Thursday-March 25: Ch-ch-changes
For 10 years, the comedy “Menopause the Musical” has been telling the raucous story of women entering a new phase in their lives. The play will have a two-night engagement – 8 p.m. Thursday and March 25 – at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $32.50-$49.50. Call 360-753-8586.
Today-April 3 Laughs, lies, the IRS
“Love, Sex and the IRS” is a bedroom farce on steroids with cross-dressing, cover-ups, half lies, outright lies and chuckles. The Olympia Little Theater production opens tonight and runs through April 3. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 1:55 p.m. Sundays at 725 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 Thursdays, $12 Fridays-Sundays and can be purchased at Yenney Music, 1404 Harrison Ave., Olympia, at 800-838-3006 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
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Sunday: Music makers
Listen to some of the region’s talented young musicians when Capital Youth Symphony plays at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St., S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $7.50-$9.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www. wcpa.squarespace.com.
Thursday-April 16: Humanity hangs in the balance
Harlequin Productions combines science fiction and comedy in “Boom!” What starts as research turns into a project of evolutionary significance. The play is not for youngsters and contains mature comedy material. It opens Thursday and runs through April 16 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $28-$31; $12-$15 rush tickets are available at the ticket office a half hour before curtain; pay what you can for the 3 p.m. April 2 show. Go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Saturday: Healing humor Today Dinner, dance
Comedian Lisa Koch and the Righteous Mothers will perform at the annual Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center benefit concert and jewelry sale. Local artists have donated handcrafted jewelry for the sale with all proceeds going to help provide free therapy for sexually abused children and their families. The concert is 8 p.m. Saturday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 360-753-8586.
Today: Dinner, dance
Celebrate Saint Patrick, the man behind the legend, with a dinner and dance featuring the Johnny Lewis Dance Band at 6 tonight at Hallen Hall, 812 Bowker St., Lacey. The evening includes a buffet dinner by Pellegrino’s Catering. Proceeds benefit programs for homeless, impoverished or uninsured men and women served by Olympia Union Gospel Mission. Admission is $40. Call 360-709-9725.
Saturday Over and over
Performing for more than 50 years, Tommy James and the Shondells are known for hits such as “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony” and “Crimson and Clover.” See them at 5 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $25-$35. Call 360-432-7300.
Today-Saturday: I, robot
Check out robots built by 100 different high school teams in the fast-paced First Robotics Competition Seattle Regional. This event is great for all ages. Wander the robot pit and watch students prepare for action. Hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. today and Saturday at Qwest Field and Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Admission is free. Go to www.firstwa.org.