Diversity and culture stars at Dragon Boat Festival
The annual Dragon Boat Festival takes over Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW, on Saturday, celebrating diversity and culture, hosting local vendors and performers, and featuring fiercely competitive dragon boat races. Hosted by Saint Martin’s University, this free event helps support the university’s international programs. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/jeun6xy
Thursday to May 5
Wonderland comes to life with Studio West Dance Theatre production
Follow the rabbit down the hole and experience the imaginative world of Wonderland when Studio West Dance Theatre brings “Alice in Wonderland” to life on stage with original choreography, costumes, music and quirky characters. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and May 4 and 1 and 5 p.m. May 5 at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16-$20 and are available by phone or online; 360-753-8586, washingtoncenter.org
Thursday through May 26
“Three Days of Rain” comes to the stage at The State Theater
Harlequin Productions’ next offering, “Three Days of Rain,” takes the audience on a journey to discover a tortured family history and the confrontations needed to heal. Written by Richard Greenberg, it was a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee. The play opens Thursday and will continue through May 26 at The State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $20-$35; May 9 is a pay-what-you-can show. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org
Friday (April 27) through May 13
Olympia Little Theatre brings “Talley’s Folly” to the stage
A Pulitzer Prize in Drama winner, “Talley’s Folly” is set in 1944 and tells the story of unlikely love between a Jewish immigrant and the daughter of a Missouri garment factory tycoon. Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, opens the classic romantic drama Friday, and the show continues through May 13. Showtimes are 7:25 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 1:55 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $11-$15 and are available online at olympialittletheater.org, Yenny Music, at the box office or by calling 360-786-9484.
Aerial artists fly high at The Brotherhood Lounge
The Brotherhood Takes Flight will feature local aerial acrobats Airbound Underground as well as guest artist Gwendolyn Burch. Enjoy the performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, then stick around to dance with DJ First Lady. There is no cover but tips are welcome at The Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Go to tinyurl.com/ybazy42l for more information.
Subject of prison documentary to appear at ‘Inside Peace’ screening
Profiling a group of inmates in a Texas prison, the documentary “Inside Peace” has won multiple awards including three for Best Documentary and two Humanitarian Awards. The Olympia Film Society will present a special screening of the film at 1:30 p.m. Sunday followed by a Q&A with one of the men whose story was featured. The screening will be at OFS’s Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $12, $10 for OFS members and are available online at olympiafilmsociety.org or at the box office.