Saturday — Sunday
Get a double shot
Combine six playwrights, six local directors and 25 local actors, give them 24 hours to write, direct and rehearse, and what you have is Olympia Family Theatre’s “Double Shot!” Each will receive a secret writing prompt to create their 10-minute plays in this first family-friendly festival in the South Sound produced in collaboration with Northwest Playwrights Alliance. This one-weekend only event also is a fundraiser for the theater, and all seats are $10. Showtimes are 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Olympia Family Theatre, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Get your tickets at olyft.org/double-shot or at the box office one hour before performances.
Pigs and Pink
Hailing from Portland, Pigs on the Wing brings a high-energy experience with its “A Tribute to Pink Floyd.” The group emphasizes the rock dynamics and psychedelic 1970s Floyd in its stage performance. Come to Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, for the 9 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets for the 21-and-older performance are $12 and are available at the door.
As part of the St. John’s Episcopal Church Concert Series, Seattle Pro Musica will play a 3 p.m. concert Sunday. Its “Star of Wonder” concert features music that evokes the shimmering lights of winter with works including “Stars” by Eriks Esenvalds and “O magnum mysterium” by Morton Lauridsen. Come out to the church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia, for an afternoon of music. Admission is by freewill donation. Free child care is available. For more information, go to stjohnsoly.org/music_at_st_john_s.
A smaller suite
Take in the sounds of Rossini, Bloch, Morley/Victoria and Schubert at the Olympia Chamber Orchestra Autumn Concert. The orchestra concentrates its talents in performing music suited for a smaller orchestra, opera and chamber music throughout the year with three concerts. The 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday will be at the Minnaert Center for Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $10 and available at washingtoncenter.org.
Friday (Nov. 4)
To kick off the Black Box Cabaret Jazz Series, Craig Hoyer and his band will perform in the intimate Black Box Theater at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Hoyer is known for his cutting-edge jazz and the 8 p.m. performance Friday (Nov. 4) will feature his original compositions. Tickets are $27, $25 military, and are available at washingtoncenter.org.
The swing years
With a reverence for the Parisian Manouche swing of the 1930s and ’40s, Hot Club Sandwich has been performing for more than 15 years. The group also has incorporated influences from the same era, including folkloric music from Latin American as well as jump blues and American twang. See them when they play in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 student and low income. For more information, go to traditionsfairtrade.com.
Come out to meet and learn from world-renowned forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni as part of the National Geographic Live Series. The presentation “Between Earth and Sky” highlights the former The Evergreen State college faculty member’s look beyond traditional boundaries of her field and her interactions with people and places of diverse perspectives. She will be at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20-$35 at washingtoncenter.org.
Can’t sleep? Find Nocturnal Habits
Formerly of Unwound and Survival Knife, guitarist and vocalist Justin Trosper is now part of Nocturnal Habits, which will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at New Moon Cafe, 113 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. Also performing will be Darto and Gen Pop. Tickets for the all-ages show are $5. Get information at newmooncafe.coop.