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7 Things To Do This Weekend, July 11-13

Test their metal

Northwest black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room is kicking off its tour in support of its latest recording, Celestite, with a Friday (July 11) show back stage at Olympia's Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. Nommo Ogo will open for them. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $12, or $10 for Olympia Film Society members. Tickets are available online at or at the door Friday night.

The Bard with a twist

The Olympia Little Theatre puts a twist on its new production of the Shakespearean comedy “The Tempest”: It's set in the Land of Oz. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday (July 11) and Saturday at the theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $10-$14 at, at Yenney Music and at the door. More information: 360-786-9484 or

A little mayhem with your Shakespeare

This weekend, Harlequin Productions is not just continuing its rockin' musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, which it is now extending its run through July 26, with showtimes at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. (Tickets for those shows are $38 general, $35 seniors and military, $25 students and those younger than 25.) Oh no, the theater company also is mixing in a little insanity for a special buffet dinner and "Forbidden Twelfth Night" performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday where the cast and crew will be singing each other's songs karaoke-style. Tickets for that event are $40. For more information, call 360-786-0151.

Music and a movie

Lacey's Outdoor Cinema Series kicks off Saturday night, teaming up with its Lacey in Tune series to offer live music followed by a family movie. The entertainment combo runs every Saturday through Aug. 9 in Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. This week, spread a blanket on the lawn to enjoy a 7 p.m. performance by Lulu LaFever & the Hot Tamales as they perform swing, jazz and blues, followed by a screening of Disney's "Cars" at dusk. Other movies in the series are "Mary Poppins" and "Saving Mr. Banks" on July 19; "Elf" on July 26; "The Lego Movie" on Aug. 2; and "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2" on Aug. 9. For more information, call 360-491-0857.

Appalachian Way

Olympia's own Appalachian songstress Elizabeth Hummel will celebrate the release of her new album "It's About Time" with a Saturday night concert and party at the Eagles Hall, 805 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. For more information, go to

A novel discussion

Local author Ned Hayes will discuss both of his novels, "Sinful Folk" (with illustrations by Olympia's Nikki McClure) and "Coeur d'Alene Waters," at 7 p.m. Saturday at Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. The event is free. For more information, go to or call 360-352-0123.

Food for thought

The Olympia Film Society is going beyond just showing the food industry documentary "Fed Up" this week. At the film's 5 p.m. Sunday premiere, holistic health counselor Jennifer Ganey will conduct a Q&A after the screening. Katie Couric narrates the film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. If you can't make the Sunday screening, the film also shows at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 p.m. Tuesday, and 4 and 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to