FRIDAY -- Wild about wildlife: A passionate advocate for wildlife, CASEY ANDERSON will share the lessons that hes learned living and working with wild animals at his NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE presentation at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The host of America the Wild With Casey Anderson and Expedition Wild grew up in Montana and went on to build a sanctuary, the Montana Grizzly Encounter. Hear him at the 7:30 p.m. event Friday. Tickets are $18-$26 adults, $16-$23 students, seniors and military and $9-$13 for youth plus a $3 service fee. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- The value of an education: Olympia Little Theatre opens the Willy Russell play "EDUCATING RITA" about the relationship between a working-class hairdresser who returns to night school and her English tutor. Showtimes this weekend are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$14 at olympialittletheatre.org, at Yenney Music and at the door. For more information, call 360-786-9484 or go to olympialittletheatre.org.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Anyone out there?: There is still time to see Harlequin Productions one-woman production, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE," at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, and $20 for students. Call 360-786-0151 or go online to harlequinproductions.org for more information.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Silly Old Bear: Olympia Family Theater presents a play based on A.A. Milnes classic book "HOUSE AT POOH CORNER," about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and friends. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater. 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16 for adults; $13 for students, seniors and military; $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to olyft.org or 360-570-1638, or for tickets, olytix.org or 360-753-8586. The company recommends the play for all ages.
SATURDAY -- In with the new: Join the Olympia Area Chinese Fellowship at its CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION from 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be performances from Chinese school students and adults, a raffle, a buffet dinner, and a lucky money giveaway to kids and students. The celebration is open to the public; tickets are $15 general admission and $5 students and seniors at the door. Its being held at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia. Go to olympiachinese.org for more information.
SATURDAY -- Go with the flow: The ninth annual ILLUMINATED BALL, a fundraiser for the Procession of the Species, will be a flashy but tasteful evening of art, music and dance, plus a silent auction. This years theme: In Our Wildest Streams. The gala runs from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at the Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets to the 21-and-older event are $65, available at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art. For more information, call 360-705-1087 or go to procession.org.
SUNDAY -- Love is the theme: Enjoy a collection of works by Wagner, Elgar and Rachmaninov at Olympia Symphony Orchestras FROM THE HEART OF THE LOVER concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25-$55, and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.