Friday (Oct. 9)
Can’t stop thinking about Martin Sexton
With an uncommonly loyal fan base, Martin Sexton has been writing, singing and recording since 1991. His music is a blend of soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B and he is know for his vocal range and ability to improvise. His music has appeared in television shows, including “Scrubs” and “Parenthood,” and he’s collaborated with artists including John Mayer and Peter Frampton. Sexton will perform in a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday (Oct. 9) at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $15-$39, plus a $3 fee, and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Friday (Oct. 9)
Sounds from Mali to Portland
Having opened for successful Malian artists Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, the Dusu Mali Band has been playing music festivals and venues on the West Coast since 2010. The four-piece band from Portland will play at the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE at 8:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 9). Also playing will be Luna Melt, a new funk group. Tickets are $10, $7 students. For information, call 360-943-9242.
Friday (Oct. 9) —Saturday
The doctor* is in (* She’s not a doctor)
Join “Dr. Lauren,” therapist, cosmetologist and entertainer — she’s not really a licensed therapist or cosmetologist, but she does know how to entertain with an evening of advice, beauty, comedy and music. Bring your girlfriends, or even your mother, and come out to the Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, for a fun and witty night where she presents “The Pilgrim’s Progress 2 — Swords of Reckoning” in 9 p.m. shows Friday (Oct. 9) and Saturday. This a 21-and-over show. Tickets are $7, and are available online at bpt.me/2252916 or by paying cash at the door.
Check out some of Internet’s best animal videos
Who doesn’t love looking at animal videos? If you’re one, then come out for the Animal Video Festival, where a handpicked assortment of the best animals videos on the Internet will be shown. It’s going to be an animal love-fest at Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Meet Amy Trotter, a pet pig who excels in dog training and agility, Tom Otto and Shaun Sears of Canopy Cat Rescue, and stay for the awards ceremony for the library’s photo contest. For more information, call 360-491-3860.
Friday (Oct. 9)
Kandi and Rhythm and Rye
Saxophonist, arranger, composer and instructor Kareem Kandi is well known in the South Sound for bringing jazz to the forefront. As the head of Tacoma Jazz Association, Kandi is committed to increasing awareness of jazz in the region. Come out out for a true jazz experience when he comes to Rhythm and Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, for a 9 p.m. show Friday (Oct. 9). Cover charge is $5. For more information, call 360-705-0760.
These folks are Wicked funny
Improv comedy is king with Something Wicked, Harlequin Productions’ improv troupe. The group is back performing its second Halloween show, “Dial M for Mprov” where the audience in encouraged to participate by wearing costumes as the troupe performs themed improv that puts the “ha” in “Halloween.” The show is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $15 general, $10 rush tickets 1/2 hour before curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151.
Learn, live and grow
The South Sound Women’s Day is for women from all walks of life wanting to take time for themselves to learn, live and grow. It strives to promote female leadership with personal, professional and community growth opportunities. Keynote speaker Marilyn McKenna will share “Happy and Healthy, From the Inside Out.” It is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Registration is $75-$85. Go to southsoundwomensevents.org for information.
‘Walking Into White’
Sarah McQuaid is returning to the South Sound with her warm stage presence, her own originals plus traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, 1930s jazz numbers and guitar instrumentals. Living in Ireland since 1994, she continues to entertain audiences when she performs. Come see her in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.