Fun things to do in Thurston County this week

The “Retro Gaming” event Friday evening at the Lacey Timberland Library is part of its Antiquated Technologies Series.
The “Retro Gaming” event Friday evening at the Lacey Timberland Library is part of its Antiquated Technologies Series. McClatchy file photos


Story tellers compete for Grand Slam Champion

Story slam winners are coming together for one final StoryOly Grand Slam this weekend. Amy Solomon, Olympia’s Poet Laureate; novelist Ned Hayes; and Debe Edden, artistic director of Heart Sparkle Players, will present a story of their choosing to three celebrity judges. Come out to Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, to hear their tales and celebrate the spoken word at 7 p.m. Saturday. There also will be music by the local band Chicory. Tickets — $10-$20 or pay what you can — will be on sale at the door.


Washington Center hosts Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music opens it second season with Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams in “Not Even the Wind...” The evening will feature Michael Mizrahi, Ayano Kataoka, Dmitri Atapine, Kristin Lee, Ransom Wilson, Svet Stoyanov, Tara Helln O’Connor, Yura Lee and Jennifer Godfrey in a 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE. Tickets are $7-$40 and are available online at washingtoncenter.org.

Friday (Sept. 15) & Saturday

Vintage video games and typewriters are the stars

The Lacey Timberland Library is hosting an Antiquated Technologies Series that includes two events this weekend designed to take you back in time. “Retro Gaming” is at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15), where you can experience vintage video games and try out some old-school game consoles with the crew of Super Smash Video Games. Then at 2 p.m. Saturday, join Paul Lundy from Bremerton Office Machine Company at “The Mighty Typewriter.” Bring your own vintage machine to compete in various categories. Both programs are free and open to the public. The library is at 500 College St. SE.


The ‘other’ George Washington, founder of Centralia

Learn the story of the “other” George Washington, the son of a black slave and a white woman of English decent who trekked to Washington more than 170 years ago and founded Centralia. The free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday is at the Centralia Timberland Library, 110 S. Silver St. For more information, call 360-736-0183.

Friday (Sept. 15) & Saturday

“Silent Sky” extended with two shows this weekend

Olympia Little Theatre has extended its run of “Silent Sky,” the real-life story of the women who were early 20th-century pioneers in astronomy. Showtimes are 7:25 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Tickets are $13-$15. Learn more at olympialittletheatre.org.

Friday (Sept. 15) — Sunday

Harlequin Production’s “August: Osage County” in final weekend

There’s still a chance to catch Harlequin Productions’ “August: Osage County,” a dark comedy about the revelations of an embattled family. The final weekend of the play has showtimes at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $34 general admission, $31 seniors/military, and $20 students/youth. For more information, go to harlequinproductions.org.


Y La Bamba comes to Capitol Theater

Y La Bamba’s Ojos Del Sol brings its rich traditional melodies and folk tales to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, for a show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Y La Bamba front woman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis as she explores her Mexican identity. The performance also features Cavegreen. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for Olympia Film Society members. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org for more information.