FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Fiddlin' around: This weekend is the sixth annual OLYMPIA OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL, which features concerts, square dances, jams and workshops celebrating and spreading the word about the joys of old-time music. It's happening at three downtown Olympia venues: Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way, Olympia; First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia; and Arbutus Folk School, 600 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $15 each for the Friday night concert and Saturday night dance, but free for those ages 12 and younger; a weekend pass is available for $30. A huge slate of workshops is free (except the basketry workshop, which has a $20 materials fee), and you can find the schedule at olyoldtime.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY -- Love is in the air: Get in the mood for love when TUSH BURLESQUE brings its sassy Valentines Day show, LOVE: NOTHING IN MODERATION, to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Bring a sweetheart and dress to impress as Cupids arrow flies in a night of romance. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org to learn more.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Live on stage:
Its the final weekend 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.
Olympia Family Theaters production, THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, continues at The Washington Center for Performing Arts Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10-$16; call 360-753-8586 or go online to olytix.org.
Delve into the story about a hairdresser and her English tutor at Olympia Little Theatres production of EDUCATING RITA. The theater is at 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14, available at olympialittletheatre.org, Yenney Music or at the door.
SATURDAY -- Casino crooners: Keep the Valentines Day spirit going at LOVESTOCK when BILL MEDLEY of the Righteous Brothers and CHRISTOPHER CROSS take the stage. The two singer-songwriters, one a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the other a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, will make it a night of ballads and romance starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Tickets are $45-$65 and are available by phone or online; 800-720-1788, luckyeagle.com.
SATURDAY -- Jazzy duo: Beloved jazz guitarist VINCE BROWN and vocalist LAVON HARDISON have teamed up to produce a new CD, Red & Ruby. Join in the release party at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819 or visit traditionsfairtrade.com.
SATURDAY -- Irish old and new: It will be a night of Celtic music and dance when the Irish group THE GOTHARD SISTERS take the stage. The three sisters perform new arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and popular songs, as well as their own compositions; theyve produced six studio albums. See them at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Heritage Room, 604 Water St., Olympia. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 360-943-9494 or go online to theheritageroom-olympia.com for more information.
SUNDAY -- A comedy star's training ground: The Chicago-based improvisation troupe THE SECOND CITY has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in comedy, from Joan Rivers to Tina Fey. Its traveling company stops in Olympia on Sunday with its "HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER" show that includes classic material as well as new elements. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $19-$42 for adults; $17-$38 for students, seniors and military; $9.50-$21 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.