FRIDAY -- Her success is no mystery: Author J.A. JANCE has written 46 published mysteries and has 22 million books in print. Shell be in Olympia at 1 p.m. Friday to promote her newest book, Moving Target, at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW. (The event was moved from Tumwater Timberland Regional Library because shes so popular, she needed a bigger venue.) The event is free and open to the public.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- An indulgent combo: Take a trip on the South Sound Wine Trail stretching through Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, and Shelton during the WINE AND CHOCOLATE PASSPORT EVENT Friday through Sunday. Taste wine and chocolate at Madsen Family Cellars, Northwest Mountain Winery, Walter Dacon, Scatter Creek Winery and Medicine Creek Winery. The passport is $40 at the door, $30 advance online, can be used all three days and includes a $3 discount to toward bottled wine purchased at each of the wineries. For more information, go to southsoundwinetrail.com/wine-events.html.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Irish drama: This weekend, the South Puget Sound Community College Drama Program opens "PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD," which probably is not what you think it is. The play takes a satirical look at Catholicism and Irish peasantry, even sparking a 1907 Dublin riot when it was first performed. (In the early 20th century, to be a playboy meant to be a trixster, or hoaxer.) The play is being performed at SPSCC's Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13 for seniors and military. The play is free to all SPSCC students, staff and faculty. Get tickets are olytix.org or the Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office at 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
SATURDAY -- The changing state of Matter: MATTER! GALLERY is changing leadership and changing its services, and running a Kickstarter campaign to help make it happen. To celebrate its evolution, Matter! is throwing a public party from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 422 Washington St SE, Olympia. There will be live music, plus food and drink from its new neighbors, Dillinger's Cocktails & Kitchen.
SATURDAY -- Local pianists in spotlight: Join the OLYMPIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA when it features three local pianists, honorees of the Olympia Music Teachers Piano Competition, at a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. THE SEASON OF PLEASANT MOMENTS IN AMERICAN MUSIC themed performance will feature DANZHU ZHAO, a junior at Olympia High School, who will perform the first movement of Griegs Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16; SURABHI MUNDADA, a freshman at Olympia High, who will perform the Rondo from Hummels Opus 73 concertino for piano and orchestra; and KYLE GRODEN, a senior at Black Hills High School, who will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 30. The concert is at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW., Olympia. Tickets are $3-$20. Call 360-753-8586 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Stand-up guy: Make it a night of laughs at the DAVID CROWE COMEDY NIGHT at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Crowe has performed in his own special on Showtimes Crooked Finger, and appeared in Comedy Centrals Love at Gotham and The Bob and Tom All-Stars Comedy Hour. Tickets for his 8:30 p.m. show Saturday are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call 360-705-0760.
SATURDAY -- Reggae master: Roots reggae artist CLINTON FEARON brings his message of love and light and the stellar BOOGIE BROWN BAND -- to the Olympia Ballroom Saturday night. Hip-hop act SPEAKER MINDS from Portland will open the show at 9 p.m. The ballroom is at 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Admission is $8-$15.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Dancing to their own drummers: The fifth annual OLYMPIA DANCE FESTIVAL will feature performances by 10 South Sound dance companies and schools, plus, for the first time, two guest companies from Seattle Ashani Dances and The Stone Dance Collective. The dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 360-753-8586, or go to washingtoncenter.org or balletnorthwest.org. Also, as part of the festival, dance master classes will be offered to the public on Sunday in Washington Center's Black Box. The cost is $10 per class, and registration in advance is required by calling 360-753-8586. The schedule is modern with Body Vox of Portland from noon-2 p.m., African with Manimou of Seattle from 2:15-4:15 p.m., and hip-hop with Markeith Wiley of Seattle from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Take your love to Rochester: Legendary country singer KENNY ROGERS is performing two shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Tickets are officially sold out, but call 800-720-1788 for more information.
SUNDAY -- A cappella for a cause: THE ESOTERICS, a Seattle ensemble that performs a cappella arrangements of poetry and philosophical works, offers a water-themed concert titled Oceana: Music of the Lakes, Oceans and Seas at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is by donation, and a portion of the proceeds will be given to Splash, a nonprofit working for clean water for children in the developing world. For more information, call 360-352-8527 or go to stjohnsoly.org or theesoterics.org. Child care is available during the concert, and theres a reception afterward with a chance to meet the artists.
SUNDAY -- Party with Oscar: The Olympia Film Societys annual OSCAR PARTY features a red carpet, a contest for guessing the most winners in the 10 major categories, trivia questions and a chance to have a photo taken with a genuine Oscar statuette. Attendees can walk the red carpet beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, the Academy Awards show begins at 5 p.m. The fun is all at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $12 general admission, $9 for film society members. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org. Also: The event is open to all ages. Beer and wine will be for sale in the mezzanine, open only to ages 21 and older.
SUNDAY -- A global sound: Listen to the world music sounds of TRIO VORONEZH when they perform a diverse repertoire including the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, as well as Russian folk songs, Argentine tangos and Gypsy dance music at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Heritage Room at Capitol Lake, 604 Water St. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students; $25 preferred seating. Call 360-943-9494 to get yours.