Today-Jan. 30: Old-fashioned love story
The romance between a city woman and a naive fisherman is at the heart of Olympia Little Theatre’s “Sea Marks” running through Jan. 30. Shows are at 7:55 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 30. Tickets are $10 for Thursday shows, $12 for Friday-Sunday performances. Tickets are available at Yenney Music, online at www. brownpapertickets.com or at 800-838-3006.
Wednesday-Jan. 30: Hoe, hoe, hoe
Now is a great time to dream of home projects you want to tackle this year. The Tacoma Home & Garden Show starts Wednesday and offers hundreds of vendors, seminars and displays to spark your own ideas. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Tacoma Dome. Admission is $8-$10, ages 16 and younger get in free. Go to www.otshows.com/shows/ths.
Tuesday: Meet anthropologist Wade Davis
You might have been introduced to Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis through the recent local screening of “Light at the Edge of the World,” his documentary journey into the Himalayas of Nepal to learn the deepest lesson of Buddhist practice. Now you can meet Davis in person. He will appear as part of the National Geographic Live Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $13.75 to $33.50. Go to www. washingtoncenter.org.
Today: Feel-good bluegrass
Support Thurston County Food Bank and take in some tunes at the Olympia Community Bluegrass Show at 6:30 p.m. tonight at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. The lineup includes Runaway Train, Oly Mountain Boys, and the Blackberry Bushes. Admission is $5 for adults or $3 with the donation of two cans of food at the door. Kids get in with one can of food. Call 360-943-4406 or e-mail Jim Miernyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today: Strummin' the banjo
Banjo player Bill Evans is well-known within the bluegrass music community as a musician, teacher, writer and scholar as he shares the banjo’s 250-year history. His 8 p.m. show tonight also includes special guest Corey Evans at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $12 for students, $8 for those with low income. Call 360-705-2819.
Today: Travel down the rabbit hole
Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they travel though Wonderland with a cast of 52 children from South Bay Elementary and Bretschneider & Kirkwood Musical Productions in “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Shows are at 7 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater Kinney Road N.E., Lacey. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family at the door. Call 360-456-1196.
Thursday-Feb. 19: Laugh in the face of death
Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedic talents will be in the spotlight when Harlequin Productions opens “The Last Schwartz,” her latest play about the grown Schwartz siblings as they meet to tie up loose ends after their parents’ deaths. Last year, Harlequin produced another Laufer play, “End Days,” a comedic look at the Apocalypse. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19. Pay what you can for the 3 p.m. Feb. 5 show. Tickets are $20-$35 with rush tickets available a half hour before curtain for $12-$15. Go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Thursday-Feb. 19: Can you spell T-O-N-Y?
The competition is fierce as six Putnam County, N.Y., kids face off in the battle of their lives – a spelling bee in the Tony Award-winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opening Thursday at Capital Playhouse, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19. Cost is $28-$39. Call 360-943-2744.