Thursday - April 9: Unlock the magic
“The Secret Garden,” a musical by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, uncovers the key to a magic locked garden and the tale of regeneration. The Tony Award-winning play will be at the Capital Playhouse, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays starting Thursday through April 9. Tickets are $28-$39. For more details, call 360-943-2744 or go to www. capitalplayhouse.com .
SATURDAY: Prepare to be amazed
Recreating the work of traveling magicians in the early vaudeville era, Joey Pipia will present “The Magic Chamber: 60 Minutes, 30 Seats, One Outrageous Event,” at the Midnight Sun Performance Center, 113 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Pipia’s magic happens inches away from the eyes of grownups and children. There are no fancy boxes, smoke or mirrors. It’s the ultimate challenge – fast-paced, up close and personal. Tickets are $18 for the 8 p.m. show and can be purchased at Rainy Day Records, 301 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-379-1068.
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MONDAY: Poet of the ages
Hailed as one of the greatest speakers of our time, Maya Angelou’s words have been a source of inspiration, comfort, encouragement and strength for millions of people. The poet, playwright, producer, director, conductor, actor, best-selling author and social activist has received a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards and more than 30 honorary degrees. She will be at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $40-$80. Go to www.stgpresents . org or call 877-784-4849.
MONDAY: Give them a break
Is there too much structure in our kids’ lives? Are we pushing them too hard to succeed? Check out the screening of “Race to Nowhere,” a documentary that examines at the intensely future-focused lives of America’s college-bound students. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday followed by a Q&A via Skype with director Vicki Abeles at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia.
TODAY: High-octane films
Faster, steeper, higher – that’s the Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels tour. Extreme sport lovers can enjoy outrageous skiing, boarding, cycling, climbing, skateboarding and kayaking films of the year are shown on the big-screen at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. It’s presented by the Olympian Mountaineers at 7:30 tonight. Cost is $11-$13. Call 360-754-6670.
SUNDAY: Enriching music
Share “Respect and Affection” when Olympia Symphony Orchestra plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Works included are Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 and Violin Concerto in D Major, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 in G major. Tickets are $20-$50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to wcpa. squarespace.com .
TODAY–SATURDAY: Invest in our future
Nilaja Sun’s play “No Child ...” looks at issues facing students at a Bronx high school. Hailed as an off-Broadway hit, the show has earned 17 different awards. It will wrap up its run at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at South Puget Sound Community College’s Kenneth J. Minneart Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $7.50-$12.50. Call 360-753-8586.
SUNDAY: Sacred songs, prayers
Hear timely messages in support of Blue Thunder and Kristine Soliday’s work on the Pacific Northwest Medicine Wheel. They carry a vision to heal our bodies, the water and the Earth through the sacred songs and prayers of all people. The benefit will feature speakers and films from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Admission is $5-$30. For more details, call 360-754-6670.