Dragon Boat races heat up Olympia
Celebrating diversity and culture, the annual Dragon Boat Festival features community vendors, local performers, art demonstrations, traditional lion dances and martial arts performances, as well as the famous dragon boat race. It all takes place at the Port of Olympia, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Port Plaza. For a complete schedule, go to tinyurl.com/jeun6xy.
Thursday — May 21
Stand Room Only brings ‘12 Angry Men’ to stage
Acknowledging the 60th anniversary of the classic film, Standing Room Only Theater presents “12 Angry Men” opening May 5. The play, written by Reginald Rose, examines what it takes to stand up for the truth in the face of prejudice. The Thursday performance is a pay-what-you-can show. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 21. Come to the Triad Theatre, 102 E. Yelm Ave., Yelm. Tickets are $15-$17 and are available at srotheater.org.
Brazilian music to shake up Rhythm & Rye
After receiving a master’s degree at Federal University of Rio de Janerio and studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Daniela Spielmann has mastered her musical technique of Brazilian music that incorporates samba, bossa nova, frevo and maracatu styles. She’s coming to Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, with the Seattle quartet EntreMundos to perform in two shows — 8 p.m. Monday and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. There is a suggested $5-$20 cover.
Author shares insights on dealing with dementia
Chronicling her journey of living with a loved one with dementia, author Victoria Adams will be sharing from her book, “Who I Am Yesterday, A Path to Coping with a Loved One’s Dementia” at a signing Saturday. Besides talking about the book, Adams is offering resource information for caregivers and families dealing with dementia at the 2 p.m. event at Barnes and Noble, 1530 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia.
Thursday — May 27
‘Present Laughter’ play is classic Coward
Harlequin Productions brings to the stage the classic romantic comedy “Present Laughter” by Noel Coward. Set in 1938, pampered actor Garry Esendine confronts his mid-life crisis. It opens Thursday and continues through May 27 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$34 and are available at harlequinproductions.org.