Saturday (June 18)
Berries back Children’s Theater Program
Come out in support of the Children’s Theater Program with BK Musical Productions at the annual Strawberry Festival at the South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater Kinney Road NE, Olympia. Start out the day with the Strawberry Short-K 5k run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday. The festival is noon-6 p.m. with live entertainment, food and, of course, strawberries. Admission is free. For more information, go to bkmusicalproductions.com.
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Traditions to launch Masters of Swing Violin
The new quarterly series Masters of Swing Violin starts Sunday at Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Local guitarist Vince Brown will bring in some of the finest Northwest swing violinists for a night of great music. The first musician is Eddie Parente, a Portland-area violinist who has traveled extensively nationally and internationally. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are $15. Tickets for all four shows are $50. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
Thursday — July 24
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at State Theater
The classic sci-fi horror musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is brought to the stage by Harlequin Productions, opening Thursday and continuing through July 24. Based on a 1960 horror movie, the show features a 1960s-inspired rock score. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday’s and 2 p.m. Sundays at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets, $25-$41, are available online at harlequinproductions.org.
Friday (June 17)
A musical taste of Scandinavia
Bringing the music of Sweden and Finland to the stage, Septentrio is a trio of fiddle, five-row free-bass accordion and five-string cello. On tour, Hans Kennemark, Leonor Palazzo and Hannu Kella are here to tell their story and share their music. Come see them in an 8 p.m. show Friday (June 17) at Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 student and low income. Call 360-705-2819 for information.
Pop goes the Masterworkers Choral Ensemble
Honoring the music of Billy Joel, Carol King and Elton John, the Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents “Pop Icons” in a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Performing hits such as as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Uptown Girl,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” the night of music is sure to please. Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, to take in the show. Tickets are $10-$22 and available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Shared stories on tap at Rhythm & Rye
Join StoryOly at its monthly Story Slam on Tuesday. This month’s theme of audience shared stories is “I Got What I Deserved.” Come out 5:30-8 p.m. to listen and share others’ story. The 21-and-older show is at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way, Olympia, and is a pay-what-you-can event. To find out more, go to olystory.com.
Obsidian to feature Sex Stains, Spider and the Webs
Known as stalwart members of punk and indie underground, the Los Angeles-based band Sex Stains will perform along with Spider and the Webs and Rockno at Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Get ready to rock at the 9 p.m. show Saturday. For more information, go to obsidianolympia.com.