FRIDAY -- Distinctive vision: Hes spent four decades working primarily for National Geographic. Hear from award-winning photographer SAM ABELL at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St., SE, as part of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE series. He has covered many notable stories, including the culture, commerce, and history of the Mississippi River, the writing of the U.S. Constitution, and the lives of creative giants Leo Tolstoy, Lewis Carroll and Winslow Homer. Hell be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18-$26 adults; $16-$23 students, seniors and military; and $9-$13 for youth plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. Call 360-753-8586 for more information.
FRIDAY -- Get a reggae groove: Marrying roots reggae music and jazz-influenced musicianship, improvised playing, and an eclectic sound, Shelton-based HIGH CEILING has been performing in the South Sound for 10 years. And theyre celebrating that milestone, so get ready to groove at their reggae and soul dance party at 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, call 360-561-4708.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Meeeeow: Harlequin Productions is taking on Tennessee Williams classic tale of a family dynasty, "CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF." Showtimes this weekend are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for military and seniors, $20 for students and younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Comedy and Catholicism: Taking a satirical look at Catholicism and Irish peasantry, PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD is a three-act play written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge in the early 1900s. The South Puget Sound Community College Drama Programs production is in its final weekend at the Minnaert Center for the Arts' Black Box at SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 military; $7 seniors plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. Call 360-753-8586 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Shots of adrenaline: Sponsored by the Olympia Film Society and the Olympia Mountaineers, THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL'S RADICAL REELS TOUR is coming to Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The films feature some of the most high-flying and dangerous boarding, climbing, cycling and kayaking. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14 general admission and $12 for OFS, Mountaineers and military members; they are available online at olympiafilmsociety.org, at The Alpine Experience or at the box office the night of the show.
SATURDAY -- Swirl for a cause: Help support Rebuilding Together Thurston County and enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and treats at the WINE OF WASHINGTON fundraiser. The organization helps the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and low-income families make important repairs to their home. There will be wines from Wells Winery, Stottle Winery, Mill Lane Winery, Madsen Family Cellars and NW Mountain Winery, plus raffle baskets, craft beers and appetizers. Its being held at the Olympia Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $13. Call 360-789-4310 or go to wineofwashington.brownpapertickets.com.
SUNDAY -- Showing off for a cause: Entertainment Explosion, a South Sound troupe of entertainers ages 55 and older, presents A REALLY BIG SHOE 8: EE GOES TO THE MOVIES, its annual variety show fundraiser for homeless children. The show begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $7-$18. For show details and tickets, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org; for more on Entertainment Explosion, call 360-357-4001 or go to entertainmentexplosion.org.