Friday - Sunday: History class
Harlequin Productions’ “Sixties Kicks” promises a rockin’ evening of music from The Beatles to The Doors. It also examines events of the tumultuous decade, including “the space race, the interstate freeway system, the giant automobile industry at a time when gas was 35 cents a gallon,” said director Linda Whitney. The show runs at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and July 8-10 and 15-17; matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and July 11 and 18, at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $34-$37. Call 360-786-0151.
Saturday: In the 'Hot Tub'
Yes, there’s really a film named “Hot Tub Time Machine.” It’s a comedy about a group of 40-somethings who take a trip back to 1986. The comedy echoes the actual 1985 film “Back to the Future,” with that film’s Crispin Glover making an appearance. Also appearing in the film is ’80s heartthrob John Cusack. It’s screening at 11:55 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $8, $5 for film society members. Call 360-754-6670.
Thursday: Of golden eggs and golden tickets
The musical “Willy Wonka” celebrates an unusual candy man indeed and kicks off the summer season of Capital Playhouse’s Kids at Play program, which features young actors in elaborate productions of Broadway favorites. “Wonka,” with songs from the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” will show at 7:30 p.m. July 8-11 and 2 p.m. July 11 at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for seniors/youths. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.capitalplayhouse.com or www.olytix.org.
Tonight: Not out in left field
Coinciding with the state fastpitch softball championship, the city of Lacey will screen the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” at dusk tonight. The free film will be shown at the Thurston County Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road S.E., Lacey. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and settle in for the evening. Call 360-491-0857, or go to www.ci.lacey.wa.us for more information.
Thursday: Bon Odori dance tradition
The Japanese festival of Bon Odori celebrates tradition, community, ancestors — and dance. The Olympia version does, too, and it’s all about joining in. Dances are repetitive and not hugely demanding, but for those who like to be prepared, the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association is offering help. There are free drop-in dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in July. (The festival is July 31.) Association volunteers will even sew traditional happi coats for the festival for anyone who wants one; just bring 2-3 yards of lightweight cotton fabric to a lesson. The free lessons are in room 101 of The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia.
Saturday: Hitting the road
“Bummer Summer,” the feature film debut of Olympia filmmaker Zach Weintraub, tells a story of two brothers plus one girlfriend who, with the working world looming, head out on a road trip. The film has been shown at film festivals across the country (and even one in Buenos Aires). It will have its hometown premiere at 3 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The screening is free, but donations are being accepted to help fund Weintraub’s next project. For more information, go to www.bummersummermovie.com.
Tonight: Feeling Tender
Portland’s Tender Forever and Selector Dub Narcotic (K Records kingpin Calvin Johnson) are among the featured acts in a 9 p.m. show at the all-ages arts and performance space Northern. Also on the bill are Girls in Trouble and Lucinda Roanoke. Northern is at 321 Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $6. Go to www.northernolympia.org.