FRIDAY -- Feet will be flying: Celebrate Saint Patricks Day a little early with the dancers of SCOIL RINCE SLIEVELOUGHANE, the largest Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest. They will perform traditional and modern Irish Dance numbers in a free 6 p.m. performance Friday at Tumwater Timberland Regional Library, 7023 New Market St. SW, as part of the Family Read & Sing Aloud program. For more information, call 360-943-7790.
FRIDAY -- Add some pluck to your life: Try your hand at the Appalachian dulcimer at the OLD GROWTH MOUNTAIN DULCIMER JAM NIGHT starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Bring a dulcimer and jam with friends starting with a D-a-dd tuning and some very easy tunes. Never played? Stop by early and learn the strings or just come to listen at the Griffin Fire Department Community Room, 3707 Steamboat Island Loop NW, Olympia. The evening is free. For more information, call 360-866-2468.
FRIDAY -- Skewering the Great White Way: The long-running and often-updated musical revue FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING parodies Broadway shows and stars of past and present. The national touring show stops at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $25-$49 for adults; $23-$44 for students, seniors and military; $12.50-$24.50 for youths. For information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org -- and read Molly Gilmore's interview with one of the actors elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Meeeeow: Harlequin Productions CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Tennessee Williams classic tale of a family dynasty, continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for military and seniors, $20 for students and those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151.
SATURDAY -- Nothing but voices: The HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL is the annual national competition that features hundreds of vocal groups from around the country. Some of the areas best vocal groups compete in the Pacific Northwest regional championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The evening is hosted by last years regional winners, REZONATE, and will feature eight groups performing. Tickets are $13-$26 with a $3-per-ticket service fee and are available by phone at 360-753-8586 or online at wcpa.squarespace.com.
SATURDAY -- All that jazz: Showcasing high intensity jazz, tight harmonies, and lush dynamic sounds, the SEATTLE WOMEN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for non-SPSCC students, seniors and military. Call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org to get tickets.
SUNDAY -- Orchestra takes the stage: The OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs its themed concert FROM THE HEART OF THE THEATER at 7 p.m. Sunday. Works will include Leonard Bernsteins Overture to Candide, Glucks Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo and Euridice, Saint-Saëns Bacchanale from Samson and Dalila, and Fallas complete The Three-Cornered Hat ballet. The symphony will be joined by mezzo-soprano SARAH NORTON. The performance is at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$53 plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. For more information, call 360-753-8586.