Saturday: Last laugh
Make it a night of side-splitting laughs when the Seattle Comedy Competition brings its best comedians to the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, in time for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Tacoma’s own Ty Barnett headlines the show, which also will feature 2010 finalists Drew Barth and Dax Jordan and the host, past champ Joe Vespaziani. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $29-$39. Go to www.broadwaycenter.org.
Today - Feb. 20: Watch out for the red queen
Delve into Lewis Carroll’s fantastical world of white rabbits, tea parties and a hefty dose of imagination with the Olympia Family Theater production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Feb. 20. Tickets are $8.50-$15.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to wcpa.squarespace.com.
Saturday - Sunday: Cruisin' with Smokey
Boasting a hit-filled career of more than 50 years, Smokey Robinson – one of Motown’s original stars – is coming to Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. He will perform classics such as “Shop Around,” “The Tracks Of My Tears” and “The Tears Of A Clown” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50-$100 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Thursday: Silent screen
Classic movie buffs won’t want to miss the 1920 film “The Flappers,” part of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ Silent Movie Series with Dennis James on the Wurlitzer Theater Organ. The film stars Olive Thomas and starts at 7 p.m. at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $8.75-$17.50. Call 360-753-8586.
Today: Help endow TAO
Support Theater Artists Olympia at A Well EnTAOed Valentine, a fun-filled fundraiser from 7:30-11:30 tonight at the Loft on Cherry, 525 Cherry St. S.E. Olympia. Enjoy dancing, artist performances, raffles, food and drinks. Tickets are $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com or $25 at the door.
Sunday: 'Love is in the Air'
Or at least love will be in the lovely music during Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. On the program are works by Lehar, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert is at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20 to $50. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to www.thewashingtoncenter.org.
Today - Sunday Bewitching 'Basketmaker'
Olympia Little Theatre’s latest production, “The Basketmaker,” was written and directed by South Sound physician David Baughan. It will immerse you in the world of a mother, daughter and a wandering Abenaki basketmaker in 1725. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 and are available at Yenney Music, 1404 Harrison Ave., Olympia. Call 360-943-7500 or go to www. brownpapertickets.com.
Today - Feb. 19: Oh-so-funny school days
Capital Playhouse will let you revisit your school days, although we’d bet they weren’t as funny as the ones in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” In the show, six rather grownup kids face off in a spelling bee. The Tony Award-winning play leaves room for improvisation and audience participation. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19 at 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $28-$39. Call 360-943-2744.