FRIDAY -- Cinematic wine pairing: The Olympia Film Society is launching a new film series MOVIES ABOUT WINE WITH WINE, starting with the film SOMM, a documentary will make you look at your restaurants sommelier in a new light. The event will start with wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the film at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $8.50 general admission, $5.50 for OFS members at the box office or online at olympiafilmsociety.org. The series is sponsored by Grand Vin Wine Merchants.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Stand against violence: Written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, the ground breaking play THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES addresses womens sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. The Evergreen State College is producing the play in its Lecture Hall 3 at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7-$10. Call 360-867-6220 for more information.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- He can fly! Catch a performance of "PETER PAN," being put on as a fundraiser for the Olympia School District's Education Foundation. The production stars school district staff, including the amazingly talented actor and teacher Jason Haws as Captain Hook and Superintendent Civitanich in a more modest role. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center off Carlyon Avenue Southeast. For more information and advance tickets, go to osdef.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Last chance for plays: Its the final weekend to see Olympia Family Theaters production, THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER 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. Or delve into the story about a hairdresser and her English tutor at Olympia Little Theatres production of EDUCATING RITA, finishing its run this weekend at the theater, 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 -- Mmmmmm pies: If there's only one event I make sure to get on my calendar every year, it's the OLYMPIA PIE FESTIVAL, and this year it's Saturday. The actual Pie Contest runs from 10 a.m.-noon, with judging from noon-1 p.m. Contestants must bring two identical pies with homemade crusts to the Olympia Center, and the pies cannot include dairy ingredients that require refrigeration. Then from 1-4 p.m., the eating frenzy begins. Pie slices cost $3 or 3 cans of food, which will be donated to the Food Bank. Winning pies are auctioned off. For more information, including all the pie-baking rules, go to www.olypie.org. The Olympia Center is at 222 Columbia St. NW.
SATURDAY -- Will dance for food: Its dance for a cause at the DANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE presented by Studio West Dance Theatre on Saturday. Enjoy performances by Evergreen City Ballet, Serendipity Dance Brigade, Studio West Dance Theatre and Washington Contemporary Ballet. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a reception with appetizers, wine and live music, then stay for the performance at 8 p.m. at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Net proceeds will be donated to Homeless Backpacks, a nonprofit organization providing weekend food to local homeless, hungry and at-risk students. Tickets are $37 for the reception and performance, and $15 for the dance performance only. For more information, go to washingtoncenter.com.
SATURDAY -- The Olympia Ballroom will be the site of some musical and acrobatic mayhem when the WINTER CARNIVAL WITH VAGABOND OPERA, JASON WEBLEY AND SARA SPARROW takes over at 9 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the all-ages event at the ballroom, 116 Legion Way, Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 10-16, free admission for ages 9 and younger. For more information, go to brownpapertickets.com or jasonwebley.com.
SATURDAY -- It will be a night of Celtic music and stories when U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion JAMIE LAVAL and guitarist DAN COMPTON take up residency at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 general admission and $12 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
SUNDAY -- Take in the fiery gypsy: Take in the beauty and the famous music by Georges Bizet of the opera CARMEN, being screened as part of the Opera Cinema Series at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Anna Caterina Antonacci is the lead in the production from the Opera de Paris, captured live in 2012. The screening is 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $5 to $17 plus a $3 service fee. To get details, go to washingtoncenter.com