Today-Sunday: Go west
Harlequin Productions moved Kate, Petruchio and company to Tombstone, Ariz., for a wild and woolly production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” The story takes on new meaning with Kate as a version of Calamity Jane – and with some of the speeches translated into cowboy songs, most performed by Petruchio. “Rather than just hearing the words, we become more emotionally involved in this moment of the story,” said director Scot Whitney. The production continues at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Oct. 28-30 and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $24-$32; rush tickets are $12-$15. Call 360-786-0151.
Sunday: Musical fusion
A capella music in a variety of flavors is offered by the Seattle quartet KlapaDooWopella, opening St. John’s Concert Series. The group’s name only begins to describe its repertoire, which includes traditional Croatian klapa songs of love, the maritime, and life on the Adriatic Sea coast; doo wop songs from the streets of America; and a few Celtic tunes. The music begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia. Donations are asked. Call 360-352-8527.
Sunday: Django and beyond
Gypsy jazz combo Pearl Django plays the music of Django Reinhardt along with original compositions, but it might be not so much what the group plays as how it keeps going. With 11 CDs and 16 years of performing under its belt, the Seattle-based group is known for shows that swing. The guys’ Olympia show on Sunday night will add local favorite Vince Brown to the lineup. The concert is at 6 p.m. at Art House Designs, 420 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $15, $12 for those with low incomes. Call 360-943-3377.
Today: Strummin' women
Concerts featuring three guitarists have become something of a trend. Tonight’s offering at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art is in that mold, but it stands out because the players are all Northwest women. Mary Flower, Cyd Smith and Jamie Stillway have all earned critical praise, and they’re teaming up to perform an evening of blues, jazz and originals, all performed on acoustic guitar. The music begins at 8 p.m. at Traditions, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Today - Oct. 31: Halloween fun
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm is the place to be this month. Try a horse-drawn wagon ride to and from the pumpkin patch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, eat apple fritters, drink award-winning cider and feed the farm animals. Also, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend, visitors to Lattin’s can enjoy Bluegrass music, a maze and bobbing for apples during the apple festival. Parking costs $2. The farm is at 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Call 360-491-7328 or go to www.lattinscider.com.
Saturday: Stars of the stars
Olympia Timberland Regional Library’s second SciFiFest features two stars of the genre, authors Ted Chiang and Nancy Kress, both winners of the coveted Hugo and Nebula awards. The writers will read from their work, answer questions and participate in a sci-fi trivia contest. The festival features pulp-inspired tunes by Spiritual Successor and scientific rock ’n’ roll by Mutoid Men. There will be a costume contest with prizes. The geeky fun is happening from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 313 Eighth Ave. S.E., Olympia. And it’s free. Call 360-352-0595 or go to www.trl.org.