Today - April 9: See Playhouse's 'Garden' bloom
Classic children’s book “The Secret Garden” also is a musical by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. Capital Playhouse’s production runs through April 9 with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22.40-$39. Call 360-943-2744 or go to www.capitalplayhouse.com.
Thursday: Dance explores social issues
The Evergreen State College presents a performance by Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre ensemble at 8 p.m. Thursday. The troupe, featured in the film “Avatar,” uses dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. The performance is in the college’s Experimental Theater, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W. Tickets are $10-$20 at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, the Communications Building box office, www.brown papertickets.com or by calling 360-867-6833.
Today - Sunday: Last chance to see OLT farce
“Love, Sex and the IRS” is a bedroom farce with cross-dressing, cover-ups, lies and chuckles. The Olympia Little Theater show ends this weekend. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday at 725 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tickets are $12 at Yenney Music, 1404 Harrison Ave., www.brown papertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.
Today - April 16: Apocalyptic comedy
Harlequin Productions combines science fiction and comedy in “Boom.” What starts as research turns into a project of evolutionary significance. The play is not for youngsters and contains mature comedy material. It runs through April 16 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $28-$31; $12-$15 rush tickets are available a half hour before curtain; pay what you can for the 3 p.m. show Saturday. Go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Wednesday - April 28: Native American art exhibit
The third annual Native American Heritage Art Exhibit will open Wednesday at South Puget Sound Community College. The exhibit runs until April 28 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts gallery and features paintings, prints, jewelry, basketry and other media from Native American artists from the Northwest and beyond. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays. For more information, call 360-596-5501.
Today: Are you ready to rock?
The Midnight Sun will rock tonight when it hosts the Tatarus rock concert to kick off spring break at 8 p.m. at 113 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $4 through www.brownpapertickets.com.
Monday: Pioneering comics
Writer and cartoonist Steve Willis traces underground cartoonists of the 1960s and ’70s who redefined the medium with an emphasis on the Northwest at “Knowing Our Lines: Underground Cartoonists, Newave Comix and the Changing of American Culture” at noon Monday at the State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. S.W., Olympia.
Monday: Swing into Camp Quixote benefit
Support the tent city Camp Quixote and enjoy an evening of big band music, tasty food and an auction from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. Olympia Jazz Senators will get things swinging starting at 7 p.m. at the benefit that also includes a silent auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for those younger than 13. Tickets can be reserved by calling 360-943-8025.