Today-Sunday: The 'Women'
How many books and movies can you think of that are about a group of women, each very different, each with her own journey in life that touches the journeys of the others? Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” might be the great-grandmother of such tales, with rebel Jo, conventional Meg, sweet Beth and spoiled Amy. The sisters’ story is the subject of Olympia Family Theater’s current production, which wraps up with performances at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box at the Minnaert Center for the Arts on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15.50 for adults; 12.50 for students, seniors and military; $8.50 for children younger than 12. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org or www.olympiafamilytheater.org.
Sunday & Thursday: What a web she weaves
E.B. White’s beloved “Charlotte’s Web” tells the story of a lovable yet sad pig and a kind and talented spider who saves him by describing him in glowing terms in her web. (At least one comedian has questioned why everyone in the story is so excited the spider says Wilbur is “some pig,” and no one is interested in the spider who writes English.) The 1973 animated film version of the story is Olympia Film Society’s Kids and Family Film this month, with screenings at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $7, $4 for film society members, $3 for children. Go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
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Through December: Art for holidays
One way to get in the spirit as you’re doing last-minute shopping today might be to get yourself an eggnog latte. Another is to visit the 19th annual Deck the Walls Group Show at the State of the Arts Gallery, 500 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. The show, on view through the end of the month, features paintings by Carol Hannum, Peggy Wilson, Jennifer Bowam, Eric Slagle, Mia Schulte and Barbara VanDyke. Call 360-705-0317.
Another art show to check out as you’re bustling around is a group show by photographer Duncan Green, mixed-media artist Margit Bantowsky and ceramic artists David Gravelle and Trudes Tango. The four friends, whose work often includes inspirations from the natural world, are showing their work through the end of the month at Capital Florist, 515 Capitol Way S., Olympia. Call 360-357-5757.
Saturday: Fiddle away
What do you do after you’ve opened the presents and eaten the Christmas dinner? Or what do you do if you’re not celebrating Christmas? One answer is to head to Capitol Theater’s Sing-Along “Fiddler on the Roof.” The screening, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, includes a costume contest and a coat and blanket drive for the homeless conducted by Temple Beth Hatfiloh. Tickets are $8, $5 for Olympia Film Society members and $3 for ages 12 and younger. They’re available at Rainy Day Records, www.brownpapertickets.com and the box office the night of the show. Go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
Thursday: Puppet plays
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids for those last few days of school break, the Timberland Regional Libraries might save the day. Puppeteer Mary Shaver will present “The Shoemaker and the Elf” from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Tumwater library, 7023 New Market St., Tumwater, and from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Olympia library, 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The shows are free. Go to www.trl.org.