Friday (April 15)
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Guthrie celebrates 50 years of ‘Alice’
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie returns to The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Breaking out in 1967 at the Newport Folk Festival, Guthrie has helped foster music with a social conscience. See him 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 15). Tickets are $19-$68 at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Oliver headlines poetry slam
The Old Growth Poetry Collective will hold its second annual Olympia Poetry Grand Slam on Sunday. The gathering will feature a performance from Seattle poet, activist and educator Nikkita Oliver. The poetry event will take place at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the show at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets, $10 or $7 for students, are available at oldgrowthpoetrycollective.org. Tickets at the door will be $15 and $12.
Everything Norwegian at Thurston fairgrounds
Explore the world of lefse, fjord horses, elk hounds and everything Norwegian at the annual Norway Day at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. Sponsored by the Sons of Norway Hovedstatd Lodge No. 94 and Daughters of Norway Prillar Guri Lodge No. 30, the family-friendly event includes music, Vikings, bake sale, giftware, genealogy exploration and traditional food. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3, children under 12 are free with an adult. For information, call 360-923-1242.
Irish music masters Bua play Traditions
Performing out of Chicago, Bua was named Irish Music Awards’ 2009 Top Traditional Group. The quartet plays traditional music and stands out from modern genre bands by staying on the path of traditional Irish music. They are playing Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, 7 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 360-705-2819.
California Honeydrops having a party
Known for blending R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line, The California Honeydrops bring a dance party to their shows. Having performed with the likes of Bonnie Raitt and at festivals, including Monterey Jazz, High Sierra and Outside Lands, the group is coming to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. performance Tuesday. Tickets are $20, $15 student and low income. For information, call 360-705-2819.
KPLU fundraiser is Saturday
Join in the fundraiser to “Help Save KPLU” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Come out to Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, for a night of music, including The Lizzy Boyer Quartet, Jason Parker Quartet and Brown Edition, to name a few. Food provided by Our Table, a local fresh, organic-food restaurant. Proceeds will be donated to KPLU to keep the radio station at Pacific Lutheran University. To find out more, see bit.ly/23w1Mfw.
Yuck it up in Olympia
Set in cabaret-style seating, The Washington Center Black Box is the place for a night of laughs when Comedy in the Box takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The 21-and-older show features a headline act and two opening performers, usually local comedians. The monthly show features a new lineup each month at Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $27, $25 military and available at 360-753-8586 and washingtoncenter.org.