Comic books, and they’re free
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at local libraries on Saturday. Stop by and pick up a comic book from a selection for all ages. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the following local branches: Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE; Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE; Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. and Tenino Timberland Library, 172 Central Ave. W. For more information, go to trlib.org.
Saturday — Sunday
Fun at Lacey fair
Going strong for 30 years, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair comes to St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey, this weekend. There will be free activities and entertainment, including rides, games, vendors and food concessions. Check out the pony rides, Jurassic Adventure Playground, ballistic swings and more. Take the free shuttle from the South Sound Mall, which runs every 15 minutes. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More information at laceyspringfunfair.com.
Young artists the thing at youth showcase
Discover local youth artists at the The Young Arts Ambassador Youth Showcase at the Washington Center Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. It will be an evening of Olympia youth-created art, including performance and visual art complimented by audience and artist Q&As. It is at 6 p.m. Saturday with a request for donations to support the Young Arts Ambassadors. Learn more at washingtoncenter.org.
Jason Resler headlines Comedy in the Box
This month’s installment of Comedy in the Box series brings headliner Jason Resler to the Black Box Theater, Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Resler has a resume of comedy, writing and acting, including performing improv with Robin Williams. Now touring the country, he will be at the 7:30 p.m. show Thursday. Set in the intimate theater setting, admission for the 21-and-over event is $22. Go to washingtoncenter.org for information.
Makedonians present Mediterranean, Balkan music stylings
Performing together for more than 25 years, the Makedonians are an eclectic group of Northwest musicians playing village dance music and songs of the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The ensemble resembles a chalgia orchestra. They will be playing in a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 student/low income. Call 360-705-2819 for information.
Friday (May 5)
Musician/author Ken Waldman speaks about his Trump book
Known for his wit, traditional Appalachian-style string-band music, smart poetry and storytelling, Ken Waldman is coming to Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Anyone who enjoys music, storytelling or Alaska will want to see him at 6 p.m. Friday (May 5) to talk about his new book, “Trump Sonnets.” His book is about Trump’s effect on current culture. For information, go to orcabooks.com.
Fools Play Improv plays Olympia
Doing every type of improv, from audience participation to formatted show, Fools Play Improv brings unique and constantly changing shows to audiences around the South Sound. The group, which as been together for more than 20 years, will be performing in a 9 p.m. show Saturday at the South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $5 at the door.