FRIDAY & SATURDAY -- Comedy with a vengeance: Olympia Little Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s very dark comedy, "EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR," about a woman who decides to take revenge on her abusive husband. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$14 at olympialittletheatre.org, at Yenney Music, and at the door. The show includes explicit language and is recommended for adults only. For more information, call 360-786-9484, go to olympialittletheatre.org, or check out Molly Gilmore's preview story elsewhere at theolympian.com.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Never too old for love: Harlequin Productions is opening a romantic comedy, "FIGHTING OVER BEVERLEY," about three septuagenarians from beloved playwright Israel Horovitz. Showtimes 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 those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151, go to harlequinproductions.org, or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at theolympian.com.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Call it crazy: Theater Artists Olympia’s revival of “CHAMBER MUSIC,” a dark comedy by Arthur Kopit about women in an asylum, continues at its new home at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays plus a 2:30 p.m. performance this Sunday. 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 -- Banned: Learn about the life of author John Zielinski at a local filmmaker’s screening of the film “ZIELINSKI” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE., Olympia. The documentary highlights 50 years of photographs, film, VHS and other footage by Zielinski, considered “the most blacklisted author in the history of Iowa.” For 25 years he worked to expose corruption and injustice that eventually cost him his family, career and home. There will be a Q&A session after the screening with co-director and editor Ryan Walker, now living in Olympia. Tickets are $4.50 for Olympia Film Society members and $7.50 general admission at the box office.
SATURDAY -- Charge it up: It’s all about innovation at the LACEY STEM FAIR and GRAND PRIX ELECTRIC CAR RACES at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey. The event – which runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday – will showcase the science and technology projects created by school clubs and teams from Thurston County. The fair also will include hands-on activities for kids, demonstrations, and displays – including an airplane built by Bush Middle School students, air-powered rocket demonstrations, a robotics demonstration and competition, and the Lacey Grand Prix electric car race. The Electrathon America-sanctioned race features high school teams and hobbyists racing custom-made electric cars around the quarter-mile course. Admission is free. Call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Top-notch bluegrass: The STEEP CANYON RANGERS have gained much notoriety because of their collaborations with comedian/banjo player STEVE MARTIN. Now Olympia can see them live – minus Martin – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $22-$44. For more information, go to washingtoncenter.org, and read Corbin Reiff's interview with one of the Rangers elsewhere at theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Known musicians, new band: FOG is a quartet of veteran musicians from the Obrador band. They will perform a special concert of the music of composer/guitarist Paul Hjelm at 8 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. The group will be joined on select numbers by guest vocalist Susan Tuzzolino. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Double the fun: Portland indie-folk-pop band THE SHOOK TWINS will play an intimate show in Olympia, with the PINE HEARTS opening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the show starts at 9 p.m. at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (only cash is accepted at the door). For more information, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/602754 or olympiaballroom.com, or read Molly Gilmore's interview with one of the sisters elsewhere at theolympian.com. The show is open to all ages. There will be a bar for those 21 and older.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Pick up a little reading: Get a great deal while supporting the Olympia library at the FRIENDS OF THE OLYMPIA LIBRARY GIANT BOOK SALE this weekend. There will be books for all ages and most interests at the sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. All proceeds will go to support the operations of the library, including programs for children and adults. Call 360-352-0595 for the details.
SUNDAY -- Olympia shows off: South Sound performers have been singing, dancing, and otherwise performing in preparation for the finals of the TCTV SHOW OFF TALENT CONTEST. The winner will be chosen following the finale at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Judges will select the top three finishers, and those attending have the chance to vote for the Audience Choice Award by donating money. This show is a fundraiser for Thurston Community Television. For more information, call 360-956-3100.
SUNDAY -- Tickling the keys: Internationally touring pianist JAMES D'LEON will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the St. John’s Concert Series. D’Leon, designated Steinway Artist for Germany and the United States, presents a program of American and European romantic and modern piano music. An artist reception follows the free performance at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Free child care will be provided. For more information, call 360-352-8527.