A military salute to music
The annual International Military Band Concert brings together military bands from Canada, California and Washington to perform at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Hosted by the 133rd Washington Army National Guard Band, it will also feature bands from the Royal Canadian Army, the U.S. Marines, the Navy and the Air Force during an afternoon of music. Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more information at washingtoncenter.org.
Saturday — April 14
Satirical ‘potty’ story with ‘Urinetown’
A satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, “Urinetown” offers up a not-so-distant-future with a government that has banned private toilets and added paid public toilets. Considered a fast-paced, intelligent comedic romp, it is being brought to the stage by Saint Martin’s University Theatre and Music Department. The musical opens Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, then 7:30 p.m. April 10-14. Tickets are $12 at brownpapertickets.com/event/3381689.
Youth perform at Bridge Flowcase
With a mission to use music and writing to deal with life’s challenges, The Bridge Music Project is back with its Bridge Performance Flowcase. The group works with at-risk youth and brings together some of its talented performers at this showcase at 7 p.m. Friday. Come out to support and discover the talent of local youth at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday & Sunday
Youth theater group presents “High School Musical Jr.”
Apple Tree Productions youth theater program will present “High School Musical Jr.” at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door or online at olympiafilmsociety.org.
A day on the ranch at Spring Newborn Calf Tours
The Nelson Ranch in Thurston County is one of the oldest ranches in the country still owned by the original family. As well as being a working ranch, it also is a living museum where city folk can learn about ranching history and current practices. Come out for its Spring Newborn Calf Tours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Ride on a horse drawn wagon to see newborn calves, and visit with the goats. The ranch is at 3624 Waldrick Road SE. Get more information at nelsonranch.com, tinyurl.com/ycrbpm3j
Original jazz with Johnaye Kendrick
Johnaye Kendrick writes and performs her own work, but she also puts a fresh sound to jazz standards and blues, and plays violin, viola and percussion. See her live at 8 p.m. Monday at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Joining her on stage will be Bill Anschell, D’Vonne Lewis and Chris Symer. This show is sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central. There is a suggested donation of $5-$25 at the door.
Author J.A. Jance talks about her latest Ali Reynolds book
Best-selling author J.A. Jance is touring in support of her latest book, “Duel to the Death,” part of the popular Ali Reynolds mystery series, and she will make a stop from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE. Seating is limited for this adults-only event so arrive early. Her books also will be available for purchase.
The Page Turners show their roots at Traditions Cafe
The award-winning duo The Page Turners combine bluegrass, old-time and classic country with their original music. Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard were the 2016 Freshgrass Best Duo winners with their all-purpose roots music. They will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and those with low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.