TODAY & SUNDAY: Opera for all ages
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is that rare opera that children can enjoy. The 1951 Gian Carlo Menotti opera is short and simple and it doesn’t include a lot of tragicomic scenes of love, lust, death and misunderstandings. Gino Lucchetti of Olympia and Charles Robert Stephens of Fox Island play two of the Three Kings who stop at the home of young Amahl on their way to see baby Jesus. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today (a donation of $15 is suggested, ages 12 and younger get in free) and 11 a.m. Sunday (free) at Plymouth Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Call 206-622-4865.
WEDNESDAY: Kimya rocks
Forget the jokes about librarians saying “shush” because free concerts at the library are nothing new. But a free show always is news. Playing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Olympia Timberland Library are Kimya Dawson, Clyde Peterson of Seattle (frontman for As Your Heart Breaks) and Defiance, Ohio (which hails from Columbus, Ohio). Dawson will soon be out with a new album, “Thunder Things.” The library is at 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 352-0595 or go to www.trl.org .
WEDNESDAY: You are what you eat
Remember that slogan? Makers of the 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.” show how the country is what it eats, and the picture isn’t pretty. See a free showing of the film, sponsored by Earth Care Catholics of Olympia and Interfaith Works’ Earth Stewardship Committee, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Call 360-459-5825.
TODAY: Alice in museum-land
With oversized body parts, tiny buildings and plenty of places to hide, Hands-On Children’s Museum bears a resemblance to Wonderland. But all the more so tonight when the museum hosts a sneak peek of Olympia Family Theater’s “Alice in Wonderland” as part of its monthly free Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m. The museum is at 106 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia. Call 360-956-0818.
THURSDAY: Molly Molly oxen free
There’s more than one Molly coming to Olympia. The New York-based folk trio Red Molly – whose album “James” was No. 23 on the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 albums of 2010 – will perform Thursday at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. The band didn’t have a member named Molly when it was formed in 2004. But last year, when one of the original members left, Molly added a Molly: lead singer Molly Venter. “Red Molly may be from New York, but their bluegrass and old-time gospel sounds and buoyant three-part harmonies are so down-home, it’s as if their notes are carried to you on the crisp air of the Ozarks,” wrote a Boston Globe reviewer. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819.
SATURDAY-THURSDAY: Nights to 'Howl'
Art imitates (and illuminates) poetry in “Howl,” inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem. The film recreates the debut reading of the poem and scenes from the poet’s life, then adds animation to bring the literary images to visual life. “It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive,” wrote New York Times critic A.O. Scott. The 2010 film is showing Saturday through Thursday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $8, $5 for film society members. Call 360-754-6670.
SATURDAY: Art mixer
The January exhibit at Northern, 321 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, offers a diverse mix of art: Bryan Baker of Brooklyn, N.Y., makes letterpress prints created from dice. Stacey Rozich of Seattle draws with a storybook sensibility. Sarah Shebaro of Brooklyn, N.Y., is an artist, designer, teacher and DJ whose prints are influenced by her childhood on an Iowa farm. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and will offer DJ music in addition to the art. Go to www. northernolympia.org.