May 10-June 2
A cavalcade of cavorting canines
The dogs of Olympia Family Theater’s “Go, Dog. Go” dash, dance and drive through their days. The jazzy musical, inspired by the beloved P.D. Eastman book, promises abundant acrobatics and plentiful physical comedy. The fanciful Fidos will frolic — and skate, sleep and swim — at 7 p.m. Friday plus May 16, 17, 24 and 31 and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday plus May 18, 19, 25 and 26 and June 1-2 at the theater, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $10-$20; for the May 16 show, pay what you can. Children 3 and older can extend the experience with pre-show parties from 1 to 1:30 p.m. May 18 and 25; tickets for those are $10 per child, with accompanying adults admitted free. Find out more at 360-570-1638. or olyft.org.
The season of high-school musicals is in full swing. Opening this week are:
• Timberline High School’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy and friends — and her little dog, too — will follow the Yellow Brick Road at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 16-18 at the school’s theater, 6120 Mullen Rd. SE, Lacey. Tickets, available at the door, are $10, $7 for students and seniors. Get more information at nthurston.k12.wa.us/Page/21007 or email@example.com.
• River Ridge High School’s “Freaky Friday.” An overworked mom and her teenage daughter switch bodies and find out how the other half lives at 7 p.m. May 16, 17, 23 and 24 at the school, 350 River Ridge Drive SE, Lacey. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors. Find out more at facebook.com/RRHSTA.
Comedy and a bit of Spanish flair combine to distinguish the classic ballet “Don Quixote,” based on a few chapters of the Cervantes novel about an errant knight and his quest to find his true love. Ballet Northwest’s production of the Marius Petipa ballet will bring both ballet and flamenco to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $14-$35. Learn more at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
May 11 and 12
Like big boats?
If you do, the folks behind the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair have good news for you: The 40th annual festival will feature some whoppers, including the SSS (Sea Scout Ship) Odyssey, a 90-foot sailboat owned and operated by the Tacoma Youth Marine foundation. The Olympia Wooden Boat Association’s weekend-long event — likely to be absolutely packed given the warm weather in the forecast — also boasts fair food, vendors selling their handcrafted wares, and live entertainment. And the kids can make boats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or while supplies last. The fun is afloat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Percival Landing Park, 217 Thurston Ave. NW, Olympia. Get details at olywoodenboat.org.
Silent no more
The Olympia Film Society is nearly as well known for hosting concerts as for screening films, and its new Screen Scores programs combine the two. The occasional series launches Tuesday with the 1922 German vampire flick “Nosferatu,” nearly lost after “Dracula” scribe Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement. The Invisible Czars from Austin, Texas, will give the creepy classic a modern soundtrack and play it live on instruments including violin, glockenspiel, organ, electric guitar and singing bowl. The screening begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7. Tickets are $10, $7 for film society members. Find out more at olympiafilmsociety.org.
Oly Third Thursday aims to get people downtown to shop, eat, see art and have fun. From May to September, the event pumps up the volume, adding block parties with live music. From 6 to 9 p.m., you can listen and dance to the music of Lakota Dorris, Broadway Olympia Productions and New Born Babies in the US Bank parking lot at Fourth Avenue and Washington Street. There’ll be beverages for sale, too. Festivities this Thursday also include a Friends Night Out fundraiser for Community Youth Services; buy a $15 passport and then visit downtown stores for gifts. Get details and passports at downtownolympia.org/Events/Third-Thursday or 360-481-5010.
Pop (and heavy metal, and sci-fi) art
Did you celebrate May the Fourth? (Hint: Add “be with you.”) If so, Jeremy Ennis might be your kind of artist. Among Ennis’ pop-culture parodies and sci-fi tributes, on view beginning Thursday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, are the illustrations for a complete “Star Wars” tarot deck — with suits including sabers and tentacles. See it and more of the Olympia artist’s detailed drawings — which have been featured in Heavy Metal Magazine — at “Fan Art and Satire,” which opens with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will be on view through June 27 at the center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Learn more at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.