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.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Folksy festival: Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival is synonymous with Memorial Day for many people -- and this year's festival will feature a handful of Olympia bands. (Read about them in Rosemary Ponnekanti's piece elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.) The festival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Monday at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Admission is by donation. For more information, go to nwfolklife.org/festival for a complete schedule (also available as a mobile app). Remember: Parking is difficult and expensive around the Seattle Center. You can take public transportation, or park at the South Renton Park and Ride (South Grady Way and Shattuck Avenue South) and take a King County Metro shuttle for $2.50 to the festival.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- A monster of a festival: The Gorge Amphitheatre kicks off its summer season with the super hip SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL. The 12th annual indie music festival offers four days (Friday through Monday) of famous and not-so-famous players at the amphitheatre near Quincy, overlooking the Columbia River. This year's headliners are Seattle's own MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, SIGUR ROS, MUMFORD & SONS, THE POSTAL SERVICE and THE LUMINEERS. Tickets are officially sold out. Four-day passes were going for more than $600 on the secondary online market on Thursday; single-day tickets were around $200 at stubhub.com earlier this week. If you still want more information, go to sasquatchfestival.com -- or just read about the fest elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- New musical premieres: Olympia Family Theater presents the premiere of Ted Ryles "Cinder Edna," an original musical adaptation of Ellen Jacksons story about Cinder Ella and her spunky and little-known neighbor Edna. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16 general admission; $12 for students, seniors and military; $9 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 360-570-1638 or go to olyft.org or tickets.washingtoncenter.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
Keep your fingers crossed that the iffy weather forecast tilts toward no rain because there are two outdoor festivals happening in South Sound this weekend. Inside, you can find an array of live music, two distinctly different plays and one of the Northwest's most distinguished dance companies. And don't forget tonight is Girls Night Out in downtown Olympia!
This might be the most crowded weekend for fun and entertainment, this side of early December. But that is good news for all of us looking to appreciate South Sound's live music scene, its amazingly talented youth, and its beautiful scenery -- and to relax and laugh a little.
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We are at the height of the high school musical season, and if you've never seen a production at a South Sound high school, you don't know the extraordinary talent you're missing. But you can also find tropical tunes, celebrity photographs, flutes, harps, comedy and lots of cooperation among the offerings.
Olympia is such a thriving arts & entertainment community that even when there's a weekend with the mega-combo of Spring Arts Walk and Procession of the Species, there are still OTHER things to do too. Read on ....
Overwhelmed by the hundreds of things to see during spring Arts Walk? Features writer Molly Gilmore, who has written about and attended many, many Arts Walks, offers up this list of highlights that you shouldn't miss. I know I'll be checking them out.
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.