Bayview dons its lederhosen
Join in celebrating Oktoberfest with Bayview School of Cooking and delve into the changing of the seasons with food and drink. On Friday, there’ll be beer tasting and a German bratwurst dinner from 5-8 p.m. Beer tasting is $5; dinner is $7.99. Enjoy music, a customer judging of employees’ carved pumpkins and a pumpkin-carving demonstration. For more information, call 360-754-1448.
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The sound of a new generation
The von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of Georg von Trapp of “The Sound of Music” fame, bring a mix of traditional music, “Sound of Music” favorites and originals to Olympia at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10) to open the season for The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $32-$54 for adults; $29-$49 for students, seniors and military; $16-$27 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org — and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s preview of the show elsewhere at theolympian.com/entertainment. And for those looking for an even more festive atmosphere, head to the Washington Center at 6 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the 2014-2015 season with a reception, including champagne, light hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to view the art for sale in the center’s 2014 art auction. Tickets for the reception are $15.
It’s the season for the annual Sausage Fest at Gull Harbor Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. The traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest serves sausage, German potato salad, cabbage and pastries at the two-day event. Hours are 4-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $5 for children; proceeds benefit the Thurston County Food Bank, SafePlace and the ELCA Domestic Disaster Response Fund. Tickets are available at Wagner’s Bakery and at the door.
A sprint through Shakespeare
Three actors race through an irreverent presentation of more or less all of Shakespeare’s works in the Theater Artists Olympia production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised].” Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12 at the door or at brownpapertickets.com/event/852022, but no one will be turned away. For more information, call 360-259-2743.
It’s a night of music and fun from the Old West when the Olympia Sweet Adelines present “Tunestone” Singout at the O.K. Chorale. Joined by Seattle’s Barn Owls, a vintage country and old timey band, the night will also include the Gray Sky Ramblers and local quartet Reprize. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military. Go to washingtoncenter.org for more information.
Songwriter Greg Brown has recorded more than a dozen albums, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He is bringing his American folk music to the Capitol Theater stage, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Come out for the 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $28 in advance online and at Rainy Day Records, or $32 at the door. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org to learn more.
A 3-hour cruise
There’s still a chance to support the South Sound Estuary Association at the rescheduled Cruising the Sound benefit cruise. Learn about restoration work being done and cruise Budd and Eld inlets aboard the yacht My Girl. The cruise and dinner is 2-5 p.m. Sunday for $65, or $50 for association members. The boat launches from the Port Plaza Public Dock. Call or go online for more details: 360-754-7371, sseacenter.org.
Local filmmaker makes good
Tumwater High School graduate and now screenwriter Mark Cramer brings his film “Broken” to the Capitol Theater, 205 Fifth Ave. SE. The film takes on teen issues in a suspenseful story set in the Rocky Mountains. It will be screened at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 general admission, $6 for Olympia Film Society members and students with ID. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
Boz Scaggs is known for hits including “Low Down,” “Lido Shuffle,” and “Look What You’ve Done to Me.” He’s bringing “The Memphis Tour” to Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert Sunday are $45-$65 and are available online at little-creek.com/entertainment.