FRIDAY -- Ill have mine in red: The Olympia Film Societys series of films about wine served with wine continues Friday with the screening of RED OBSESSION, a 75-minute documentary exploring the origins of Bordeaux wine, how it became one of the most appreciated and valued commodities, and how China plays a role. Wine tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. with the film screening at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Grand Vin Wine Merchants. Tickets are $8.50 general admission and $5.50 for OFS members, and includes the tasting. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
FRIDAY -- Blasting off: The Hands On Childrens Museums adults-only events series returns at 6 p.m. Friday when it blasts into outer space, at least thematically, with COCKTAILS & COSMONAUTS. The night will feature rockets, moon rocks and White Russians (and other cosmic-inspired cocktails). There will be music as well as access to all the exhibits for the $15 cover. For more information or to get tickets, go to hocm.org/adultswim.
FRIDAY -- The Great White Way: The AMERICA'S MUSIC FILM SERIES continues Friday night, with Broadway and Tin Pan Alley this weeks theme and SYNCOPATED CITY the film. The screening is at 6:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Admission is free. There will be a discussion after the film. For more information, go to washingtoncenter.org or call 360-753-8586.
SATURDAY -- Embracing the battle: On Saturday, Masterworks Choral Ensemble will join with Olympia Family Theater to present SING FOR THE CURE: A PROCLAMATION OF HOPE, a benefit for the battle against cancer, at 7:30 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The program will include actors speaking for the individuals represented in each musical movement, including a woman facing diagnosis, her community, her partner, her child, her sister and her mother. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $9 for youth, plus a $3 per-ticket fee. Tickets can be purchased online at washingtoncenter.org, by phone at 360-753-8586, or in person at the Washington Center Box Office.
SATURDAY -- You can fawn over them: Fans of traditional music and off-the-grid entertainment might want to head to Chehalis Matrix Coffeehouse on Saturday night for FAUN FABLES. The band featuring Dawn The Faun McCarthy and Nils Frykdhal (of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) takes a storytelling approach to folk music and they are back on the road after a hiatus (although they did collaborate on last years album What the Brothers Sang with Bonnie Prince Billy). The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. The coffeehouse is at 434 NW Prindle St., Chehalis. For more information, call 360-740-0492 or go to matrixcoffeehouse.com.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- From Honey Do to Honey Done: Need to remodel your bathroom? Repair your roof? Get a little help with your landscaping project? The OLYMPIA MASTER BUILDERS BIG HOME & GARDEN SHOW is this weekend, featuring more than 100 vendors at Saint Martins University in Lacey. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the university's Marcus Pavilion. Admission is $5 for those older than 12 (kids get in free), but those who arrive in the first hour Saturday (between 10 and 11 a.m.) get half off the regular admission price. Active and retired military also receive half off admission during the entire show with valid military ID. Seniors get half-priced admission on Sunday. While the vendors are focused on adult home-improvement projects, on Saturday the show will host a Lego brick building contest for kids. And there will be food, courtesy of The Taste, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. A $15 Taste ticket gets you eight wine tastings plus admission to the show all weekend. For more information, visit omb.org or call 360-754-0912.
SUNDAY -- Get ready for 2015: Harlequin Productions will announce its 2015 season at an evening of food and entertainment called ECLECTICA at 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The evening will include a buffet dinner created by Lucky Eagle Casino, games of skill and chance, a brief auction, and entertainment from singers, actors and the Something Wicked Improv Troupe. Tickets are $35. Get them at 360-786-0151, harlequinproductions.org, or the theater.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- A whole lot of live theater:
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 closes out the production at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7-$12 and are available through brownpapertickets.com. Call 360-438-4345 for more information.
Olympia Little Theatres production of Marc Camolettis BOEING, BOEING comes to a close this weekend. The comedy involving one man, one apartment and three fiancees is playing at the companys theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, with showtimes of 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14 and are available at olympialittletheatre.org, Yenney Music and at the door. For more information, call 360-786-9484.
Or catch Olympia Family Theaters latest production, ORPHAN TRAIN, about 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.org or 360-753-8586. The company recommends the play for ages 8 and older.