Today-April 17: When it rains, it pours
We’ve all had bad days. If you’re a parent, you’ve seen your kids struggle. Olympia Family Theater presents the musical based on Judith Viorst’s book about her young son having one of those days: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and April 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and April 16 and 17. Performances are in the Black Box at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $15.50 for adults; $12.50 for students, seniors and military; $8.50 for those younger than 12. Call 360-570-1638 or go to www.olyft.org or www.olytix.org.
Today - Saturday: Last chance to see 'Garden'
“The Secret Garden” might have enchanted you as a young reader, and now a magical musical version can enchant you on the stage. Capital Playhouse closes out its production of the family friendly play this weekend with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $22.40-$39 and are available by phone or online; the playhouse is at 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. 360-943-2744, www.capitalplayhouse.com.
Sunday: Opera on the big screen
The San Francisco Opera Cinema Series continues at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts with a screening of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Yes, it is sung in Italian (with English subtitles), but it won’t take words for you to understand the plot. The emotionally fragile Lucia is driven to madness when manipulated to marry a man she does not love. Tickets for the 2 p.m. Sunday screening are $7.25 to $14.50 with a $2.50 service fee. The center is at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-753-8586.
Wednesday: A lovely voice
Wednesday’s 21st Century Master’s Series performance at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will have a Caribbean twist, although you won’t be able to tell from the musical program. The featured vocalist is soprano Jeanine De Bique, who was born in Trinidad and has performed all over the world. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the center at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $9.75 to $19.50, plus the center’s standard $2.50 service fee. Call 360-753-8586.
Saturday: Fun with music
This year’s Olympia Chamber Orchestra concert series is called “21 and Having Fun,” which is hard to resist. Its third concert of the year is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. It features F. J. Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with Rick Leffler as soloist; Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn; Wolf-Ferrari’s Secret of Suzanne Overture; and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian.” Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors; and $2.50 for those younger than 12 (plus a $2.50 service fee per ticket). Call 360-753-8586 or go to www.olympiachamberorchestra.org.
Today - April 16: Laugh at the end
Harlequin Productions combines science fiction and comedy in “Boom!” What starts as research turns into a project of evolutionary significance. The play – which is not for youngsters because of its mature comedy material – runs through April 16 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $28-$31; $12-$15 rush tickets are available at the ticket office a half hour before curtain. Go to www.harlequinproductions.org.
Thursday: Tassels and Tush
It’s difficult to talk about burlesque in a family newspaper, but we’ll give it a try. On Thursday, New York City’s award-winning burlesque show Dangerous Curves Ahead performs with South Sound’s own burlesque troupe Tush. Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., will host the tassel-twirling and bootie-shaking. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Olympia Film Society members at www.brownpapertickets.com, Rainy Day Records, and at the box office night of show. Because of the risque material, you must be 18 to attend; a beer and wine garden in the mezzanine is for ages 21 and older. Learn more at www.burlesqueonthegogo.com and www.tushburlesque.com.