- Double treat: Composer, violinist and violist MARIA NEWMAN will perform at two distinctly different events Saturday in Olympia.
First, she will perform a free concert at the Capitol Rotunda with flutist HAL OTT, violist SCOTT HOSFELD and members of the CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FLUTE ENSEMBLE. To take advantage of the rotundas acoustics, the musicians will use all sides and levels of the space under the dome, creating a moving stage that shifts during the concert. The 2 p.m. Saturday concert is free, but seating is limited. Bring cushions to make seating on marble steps more comfortable.
Then on Saturday night, Newman and the MALIBU COAST SILENT FILM ORCHESTRA will perform her original score for the 1919 Mary Pickford silent film "Heart o' the Hills," a rollicking romp about a band of Kentucky hillbillies. The event is presented by Harlequin Productions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for season subscribers. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org.
SATURDAY -- Lifting spirits: Seattle singer-songwriter MICHAEL TOMLINSON, who has made it a practice to provide a free song to people who are going through difficult times, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22 general admission, $15 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819 or go to traditionsfairtrade.com or michaeltomlinson.com. You also can hear Tomlinsons new song Christmas Ride at youtube.com/watch?v=LnAhkM7NXs0. And read Molly Gilmore's interview with Tomlinson elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.