FRIDAY -- The real science guys: Delve into the world of physics at the opening night of the film PARTICLE FEVER at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. The documentary follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the startup of the biggest and most expensive experiment in history in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and potentially explain the origin of all matter. The screening at 6:30 p.m. Friday will be followed by a Q&A session with the physics faculty from The Evergreen State College. The film continues through May 15. Standard Olympia Film Society ticket prices apply.
FRIDAY -- Life is funnier than fiction: Meet TAMEN MILLER, a stand-up comic, economics scholar and now author, when he comes to Orca Books, 509 Fourth Ave. E., to share his new book, MY SO-CALLED DIGITAL LIFE. Miller is a graduate of The Evergreen State College, and his book is a collection of actual emails, texts and social network posts highlighting the comedy in life. He will be speaking at 7 p.m. Friday and admission is free. For more information, call 360-352-0123.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Birds of a feather: Olympias Ballet Northwest presents Tchaikovskys iconic SWAN LAKE, with choreography by 19th-century Russian master Marius Petipa and by artistic directors Ken and Josie Johnson, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$30 for adults, $19-$26 for students and seniors, $14-$18 for children 12 and younger. For more information or tickets, call 360-753-8586 or go to balletnorthwest.org or washingtoncenter.org. And be sure to read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Totally crazy: Theater Artists Olympias revival of CHAMBER MUSIC, a dark comedy by Arthur Kopit about women in an asylum, finishes its run this weekend at its new home at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday through 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Love revived: Harlequin Productions FIGHTING OVER BEVERLEY continues at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The romantic comedy by longtime Harlequin collaborator Israel Horovitz is a comedic examination of love as two 73-year-old men battle over the woman they both fell in love with 53 years earlier. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, and $20 for students; rush tickets also are available 30 minutes before shows. Call 360-786-0151 or go online to harlequinproductions.org to purchase tickets.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Boats ahoy: The annual OLYMPIA WOODEN BOAT FAIR will feature many types of wooden boats including power boats, sailboats, row boats, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. There also will be live entertainment, food and activities for children. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Percival Landing Park in downtown Olympia. Admission is free. For more information, go to olywoodenboat.org -- and read Jeff Mayor's story about the festival elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
SATURDAY -- Get out on the water: The Wooden Boat Fair may have you yearning to get aboard one. Well, that's perfect timing. Its the unofficial OPENING DAY OF BOATING SEASON on Saturday, and the Olympia Yacht Club is celebrating. Boaters are welcome to join the water parade starting at noon, decorating in the theme Americana. The parade will travel from Percival Landing to West Bay Marina and back, with the Capitol Lakefair Princesses judging the entries. Join the fun as boats of all sizes show off their opening day spirit. To register, call Gary Waldherr at 360-481-1708.
SUNDAY -- Flutes galore: Head out for an afternoon of free music on Mothers Day at the FLUTES IN THE ROTUNDA concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert features bass flutes, alto flutes, c flutes, piccolo, and string bass performing classics and new works in the lively acoustics of the Capitol Rotunda, 100 Capitol Way N.