Today-Sunday: Tune in for Harlequin's radio 'Carol'
Harlequin Productions’ “A Stardust Christmas Carol” focuses on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. The original musical revue retells Charles Dickens’ story as a radio play performed by a bunch of nightclub singers and dancers in 1945, just as World War II has ended. “We’re using songs of the 1940s to express what is going on in the story, set in Victorian England,” said director Linda Whitney. The production continues at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, and Dec. 9-11, 15-18, 21-23 and 30 and Jan. 1; 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 12, 19, 24 and 26 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$40. Call 360-786-0151.
Today: The Strings go zing
Magical Strings’ “Celtic Yuletide” concerts are among South Sound’s holiday traditions. The concerts feature three generations of the Boulding family playing Celtic harp, dulcimer, lyre and more, along with dancing, juggling, storytelling and a medieval procession. This year’s concert, happening tonight, is part of the St. John’s Concert Series. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $18 and $26, or $12 for children. Go to www.magicalstrings.com.
Saturday: Sizzling flamenco
Flamenco has become a pretty regular event in Olympia. Last month, the art form’s significance was affirmed by the United Nations; its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added it to the list of intangible elements of cultural heritage. Saturday brings Savannah Fuentes and Veronica Barrera in “Tablao Flamenco” at 8 p.m. at The Vault, 425 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $20 at www.brownpapertickets. com, $25 at the door, $15 for students and seniors. Go to www. flamencoarteypaz. blogspot.com.
Saturday: Guitar gems
Gypsy jazz guitarist Greg Ruby, a former member of Pearl Django, joins Olympia guitar hero Vince Brown for a free concert Saturday. The two played and toured together for several years in Hot Club Sandwich and promise that their playing exhibits a special rapport as a result. The concert, part of the Jazz in the Cellar series, is from 9 to 11 p.m. at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe, 825 Columbia St. S.W., Olympia. Reservations are encouraged. Call 360-357-9464.
Saturday: Just you and Santa
“A Date With Santa” by Wrinkles of Washington, offers a concert, a gift sale and the opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa. It’s at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 and younger; they’re available at Olympia and Lacey senior centers, Yenney’s, Music 6000 and at the door. Pictures with Santa are $5. Go to www. wrinklesofwashington.com for more details.
Saturday & Sunday: Go fish at Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival offers skiing, snowboarding and climbing. But the Olympia stop of this year’s festival, presented by Olympia Mountaineers, also features “Eastern Rises” about fishermen who visit the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. They use decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that might have never been fished. The festival is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $13 for Saturday, $11 for Sunday or $22 for both; $2 discount for Olympia Film Society members, Olympia Mountaineers members and students with ID. Get tickets at Alpine Experience, Olympic Outfitters, www.brownpapertickets.com or the box office the night of the show. Go to www. olympiafilmsociety.org.