This blog about the people, places and happenings in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater is maintained by Dusti Demarest, The Olympian's features editor and a Thurston County resident for 16 years. Contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love music of any kind, you will be able to find your people this weekend in Olympia. From Vivaldi to ABBA, from jazz to some of the biggest hits in country music, you'll find it here. Plus, you can get your consciousness raised at the Environmental Film Festival, laugh a little at the Olympia Little Theatre, or hone your edginess with Theater Artists Olympia. Or learn to make lefse!
South Sound will be overflowing with live talent this weekend, from proven stage plays to plays created in 24 hours, from TCTV's talent contest to Olympia Choral Society's singers. And if it stops raining (or not), you can even take a sail aboard a tall ship.
This weekend encompasses that crazy diversity in entertainment Olympia has become famous for. From Tarantino to Robin Hood, from AC/DC to jazz guitar, from belly dancing to amazing acrobatics, you should be able to find something right here in South Sound to suit your mood.
Blame the Easter Bunny for the overwhelming number of fun events this weekend -- and too many opportunities to eat chocolate and Peeps. But this weekend also offers up three great stage plays, a presentation by an internationally renowned photographer, a tango performance and lots of music.
Saint Martin's University's Capital Food & Wine Festival is likely to be the biggest event this weekend, but it's not even the only festival: The first Olympia Acoustic Fest will run Saturday at the Olympia Ballroom. Not your thing? Comedic hypnosis, two stage plays, and music performed by local youth also are in the spotlight.
Temple Beth Hatfiloh celebrates 75 years with this years Blintzapalooza. Enjoy fresh-baked blintzes, bagels with lox and cream cheese and a cooking competition from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. The beneficiaries of this years fundraiser are GRuB and Sidewalk. Donations of books will be accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Call 360-754-8519 before bringing books to the office.
Musical offerings this weekend run the spectrum from classic rock (America), to jazz (the Black Box Cabaret series), to slack-key guitar, to opera by one of Olympia's own, Eva Gheorghiu. Throw in some extreme sports films, a new exhibit of paintings, and some comedy and there's a little something for everyone.
You can perk up your winter weekend with wine by local vintners, or a variety of dance performances (including a prima ballerina doing excerpts from "Swan Lake"). Or you can celebrate the marvels of Dr. Seuss, spend some quality time with your son, or immerse yourself in Shakespeare.
It's Oscar weekend, and there's lots to do if you love the movies. But you also can indulge your inner Shakespeare, take a trip along Route 66 with the Entertainment Explosion, catch some of the Olympia School District's staff going all thespian, and eat some pie guilt-free for a good cause.
This weekend's entertainment offerings are about as diverse as they come. You can see Verdi opera, native American dancing, and old-time banjo pickin' as well as ballet, four live stage plays, and Oscar-nominated flicks -- all right here (or up the road in Shelton).