Today: Roots music trio
Red Horse, made up of top-notch musicians John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky, comes to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $14.75-$29.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
Today-Sunday: Seriously rough day
We’ve all had bad days, and it always helps if someone can make you laugh a little. Olympia Family Theater presents the musical based on Judith Viorst’s book about her young son in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performances are in the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $15.50 for adults; $12.50 for students, seniors and military; $8.50 for ages 11 and younger. Call 360-570-1638 or go to www.olyft.org or www.olytix.org.
Today-Sunday: It's only fair
Get a taste of fair season with a trip out to the Spring Fair in Puyallup this weekend. The family friendly mini-version of the fall extravaganza features animals, FFA and 4-H contests, KidZone for young guests, vendors, rides and food. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave., S.W., Puyallup. Admission is $7-$9, ages 5 and younger get in free. Go to www.thefair.com.
Today-May 1: New kind of dinner theater
If you can imagine a parody of classical musicals with a storyline that ranges from cannibalism to romance, consider seeing “South Park” creator Trey Parker’s “Cannibal the Musical” from Theatre Artists Olympia at the Eagles Club Underground, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and April 21-May 1. Tickets are $15. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
Today: Tunes reflect the times
Former Seattle resident David Roth returns to the Northwest at 8:30 tonight at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Joining him will be co-producer David Lange on piano and accordion for a healthy dose of heavy-mental easy-listening protest music. Tickets are $8-$12. Go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Today-Saturday: Funny end of the world
Harlequin Productions combines science fiction and comedy in “Boom!” What starts as research turns into a project of evolutionary significance. The play – which is not for youngsters – runs through Saturday 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. Go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Today-Saturday: No Pink Panther
“An Inspector Calls,” set in 1912, is one of English dramatist J.B. Priestley’s best known works. Readers Theater Unlimited is putting on a production of the play in which a mysterious inspector interrogates a wealthy English family about their responsibility for the death of a young working-class factory girl. Shows are at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Olympia Senior Center or from any Readers Theater Unlimited member. Call 360-586-6181.
Tuesday: Ain't afraid of no ghosts
Take the opportunity to sit down with filmmaker John Gonzales for a Q&A session after a screening of his film “L.A. Paranormal” at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., S.E., Olympia. The feature film follows the ups and downs of a Los Angeles-based team of paranormal investigators. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $5.50-$8.50 at the door. Call 360-754-6670 for more information.