FRIDAY -- Find out where the blues were born: Beginning Friday, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will host a free, six-week series of documentary film screenings titled AMERICA'S MUSIC: A FILM HISTORY OF OUR POPULAR MUSIC, FROM BLUES TO BLUEGRASS TO BROADWAY." The first topic is the Blues and Gospel, featuring excerpts from Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, Episode 1: Feel Like Going Home and Say Amen, Someone. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m., with pre- and post-screening information and conversation. For more information, go to washingtoncenter.org or call 360-753-8586.
FRIDAY -- Fun Friday for free: Take the kids out for FIRST FRIDAY at the HAND'S ON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. From 5 to 9 p.m., take in the interactive exhibits and activities for free, with no registration required. This months theme is weather, with special guests from Thurston County Emergency Management on hand with demonstrations and information. For more information, call 360-956-0818.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Finding families: This weekend, Olympia Family Theater launches a production of "ORPHAN TRAIN," which tells the stories of a group of orphans who leave New York City on a train bound for the Midwest in search of new families. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and military; $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to olyft.org or 360-570-1638, or for tickets, olytix.com or 360-753-8586. Note: The company recommends the play for ages 8 and older.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Do you hear the people sing? If not, this weekend you can. Under the direction of Terrance Robert Bernard Shaw, the OLYMPIA CHORAL SOCIETY will perform its spring concert, LES MISERABLES. Benefiting the High School Scholarship Program, the choir will bring to life the classic songs of the Broadway musical about the French revolution. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE. The concert is free, but donations are collected for the scholarship fund.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- One man, too many women: Olympia Little Theaters production of Marc Camolettis BOEING, BOEING continues, a farce involving one man, one apartment and three fiancees. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Tickets are $10-$14 and are available at olympialittletheatre.org, Yenney Music and at the door. For more information, call 360-786-9484.
SATURDAY -- Olympia's got talent: Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, juggle, do magic, or have any other creative, family-friendly act? You could win $500 in TCTV's SHOW OFF! TALENT CONTEST. Just bring yourself and your talent to the black box at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday for the preliminary competition. Finalists will be selected to appear in the Show Off! Finals on May 4. Non-professional performers who are at least 7 years of age are welcome to enter. The entry fee is $10. You can pre-register by calling 360-956-3100 or going to www.tctv.net for an entry form.
SATURDAY -- Recycling for a cause: It will be a night of music with the Greta Jane Quartet, appetizers, desserts, a no-host bar and a silent auction at REPURPOSE REVELRY. Gently used jewelry, clothing, furniture and household items will be up for auction at the 6 p.m. event Saturday at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW. All money raised supports the programs of Senior Services for South Sound. Tickets are $25. Call 360-586-6181 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Cross-genre songstress: CLAUDIA SCHMIDT has recorded 19 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues and jazz with her 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. Her playlist is a wide range of music from hymns, poems and bawdy verse to torch songs and satire. Shes coming to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. performance Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY -- Fairy tales with a twist: Take in the Tony Award-winning musical INTO THE WOODS, which intertwines the plots and characters of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and sets them to music by Stephen Sondheim. Saint Martins University theater department brings the production to the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7-$12 and are available through brownpapertickets.com. Call 360-438-4345 for more information.