Artistry in motion
Combining award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, and ancient and contemporary music, the Golden Dragon Acrobats bring to the stage a high-flying show. Impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang are bringing the performance to The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, for a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $11-$42, plus a $3 service fee, and are available at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Friday (Nov. 6)
Olympia’s Bentlemsani to play Black Box
Focus for this season’s Black Box Jazz Cabaret Series will be guitar in jazz, featuring some of the best guitarist in the Northwest and their compositions. Held in the Black Box Theater at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, the first installment presents Olympia guitarist Tarik Bentlemsani. Known for his diverse style and cutting edge artistry, Bentlemsani has been featured with the bands The Brown Edition, Climate Change, Podunk Funk, and The Lizzy and Tarik duet. Come out for the 8 p.m. show Friday (Nov. 6). Tickets are $27 for this 21-and-older show. Get yours at 360-753-8586 or washingtoncenter.org.
Beethoven back to back
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra will be performing “Beethoven’s Back” at its 7 p.m. concert Sunday. It will feature Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 with soloist John Pickett on piano and Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68. The two contrasting works comprise the all-Beethoven offering. Come out to Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, for the concert. Call the symphony at 360-753-0074 or washingtoncenter.org for ticket information.
Chamber Orchestra kicks off season
The stage at the Minnaert Center for Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, will be filled with the music of Mason Williams “Classical Gas” when the Olympia Chamber Orchestra performs in its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It will feature local guitarist Phil Lawson, who will also play “Vivaldi Lute” concerto. Other works are “Noon Witch” by Dvorak, Symphony No. 1 in C by Bizet and Hungarian Dances 5 and 6 by Brahms. Call 360-866-7617 or washingtoncenter.org for ticket information.
Friday (Nov. 6)
Benefit for Pizza Klatch
Come out to support Pizza Klatch at the Unity of Olympia free film screening of “Project Happiness” at 7 p.m. Friday. The film tracks a group of teens who connect via the internet with kids in Nigeria and Dharamsala to find the meaning of happiness. The film is inspiring for all ages. The film distributor has offered the screening for free to help support Pizza Klatch by sending the group’s information to its 1 million followers. Donations are requested at the screening at Unity of Olympia Church, 1335 Fern St. SW, Olympia. For more information, call 360-943-5757 or go to unityofolympia.org.
Saturday — Dec. 11
New exhibit at Minnaert Center
The newest exhibit, “Native American Art,” in the Gallery at the Minnaert Center for Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, opens Saturday. It features a variety of works — including paintings, basketry, carved wood pieces, textiles and mixed media — by local and regional Native American artists of all ages. Meet the artists at an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13. It will feature a vocal performance by Matt Bell and spoken word by Tyrone Cawston. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 11.
Saturday — Sunday
Support SideWalk at craft show
Get fine hand-crafted art work and support the nonprofit SideWalk at the Gull Harbor Art and Craft Show this weekend. Meet the artists, see original artwork and enjoy cupcakes from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ten percent of artists’ sales and 100 percent of the baked goods sales will be donated. Come to the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia, for a chance to pick up gifts for the holidays.
Devotional chanting for the community
Get spiritual and serene when Jai Bhav Kirtan Ensemble returns to host the monthly Sound of the Sacred community devotional singing practice. The traditional Sanskrit mantras as a singing meditation will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Unity Olympia Church, 1335 Fern St. SW, Olympia. Call and response chants invite participants to weave their voice with the group. A $5-$25 donation is requested to pay for use of the space. For more information, go to facebook.com/events/428409254015194.