Saturday: 100 Voices strong
The annual 100 Voices concert brings together many of the best choral groups in South Sound. Members of the South Puget Sound Community College Choir and the Puget Sound Community Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at SPSCC’s Minnaert Center for the Arts’ main stage. Choir members will join the Saint Martin’s University Choral and the Opera Pacifica Chorus to sing Franz Schubert’s “Mass in A-flat Major.” They’ll split the bill that night with a concert by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, which will provide the orchestral arrangement for 100 Voices, led by conductor Claudia Simpson-Jones. Last year, 168 singers took the stage. SPSCC music professor Molly McNamara said they expect more this year. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at olytix.org. Learn more at www.spscc.ctc.edu/music.
Monday: Spike speaks
Filmmaker and artist Spike Lee will speak at University of Puget Sound for Black History Month. Lee’s films explore the complexities of race relations in America. He will share his thoughts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Fieldhouse, North 11th Street and North Union Avenue, Tacoma. Tickets are $15, $10 for students with ID. Call 253-879-3419.
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Saturday: Concert benefits POSSCA
Support Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts at a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday featuring Larry Murante, a contemporary singer-songwriter from Seattle. The show is hosted by Olympia Acoustic Music, 418 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are by reservation at email@example.com. Cost is $20; a $35 ticket includes a seat and CD; a $50 ticket includes a CD and reserved front section seating. POSSCA helps South Sound kids participate in music and the arts.
Thursday: The 'mock' in democracy
Making fun of Congress is a full-time job. Capitol Steps – the comedy troupe that started out as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the people and places that employed them – is returning to Olympia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. If their website is an indication, you can count on fresh material: They posted a song called “March like an Egyptian.” Tickets are $17.25 to $42.50. Call 360-753-8586.
Saturday & Sunday: A Really Big Shoe
You can help support homeless kids in Thurston and Mason counties at the annual Really Big Shoe benefit show. Produced by Entertainment Explosion, a local troupe of performers who are all older than 55. The variety show is fast-paced fun. Head down to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday performances. Tickets are $10-$15. For more details, go to wcpa.squarespace.com.
Saturday: A feast of food and books
Saturday is a great day for people who love food and books. First, if you’re a book lover, head out to the Books~Brownies~Beans Sale & Bistro at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 E. End St. N.W., Olympia. The annual one-day sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will offer bargains on thousands of used books, DVDs, and CDs. The Bistro will offer fresh-baked brownies, coffee and ice-cream sundaes along with live entertainment. Proceeds go to Out of the Woods emergency shelter in Thurston County. Go to www.ouuc.org/pages/bookDrive2011.html for details.
And Saturday afternoon, you can join in the competition or just enjoy pies at the annual Olympia Bakers Guild Pie Fest at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Proceeds support Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. Eat a slice of pie ($3 or 3 cans of food), buy pie at a live auction, and win prizes through raffles. Hours are 1-3:30 p.m. Go to www.olybakers.com.
Wednesday - Thursday: Free tickets to 'Talent'
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” reality competition held auditions at the Tacoma Convention Center earlier this month and reportedly was scouting the area for other talent. It will tape live in Seattle from the Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Watch host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel judge competitors. Tickets are free. Times are 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Go to www.stgpresents.org.