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10 Things to Do in South Sound this Weekend, Aug. 22-24


A brave new world

Troy Arnold Fisher, former Capital Playhouse musical director, is back at the helm of a youth-produced musical: the new Olympia Musical Theatre’s “Songs for a New World.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 21), Friday and Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box Theatre at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors — plus a $3-per-ticket service fee. For more information, call 360-515-1746 or go to or And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s interview with Fisher elsewhere in the Arts section of this website.


Don’t be quiet at this film

Tumwater’s Screen on the Green series wraps up with the free sing-along showing of “Frozen.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready to belt out the tunes from the popular animated movie being shown at dusk Friday at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SW. Free root beer floats will be served courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce, Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare.


‘A little dessert tray’ of theater

Theater Artists Olympia kicks off its 2014-15 season with its third annual Improbable Peck of Plays, a festival of plays that clock in at 10 minutes or less, all written by Northwest playwrights. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 22) and Saturday at The Midnight Sun Performance Space, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 at the door (though no one will be turned away) or online at For more information, call 360-259-2743. And check out Molly Gilmore’s story on the plays elsewhere on this site; it includes more information about the TAO season.


Stuck in the middle

Harlequin Productions is opening “Middletown,” Will Eno’s touching comedy about everything that happens in the middle, between birth and death. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students and those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to And be sure to read Molly Gilmore’s preview elsewhere in the Arts section of the website.


Animated classic

Take the kids to see director Brad Bird’s first feature film, 1999’s “The Iron Giant,” presented by Captain Little Toys and the Olympia Film Society. The screening, free for kids 12 and younger, is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 205 Fifth Ave., SE, Olympia. To find out more, go to


Sample some suds

Grownups who enjoy beer will want to head to the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on Saturday afternoon at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SW. Taste beers from more than 30 Northwest breweries plus Tumwater’s original Olympia beer, as well as wines from Thurston County wineries. Event organizers also invite attendees to compete in a beer stein-holding competition and other games. The event runs 1-8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. For details, call 360-704-7544 or go to


Tasty tunes

Enjoy dinner and live music when saxophonist Chuck Stentz performs Saturday at Watertreet Cafe, 610 Water St. SW, Olympia. He will perform with the Waterstreet Trio featuring pianist Joe Baque, Steve Luceno on bass, and Michael Olson on percussion. Music is 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday; to reserve a table for the show, call 360-709-9090.


Sculpture with some grit

The Hands On Children’s Museum is trekking in 150 cubic yards of sand for its annual Sand in the City fundraiser this weekend. But this year there’s a change in who will be making art out of those vast piles of sand: In years past, local businesses have sponsored teams of local amateurs who have tried their hands at sand sculpting. But for this weekend’s 14th iteration of the museum’s signature event, they’ve called in the pros, who will be sculpting all weekend — the final products won’t be finished until Sunday afternoon. See the masters at work from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. Admission to the outdoor festival is free, although donations are requested and it will cost visitors $1 per ballot to vote for their favorite sculpture. Admission to the museum is reduced to $5 during the event. For more information, go to, or call 360-956-0818.


Rockin’ country

The duo who make up Montgomery Gentry have been performing together since 1999, producing several hit singles including “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man’ and “Roll With Me.” They will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $35-$55 and available online at


Dance this way

Get a glimpse at the creative works of young choreographers at Ballet Northwest’s Young Choreographers Showcase. In its third year, the performance features the premier of 10 dances ranging from ballet to jazz and set to a wide variety of musical styles. Come out to the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, for the 7 p.m. performance Sunday. Tickets are $12 plus a $3 service charge at