FRIDAY -- Small rectangular art: The annual FINE ART POSTCARD EXHIBIT is now open featuring 76 artists who submitted nearly 300 pieces in a wide range of materials. With the old Olympia Beer slogan Its the Water as a theme, local and regional artists offer interpretations of the slogan for the exhibit at the Gallery at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Each work has been donated for the exhibitions silent auction that begins at the 7 p.m. opening reception Friday. You can view the exhibit noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays or by appointment. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 21, when the auction will wrap up. For more information, call 360-596-5527.
FRIDAY -- Not your pastors organ music: From cookin with blues legend John Lee Hooker to organ summits with B-3 master Lonnie Smith, WIL BLADES is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition for his skills as an organist. See him perform with the JOE DORIA TRIO in the Hammond B-3 summit at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE. Tickets are $10 and available through brownpapertickets.com. Call 360-259-1589 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Happy New Year! The Olympia-Kato Sister City Association invites the public to attend its Japanese New Year Celebration, OSHOGATSU, in Olympia. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. SE, Olympia. Live entertainment on the main stage will showcase traditional Japanese dance and music, taiko drumming and vocal performances. The family-focused event also includes a variety of cultural activities, make & take crafts, demonstrations and an Art Exhibition where visitors can view and purchase Japanese calligraphy, sumi paintings, paper cuttings and traditional crafts. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family. For more information, go to http://celebratejapan.org/
SATURDAY-MONDAY -- MLK handiwork: Celebrate MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY all weekend at the Hands On Childrens Museum, 414 Jefferson, which will host PEACE CHAIN making in its Arts & Parts Studio on the second floor and allow kids to get creative while learning about the civil rights leader. The event runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is $10.95 general admission; $8.95 for seniors (62 and older) and military; and babies 11 months and younger get in free. For more information, go online to hocm.org.
SATURDAY -- Quartet plus one: The creative chamber music group TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET and quirky singer-songwriter NELLIE MCKAY team up for A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, a Saturday night show featuring the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar Republic, plus originals by both the quartet and McKay. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $19-$49 for adults; $17-$44 for students, seniors and military; $9.50-$24.50 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586, go to www.washingtoncenter.org, watch this video at youtube.com/watch?v=KEVlFLkPqfk -- and read Molly Gilmore's story about this collaboration elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Happy birthday, Elvis: Its going to be a night of everything Elvis at the annual ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Robert Washington, the World Champion Elvis Impersonator, will perform, there will be a screening of the film Almost Elvis, the audience can compete in an Elvis trivia challenge, and there will be an art show, costume contest and refreshments. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the movie party and concert are $15, doors open at 7 p.m. Concert-only tickets are $10 and seating begins at 9 p.m. For more information, go to elvisbirthdaybash.com.
SATURDAY -- Soprano in the spotlight: Seven years ago, a young Centralia soprano named ANGELA MEADE competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Councils annual regional auditions in Seattle. She went on to win $15,000 as a grand finalist in New York, and begin an opera career that has seen her staring in the Mets Norma and Falstaff this season and tallying 57 competition wins. Now Meade is back as guest artist for this years auditions Sunday in Seattle, throwing in a recital at her alma mater Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland for good measure. Hear her at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lagerquist Hall at PLU, where she'll perform virtuosic repertoire from 19th-century composers such as Meyerbeer, Puccini, Liszt and Bizet. The concert hall is at 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. Tickets are $50, $25 for PLU students, and $100 with VIP reception with the artist. 253-535-7602, plu.edu.
SATURDAY -- Late-night jazz: The first concert of the LATE NIGHT MUSIC SERIES at The Waterstreet Café, 610 Water St. SW, will feature THE JIM PRIBBENOW BAND. The music begins at 9 p.m. Saturday and will feature saxophonist Pribbenow, Osama Afifi on bass, Mark Simon on piano, and Michael Olson on percussion. To make your reservations, call 360-709-9090.
SUNDAY -- Opera on screen: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its OPERA CINEMA SERIES with THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mozarts colorful parade of wild and whimsical characters, from the high-flying coloratura of the Queen of the Night, to Papageno and his flighty bird songs. The opera was filmed live at the 2012 Salzburg Festival in Austria. Tickets to the 2 p.m. Sunday screening are $17 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and military; $5 for youth plus the $3-per-ticket service charge. Call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org to purchase tickets.