Today: Shepard speaks for gay rights
Judy Shepard will speak at 7 tonight at The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center about the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The group was founded by Judy and her husband, Dennis, after the fatal beating of their eldest son, Matthew, who was gay. The Colorado hate crime prompted the Shepards to champion the causes Matthew supported: equal treatment for gays and lesbians and prevention of hate crimes. The center is at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Donations accepted at the door. Go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
Saturday: Try flying under the radar
Test your abilities and discover the laws of flight at the annual Paper Airplane Flight School at Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Highway 99 S.E., Olympia. You can either show up to cheer folks on or take part in a competition and test flights for your plane. Hours are 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Participant fee is $7, $5 for general admission. Plane builders will receive professional instructions, construction materials and a snack. Go to www.olympicflightmuseum.com.
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Today - Sunday: Time for a tea party
Delve into fantasy with the Mad Hatter and Red Queen at Olympia Family Theater’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8.50-$15.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to wcpa.squarespace.com.
Today - Saturday: Last chance 'Schwartz'
This is the last weekend to take in the comedic talent of playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, whose play, “The Last Schwartz,” is being produced by Harlequin Productions. The Schwartz siblings meet to tie up loose ends after their parents’ deaths. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$35, with rush tickets available one-half hour before curtain for $12-$15. Learn more at www.harlequinproductions.org.
Today - Wednesday: See the Middle East through film
Take in some of the offerings from the first Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by The Evergreen State College student group Mideast Solidarity Project, at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S. E., Olympia, through Wednesday. A reception gala is planned for Saturday with performances by Invincible and local DJs, along with a screening of “Challenging Power” by filmmaker Johan Genberg. The reception starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door with a $2-$5 suggested donation. Go to filmfest.mideast solidarity.org for a complete calendar of events.
Thursday: Get your giggle on
In its third full season, Comedy in the Box brings to town some of the finest touring comedians in conjunction with the Seattle Comedy Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Black Box Theater will be transformed into a cabaret for this adults-only show. Tickets are $12.50 plus service charges. For more details, call 360-753-8586.
Today - Sunday: 'Spelling Bee' final buzz
Capital Playhouse wraps up its production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a Tony award-winning play that incorporates the audience into the crazy-funny show. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28-$39. 360-943-2744.