Weekend Planner for December 10

Today-Sunday: Whose 'Carol'?

• Scrooge is so well known, he has a namesake Disney character (the thrifty Scrooge McDuck), and surely he had something to do with Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch.” And the miserly curmudgeon continues to inspire an overflowing abundance of new stories. Scrooge would surely approve of the fact that he’s a Christmas icon. To wit:

• Olympia Little Theatre is presenting a ghost’s-eye view of the story in “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” The show continues with performances at 7:55 p.m. today and Saturday plus Dec. 16-18, and 1:55 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19 at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $10 for Thursday shows and $12 for weekend shows. Call 360-786-9484 or go to



• Harlequin Productions offers a radio-play-within-a-play version of the tale in its “A Stardust Christmas Carol.” The production continues with performances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, plus Dec. 15-18, 21-23 and 30 and Jan. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19, 24 and 26; and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $25-$40. For the 3 p.m. Dec. 18 performance, pay what you can. Call 360-786-0151 or go to



Saturday: H E double toothpicks

Alex Cox is the award-winning filmmaker behind “Repo Man” and “Syd and Nancy.” On Saturday, he’ll be in Olympia for a question–and-answer session when the Olympia Film Society screens his “Straight to Hell Returns” at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The film is an update of Cox’s 1987 cult classic “Straight to Hell.” For those who aren’t film geeks, it might help to know that the film stars Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Joe Strummer and the Pogues. The screening is at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for film society members. Call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.

Saturday: Hey, Baby

Baby Gramps defies categorization with shows that blend blues, hillybilly and ragtime, seasoned with whimsy and tongue-twisters. Gramps is a perennial favorite at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia, where he’ll play at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819.

Today: Welcome, winter

The musicians of “Winter’s Return: A Celebration in Music” – who hail from Seattle, Alaska and Ireland – aren’t afraid of the cold. They are greeting it with concerts in Western Washington. The band brings its eclectic sound to Olympia at 7 tonight at Black Lake Grange Hall, 6011 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students and ages 5-18; and free for those younger than 5. Call 360-570-2251.

Today: Shelton in Shelton

With seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts, Blake Shelton is a household name. But when Shelton comes to Shelton, well, that’s something else. The rockin’ country boy plays the town that shares his name at 7 p.m. today at Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 state Route 108, Shelton. Rae Solomon opens. Tickets are $30-$50. The show is open to ages 21 and older only. Call 360-432-7300 or go to www.little-creek-casino.com.

Today-Sunday: Forty whacks

It’s not exactly holiday fare, but when it comes to fame, surely Lizzie Borden could be called the Scrooge of ax murderers. “Blood Relations,” a psychological thriller exploring but not resolving whether Borden murdered her parents is Theater Artists Olympia’s holiday offering. The production continues at 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday and Dec. 16-18, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19 at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. Tickets are $12. Go to www.olytheater.com or www.brownpapertickets.com for tickets and more information.

Saturday: Duck, duck ...

Don’t be a goose! The Duck that quacks every December in downtown Olympia is back for its eighth season. It’s Duck the Malls, the sale of arts and crafts with a hip twist. A benefit for the Olympia Film Society, it’s held in the historic Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The sale — which features one-of-a-kind gifts from skateboard art to upcycled clothing, from dolls to lamps, plus homemade baked goods — happens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.