Friday (April 29) —Sunday
Murders solved over dinner
Come out for a night of eccentric theater and a three-course dinner at “Pellegrino Noir” this weekend. From the pen of local playwright Bryan Willis, the new play is set in Tumwater, with heroine Lou and her guy Wednesday solving a string of murders. Dinner is from executive chef Sam Pellegrino. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, available at pellegrinoseventcenter.com.
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Slurp and save shellfish
Join the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association at its 18th Annual Shellfish Lovers Ultimate Rejuvenation Party or better known as SLURP, at Fish Tale Brew House, 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia. Feast on shellfish dishes made by local restaurants, try Washington wines, brews by Fish Tale Brewing, a grand oyster bar, celebrity slurp-off, music and more, from 4:30-8 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit PCSGA’s Shellfish Habitat Restoration Fund. Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door. Get yours at slurp.brownpapertickets.com, or pick up at Bayview Thriftway, Ralph’s Thriftway or Fish Tale Brew Pub. More information at pcsga.org/slurp.
Friday (April 29)
Enjoy a night of music from the Neuva Canción Tradition of Latin American when the trio Sin Fronteras plays in a 7 p.m. concert Friday (April 29). The performers emigrated to the U.S. from Chile, Columbia and Mexico and describe the music as vibrant, soulful harmonies songs of life and love. Northwest Heritage Resources presents the concert at Arbutus Folk School, 610 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $10, $5 for youths under 18. To purchase, go to arbutusfolkschool.org.
Friday (April 29)
Beer, cupcakes, no kids
The latest edition of Adult Swim at Hands On Children’s Museum is “Beer Craft: The Art and Science Behind Craft Brew.” Leave the kids at home for this adults-only night where you can learn about spices, herbs and other beer ingredients, make a bottle cap chime, discover the science behind beer and other activities. It is 7-10 p.m. Friday (April 29) at the museum. Tickets cost $30 day and include a tasting glass, six tastings, Abby’s cupcakes and additional tastes for $1. Go to hocm.org/adultswim to order yours.
Sit under ‘The Eagle Tree’
Meet and listen to local author Ned Hayes as he kicks off a tour of his latest book, “The Eagle Tree” at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. The book is based on his experience teaching children on the autism spectrum, combined with his love of tree climbing. He will discuss his book from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.
Saving the Earth, its people
Artist and eco/anti-consumerism activist Reverend Billy is coming to Obsidian Cafe, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, for a public reading from his new book, “The Earth Wants YOU.” The reverend and the Stage Shopping Choir have spread their message from Occupy Wall Street to the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, and the book and album of the same title continues the message of stopping eco-poisons, consumerism and hate. He will speak 7-9 p.m. Monday. For information, see tinyurl.com/hwppved.
Salmon release party
Join Stream Team and the Campaign for Puget Sound Starts Here Month at the Juvenile Chinook Release Party from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Help to release salmon into the Deschutes River, plus participate in hands-on salmon-related activities and learn about the Deschutes Chinook run. The fun is at Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater, and is free to the public.
Buy art, back young artists
With artistic works and wares from more that 50 local artists, the POSSCA Artists’ Garage and Art Sale has something for everyone. Sponsored by Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts, the event brings artists and art lovers together to shop, meet and connect. Money raised supports student participation in arts education. It is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Elementary School, 213 21st Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is $1. For information, call 360-596-6400.
When words fail
Words often fail the characters in Harlequin Productions’ “The Language Archive.” Opening Thursday, the romantic comedy by award-winning playwright Julia Cho will be performed at 8 p.m. through Saturday, and also May 11-14, 19-21 and 26-28, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and May 15 and 22 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $34 $31 for seniors and military, $20 for students and youths. For the May 11 performance, pay what you can. Information at harlequinproductions.org or 360-786-0151.