From Mars to the South Sound
As part of the National Geographic Live series, Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Kobie Boykins will share his experience on the front line for NASA’s Mars exploration. He will put a fresh face on America’s space program and information from Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. He will talk about the challenges and triumphs of the rover missions and their discoveries. His talk is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10-$35, plus a $3 service fee, and can be purchased at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
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Highlighting orchestral and instrumental works, the Seattle Rock Orchestra pays tribute to rock pioneers Pink Floyd. It will be a retrospective than spans from the band’s debut album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” to their best-selling album, “The Wall” including a complete performance of “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday is at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $11-$35, plus a $3 service fee, and you can get yours at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Young all-star choir
Having performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony, plus with artists like Jessye Norman, Wynton Marsalis, Beyoncé and Paul McCartney, the American Boychoir has been recognized as one of the country’s finest musical ensembles. Boys in fourth through eighth grade from across the country come together at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, to create the ensemble. Come out to the 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Get tickets — $15-$20 — at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Friday (Oct. 23)
Friendly Water benefit
Recognizing “We Stopped Cholera Victory Week,” Friendly Water for the World will be bringing Clay Jenkinson to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, for “An Evening With Meriwether Lewis.” Jenkins is a Rhodes Scholar, humanities professor, author and host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on NPR. The benefit program to help fund Friendly Water for the World, will delve into the leader of the most successful exploration of America, Lewis and the exploration of the Northwest. The 7:30 p.m. performance is Friday (Oct. 23). Tickets are $25 or $20 for Olympia Film Society members and students. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org for more information.
South Capitol, then and now
Take a fun history tour of one of Olympia’s most historic neighborhoods at the 1 p.m. State Capital Museum Walking Tour: Quirky Tales, Colorful Residents and History Mysteries on Saturday. The walking tour will explore the South Capitol neighborhood with staff members Susan Rohrer and Len Balli and the event will include a short PowerPoint presentation about the neighborhood and the museum. Learn about the unusual homes and colorful residents of the early days. Two tours will leave the Coach House, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia; at 1:30 p.m. and each is limited to 20 guests. A $3 donation is requested. For more information, go to www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/scm/eventsprograms.
Correo Aereo, an award-winning world music duo, will perform traditional and original songs of Latin America in an 8 p.m. performance Saturday. Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin combine a wide array of string and percussive instruments with vocal harmonies and is joined by Kurdish percussionist, Ahmad Yousefbeigi. Come out to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia,for the show. Tickets are $15, $10 student and low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
Partnering with Cidercraft Magazine, Alderbrook Resort and Spa brings Cider Tasting and Hood Canal Harvest to the resort’s waterfront lawn Saturday. Fifteen Washington and Oregon cideries will be on hand, as well as locally gathered culinary treats including mushroom, honey, bread and cheeses. It is noon-4 p.m. with complimentary admission. For more information, call 360-898-2145.
Find the funny in Tumwater
It’s going to be a night of laughs when Duane Goad and Jose Bolanos come to Pellegrino’s Catering and Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Also coming on stage will be Aaron Kirby. So get ready to chuckle at the 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $15 or $25 front row VIP. Go to baurice.com to get yours.