TODAY-SUNDAY: 'I got chills ...'
“They’re multiplyin’ .” And for those who haven’t seen Danny sing those words at the school carnival in the show “Grease,” they’re about the transformation of Danny’s true love from goodie two-shoes to high-heeled hottie. South Puget Sound Community College is revisiting the story (and the 1950s) in its production of the stage musical. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday plus Nov. 18, 19 and 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 21. Tickets are $12.50; $7.50 for students, staff and faculty. For the 8 p.m. Nov. 21 show, pay what you can. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olytix.org .
TODAY-SUNDAY: The power of nice
“You must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant,” says Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey.” “For years, I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” Dowd – an eccentric fellow who seems to be the only one who can see his best friend, the 6½-foot-tall rabbit after whom the play is named. The production wraps up with performances at 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday plus Nov. 11-13, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 for Thursday shows and $12 for weekend shows. Call 360-786-9484 or go to www.olympialittletheater.org .
SUNDAY: What's in the Pocket?
The Harmonica Pocket is a Port Townsend-based children’s band known for acoustic story songs and acrobatic antics. The band performed last winter at Olympia Timberland Library. On Sunday, it returns with a “Singing Thanksgiving” show. The concert begins at 1 p.m. at Hands On Children’s Museum, 106 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia. It’s free with museum admission or membership. Call 360-956-0818 .
TODAY-SUNDAY: An education
In “How I Learned to Drive” at Prodigal Sun Productions, main character Li’l Bit doesn’t just learn to drive from her Uncle Peck. But although the play includes themes of incest, it primarily is a story about growing up, said director John Ficker. “Li’l Bit is able to grow through and beyond what happened,” he said. “That made it a much more attractive story to tell.” The production continues at 8 p.m. today through Sunday and Nov. 18-20 at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $12. Call 360-250-2721 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com .
SUNDAY: Celebration on rye
Looking for a taste of New York kosher deli? You can get it close to home on Sunday at Temple Beth Hatfiloh’s annual DeliFest. On the menu: kosher corned beef or a garden patty on rye, homemade coleslaw, sauerkraut and a kosher dill pickle. A ticket – $18 in advance, $20 at the door – also includes a beverage. Also for sale will be homemade baked goods and Dr. Brown’s sodas including the famous Cel-Ray. (It tastes like sweet celery. You gotta try it.) There’ll also be klezmer music from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the temple, 201 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-754-8519.
SUNDAY: Musical mystery
There’s an element of intrigue to Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s “Final Thoughts” concert Sunday. The performance will include the final orchestra works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The latter composer’s death remains one of those unsolved mysteries, the kind about which so many TV programs are made. Was Tchaikovsky’s death (from drinking unboiled water during a cholera outbreak) accidental? Was it suicide? Perhaps even murder? The world might never know. The music begin at 7 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Art , 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20-$50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olytix.org .
THURSDAY: Inside the box
You might not want to think inside the box, but laughing there has become a popular pastime. The box is, of course, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Black Box Theater, home to Comedy in the Box. This month’s headliner is Vince Valenzuela of Seattle. He refers to himself as “the Verbal Vigilante.” Valenzuela – who pokes fun at everyone from Osama bin Laden to Pepe Le Pew – had a role on TNT’s “Leverage.” He also appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and A&E. The cabaret-style show at the center, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, is open only to ages 21 and older. Tickets are $12.50. Call 360-753-8586.