Today & Saturday: Deep dive
People for Puget Sound’s two-day Sea Cinema Film Festival will explore the depths of the oceans during two nights of documentary films. The free festival runs from 6 p.m. to about midnight today and Saturday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-754-9177 for more information.
Today & Saturday: 'Queen' of dance
Dance students at The Evergreen State College are presenting “The Warrior Queen,” a work that combines the Indian classical dance Orissi with ballet. The dance tells the story of Jhansi Ki Rani, a 19th-century queen of India who marshaled the nation’s forces against the British. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in the college’s Experimental Theater, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, faculty and staff, and can be purchased at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, the Communications Building Box Office or www.buyolympia.com or by phone at 360-867-6833. Call 360-867-6651, or go to www.evergreen.edu/expressions for more information.
Today & Sunday: Rockin' 'Schoolhouse'
The original “Schoolhouse Rock” TV spots were meant to convey that education can be fun. In the case of Olympia Family Theater’s “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” the message might be restated as “fun can be educational.” “I’m really happy if kids come away learning about the Preamble or how to do multiplication tables,” said director Christina Collins. But for many of the adults in the audience, the show will be a trip down memory lane to “Conjunction Junction.” The show wraps up its run with performances at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and members of the military; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olyft.org.
Today - Sunday: A bittersweet 'Suite'
Neil Simon is popular for his witty comedies, but there’s substance behind the laughs, said Lynne Andreasen, who’s directing Olympia Little Theatre’s production of “Plaza Suite.” “There’s honesty and anger,” she said. “It’s the humor that makes it palatable for the audience, so you’re not saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is the most depressing thing.’ ” The trio of comedies, set in the ’60s in the same New York hotel room, continues with performances at 7:55 p.m. today, Saturday and June 10-12 and 17-19, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday and June 13 and 20 at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 for Thursdays, $12 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 360-786-9484.
Saturday: Cambodian culture
The Cambodian Cultural Celebration isn’t exactly a trip to Cambodia, but it’s a way to experience another culture. The free celebration includes Cambodian music and dance performances, a history presentation, crafts for kids, crafts for sale, artifacts and Cambodian food. There even will be face painting for kids. The festival, presented by the State Parks and Recreation Commission, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millersylvania State Park, 12245 Tilley Road S., Olympia. Call 360-753-1519, or go to www.parks.wa.gov/events.
Saturday: Row, row, row ...
Those who want to learn more about the sport of rowing are in luck. Saturday is National Learn to Row Day, and to celebrate, the Olympia Area Rowing Association is offering a free chance to row a scull on Budd Inlet. Test the waters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swantown Marina, 1210 Marine Drive N.E., Olympia. Call 360-352-9360 or go to www.olympiaarearowing.org.