Olympia Dance Festival
Join Ballet Northwest at its Annual Olympia Dance Festival at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Dance groups from South Sound are coming together to share the stage during the collaborative weekend of rehearsals and performance. A screening of BodyVox Films will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26) that is free and open to the public. The dance performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday with tickets at $12. Go to washingtoncenter.org for information.
Celebrate the works of OlyEcosystems at an evening of music, food, speakers and auction at its annual benefit. Discover the accomplishments of the group, including acquisition of the West Olympia heronry properties. Learn about conservation and improving water quality while preserving urban wildlife habitat. Tickets $20 for the 7 p.m. event Saturday at Abigail Stuart House, Woman’s Club of Olympia, 1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For information, see facebook.com/events/1089448187784659.
Drinking and Rumble
Get two for the price of one when Bucharest Drinking Team and Artesian Rumble Arkestra take the stage in a 9 p.m. show Saturday at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. The groups bring music from all parts of the world, including Romanian folk music, 1980s disco from the Iron Curtain, jazz, Balkan brass, Brazilian samba and more. Cover is $8 at the door, $6 for students. For information, see facebook.com/events/1533037393691879.
Holmes goes silent
Get a taste of history at the Silent Movie Series featuring “Sherlock Holmes” on the big screen at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The first American feature film based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s books was thought to have been lost until a nitrate negative was found in France. Come out for the 2 p.m. showing Sunday. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 youth, plus a $3 service fee. Go to washingtoncenter.org for more information.
Systems of Place
Discover the newest exhibit, “Systems of Place,” which opens Monday at The Gallery at the Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The featured works of Chad Erpeling and Florin Hategan features intimate compositions of layered maps and large scale linocuts of urban existence. It will be on display through March 25. For information, call 360-596-5527.
“Hedda Gabler” is Harlequin Productions’ newest production opening Thursday. The classic theatrical piece by Henrik Ibsen gets a modern makeover in this original adaptation. It runs through March 26 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$34 with rush tickets available at the box office half hour before show. For information, call 360-786-0151 or see harlequinproductions.org.
Night of folk music
Make it a night of traditional folk music with Squirrel Butter whose music is inspired by Appalachian, early country, jug band and blues artists from the late 1800s thorugh 1950s. They will be playing in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Yodelady will open the night’s music. Tickets are $15, $10 student/low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.