Saturday: Silent film
Buster Keaton’s “The General,” with live music by pianist David Milne, is showing Saturday in Olympia. The classic silent film is a benefit for Camp Quixote, a moving tent city for homeless people in Olympia. The film, set during the Civil War, follows the adventures of a locomotive engineer. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Donations will be taken at the door ($10 minimum suggested). Go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org for more information.
Today & Saturday: Rootin'-tootin'
Shakespeare goes Wild West in Harlequin Productions’ “The Taming of the Shrew,” featuring Petruchio as a singing cowboy from St. Louie on a mission to tame Kate. The show has been held over and is wrapping up the extended run this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$32; rush tickets are $12-$15. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Monday: Fancy dance
Flamenco has been seen more frequently of late in Olympia, even making its way into Lord Franzannian’s vaudeville show. On Monday, the traditional Spanish music and dance comes to the stage of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The theme of the concert, featuring Jose Barrios and dancers and musicians from Madrid’s Fundacin Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas, is flamenco at night at 7:30 p.m. at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $16.50-$30 for adults, $14.50-$28 for seniors. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olytix.org.
Saturday & Sunday: Classical music feast
Olympia Chamber Orchestra’s fall concert happens Saturday. On the program are Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Berwarld’s Symphony No. 3 and Warlock’s Capriol Suite. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $17.50 for adults; $12.50 for students, seniors and youths. Call 360-866-7617 or go to www.olympiachamberorchestra.org.
Sunday: Suffrage stories
This year, Washington women are celebrating 100 years of the right to vote. In “Here’s to the Women,” singer-songwriter Linda Allen and the women of Rebel Voices will tell stories and share songs about women’s struggles, victories and defeats along the way. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Saturday: Talented types compete
In its second year, TCTV’s “Show Off Community Talent Contest” has attracted competitors from as far away as Yakima. “When we held the event last year, we only had acts from Thurston County at the auditions,” said Deborah Vinsel, the community television station’s chief operating officer. “We’re thrilled that the event is gaining recognition around the state.” The contest, a fundraiser for TCTV, can be seen live at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. It’s free. The show also can be seen live on TCTV channels 3 and 22 and Tumwater TV channel 26 as well as at www.tctv.net. Call 360-956-3100 or go to www.tctv.net.
Thursday: Nifty Fifties
Now a half-century ago, the 1950s continue to fascinate. One piece of evidence is the enduring popularity of “Grease,” the musical about a bad boy and a good girl who fall in love in the era of poodle skirts and leather. South Puget Sound Community College revisits those days with its production of the musical. Shows are at 8 p.m. Nov. 11-13, 18, 19 and 21, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21. Tickets are $12.50, $7.50 for students, staff and faculty. For more details, call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olytix.org.