Wooden boats get to shine
It’s the time of year to celebrate the world of wooden boats when the Olympia Wooden Boat Festival takes center stage this weekend. Owners will bring their wooden boats of all conditions, vintages and sizes to display around Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St. NW. The public gets to see not only the boats, but also the people behind them. There will be more than 50 local arts and craft booths, live entertainment, plus food vendors to enjoy. Bring the kids to the boat building booth Saturday. The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. To find out more, go to olywoodenboat.org.
Friday (May 8)—Sunday
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‘Don Quixote’ pirouettes into town
Ballet Northwest presents the Olympia debut of the classic ballet “Don Quixote,” choreographed by “Nutcracker” choreographer Marius Petipa, this weekend. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 8) and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $14-$33. For information, contact 360-753-8586, washingtoncenter.org or balletnorthwest.org.
Friday (May 8)
Nearly naked comedy?
A parody on the male strip show, The Comic Strippers, take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a new genre of improv comedy. The fictitious male stripper troupe perform an improv comedy show at 8 p.m. Friday (May 8). It is at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The 21-and-over-only show is $30. Get your tickets at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Get help, ladies, and comedy
Come out for Ladies Night featuring The Mother Love Zone at The Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Join “Dr. Lauren,” therapist, cosmetologist and entertainer — she’s not really a licensed therapist of cosmetologist, but she does know how to entertain with an evening of advice, beauty, comedy and music. Bring your girlfriends, or even your mother, for a fun and witty night. She will perform at 9 p.m. Friday (May 8) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a 21-and-over-only crowd. Tickets are $7 at the door or online at drlauren2.brownpapertickets.com.
Dance music from West Africa
Coming all the way from Niger, Tal National brings to the stage many ethnic backgrounds from West Africa. They will perform their “joyously hypnotic and highly unique” dance music in an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday. Come out to The Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, for one of only three performances they will do in the Northwest. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 at the door, cash only.
Get down at Sock (Puppet) Hop
It’s all about the family at the Olympia Family Theater Sock (Puppet) Hop 3 p.m. Saturday. The family-friendly event will feature food, drinks, entertainment, games and the reveal of the theater group’s 2015-16 season. It’s all happening at the theater, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth. Call 360-570-1638 for details.
Nova School hosts market and fair
With a mission to spotlight educational programs that foster creativity, Nova School is sponsoring its annual Innovator’s Arts and Makers Market Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature local artisans, makers and enthusiasts who will sell, buy and teach about original arts and crafts of all types. There also will be hands-on experiences, including pottery wheel throwing, screen printing and “zine” creating. It’s happening at Nova School, 2020 22nd Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is free.
Lacey history might surprise you
Celebrating Lacey history, Thurston County Through the Decades will gather at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, to share the county’s history through exhibits, games and activities. There will be antique cars, the Lacey Fire District’s historic fire truck, food and music. The years of 1950-1975 had momentous events for Lacey including the creation of the North Thurston School District in 1953, and the opening of the South Sound Center and incorporation of the city in 1966. Dig through your closet and bring out your vintage clothes and join in the fun. It is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and free to the public.