Friday-Sunday: Love story
Edward Albee’s play “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is a funny and disturbing look at one man’s definition of love. The show, suitable for adult audiences only, opens Theater Artists Olympia’s season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Oct. 7-9 and 14-16, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17 at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12. Call 360-250-0974 or go to www.olytheater.com or www.brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday: Celebrate creativity
On Saturday, the Arts Walk theme of showcasing local talent continues with two original concerts. Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia offers “The Little Pernambuco Tree,” a children’s concert based on a book by Robert Ray of Olympia and set to music by Mark Thome. The SOGO concert also has pre-concert activities, including an instrument petting zoo, beginning at 1 p.m. The concert is at 2 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $6.50-$16.50 for adults, $4.50-$14.50 for students and seniors. The Olympia Sweet Adelines will chronicle the adventures of A capella-Rella in “Once Upon a Mardi Gras,” which also features The Konzelman Family. There are two concerts, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15.50 for adults, $11.50 for students, seniors and military. For both shows, call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
Saturday and Sunday: Aw, shucks
Celebrate oysters, eat oysters and watch them lose their shells at the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship. Yes, it’s Oysterfest time again. The 29th annual festival happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Shelton Fairgrounds, 751 W. Fairgrounds Road, Shelton. Tickets are $5, free for children younger than 6. Go to www.oysterfest.org.
Sunday: An apple today
Tumwater’s Heritage Day offers a chance to have apples pressed into cider, and apple treats for sale, but the free event also features demonstrations, re-enactments and music from the period 1825-1850. It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Way S.W., Tumwater.
Sunday: Symphony comes south
On Sunday, the Seattle Symphony makes its annual visit to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. On the program: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Kernis’ Air, Bloch’s Baal Shem (“Three Pictures of Chassidic Life”), and Dvork’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the center, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $19.25-$46.50. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.washingtoncenter.org.
Thursday Venture 'Into the Woods'
Last season, Capital Playhouse planned to bring you “Into the Woods,” but plans changed. On Thursday, Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tales-with-a-twist show finally arrives, bringing with it Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and a wicked witch. “It’s a morality piece, really, and it’s very up,” artistic director Jeff Kingsbury said last year. “It’s the kind of show that you leave feeling good.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 9 and Oct. 13-16, 20-23 and 27-30, and 2 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at Capital Playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $33-$39 for adults, $28-$34 for seniors and youth. Call 360-943-2744.
Thursday: How the West was tamed
Harlequin Productions’ “The Taming of the Shrew,” opening Thursday, moves Shakespeare’s classic about a stubborn woman who finds romance in the Wild West. There are even original old-timey cowboy songs. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 9 and Oct. 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30, and 2 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$32. Call 360-786-0151 or go to www.harlequinproductions.org.