Under the sea
Underwater photographer and conservationist Brian Skerry will share his close encounters with whales, sharks and other denizens of the deep as part of the National Geographic Live series. He’l give his presentation starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 30) at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $20-$35 general admission; $18-$32 for seniors, students and military; $14.50-$17.50 for youths. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or brianskerry.com.
Friday (Jan. 30)
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Be their guest
Join The Evergreen State College at its Night at the Movies at 9 p.m. Friday when it offers a Disney Singalong at the Capitol Theater, 205 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is $2 for Evergreen students, faculty, staff and alumni, $5 for general admission and Olympia Film Society members. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
Friday (Jan. 30)
That’s Karl, not Groucho
Performer and writer Jerry Levy is known for his one-man play performances, including Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho.” He has toured the country, Canada and Europe performing the play and it’s topic has spawned his own play, “The Third Coming: Marx Returns,” which he will present at 7 p.m. Friday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Admission is free, donations will be accepted for educational programs in Guatemala and Nepal. To find out more, call 360-705-2819.
Taking the stage
Olympia Little Theatre’s production “Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” is in its final week, with shows at 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$14 and available at Yenney Music, Brown Paper Tickets or the box office. Call 360-786-9484 for more information.
Harlequin Production’s new show “The 39 Steps” is the comedy stage version of Hitchcock’s film thriller of the same name and features four actors playing more than 100 characters in an array of locations, train rides, chase scenes and prat falls. It continues through Feb. 14. Catch it at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $20-$32 and are available by phone or online; 360-786-0151, harlequinproductions.org.
Composer and performer Linda Hirschhorn will perform her songs and tell stories in a concert that will also include a performance of Hirschhorn’s songs by an impromptu choir of Olympia singers she started working with Wednesday. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are by a suggested donation of $5-$15.
Olympia’s own band The Straws is throwing a party to celebrate the release of their full-length debut album “Dy” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. The band is made up of Zachary Medlin, lead guitarist, who attended Northwest Christian High School and South Puget Sound Community College; Matthew Elliott, drummer, who also attended Northwest Christian and still attends SPSCC; Aiden Taylor, bass guitarist, who attended Timberline High School and now attends SPSCC; and Duncan Dietz, rhythm guitarist, who does home school. Guest bands Captain Algebra (which includes Dietz) and Modern Tribes also will perform. Cover is $5; CDs will be on sale for $10. To find out more, go to facebook.com/strawsband