At half-past-nine on a Saturday morning at Portlands Waterfront Park, Gary Spehar is just one of the hundreds of artisans setting up booths. He arranges tables, sets out his elaborately swirled wire jewelry and chats with customers. But Spehars not just any vendor at the Portland Saturday Market hes one of the few that have been selling there since the market began 40 years ago, from early nomadic days to the recent riverfront location.
Circling an entire city block at Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street in downtown Portland is an outdoor food court like none other. About 60 tiny restaurants are scrunched together, offering diners four styles of falafel, Thai street food, fried Scottish fish, pierogi and dumplings.
Girl Rising, screening Friday night in Olympia, reveals the lives of girls living in poverty around the world. Shocking though some of the films stories are, they werent the biggest surprises for director Richard E. Robbins.
On Friday night, Studio West Dance Academy opens its first production of Coppélia, about a silly young man who falls in love with a mechanical doll until his clever fiancée shows him the error of his ways. The production that runs through the weekend has been mostly double cast; about 80 local dancers are involved.
Kids, this ones for you. Of course, Olympia's Arts Walk is a big event for pretty much everyone or at least it feels that way when youre navigating the Capitol Way sidewalks. But the 46th Arts Walk, happening Friday night and Saturday, offers a lot for the younger set. For example, the relocated Hands On Childrens Museum is celebrating its first Arts Walk with free admission and activities Friday night and free tours Saturday.
On Saturday, the flora and fauna of the 19th Procession of the Species including a whale, a sea slug, huge flowers, a virus and a really big pack of wolves will traverse their way through downtown Olympia.
The Seattle Mens Chorus plus the music of ABBA is a recipe for fun, flash and, of course, camp. The chorus returns to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday to perform Dancing Queen, a production complete with dancers, props, and costumes.
"Symphony of the Soil" is among the films that will be screened this weekend at the Capitol Theater as part of the Olympia Film Society's Environmental Film Festival. Film Society programmer Helen Thornton said, All of the films talk about solutions, so theyre not depressing.
Olympias first Doubleshot Festival, a benefit for the Northwest Playwrights Association and Capital Playhouse, challenges local and regional writers and actors to create theater from scratch and present it to an audience 23½ hours later. The 7 short plays will premiere Saturday night, and be performed again Sunday.
The 2008 Dale Wasserman play about a Neil Simon-esque playwright who yearns to be taken seriously will break in the Olympia Little Theaters new lighting and heating systems, and serve as a premiere for its 19-year-old director, Julia VanDerslice.