FRIDAY (and beyond) -- Colorful art in the gray of winter: Enjoy the works of BRETT RUDE at the exhibit HUE & EYE: AN EXPLORATION OF COLOR on display at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. You can meet Rude at an artists reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; check in at the administration office front desk.
FRIDAY -- Playing with beer: "BEERCRAFT -- THE ART AND SCIENCE BEHIND CRAFT BREWS," which will feature beer-themed experiments and crafts along with a beer tasting, is the first in the Hands On Childrens Museums new Adult Swim nights, open only to those 21 and older. BeerCraft will run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $15, which includes the beer tasting and a souvenir glass, but advance registration is recommended. For more information, call 360-956-0818 or go to hocm.org. Next: Adult Swim is planned as a quarterly event. The next one, Cosmonauts and Cocktails, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 11. And to learn more about the series, read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com
FRIDAY (and beyond) -- One-woman play: THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE won The New York Drama Desk Award and The New York Drama Critics Circle Award when actress Lily Tomlin brought it to life. Now, Harlequin Productions is putting it on at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., with Seattle actress TERRI WEAGANT. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Feb. 15, plus 8 p.m. Jan. 29. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and military, and $25 for students. Visit harlequinproductions.org for more information -- or read Molly Gilmore's interview with Weagant elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Hot flashes: The musical parody MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL is set to classic tunes from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The story is about four women sharing the experiences of hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss and more, celebrating women and aging in the process. There are two performances, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $39-$64 for adults; $35-$58 for students, military and seniors; $19.50-$32 for youth plus a $3-per-ticket fee. Visit washingtoncenter.org for more information.
SATURDAY -- Music for a cause: You can support PFLAG-Olympia at two Saturday benefit concerts at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. THE RIGHTEOUS MOTHERS are opening for STEVE SCHALCHLIN, a New York City-based composer, lyricist, pianist and performer who is known for gospel-folk music with an anti-violence theme. The shows are 5 and 8:30 p.m., and a donation of $30-$60 per person is requested. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY -- A jazz journey: Bassist MICHAEL BISIO, a former Seattle resident who played with Olympias venerable Obrador for a few months, and pianist MATTHEW SHIPP will play an improvisational concert as part of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Jazz Series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for military. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's interview with Bisio elsewhere at www.theolympian.com. Note: The Black Box Jazz series is for ages 21 and older only.
SUNDAY -- Confronting history: Storyteller and actress EVA ABRAMS will share the story of one of the few documented cases of slavery in Washington state at SLAVERY IN THE NW: THE CHARLES MITCHELL STORY, part of the Harstine Island Community Club Speakers Series. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the community hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Road N., Shelton. Discussions and comments follow the presentation.
SUNDAY -- Jake and Elwood reborn: THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE is the only show resurrecting the "Saturday Night Life"-created characters of Jake and Elwood Blues to be produced by the original Elwood, DAN ACKROYD, and John Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano. The touring show is stopping in Olympia at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. Tickets are $36-$59 for adults; $32-$53 for students, seniors and military; $18-$29.50 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's interview with the man playing Elwood on the tour elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.