7 things to do (besides watch the Super Bowl) in South Sound this weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Staff WriterJanuary 30, 2014 

The Lien-Hoa Buddhist Temple performing the Lion Dance last year. Look for performances around town all weekend as they celebrate Asian New Year.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, there's that big game on Sunday afternoon. But what about the other 59 hours in your weekend? How about some live comedy (to ward off the pre-game nerves)? Or some music that will get you rockin' in your seat?

Elsewhere at www.theolympian.com on Friday, you'll find a list of great taverns and other locales that will be rolling out the red carpet for the 12th Man on Sunday. And you also can find a list of fantastic activities to do Sunday if the last thing you want to do is spend the afternoon watching football.

But if you want to know how to liven up the rest of your weekend, read on.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Give her a sign: Harlequin Productions’ one-woman play, “THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE,” continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 seniors/military, and $20 student/youth under 25. Call 360-786-0151 or go online to harlequinproductions.org for more information.

FRIDAY -- Improv and tunes: The TUMWATER THEATRE COMPANY is hosting a benefit show featuring Tacoma’s MUH GROG ZOO — a troupe that creates improvised one-act plays — plus bands CAPTAIN ALGEBRA and HOT HOODOO to raise money to send students to the state drama conference. The 7 p.m. performance Friday is at Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Israel Road SW. Admission is $5 at the door.

SATURDAY -- Country duo: Country music icons LORRIE MORGAN and PAM TILLIS are coming to the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester, with their Grits & Glamour Tour. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$45; call 360-720-1788 or go to luckyeagle.com.

SATURDAY -- Hometown comic: A past winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, Thurston County’s GABRIEL RUTLEDGE has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and at the HBO/TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Now he’s home to perform an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N. Tickets are $12 in advance at baurice.com or $15 at the door.

SATURDAY -- Scottish charm: Scottish folk performer JIM MALCOLM has garnered many fans with his infectious humor, songwriting, singing and guitar playing. He is coming to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.

SATURDAY -- Daddy’s girls: It will be a special night for girls and their dads (or father figures) at the annual FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea” and includes hot fudge sundaes, dancing, entertainment and activities Professional photos also will be available for purchase. Participating girls should be 3 or older. The dance is at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $35 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter. For more information, call 360-867-0448.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Happy New Year: The Olympia Vietnamese Buddhist Community will once again be performing the LION DANCE and other folk dances around town to celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR. While the main event is 10:30 p.m.-midnight Thursday at the Lien Hoa temple at 1211 Wilson St. NE, Olympia, there also will be smaller, free, public performances at businesses throughout the weekend. Here's the schedule: 11 a.m. Saturday, Liz's Hair Spa & Waxing, 1115 Black Lake Blvd, Olympia; 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Ethnic Day at Saint Martin's University pavilion, Lacey; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Pho Hoa, 1600 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia; noon Sunday, Sunhair Salon, 400 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia; 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Emperor's Palace Olympia, 400 Cooper Point Road SW; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Emperor's Palace Lacey, 7321 Martin Way SE.

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