Out of the ordinary
Fulfilling a vow
Olympia artist Lisa Sweet, who is on the faculty at The Evergreen State College, is presenting Ex Voto, an exhibit of 13 paintings and sculptures, at Salon Refu / Susan Christian Project Space, at 114 N Capitol, Olympia, through Sept. 26. A reception will take place 6-9 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19) and Sweet will informally discuss the work at 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Ex Voto is a Latin term that describes the offering of images or objects to a deity or saint in fulfillment of a vow, or as a tangible marker of thanks or devotion. Sweet has been a member of the Evergreen faculty since 1999 and teaches printmaking, drawing, and medieval European religious visual culture. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. including at the Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum.
No one gets the hook in this show
The eighth annual Lord Franzannian's Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show, produced by the BigShowCity Performing Arts Organization and hosted by storyteller Elizabeth Lord, includes an even wider array of music, comedy, acrobatics, dance and other performances this year. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 27, plus 10 p.m. Saturdays and an all-ages show at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 — all at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $15 in advance; $15-$25 at the door; $7 for those 15 and younger for the Sept. 28 matinee. For more information, go to professionaltalker.com/vaudeville-show.html or brownpapertickets.com/event/855111. Note: The performances are recommended for ages 16 and older, except the Sept. 28 all-ages matinee. To whet your appetite, read Molly Gilmore’s story about the show elsewhere at www.theolympian.com, and check out Aaron Bredlau in “The Cheese” here.
Olympia Little Theatre’s “Blithe Spirit” brings Noel Coward’s witty comedy of mediums and errant spirits to life on the OLT stage at 1925 Miller Ave. NE. It is part of the theater company’s 75th anniversary celebration. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$14; call 360-786-9484 to get yours.
More than Muppets
Take the family to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., SE, for the Captain Little film series at 11 a.m. Saturday. This week, the film is “Labyrinth,” directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas. It was originally released in 1986 to lukewarm reviews but is now considered a cult classic. Admission is free for kids 12 and younger; general admission is $8.
Head to Elma Saturday for the 5th Annual Buckaroo Days Festival. The event includes the Grand Parade at 11 a.m. that runs from the high school and down Main Street. Then there’s the Chili & Salsa Cook-Off, where cooks can earn cash and bragging rights. The Elma Chamber of Commerce will sell $5 wristbands for tasting the chili and salsa entries on Saturday. Among the festivals other offerings: kids activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a bingo tent for adults from 2 to 4 p.m., a costumed dog show, Washington State Fiddlers playing at the Elma Feed & Farm Supply, and watch for the GH Mounted Posse robbery and jailbreak at high noon.
Wild about the outdoors
Join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with the Polly Dyer Cascadia branch of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness at Poetry and Songs for the Wild. Local poets Tim McNulty, Robert Pyle, Barbara Gibson and Lucia Perillo will share the passion for the wilderness through poetry. Also enjoy songs by Kids in Concert and a photo exhibit of the state’s wilderness areas. The event is at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Woman’s Club, 1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$25 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Discover the beauty and wonder of the outdoors at the screening of the National Outdoor Leadership School Exploration Film Tour at The Northern, 414 Legion Way SE, Olympia. The tour includes more than two hours of short films based on themes of wonder, discovery, curiosity and the wilderness experience — plus a chance to win a free National Outdoor Leadership School course. The free event is at 6:15 p.m. Saturday; seating is limited so register for your place online at explorationfilmtour.ticketleap.com.
‘Best souvenir is a broader perspective’
Travel writer and TV personality Rick Steves will visit Olympia Saturday to talk about the way thoughtful travel can expand one’s world view. The program is presented by the Friendship Force of Olympia at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $10 with the code FFO at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org. Also, be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s interview with Steves elsewhere at www.theolympian.com. And check out Steves’ latest special, “Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today,” which airs at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 on KCTS 9.
Jazz that stretches a hemisphere
Canadian artists Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst along with guitarist Ed Dunsavage will bring a blend of jazz and Brazilian music to Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave, SW, Olympia, when they perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and those with low income. Get yours by calling 360-705-2819.
Musical melting pot
Take a musical trip through Europe when Carlos Núñez performs “A Celtic Musical Pilgrimage to Santiago” at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Núñez in known as one of Galicia’s foremost traditional music ambassadors, and his music connects the tradition of his native Spain’s rugged northwest coast with that of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond. The multi-instrumentalist plays the gaita — the bagpipes of Galicia — in the traditional Celtic style. Tickets are $16-$32 for adults, $14-$30 for students, seniors and military — plus a $3-per-ticket service charge — at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Known for hits including “Twist and Shout,” “Summer Breeze” and “It’s Your Thing,” The Isley Brothers have been performing for 60 years and are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Grammy Award-winning group will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets for the 21-and-older-only concert are $40-$60. You can get yours by phone at 800-667-7711, or online at little-creek.com/entertainment