The Tiptons: All saxophone, all the time
Internationally recognized all-female saxophone quartet The Tiptons combine the sounds of big band to gospel, bluegrass to Balkan, and funk to jazz. Enjoy an evening of hard-blowing reed music in an 8 p.m. show Monday at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Cover charge is $5.
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Duck the Malls sales support your local artisans
It’s all about local crafts and artisans at the annual Duck the Malls shopping event at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. With more than 50 vendors on hand, this holiday tradition offers the opportunity to shop locally and alternatively while supporting visual art programming at the Olympia Film Society. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free for shoppers.
Film festival spotlights trail running
Take a virtual run through forests, up mountains and more at the traveling Trail Running Film Festival at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The documentary films showcase beauty, grit and adventure of trail running across the world. Originating from Seattle, the festival films will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20, $15 for Olympia Film Society members, and are available online or at the box office. For information, see olympiafilmsociety.org.
Friday (Dec. 9) — Saturday
Dance event features sex, politics, bodies
Discover the talents of student dance performers at the “Skin of Scarlet: Sex, Politics and The Body” performance at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. Brought to the stage by the Student-Oriented Studies Collaborative Projects in the Arts and Society, there are showings 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Experimental Theater in the Communications Building. There will be a Q&A session with performers after each show. Admission is free. See tinyurl.com/hca3nu8 for information.
Friday (Dec. 9) — Dec. 18
For those who love ‘Nutcracker’
“Nutcracker” performances continue this weekend, with Studio West’s 224-member extravaganza in the Minnaert Center and Ballet Northwest’s hand-painted sets in The Washington Center. Ballet Northwest: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) and Dec. 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18. Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. $22-$33 adult; $19-$28 senior, student; $14-$19 ages 12 and younger. 360-753-8586, balletnorthwest.org, washingtoncenter.org. Studio West: 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) and Dec. 16; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturay and Dec. 17; 1 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18. Minnaert Center, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. $16-$25. 360-753-8586, olytix.org, studiowestdanceacademy.com.
Friday (Dec. 9) — Sunday
Hear holiday favorites at Family Christmas Spectacular
Ring in the holidays with the Belles of the Cascades and the Harstine Island Community Choir at the annual Family Christmas Spectacular. The concert will feature the handbell choir and the voices of Harstine Island coming together to perform favorite Christmas carols and seasonal music. The concert is 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) at the Belfair Methodist Church, 25140 NE state Route 3, Belfair; 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, North Shelton Springs Road, Shelton; and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371, East Harstine Island Road N. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Annual holiday concert plays JBLM
Join in the holiday spirit at the America’s Corps Band Annual Holiday Concert. The performance, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” is a family affair open to the public. Come out to the Carey Theater on Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the 7 p.m. concert Thursday. It is open seating and all ages are welcome. For information, call 253-477-1118.