Portland’s Caravan of Glam — a blend of circus, burlesque and drag show — makes its Olympia debut at 9 p.m. Friday (Feb. 20) for a fundraising performance for Capital City Pride. Doors open at 8 p.m. at the Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 general admission; $20 for VIP tickets with front and center seating — but the show is for those 21 and older only. For more information, go to capitalcitypride.net or caravanofglam.com, and be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s story here.
Come out to support the Olympia School District’s Education Foundation at its districtwide, staff-produced, fundraising musical this weekend. With more than 50 staff and students performing, “Magical Moments” will feature hits from 20 years of musical productions, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guys and Dolls,” “My Fair Lady” and “Cinderella.” Cast members include teachers, bus drivers, para-educators, custodians and students. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE. Tickets are $15 and available through seatyourself.biz/olympiasd.
Olympia Little Theatre presents a staged reading of “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the AIDS crisis. The play will be produced over two weekends, with Part I (“Millennium Approaches”) at 7:55 p.m. Friday (Feb. 20) and Saturday, and at 1:55 p.m. Sunday; and Part 2 (“Perestroika”) at 7:55 p.m. Thursday through Feb. 28 and 1:55 p.m. March 1 at OLT, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $12-$14 at Yenney Music or olympialittletheatre.org. Note: The play includes adult themes and explicit language. Click here to read Molly Gilmore’s story about the play.
For luck, prosperity
To celebrate Lunar New Year, the Lien-Hoa Buddhist Temple’s lion-dance and folk-dance troupe will perform at locations throughout the South Sound. See the pageantry and costumes on Saturday at these locations: 10:30 a.m. Liz’s Hair Spa, 1115 Black Lake Blvd. SW, No. C, Olympia; 11:45 a.m. Pho Hoa, 1680 Cooper Point Road SW, No. 620, Olympia; 12:30 p.m. Emperor’s Palace, 400 Cooper Point SW, Olympia; and 1:30 p.m. Emperor’s Palace, 7321 Martin Way E., Lacey. The performances are free and open to the public.
Read, nosh for a cause
The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church’s “Books, Brownies, Beans Sale and Bistro” offers up used books, audio books, CDs and DVDs for sale to raise money for Out of the Woods, a Thurston County shelter for homeless families with children. There also will be live cabaret entertainment; a bistro with coffee, tea, home-baked brownies, and homemade bean soup. The event runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2300 E. End St. NW, Olympia. For more information, call 360-786-6383.
Soaring over South Sound
Test your abilities and discover the laws of flight at Paper Airplane Flight School at the Olympic Flight Museum, 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia. You can show up to cheer folks on or take part in a competition and test flights for your plane from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Participant admission $7; general and spectators are $5. To find out more, go to olympicflightmuseum.com.
Get your chuckle on
Story Time Productions’ “Comedy at the Capitol” offers a live stand-up show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The show will feature some of Western Washington’s hottest comics, including headliner Brian Moote from Click 98.9 FM and AXS TV “Gotham Live,” local favorite Calvin Greer, and Seattle’s Xung Lam. Tickets are $10, $8 for Olympia Film Society members at olympiafilmsociety.org or at the box office.
Give them shelter
It’s all about dance and charity at Studio West Theatre’s annual “Dance to Make a Difference,” benefiting SafePlace of Olympia. Adult and teen dancers from the Southwest Dance Ensemble, Edge, Washington Contemporary Ballet and Studio West Dance will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $37 plus a $3-per-ticket service fee and are available at washingtoncenter.org.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Sa’Heh’Wa’Mish Days Pow-Wow this weekend at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. The two-day event will feature drumming contests, native dancing, informational booths and many family activities. Grand entry times for the alcohol-free event are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and all are welcome.
End the weekend with Oscar
Movie awards season wraps up Sunday evening with the 87th annual Academy Awards. As has become a beloved tradition, the Olympia Film Society hosts its annual formal affair where local folks can get all dolled up and go to the theater to watch the awards live on the big screen. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Sunday with partygoers walking the red carpet, and the broadcast begins at 5 p.m. at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Trivia and Oscar ballot contests will be held. Tickets are $10 general admission or $7 for OFS members at olympiafilmsociety.org or at the box office.