FRIDAY -- Pushing to the limits: Award-winning filmmaker BRYAN SMITH is one of the people behind the camera capturing remote places and extreme feats for the National Geographic Channel. Smith, from British Columbia, will present some of his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. in Olympia, as part of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE series. Tickets are $18-$26 for adults; $16-$23 for students, seniors and military; and $9-$13 for youth plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. Call 360-753-8586 for more information.
FRIDAY -- Soulful jazz: Jazz duo TUCK AND PATTI combine a classically smooth guitar sound with strong, soulful vocals. See them at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The JOE BAQUE TRIO will open the evening concert. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students, and free to South Puget Sound students, staff and faculty. And a bonus for guitarists: You can meet with Tuck when he hosts a workshop at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Black Box Theater; participation costs $15, and you can register online at hawksprairie.org/services/guitar-reconsider. Call 360-753-8586 for concert tickets or more concert information, or go to washingtoncenter.org.
SATURDAY -- Old-time laughs: BABY GRAMPS entertains with a repertoire of blues, hillbilly tunes, ragtime, early 20th century pop tunes and tongue twisters. See him at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- Pickin and wailin: NIEL ANDERSSON, formerly with the Wailers, and beloved Olympia guitarist VINCE BROWN will pair up for a evening of Gypsy jazz and swing standards starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pizzeria La Gitana, 518 Capital Way S., Olympia. The performance is free for restaurant customers. Call 360-753-2929 for reservations.
SATURDAY -- The Olympia Timberland Regional Library salutes the typewriter with HUNT AND PECK:A CELEBRATION OF THE MIGHTY TYPEWRITER, which includes a screening of the documentary The Typewriter (in the 21st Century); a talk by Jim Hair of Portland, who sells typewriters; and an opportunity for devotees to show off their typewriters and typing skills. The fun runs 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-412-4499 or go to trl.org or bluemooncamera.com -- or read Molly Gilmore's story about the event elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Bare bones theater: Olympia Little Theater bolsters its season with a staged reading of REASONS TO BE PRETTY," Neil LaBute's play about body image. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $5 at olympialittletheatre.org or at the door. For more information, call 360-786-9484 or go to olympialittletheatre.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story about the play elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.