Fun things to do in Thurston County this week

From the handpainted film “Loving Vincent.”
From the handpainted film “Loving Vincent.”

Through Dec. 31

Holiday productions continue for local theater companies

Here’s what’s playing:

▪ It’s the final weekend for The Olympia Family Theater’s childhood classic “Winnie the Pooh.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets — available online at olyft.org/tickets — are $19 adults, $16 seniors/student/military and $13 youth younger than 12. The theater is at 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia.

▪ Harlequin Productions’ “The Stardust Christmas Fandango” is a holiday musical set in 1962 and led by the rock ‘n’ roll duo Frankie and Nash. The production continues through Dec. 31 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $49 general admission, $45 senior/military, and $25 student/youth. Go to harlequinproductions.org for a complete schedule and to get tickets.

Friday (Dec. 22) — Saturday

Tingstad and Rumble return for holiday performances

The talented acoustic duo Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumble return to Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for their annual holiday concerts. The Grammy Award-winning twosome have evolved from rock to classical and jazz. They will perform two shows — 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 22) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday — with tickets at $25 general admission, $20 students/low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.


Local magician celebrates the magic of books

Break up the winter break for the kids and have some magic fun with the family with “Reading Magic with Jeff Evans” being performed twice in the area this week. The show is designed to show children the magic they’ll find when they read. Showtimes are 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St. The free program is recommended for children 5 and older.

Friday (Dec. 22) — Sunday

Japanese ghost story screens at Capitol Theater

The Olympia Film Society will screen the film “Kwaidan” by Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi. After a decade of sober political dramas, Kobayashi shifts gears for this stylized quartet of ghost stories adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 22), 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, with a post-film discussion following the screening Sunday. Tickets are available at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Tuesday — Dec. 29

Hand-painted movie ‘Loving Vincent’ at Capitol Theater

Touted as as the world's first entirely hand-painted movie, “Loving Vincent” based on the art of Vincent Van Gogh is described by Seattle Times film critic Moira Macdonald this way: “It is almost too beautiful for its own good; I found myself too often so dazzled by the form that I quite forgot about the content.” The Olympia Film Society will be screening the film for four days starting Tuesday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. Showtimes are 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday; 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 6:30 and 9 p.m. Dec. 29. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org for more information.

Friday (Dec. 22) through Jan. 1

Historical trains in miniature

The Washington State Historical Society’s 22nd annual Model Train Festival chugs into town Friday (Dec. 22) and is open through Jan. 1 at the History Museum in Tacoma. The state’s largest permanent model train layout is always featured at the museum, operated by Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers; the Model Train Festival brings other railroad clubs from around Puget Sound to share their amazingly detailed layouts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Dec. 24 and 25, when the museum will be closed. Admission is free for Historical Society members, $40 for families of two adults and four children under age 18; $14 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and military; and free for children ages 5 and younger. The museum is at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Details at www.ModelTrainFestival.org.