Making a hometown appearance, Gabriel Rutledge is coming to the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. The winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2003, Rutledge’s career has blossomed, taking him to comedy clubs across the country and appearances on Comedy Central. Joining him will be Duane Goad and the show is hosted by Rodney Sherwood. Tickets are $22-$30 and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
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Transgender politics set to music
Well known transgender activist songwriter Evan Greer is bringing her politically savvy acoustic music to Olympia. The performance will start at 7 p.m. at Media Island, 816 Adams St., Olympia. Tickets for the all ages show are one a $10-$20 sliding scale of suggested donation and $5 for students and low income. No one will be turned away. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/hz5j82g.
Love reigns over all
Celebrating all things of love, Tush Burlesque brings its production “Reign of Love” to the stage for an 8 p.m. show Friday (Feb. 12) at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. It is expected to be an opulent, glamorous and funny night of entertainment. Tickets for the 21-and-over only show are $15-$42. Get yours by calling 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org.
Old music made new
Back together in a new band, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, two original founders of the Be Good Tanyas, are collaborating for a live performance Monday. With music from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk, the group will be playing in an 8 p.m. show at Capital Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $12 for Olympia Film Society members, and are available online and at the box office; olympiafilmsociety.org.
Friday (Feb. 12)
Fine art in miniature
There’s still time to catch the South Puget Sound Community College’s annual “Fine Art Postcard Exhibit” featuring local artists’ postcard-size original works. This year’s theme is “Solving for X,” with the works being sold through silent auction to benefit the Gallery. The closing reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 12), come out to meet some of the artists and enjoy the final day of the exhibition. It is at the college’s gallery, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, and is free to the public.
Picturing Seattle rock history
Meet Seattle photographer and author Alice Wheeler when she comes to the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey, to share from her recent book, “Outcasts and Innocents.” Wheeler is known for her photographs of Nirvana, Bikini Kill and Riot Grrrl and brings a fresh, untouched look of the realities of Seattle’s recent history in her book. She will share images and commentary at the 6:30 p.m. event Friday (Feb. 12). Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library, it is free and open to the public.
Fire from the gods
Bring the family out for a fun-filled theater experience when New York City based Theatreworks USA brings “The Lightning Thief” to the stage at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Based on the book by Rick Riordan, the musical is all about mythological monsters, gods of Mount Olympus coming to life. The performance is at 7 p.m. Thursday with tickets from $9-$17 and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Chants of love, grace
Join in an evening of sacred chanting when Shantala, renowned Kirtan musicians, performs at Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. SW, Olympia. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, and also features Steve Gorn and is sponsored by OlyWaves. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Go to olywaves.com for more information.