Masquerade gala benefits Combined Fund Drive
Come out in support of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive’s Masquerade Ball Gala on Saturday. It will be an evening of gala gowns, tuxedos, elaborate masks, dancing and fun in the State Capitol Building. Funds benefit the drives, Washington state employee’s charitable giving program that benefits more than 2,900 charities. Tickets for the 7 p.m. gala are $50, $75 per couple in advance, or $65 per person at the door. Go to cfd.wa.gov/cfd/2016-Masquerade-Ball-Home to order tickets.
Saturday — Sunday
A cat lover’s purr-fect day
The North Cascades Cat Fanciers, along with the American Cat Fanciers Association, will hold a purebred and househeld pet cat show, Paws for the Cure. The show will be held in conjunction with a local Relay For Life team. The show will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Admission is by donation. Call 360-956-0958 for more information.
Friday (Oct. 21)
Hear Gravity Quartet’s heavy influences
Known for combining classical instrumentation with themes drawn from mythology and the likes of David Bowie and the Beatles, Gravity Quartet brings their own style to the stage when they perform. See them in a 7 p.m. show Friday (Oct. 21) at the Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The CD release party is a chance to meet the band up close. Admission is free. For information, go to tinyurl.com/Gravity-Quartet.
Film society screens frightening fun
Kick off your Halloween fun by joining the Olympia Film Society’s Fright Club at a screening of the classic 1978 movie “Halloween.” John Carpenter’s film set the standard for dozens of oversexed-teens-meet-serial-killer movies and stars Jamie Lee Curtis. It will be shown at 9 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets are $9, $6 OFS members.
Organist Cleveland plays Olympia
Presenting works of Mozart, Bach, Jongen, Albright and Vierne, organist Douglas Clevelend will be performing in 3 p.m. concert Sunday. Coming off a monthlong concert tour in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark, Cleveland will bring his expertise in the concert. He was raised in Olympia and is returning to his home congregation at The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia. The concert is free, a freewill donation will be requested.
Friday (Oct. 21)
Film fest spotlights doing more with less
Become an expert on reducing our impact on the environment at the Thurston County Public Works “Less is More Film Fest” at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 21) show features films highlighting local and national efforts and how to make a difference. There will be feature films and shorts on topics including food waste, clothing recycling and living a zero-waste lifestyle. It is free and open to the public. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org for information.
Russian Grand Ballet to perform ‘Swan Lake’
Still resonating with audiences, “Swan Lake” is a combination of romanticism, deception and is set to Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music. The Russian Grand Ballet is coming to the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, to perform the classic ballet. The 7:30 p.m. performance is Thursday. Tickets are $22-$64 and are available at washingtoncenter.org/event/swan-lake.