5 Things to do in South Sound this weekend besides Arts Walk and Procession

Staff WriterApril 24, 2014 


Saint Martin's University student Anelise Cruz paddles with fellow students as they began the Dragon Boat Festival's "Procession of the Boats" at Swantown Marina in 2012.

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian Buy Photo

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- TAO in the Sun: Theater Artists Olympia is reviving the first play it ever produced to celebrate its new home at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. “CHAMBER MUSIC” is a dark comedy by Arthur Kopit, an absurdist one-act story about eight women in an asylum. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Tickets are $12 and available at brownpapertickets.com/event/633277 or at the door. For more information, call 360-259-2743 or olytheater.com.

SATURDAY -- Breathe some fire: The ninth annual DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL will celebrate diversity and Asian culture all day Saturday with local performers and vendors along with a traditional lion dance and the famous dragon boat race. Saint Martin’s University sponsors the event at Port Plaza Park in downtown Olympia.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY -- A Mad Hatter of a ballet: Studio West Dance Theater presents an original ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s “ALICE IN WONDERLAND.” Choreographers combined elements from the Royal Ballet production with ideas from the popular Disney film and the original novel. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22-$24 general admission, $18-$20 for seniors and students, $15 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to olytix.org or studiowestdanceacademy.com.

SUNDAY -- No shucking required: Delve into a variety of shellfish dishes and enjoy local wines and brews – all for a good cause – at the annual SLURP (Shellfish Lovers Ultimate Rejuvenation Party) starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fish Tale Brewpub, 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia. Check out the Grand Oyster Bar and live band, join in an oyster-slurping contest, and get ready to bid at a live auction. All proceeds benefit habitat restoration or go toward outreach and educational efforts of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association. Tickets are $60 for the event. For more information, go to pcsga.org/slurp.

SUNDAY -- Symphonic sounds: Enjoy a classical concert titled “FROM THE HEART OF JOY” performed by the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. The 7 p.m. Sunday performance will feature Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26,” with Brenda Miller on piano, and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73.” Tickets are $25-$55 (with discounts for military and student rush tickets) for the concert at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go online to washingtoncenter.org

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