TODAY-SUNDAY: Seeing visions of Roy Rogers
The singing cowboy was part of the inspiration for Harlequin Productions’ Old West rendition of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Petruchio does the singing, and Kate has become a version of Calamity Jane. The show’s run has been extended, and remaining performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, plus Nov. 5-6, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$35; rush tickets are $12-$15. Also fitting the theme — and featuring some of the actors — is Harlequin’s Haunted Halloween Wild West Cabaret and Auction from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the theater. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100. Call 360-786-0151, or go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
TODAY: Seeing ghosts
Outdoor movies in these parts usually end when summer does. But in honor of Halloween, the City of Lacey is showing the classic “Ghostbusters” tonight. (Who ya gonna call?) The evening begins at 7 p.m. with spooky stories told by storyteller Mike Wessells of Lacey Timberland Library, and then Bill Murray & Co. will get down to battling some spirits. It’s at Huntamer Park, corner of Woodland Square Loop and Seventh Avenue, Lacey, and it’s free. The city suggests bundling up and bringing a chair. Call 360-491-0857 or go to www. ci.lacey.wa.us.
TODAY: Seeing what’s usually hidden
“Family A fair” explores a family’s disturbing secrets — and the family in question is the filmmaker’s own. The award-winning film, the first acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network, deals with abuse and forgiveness, and filmmaker Chico Colvard will be on hand for a question-and-answer session. The screenin is at 9 tonight at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $8 gen ral admission, $5 for Olympia Film Society members. Call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org .
TODAY-SNDAY: Seeing pookas
In Celtic legend, a pooka is a fairy spirit in animal fo m, always very large. That’s one way to look at the invisible rabbit in Olympia Litt e Theatre’s “Harvey” ... if you can look at something that’s invisible. The production c ntinues with performances at 7:55 p.m. today, Saturday and Nov. 4-6 and 11-13, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 7 and 14 at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 for Thursday shows and $12 for weekend shows. Call 360-786-9484 or go to www.olympia littletheater.org.
TODAY & SATURDAY: Seeing the forest for the trees
Favorite fairy-tale characters go “Into the Woods” in Capital Playhouse’s production of the Stephen Sondheim favorite. Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood find out what happens after happily ever after. The musical wraps up its run with performances at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Capital Playhouse: 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $33-$39 for adults $28-$34 for seniors and youths. Call 360-943-2744, or go to www.capitalplayhouse.com.
THURSDAY: Seeing rarities
Dennis James of Seattle is The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ official organist. But at his show Thursday, James will play much more unusual instruments. “He is an aficionado of rare musical instruments,” said center marketing director Kevin Boyer. “He will play his own glass armonica, which was an invention of Benjamin Franklin, and a theremin.” “Dennis James and Musica Curiosa” is at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $21.50-$27.50 for adults, $19.50-$24.50 for seniors, $10.75-$13.75 for youths. Call 360-753-8586, or go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
THURSDAY: Seeing some skin
Olympia’s Tush Burlesque has a new show, the evocatively titled “Wet Dreams.” It’s billed as a half-naked tribute to Northwest bands. The show will happen at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Tickets are $12 at the door. Call 360-705-0760.
Planner is compiled by Olympia freelance writer Molly Gilmore.