Friday (Feb. 6)
Listen up, adults
Join Corey Snow, a professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, when he presents “Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults” from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Friday (Feb. 6) at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. He will read from “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov. Bring your lunch and your imagination for the free presentation. To find out more, call 360-352-0595.
Friday (Feb. 6) through Sunday
Facing your fears
Olympia Family Theater opens “The Monster Under the Bed,” the tale of a boy who trades places with one of the not-so-scary monsters living beneath his bed. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at OFT, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults; $16 for students, seniors and military; $13 for youth (12 and younger); and are available online or at the box office. For more information, call 360-570-1638 or go to olyft.org. And be sure to check out Molly Gilmore’s story about the play elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/entertainment.
Friday (Feb. 6) through Sunday
Thrills and laughs
There’s still time to see Harlequin Productions’ “The 39 Steps,” the comedy stage version of Hitchcock’s film thriller of the same name. It features four actors playing more than 100 characters in an array of locations, train rides, chase scenes and prat falls. 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.
Prepare to set sail
Get the lowdown on cruising at the AAA Cruise and Travel Go Show on Saturday at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Whether you are new to cruising or simply checking out options for your next vacation, this event will allow you to meet with representatives from top industry cruise lines, get the latest tips and trends from travel industry experts, and check out the discounts. The free show runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A handful of presentations start on every hour. For more information, call 360-704-6185 or go to AAAwa.com/GoShows/RSVP.
Northwest jazz and blues icon Dennis Hastings will perform at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, to preview songs from his soon-to-be-released first CD. Joining him will be David Deacon Joyner on piano, Wayne Bliss on bass, and Steven Bentley on drums at the 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra explores the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and two composers who idolized him — Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton — at its 7 p.m. Sunday concert, “Mentors and Disciples,” at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Guest artist Caitlin Lynch, who plays viola, will be the soloist on Walton’s Viola Concerto. On the program are Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6 in D minor Op. 104. Tickets are $25-$55 general admission, $22.50-$49.50 for military. For more information, call 360-753-8586 or go to washingtoncenter.org or olympiasymphony.com. To read more about the program, find Molly Gilmore’s story elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/entertainment.
Neil Simon, straight from the script
Harlequin Productions invites the public to its first reading of their next play, Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Be there with the cast as they read the play together for the first time — then plan to come back in March to see how it’s blossomed into a full production. Admission to the reading is free. The play explores Simon’s time as a novice writer in 1953, when television was still a humor Eden, and it’s a look at the lengths to which writers will go to be funny. For more information, go to www.harlequinproductions.org.