Live, from Olympia
Journey to the land of Narnia when the Olympia Family Theater presents “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” opening Friday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The classic tale of a magical place that has been ruled too long by the White Witch runs through Oct. 27 with showtimes of 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays plus an additional performance at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $10-$16. Call 360-753-8586 for more information.
Meanwhile, Harlequin Productions opens “Henry V,” the Shakespearean history play about a young king who ascends the British throne during the Hundred Years’ War. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus Oct. 9-12, 17-19 and 24-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, plus Oct. 13 and 20, at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $32 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain. For the Oct. 9 performance, pay what you can. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or harlequinproductions.org.
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Come out of your shell
It’s time to chow down on the popular bivalve molluscks at the annual Oysterfest. With wines, microbrews, live music and lots of activities, the festival is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is the state’s official seafood festival. Hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation, it features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits and a giant food pavilion with nearly 100 items on the menu. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for a single day or $10 for both days. Go to oysterfest.org for details.
Almost live, definitely funny
It’s comedy night at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., with John Keister, known for his work on the regional TV comedy shows “Almost Live” and “The 206.” Joining him will be James Heneghen and Barbara Sehr for the 8:30 p.m. show Saturday. Come get your laugh on at this 21-and-older show. Tickets are $15 at the door only. Call 360-705-0760 for details.
Join the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Rebecca Anderson when they present “From the Heart of the Countryside.” The 7 p.m. concert Sunday will feature Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, Op. 11; Bartk’s Romanian Folk Dances; Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending;” Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen; and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Tickets for the concert at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, are $25-$55 plus a $3 service fee. Call 360-753-8586 for details.
Travel around the world at one location this weekend and celebrate the community’s diversity at the International Block Party at Capital Christian Center, 4431 Martin Way E., Lacey. Enjoy dance performances representing different cultures, sample food from around the world, and join in family activities. It’s 2-5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. The day’s festivities support the Thurston County Police Athletic League, StandUp For Kids, Senior Services For South Sound and Homes 4 Wounded Heroes. For more information, call 360-943-4391.