Friday (Feb. 19)
Janeane Garofalo in Olympia
Known for her sharp wit and outspoken comedy and as a political activist, Janeane Garofalo will perform in Olympia at Obsidian. The actress/comedian who’s been in more than 50 movies is performing in a series of intimate clubs on her tour. Advanced tickets to the 6:30 p.m. show Friday (Feb. 19) at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, are sold out. But a limited number of tickets — for $25 — will be available Friday for the 21-and-over show. Go to brownpapertickets.com/event/2489469 for availability.
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Friday (Feb. 19)
Find the National Geographic Live series
Meet Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to scale all 14 main 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen, when she appears as part of National Geographic Live series at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Her passion is the people, culture and religion of the places she’s climbed. Come out for the 7:30 p.m. talk Friday (Feb. 19). Tickets are $10-$35, plus a $3 service fee, and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
American Book Award winner to speak
Meet Jamaica Kincaid as part of the South Puget Sound Community College speaker series. The author, known for American Book Award winning novel “See Now Then,” will present “Landscapes and Memory,” at the 7:30 p.m. event Thursday at the Minnaert Center for Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $10, plus $3 service fee, and free to all SPSCC staff, faculty and students. Go to olytix.org or call The Washington Center for Performing Arts box office at 360-753-8586.
Buy a book, eat a brownie and drink some joe
Enhance your personal library at the annual Books, Brownies and Beans book sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, the sale includes all types of books, movies and CDs. When you’re done shopping, there will be music, brownies, scones, coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase in the lobby. Admission is free, all proceeds go to benefit Out of Wood Homeless Shelter. For more information, go to facebook.com/events/1714702378760546.
Thursday — Feb. 28
Don’t duck class to go to ‘Honk!’
Bring the family out for the annual Olympia School District Player’s production of “Honk!” opening Thursday and continuing through Feb. 29. Teachers, staff and administrators will be performing the Stiles & Drewe musical at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE, Olympia. Proceeds benefit the Olympia School District Education Foundation, a nonprofit that offers classroom and tutoring grants, emergency funding for student needs and outdoor education. The South Sound Reading Foundation will offer storytime before the matinees on Feb. 27-28 and will be collecting new or gently used children’s books. Tickets are available at seatyourself.biz/olympiasd or 360-753-8853.
Friday (Feb. 19)
Sweet sounds of Sour Owl
Come out in support and celebration of Sour Owl and the release of its CD, “Mother Please, I’d Rather Do It Myself” at Art House Designs, 420 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. Six years in the making, the CD features performances by Joe Baque, Ian Weintraub, Tommy Russell and Steve Bentley. John Croarkin, another performer, will be on hand. The event is Friday (Feb. 19), with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and Mucho Gusto performing at 8 p.m. and Sour Owl at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at sourowl.com.
Art takes over Obsidian
Enjoy a One Night Art Show featuring performance, text, sound, video, installation and visual art at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Titled “As If,” it will feature works by Alice Wynne, Alexandria Vickery, China Star, David Scherer Water, Erica Leshon, Ginsy Stone, Jean Nagai, Kaia Gilje, Kyle Rollins, Mickey Mouth, Nina Fortier, Reid Urban, Rosemary Nichelini and Taylor Dow. It opens at 6 p.m. Monday. For more information, go to facebook.com/events/975644992526575.