Saturday - Music by the book
Olympia Symphony Orchestra's Saturday evening concert is called "Symphonic Literature" and for good reason. The program includes Walton's Coronation March, Mahler's Ruckert Lieder with mezzo soprano Angela Niederloh, Hovhaness' Meditation on Orpheus, Op. 155 and Liszt's Symphonic Poem No. 6, Mazeppa. Tickets are $20-$50 at www.washingtoncenter.org.
Saturday - A gypsy jazz sandwich
Head to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia, at 8 p.m. Saturday for the Northwest's own Django-inspired, Gypsy jazz music of Hot Club Sandwich. Tickets are $12, or $8 for students and those with low income. For more details, go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Sunday - A church that swings
St. John's Episcopal Church has been offering free music on Sundays this year, which is a huge gift to the community. This Sunday, the Pacific Lutheran University Jazz Ensemble will perform a big-band repertoire ranging from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the church at 20th Avenue and Capitol Way. Admission is free, but donations are welcome; free child care is offered during the concert. An artist reception follows. Call 360-888-5983 to learn more.
Saturday - Latin flavor
It will be an evening of Latin and world music when the Celso Duarte Sextet grace the stage at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. This will be the only West Coast performance of the group, which will head off to Carnegie Hall from Olympia. Duarte's new CD is a collection of songs inspired by a fusion of Mexican and Caribbean influences and is sure to be featured in the 7 p.m. concert Saturday. Opening the evening will be Laura Rebolloso, a virtuoso of leona and jarana. Admission is $35, students get in for $15. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday - Funky little benefit
If you love to dance to 1960s and '70s funk, Saturday is the day to do it during Func Pro Tunc benefit dance at the 4th Ave. Tavern, 210 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Money raised will go to Pizza Klatch, support groups in local high schools for vulnerable and harassed youngsters. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Sunday - Slurp up shellfish
SLURP is a taster's paradise: The annual community event is all about shellfish, wine and beer, courtesy of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fish Tale Brewhouse on Jefferson Avenue at Legion Way. It features savory shellfish dishes prepared by local restaurants, microbrews, Washington wine, a Grand Oyster Bar, live music, a live auction and shellfish-eating contests. Admission is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Ages 21 and older. Call 360-754-2744.
Saturday - Classic rock
With a career spanning more than 50 years, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are best known for classic single hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Rag Doll." They will play at 5 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. Highway 108, Shelton. Tickets for the 21-and-older concert are $30, $40 and $50 at www.little-creek.com.
Saturday - May Day a day early
Celebrate May Day with local labor, activist and nonprofit organizations at the May Day Hoedown from 7 p.m.-midnight at the Urban Onion Ballroom, 116 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. There will be free pizza and live music from The Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers, Kimya Dawson, The Pasties/Southern Skies and Titanium Sporkestra. A raffle will raise money and collect canned goods for the Thurston County Food Bank. Festivities are open to all ages.
Today - Saturday: Moving morality
"Everyman" by Anonymous is a morality play directed by Judith Turner that presents each scene at a different outdoor location at Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E. in Lacey. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and be prepared to walk between scenes. Performances begin at 6:45 p.m. today and Saturday near the O'Grady Library. Admission is $5. Call 360-790-8308.